Most horror movies are inherently ridiculous. They usually ask us to believe in things that aren’t possible, that flout the rules of reality, and to become so invested in these fictional worlds that we feel legitimate fear over what happens. Maybe that’s why we prefer horror movies that embrace that ridiculousness and intentionally try to make us frighten and invoke our hidden worst fears over some occasions? Let’s get something straight. This is a list of the best horror films currently streaming on iTunes, but it’s also an indictment of the state of horror on iTunes streaming.
No.10 Mouth of Madness (1995)
Director: John Carpenter
It's a scary and terrifying film and one of the best Horror films of the 90s. It is mainly known by Lovecraft amateurs and patented fans of Carpenter and you may rarely hear people talk about it when Carpenter’s work comes into a discussion. Though the movie has a pitiful 48% on Rotten Tomatoes, a nice 7.2/10 on IMDB. And we think true horror fans will rejoice that this movie made it to iTunes.
No.9 The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Director: Drew Goddard
The Cabin in the Woods is an astonishing meta-feat, capable of being funny, strange, and scary film. People loved it - and not because it was the most horrifying and controversial scary flick ever released. It was a huge success because it gave fans of the horror genre something new. It made them laugh because it lovingly poked fun at a genre the fans knew by heart.
No.8 The Exorcist (1973)
Director: William Friedkin
The Exorcist is one of the best movies come out of the 70's and deserves better than descending down the top 250. It's one of the essential films you have to see in order to understand what a movie truly is and it'is more than a horror film. It is not difficult to understand why the film generated such a seismic global impact all those years ago, since it imposed an unprecedented sensory attack on the viewer.
No.7 Caroline (2009)
Director: Henry Selick
It should be one of the favorite horror movies for kids and family. Written and directed by stop-motion supremo Henry Selick, the story is about Coraline Jones, an 11-year-old girl who is endlessly bored after moving to a new home with gardening-writer parents, who are on a catalogue deadline and scarcely have time for gardening themselves, let alone their unhappy daughter.
No.6 V/H/S 1&2 (2012-2013)
Director: Adam Wingard, David Brückner, Glenn McQuaid and...
V/H/S 1&2 are must-see films for horror fans. The V/H/S 1 is fun, but you may think it was just on the verge of being something incredible. V/H/S 2 achieves that status and more. Almost all of the segments in this installment are strong, but Gareth Evans’ “Safe Haven” is the most unbelievable pieces of work you’ll see on so small budget. It takes the found footage genre to a whole new level and never fails to shock.
No.5 The House of The Devil (2009)
Director: Ti West
The House of the Devil is a fastidiously detailed, pitch-perfect homage to 80's horror, which adheres to genre conventions while at the same time transcending them. Director Ti West understands what makes horror films work, that the horror is always more exciting when you don't know when to expect it. So that's why it is in our must-see horror list.
No.4 The Shinning (1980)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
The Shining based on a novel by Stephen King, is a psychological horror and classic film which has inspired hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of words devoted to finding the meaning behind the film. It's great when a film can pull you in and intensify your heart rate without the use of cheap scare tactics. Even over 30 years later, this film truly strikes fear in viewer's heart.
No.3 The Loved Ones (2012)
Director: Sean Byrne
The Loved Ones is a violent horror film. Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets, and, pretty boy, Lola wants you! Sean Byrne’s hilariously dark and supremely confident mash-up of Misery, Saw and Carrie is the coolest Ozploitation horror of the century. Slick, quick and sick, Byrne’s stylish twist on teen horror provides fresh jolts, graphic gasps and superior scream ‘n squeal shocks.
No.2 The Evil Dead (1981)
Director: Sam Raimi
This classic horror film combines just the right amount of gore and black humor, giving this film an equal amount of thrills and laughs. The Evil Dead does not scream Lovecraft, but the fact that the entire situation revolves around a Necronomicon (Book of the Dead) and the fact that you will have plenty of inter-dimensional things going in The Evil Dead make this one that definitely qualifies for this list.
No.1 Let The Right One In (2008)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
A gruesome vampire horror film with a tender, beating heart, Let The Right One In busts all bloodsucker cliches to tell a superbly simple, yet wholly surprising and in the end utterly twisted story of a young boy’s relationship with a mysterious girl who may look his age, but is in fact more than a little bit older. Acclaimed by critics and audiences alike on its initial release in 2008, Let The Right One In's reputation has only grown in the ensuing years, making it one of the few recent horror hits that genre fans can all agree on - and a runaway leader in our list.
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