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Top 10 Horror Movies of all time to watch during the Lockdown

Right now, everyone around the world is horrified because of coronavirus. A virus that seemed harmless a few months ago is now turned to a deadly pandemic. All of you are doing your bit to fight the virus by social distancing and staying at home when the whole country is put into Lockdown.

In such a scenario, it’s obvious to be bored at home, but you can surely use your time by watching exceptional movies. If you are a Horror genre fan, you should absolutely engage yourself in these remarkable movies. In case you have run out of all the popular films and have a brave heart, these movies will surely send chills down your spine and take your mind off everything going around the world. More importantly, you won’t go out and do try these films with your headphones on in the middle of the night to be more adventurous.

The Top 10 Horror Movies of all time to watch during the Lockdown are:

1. The Exorcist (1973)

The Exorcist, 1973, Hollywood, Horror Movie

The Exorcist is 1973 released American supernatural horror movie directed by William Friedkin. Initially, it was a bestseller book that was adapted as a film, which further has sequels and series to watch.

It is one of the most horrifying movies of all time where an innocent 12-year-old girl takes on different characteristics and voices of others; basically, she has inhabited satan himself. The girl’s mother cares deeply about her and will take all measures to save her daughter. Her daughter’s only possible hope is with two priests and ancient rite of demonic exorcism. People were known to be ill after watching it; some fainted in the theatre and many other incidents occurred. This is a film which will surely scare the living daylights out of you. The Exorcist is not only one of the greatest horror films but also the scariest movie, which has set the standard of other horror films exceptionally high. If you are a true horror genre fan and you have a brave heart you should probably give it a go.

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2. The Conjuring (2013)

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The Conjuring is a 2013 American paranormal horror film primarily set in the 1970s which is directed by James Wan, released by Warner bros pictures and New Line cinema. The Conjuring franchise has already released sequels which include The Conjuring series, The Annabelle series and The Nun series and some are yet to release

The Conjuring claims to be based on a true story about Warren’s paranormal investigation. The warrens are world-renowned paranormal investigators, and they find themselves caught in a terrifying case of their lives. The Warrens were called for helping a family horrified by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse and are forced to confront a demonic entity in the house. This movie is easily one of the scariest movies of the decade, and since it is based on “true events”, it makes it more interesting. If you are the first time watcher, it will undoubtedly disturb you for a while. Already being box office success, The Conjuring is a classic and an exceptional piece of film that will give you chills for a long time.

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3. The Ring (2002)

The Ring, 2020, Horror, Movie

The Ring is a 2002 American paranormal horror film directed by Gore Verbinski. The Ring is an adaptation of the Japanese movie Ringu(1998). It is the first film in the American ring series followed by two sequels to it, making it one of the highest-grossing horror remakes.

The film circles around a cursed videotape that causes its viewers to die in seven days. An investigative journalist whose niece was killed because of the tape begins to uncover the secrets of the videotape and must race against the clock to save herself. For fans of subtle, atmospheric and incredibly creepy movies, The Ring is a dead-on success. The brilliantly understated story moves swiftly is told beautifully, and enough questions are left unanswered to maximize the mystery of it all. The Ring does what most scary films promise, but never deliver.

The Ring is a perfect example of how you can muster a scare from a jaded populace without resorting to cheap jolts and gore. The Ring has been injected with a shot of adrenaline, being less the brooding mystery of the original and more immediate and menacing. The thrust of “the Ring” isn’t only to entertain but to make you shiver. The Ring is a must-watch and one of the best horror films of the 2000s.

4. The Grudge (2004)

The Grudge, 2004, Horror, Movie

The Grudge is a 2004 disturbing horror film released by Columbia Pictures directed by Takashi Shimizu, which is a remake of Shimizu’s 2002 Japanese horror film Ju-On: The Grudge. The movie has two sequels The Grudge 2 (2006) and the straight-to-video The Grudge 3 (2009) and a side sequel, also entitled The Grudge released in 2020.

An exchange student is assigned a job as a caretaker when she visits the elderly lady. She begins to discover some unusual and mysterious behaviour coming from the house. After leaving the house, things become haunting for her wherever she goes and explores a dark history of the house. When someone dies in the grip of a powerful rage, a curse is born. The curse gathers in that place of death. Its fury will consume those who encounter it. The Grudge does an excellent job of keeping you guessing. You never really know where it’s going, and since the story isn’t linear, you have to pay attention.

Even though it is a slow-paced in comparison to other horror films in the past, the pacing usually enhances the eeriness, and there is no shortage of bizarre events to keep horror fans entertained. The Grudge is a great atmospheric horror classic that will keep you awake at night.

5. Insidious (2010)

Insidious, 2010, Horror, Movie

Insidious is the 2010 American Canadian Horror film directed by James Wan and produced by Leigh Whannell. It is a series of four films in the insidious franchise:- Insidious (2010), Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013), Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015), and Insidious: The Last Key (2018). The film had a huge commercial success

The movie starts with a family moving to a new house for a fresh start, but however soon after they move, their son unknowingly falls into a coma, and paranormal events start occurring in the house. They call paranormal investigators who are the family’s last hope.

This film is packed with tons of disconcerting and creepy images. So much, that you will hate walking into your dark house alone. This movie is especially good at bringing that anxious feeling for the viewer, as if to wonder what will possibly happen to the characters and whether the ending will be happy or not. Insidious stands out as a new and fresh take on traditional Horror and is a must-watch.

6. Poltergeist (1982)

Poltergeist, 1982, Horror, Movie

Poltergeist is a 1982 American horror film directed by Tobe Hooper and produced by Steven Spielberg. The film was a major critical and commercial success. Poltergeist has two sequels to it, and a reboot of the original movie was released in 2015.

Poltergeist is a classic tale of an American middle-class family whose house is haunted by evil forces. When the evil spirits in their home intensify their attacks and hold their younger daughter captive, the whole family has to come together to help her before she disappears forever. Poltergeist brought back the traditional haunted house genre that lay dormant and restless .”Poltergeist” is one of the great modern ghost stories. Poltergeist is indeed one of the most effective thriller horror movies.

For all the horror movie buffs, you will undoubtedly scream and have jump scares. This horror movie is a must-see for you as it will keep you scared for some time.

7. Oculus (2013)

Oculus, 2013

Oculus is a 2013 American psychological horror film edited, co-written and directed by Mike Flanagan which is based on a short film oculus chapter 3.

Oculus is the story of a brother and sister who obtain a mirror from their childhood that they think was responsible for their parents’ possession and murder. They rig their childhood home with cameras and lights and wait for the proof that the mirror is possessed to get captured on camera. This movie is based on psychological mind tricks, and you will feel like the mirror is deceiving you. Oculus relies on an unsettling tonality, and a quantum state of uncertainty, making it a much more effective scare. Overall, Oculus is the best horror movie since The Conjuring, and it certainly will be remembered as one of the best psychologically disturbing films ever made. All in all a must-see for the horror genre.

8. Get out (2017)

Get Out, 2017, Horror

Get out is 2017 American horror-thriller film written and directed by Jordan Peele. Get out was released by Universal Pictures and was one of the most profitable films making it one of the best films of the decade.

The film starts with a young black American guy on a trip to the country to meet his wealthy girlfriend’s family on a celebration weekend. Still, as the weekend progresses, he discovers unsettling and disturbing truths. Get Out is a compelling, poignant horror movie with some humour. It is that rare film that leaves you satisfied yet pondering. It is one of the best and most refreshingly original horror movies in the last decade. Get Out dwells on the mind and relies on the fear of the unknown while subtly giving subtle messages on racism and what it’s like to be black in America.

Get Out as both a psychological and satirical horror will make you think, and you would want to watch it again to figure it out.

9. Sinister (2012)

Sinister, 2012

Sinister is a 2012 British-American thriller-horror film directed and co-written by Scott Derrickson. Sinister’s inspiration was The Ring(2002), which the nightmare co-writer had watched. The film had a huge commercial success which spawned a sequel Sinister 2.

The plot revolves around a true-crime writer who moves his family into a new house that already had a checkered past, and he soon discovers a box of home movies “found footage” of murders that put his family in danger. Some scenes will really make you fear throughout the night. This film is creepy, will make you jump a mile high, and is genuinely disturbing with an ending that’ll stick with you for days afterwards. Sinister is one of the best horror films in the last decade. The shocking imagery and twisted murders will undoubtedly stick with you. It has a relentless sense of dread throughout and is also incredibly effective and compelling. This movie is the flick for jaded horror fans who think nothing can scare them. This one does it. “Sinister” will give you nightmares.

A must-watch for all horror movie buffs but not for novices! Terrifying but definitely worth every horrifying minute.

10. The Amityville Horror (1979)

The Amityville Horror, 1979

The Amityville Horror is a 1979 supernatural horror movie directed by Stuart Rosenberg. The film is based on Jay Anson’s 1977 book of the same name, which is purportedly based on a true story. The Amityville Horror is a media franchise of books and films which further had sequels and a remake of the original movie. The Amityville Horror was a major commercial success for American International Pictures.

The movie circles around a newlywed couple who moves into a large mansion where previously a mass murder was committed, the family soon starts experiencing a series of paranormal occurrences that eventually drive the family into sheer terror.”The Amityville Horror” has all the trappings of an excellent haunted house story. It builds a creeping mood filled with fright inducing suspense. The Amityville Horror is a film that primarily relies upon it’s eerie, unsettling atmosphere to cause chills. The Amityville Horror is efficient for the haunted house genre, and the fact that it was based on supposedly real events makes it more engaging

The “Amityville Horror” is an intriguing story that is worth re-visiting from time to time and is highly recommended as it is one of the classics in the horror genre.

Megha Chakraborty
Megha Chakraborty
A passionate writer and an avid reader with a degree of engineering .

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