Supernatural Horror movies are a subgenre of horror movies that have a tendency to actually scare people a little. There is something about Supernatural Horror movies that resonate with people. Some of my favorite movies are actually supernatural movies. Here is a quick top ten list of my favorite Supernatural Horror movies with the trailer attached for each.
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10. The Entity (1982)
Sidney J. Furie’s classic tale, supposedly based partially on a true story, a woman is tormented and sexually molested by an invisible demon. This is one of those movies that will probably not make anyone else’s list than mine, but for me, it is deserved of its place. You have a few great acting roles by Barbara Hershey and Ron Silver. I just recently watched this movie for the FearShop.com Horror Podcast, and yes it did hold up. If you have not seen it, you should check it out.
9. Dark Night of the Scarecrow (TV 1981)
Originally a TV movie, but done very well. This movie came on every year around the Halloween season and it stuck with me. This is a movie that I watch every Halloween and still holds up extremely well. With its recent DVD release (finally), it is starting to get known a little and deserves all of it. Keep in mind that this was a TV movie, so it is not graphic, but like I said, it was done well.
8. The Others (2001)
A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted. Great acting by Nicole Kidman and Christopher Eccleston. This is a chilling tale with some amazing visuals and a stunning twist that is set up by the entire movie. It is still very rewatchable even though you already know the twist.
7. Stir of Echoes (1999)
Amazing film starring Kevin Bacon that was overshadowed by The Sixth Sense and many felt that it was a Sixth Sense clone. Regardless of the similarities, I believe that it did enough to distance itself enough away from The Sixth Sense. At one point, I liked this movie more than The Sixth Sense. Kevin Bacon was awesome in this film and the story and the setup to the finale of the film is amazing.
6. Paranormal Activity (2007)
Paranormal Activity was an absolute surprise to me. I expected it to be overrated based on all of the steam that it was getting at the time of its actual theatrical release. I went to see the movie and was completely blown away unexpectedly. I revisited the movie in the theater twice more after that, and have since enjoyed it at home plenty of times. This is one of the few recent movies that can send chills up my spine. Watching it at home will make you hear things.
5. The Sixth Sense (1999)
A boy who communicates with spirits that don’t know they’re dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, who takes a beating these days no matter what he does, this movie changed horror at the time. This movie was huge and is excellent. Starring Bruce Willis and with a great role by Haley Joel Osment, this movie is well acted and even better written. The ending, albeit not impossible to figure out, blew people’s minds.
4. Session 9 (2001)
Tensions rise within an asbestos cleaning crew as they work in an abandoned mental hospital with a horrific past that seems to be coming back. This is one of those movies that people either love or hate, but both sides will tell you that it scared the crap out of them. Ghost stories are always great to send chills up your spine. As you watch this story unfold and you start listening to the tapes, you will feel them too.
3. Poltergeist (1982)
Directed by Tobe Hooper, but most people will tell you that Steven Spielberg did most of the directing on this one. Quite simply, a family’s home is haunted by a host of ghosts. Basic storyline with exceptional writing and so many childhood memories for me. There are so many backstories to the filming of this movie too that add to the legacy of this amazing film.
2. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Words cannot describe how awesome this film experience was for me. To see the audience shiver at everything going on throughout the film and to see the ending was second to none. I only know one person that did not appreciate what this film did. Once again, this is another film that did so much for horror. Rewatching this film over and over again, it just seems to improve for me, but I will admit that the first time that I saw the ending was a once in a lifetime feeling for me.
1. The Shining (1980)
I always wonder how I would feel about this film had it not been for the acting of Jack Nicholson. Stanley Kubrick’s amazing film takes the top spot here and that is saying a lot about this film. Look at some of the titles that this film beat out to get here.
That is my top ten list. This is one of the tougher lists that I had to do. Some of the names that just missed the cut are exceptional movies in their own right. Here are just a few titles that barely missed the cut:
The Ring (2002)
The Devil’s Backbone
Dead of Night
Janghwa, Hongryeon (A Tale of Two Sisters)
The Legend of Hell House (1973)
The Woman in Black
Leave some feedback and let me know about some of your favorites as well.