The best supernatural movies are created to make chills and cold sweat go down our spines like cat nails. These movies keep us disturbed for days, for months, sometimes even years. There are so many great supernatural movies to choose from, well, we can only pick 15. And the top supernatural thrillers to make the list are the following purely because they were trendsetters and held our minds hostage forever.
15) The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Director: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sanchez
Writer: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sanchez
Cast: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard
Plot: The biggest dupe ever. This movie should have came out on All Fools day. Based on the premise of real found-footage of three student filmmakers. They succeeded at getting everyone to believe in their story of the hauntings and killing spree of the Blair Witch named Elly Kedward.
Uniqueness: The beginning of the found-footage trope.
14) The Conjuring (2013)
Director: James Wan
Writers: Chad and Carey Hayes
Cast: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingstone, Lili Taylor
Plot: It is based on the actual experiences of Ed and Lorraine Warren dealing with the paranormal. It takes us front row from start to finish on each of these duo's supernatural exploits with each case they take on.
Uniqueness: The unforgettable doll; the original ghost-hunters.
13) The Haunting (1963)
Director: Robert Wise
Writer: Shirley Jackson, Nelson Gidding
Cast: Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson
Plot: The story follows a group of five headed by Dr. John Markway who are keen on investigating the paranormal activities at the Hill House. They will encounter the supernatural, the otherworldly but not without a price. So many other horror films stemmed from this original trope.
Uniqueness: The trope; Theo is the first feminine lesbian portrayal in a film.
12) The Others (2001)
Director: Alejandro Amenabar
Writer: Alejandro Amenabar
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Fionnula Flannagan, Christopher Eccleston
Plot: Grace Stewart is a very protective mother and a very cautious woman who does everything methodically. She proves to love her two children very much but with the arrival of three strangers, things start to unravel.
Uniqueness: The indelible twisted ending.
11) Let the Right One in (2008) Swedish Version
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Writer: John Ajvide Lindqvist
Cast: Kare Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson
Plot: This boy gets bullied in school, alone at night, he stabs away his anger on a tree continuously. A homeless looking girl is watching him. In him, she sees a lot of things. Correction, she is not a girl even if she appears to be one. She is the creature that dares not to enter your home unless you invite it in. Once invited, yours truly for life.
Uniqueness: The ending, the characters, the taboo issues.
10) The Omen (1976)
Director: Richard Donner
Writer: David Seltzer
Cast: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, Harvey Spencer Stephens
Plot: Damien is not your typical boy; he is from the Devil himself. He is here to fulfil his devilish mission. Whoever attempts to stop him will be sorry they did. You got to see this movie if you truly love horror movies, you got to own it, if you are a TBHMmaniac. This film caused women everywhere to fear to adopt little boys when it first came out. Enough said!
Uniqueness: The unexpected ending.
9) The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
Director: Scott Derrickson
Writers: Scott Derrickson & Paul Harris Boardman
Cast: Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson
Plot: Emily was an average catholic girl who went to college away from home. She went to church whenever she was home. Therefore, what happened next, made it even more shocking and even more unfortunate as it is based on true facts. One night at her dorm room Emily heard some noise outside in the hall, she gets up, and steps out of her room to find the front door of the hallway wide open, she closes it, but something gets in her room as she unknowingly gets back in and closes it. Something very powerful gradually takes possession of her body as she lay in bed. She cannot move, or yell for help. Hereon, her life was never going to be the same again. A powerful performance by Laura Linney!
Uniqueness: The gut-wrenching ending; interpretation.
8) Burnt Offerings (1976)
Director: Dan Curtis
Writer: Robert Marasco
Cast: Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Bette Davis
Plot: A very unsettling story...about a family who moves into a Victorian period-decorated home for the summer purely for relaxation and peace of mind. Unbeknownst to them, the house needs them more than they can even begin to understand that notion, and it will ensure they stay for its much-needed renovation.
Uniqueness: The ending; the house; the trope.
7) Poltergeist (1982)
Director: Tobe Hooper
Writers: Steven Spielberg, Mark Victor, Michael Grais
Cast: JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Wilson, Beatrice Straight
Plot: It's the story of a family whose little girl becomes the sole target of every evil spirits lurking in the dark corners of their planned community home. Initially, these wretched spirits use the television to communicate with the little girl before abducting her altogether. With the help of a medium and many other parapsychologists; the family try to rid their house of these malevolent spirits and firstly reclaim their daughter, Carol Anne. Steer clear of Cuesta Verde!
Uniqueness: Astral Ghost concept.
6) John Carpenter's The Fog (1980)
Director: John Carpenter
Writer: John Carpenter, Debrah Hill
Cast: Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Atkins, Janet Leigh
Plot: Antonio Bay will never be the same after their centennial.
Uniqueness: The fog itself, the best catchphrases.
5) Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Director: Roman Polanski
Writer: Ira Levin
Cast: Mia Farrow, John Cassavettes, Ruth Gordon
Plot: When you see a thriving couple, you may think, oh they are so blessed. Not the case for the Woodhouses-- a young couple with a baby on the way, the Woodhouses leave in one of the oldest apartments in New York City. Soon the wife, Rosemary, starts feeling more like a surrogate mother for Lucifer than carrying the product of the consummation of her loving marriage. Ah, but if that's true, would she ever come to love this spawn?
Uniqueness: The most demented, hair-raising ending; the themes.
4) The Mist (1989)
Director: Frank Darabont
Writer: Stephen King, Frank Darabont
Cast: Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden
Plot:A mist mysteriously envelops this whole town in Maine and what lurks in it, is even more horrifying than anyone could possibly imagine.
Uniqueness: The most hurtful gut-punch ending.
3) The Sixth Sense (1999)
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Writer: M. Night Shyamalan
Cast: Bruce Willis, Joel Osmont
Plot: It's the story of a very special little boy who could see the dead. But how many of them are aware that they are dead, is the real question. He will have to use tact and ingenuity in order to help these lost spirits accomplish their unfinished business before they can learn they are, well...dead.
Uniqueness: The most mind-boggling ending, highly original trope.
2) The Shining (1980)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Writer: Stephen King
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd
Plot:One of the greatest horror films in history. It covers so many themes that we, as a society, often find too taboo to open up about yet these issues still occur in one third of households in America. Anyone who has been in an abusive relationship can relate to this film. But it's not just about domestic abuse, the film also showcases a side of cabin fever, telepathy, alcoholism, poltergeists, symbolism a plenty and when mixed together would definitely leave you bewildered and terrified if watched alone.
BLUF:This family of three accompanies the patriarch, Jack Torrance, to an isolated hotel to be the caretaker over the long torrid winter. Little did they know that cabin fever was the least of their problem as this hotel was, after all, built on Native Americans burial ground. A must-see!
Uniqueness: Everything about this premise.
1) The Exorcist (1973)
Plot: This young girl was one of the happiest twelve-year-olds in her town. Her mother was a very active teacher. They were each other's best friends, until they started to hear noises in the attic one night and it all change for the worse since. If you haven't seen this movie, you need to, because it is sincerely one of the scariest movies ever made. If you love horror, you need this in your collection. It made the number one list because it is the scariest and oldest thriller that was based on true events and continues to scare the jeepers creepers of even the cast in the movie.
Title:The Exorcist (1973) Directed by William Friedkin, Written by William Peter Blatty in 1971
Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max Von Sydow, Mercedes McCambridge
Uniqueness: Based on true events, several strange things occurred throughout the filming of this supernatural flick. Father King was called to bless the set and the cast numerous times.
Unsurprisingly, the barf scene caused an international gag chain reaction within the first day of showing. Most moviegoers were not able to hold their cookie whenever the vomit scene came up. Hence, most theaters warned their patrons to have readily "The Exorcist Barf bag" if they wanted to enjoy the film.
Languages: English, Arabic, Latin, Greek, German, French
Favorite Quote: "It's an excellent day for an exorcism!"
Scariest character: Reagan(Pazuzu)
Running Time: 122 minutes
Filming Locations: Sinjar, Iraq; Manhattan, NY
Favorite Scenes: The arrival of the priest scene, vaginal crucifix stabbing scene, the spider-walk scene, the 360 head spin, the hundred gallons of green slimy vomit. These scenes made this movie what it is now, the best horror movie of all times!
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Why: The Exorcist is that movie you just can't ever get enough of. Even though, you probably have seen it hundreds of times when you were in your teens. As an adult, you still find yourself compelled to watch it again and again. Funny enough, you find new thrills, new scary scenes that you have missed when you were younger or maybe your feeble mind was just not ready to fully digest when you were at that age. Recently, these newly discovered scenes just bite at you to celebrate the greatness of this film. Trust me, it's okay, we are with you on that because surely enough, we have experienced it too. That's the very reason we will continue to celebrate this supernatural cult classic for years to come as the most perversed, the most sinister, the most grotesque, the slimiest hands down, the scariest and the most entertaining horror movie of all times.
To me that was Supernatural Horror at its best but if you feel there are other horror movies out there way better than "The Exorcist" please do not hesitate to enlighten me. Spread it!
Thirteen Ghost (2001)
Director: Steve Beck
Writers: Robb White & Neal Marshall Stevens
Plot: This overzealous, selfish, dreadful ghost collector wanted to gain the ultimate power over the world with the help of thirteen ghosts. Even if it takes killing his own sister-in-law to get his dream going, that's what he will do.
Director: Mike Nichols
Writer: Wesley Strick, Jim Harrison
Plot: It's a full moon, the character Jack is playing is driving home when out of nowhere a wolf jumps in front of his car. So he hits it accidentally. When he walks outside to check it out, to only find himself getting bitten by this creature of the night. Little did he know that his life was never going to be the same after this event. This movie is one of the best werewolf movies I have ever seen
Director: Leslie Stevens
Writer: Leslie Stevens
Plot: Marc, the lead actor played by William Shatner, is caught in the middle of a scheme planned by a supernatural being who wants nothing but his soul. This being will do anything to get what she wants, but in the process she finds herself falling deeper and deeper in love with Marc. Will good overcome evil? This white and black movie was one of my favorite growing up.
Pet Sematary (1989)
Director: Mary Lambert
Writer: Stephen King
Cast: Dale Midkiff, Fred Gwynne
Plot: How far will a father go to get his son back? Will he force himself to believe in the supernatural in order to get his handsome little boy back? When we are faced with adverse circumstances, we feel chained down and have nowhere to run to. Sometimes, we should probably just let it happen, just let everything happen the way they supposed to. Because once we start to play God, we mess everything up way worse than before.
Director: Matthiew Kassovitz
Writer: Sebastian Guttierez
Cast: Halle Berry, Robert Downey Jr., Penelope Cruz
Plot: Halle plays the character of a very successful psychiatrist, Dr. Miranda Grey, married to Douglas, one of the best in the field. The chain of events that unraveled were least expected. Her husband was living a double life; only people like him could understand. Out of the blue, one night on the way home, Dr. Grey saw someone in the middle of the road and swerved out of the way. She wakes up weeks later in the ward that she once worked in, only this time, she is the patient, not the doctor.
The Ring (2002)
Director: Gore Verbinski
Writer: Scott Frank, Ehren Kruger, Koji Suzuki
Cast: Naomi Watts, Brian Cox, Martin Henderson, David Dorfman
Plot: Beware, you watch this tape, you will inevitably die in seven days. No one can save you.