The Most Rewatchable Horror Movies Of All Time

The Most Rewatchable Horror Movies Of All Time

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There are a lot of horror movies that are
best seen just once. But every now and again a movie comes along
that’s not only rewatchable, but enjoying it a second or third time is necessary to
get the full experience. Here are some all-time classic horror flicks
definitely worth screening again and again. The Guest Boasting killer performances by Dan Stevens
and Maika Monroe, The Guest features a mysterious young man showing up on a family’s doorstep
claiming to have served in the military with their recently-deceased son. He quickly becomes integral to their family
dynamic, but the children suspect he may be hiding something. Between the stunning cinematography and ratcheting
levels of intensity, The Guest is one of those rare horror films that allows it tersest moments
to linger just beyond your expectation until it reaches its intense climax. It’s worth revisiting over and over both as
a study in effective genre experimentation and for the sheer fun of the central performances
of the film. The Shining To say that The Shining is director Stanley
Kubrick’s magnum opus is a discredit to the other films in his unparalleled catalogue,
but it’s certainly one of his finest works. Adapted from the Stephen King novel of the
same name, The Shining is a cinematic titan — every frame is significant. Featuring Kubrick’s signature visual flair,
a career-best performance by Jack Nicholson, and a multitude of thematic ideas and elements,
it’s a layered film that benefits from multiple viewings largely due to how much there is
to interpret. From the ambiguous ending to the larger concepts
being explored amid all the jump scares, this movie will rank highly on any film school
syllabus for generations to come. The House of the Devil It’s tough for a film to strike a good balance
between being fun and being genuinely frightening, and it takes a director with a deft hand to
pull it off, but Ti West managed it with The House of the Devil. A modern throwback to horror cinema of the
’70s and ’80s, the film has the familiar premise of a babysitting gig gone wrong, but tells
the story better than it’s been handled in ages. Thanks to its grainy aesthetic, it feels like
an authentic film from the era, but it diverts from the norm in its lack of reliance on jump
scares or plot contrivances and instead plays out in a slow-burn fashion, paying off in
a horrifying finale. Yes, it’s partially worth revisiting just
to see how much of the ending is telegraphed early on, but it’s also just an old-fashioned
good time. It’s the kind of movie you want to show to
friends who have never heard of it just to see their reactions. A Nightmare on Elm Street Wes Craven’s original A Nightmare on Elm Street
still works, even all these years later. Don’t let the countless lousy sequels distract
you from the fact that Freddy Krueger’s first cinematic outing is funny, engaging, and scary
to boot. When a group of friends realize they’re all
having the same dream about a scarred man with knives for fingers coming after them,
they find themselves being pursued by a killer that exists in the world of dreams but is
still capable of causing plenty of damage in the real world. The frights are just as potent as they were
decades ago, and some of the effects will still leave viewers wondering how the filmmakers
pulled them off on such a small budget. A Nightmare on Elm Street is essential viewing,
and few slasher films have aged as well as this one. (maniacal laughter) Phantasm Shot in disjointed bits and pieces over the
course of a year, 1979’s Phantasm still came together as one of the most memorable horror
movies of all time. But the film’s difficult shoot may have actually
helped make it so memorable. Phantasm, more than any other horror movie,
captures the feeling of a nightmare perfectly. There’s an off-tilt flow to it. Not everything makes perfect sense, but in
the moment you don’t question the film’s logic. And there’s a strong undercurrent of trauma
and grief present in the plot. The film’s surreal narrative focuses on three
teens being pitted against a sinister mortician known only as The Tall Man. It’s a bizarre movie that really should not
work on any level. But it does. And the result is one of the coolest horror
films ever made. The Thing John Carpenter’s The Thing stands out as a
masterpiece because it’s steeped in paranoia, tension, and dread. The film follows a group of researchers in
a secluded base in the arctic who come into contact with a shapeshifting alien. Trapped in a small bunker with nowhere to
run and no way to get help, the men find themselves pitted against one another, never sure if
any individual crew member is who they say they are. It is, note for note, a perfect horror film. All of the performances are strong, and the
gruesome practical effects haven’t aged a day since the film’s release. And it becomes more interesting with every
screening as its subtle details and nuances become more and more evident. The Cabin in the Woods There’s a sad reality even the most die-hard
fans of horror will cop to: for every great horror film there’s a dozen that are awful. That’s why The Cabin in the Woods was such
a shot of adrenaline to the genre when it first hit theaters. It turned horror on its head and reminded
fans that they deserve better. Director Drew Goddard and writer Joss Whedon
wrote what they called a “loving hate letter” to the genre, demanding the death of the old
ways and the initiation of new blood in horror filmmaking. They wanted something different, original,
and thoughtful, and in their demands for change they gave viewers just that. It’s the sort of film that offers something
new for viewers to discover, no matter how many times they’ve seen it. Be it jokes that went unnoticed before or
homages to classic horror flicks, there’s always something that will stick out on a
rewatch. Horror films are rarely this intelligent,
funny, or easy to come back to. Halloween Sometimes you just need the original, and
while it certainly wasn’t the first horror film, John Carpenter’s Halloween is very much
a movie that defined the modern horror scene. Everything present in the genre today, from
story structure to individual horror movies spawning multi-film franchises can be traced
back to Halloween. And even decades after its original run, it
still hasn’t aged a day. Carpenter made Halloween on a shoestring budget
and couldn’t rely on special effects or flashy trickery to make his movie work. Even with those limitations, beginning to
end, it’s a perfect horror movie. It has everything a great horror flick needs,
from the occasional laugh to relieve the tension to the compelling villain viewers would never
want to cross. Every generation of genre enthusiast eventually
comes back to Halloween, and that probably won’t ever change. New horror movies and franchises come and
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88 comments

  1. I always seem to go back to the classic slasher films the Friday the 13th series nightmare on elm street Halloween hell raiser child’s play scream etc

  2. I'm starting to feel I'm the only person that didn't like "The Shining" and I do enjoy Stephen King's books and shit but I seriously found it so boring and tedious…I'm a horror movie freak but most of the movies in this list are not the kinds of movies I'll rewatch..cabin in the woods was gory and senseless to me, I thought it was done for teenagers.

  3. Scream movie's I know what you did last Summer and its first sequel could go on and mention a few more to put on this list

  4. I don't understand why people love Cabin In The Woods… Its unique, meta premise was really just a narrative crutch that allowed them to do all the cliches because everything was being contrived by technicians who were basically a mirror of audience expectations. And the end reveal? The old gods? Worse horrors than our cultural nightmares? The imagination is scarier than anything we can be shown but you have to give us something to work with; not some shitty CGI hand that belongs in the Clash Of The Titans remark

  5. nightmare on elm street does not belong here, watched it since I was 4 and even then it felt like a comedy!

  6. The Guest was quite predictable, I wouldn't watch it again personally… the rest of the list is good but where is Under The Skin? It Follows? Texas Chainsaw Massacre? Devil's Rejects?

  7. The Shining allows Nicholson to overact as never before. Nightmare holds together beaut ifully. The Thing is one of the decent remakes. Cabin in the Woods was perfect.
    .just what we expect from Weedon. Halloween was boring.

  8. Where are Jaws, Close Encounters, the original King Kong, the original Frankenstein, original Godzilla, and Alien on this list.

  9. I'm sorry I don't care what anyone says I don't think House of the Devil is a good film at al. It's all Style no substance and the reveal is nothing we haven't seen before in films like Rosemary's Baby the omen The Exorcist etcetera. It's stylized to be stylized. Also the end is a direct RIP from the ending of Friday the 13th.

  10. Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Evil Dead Trilogy, Suspiria, Near Dark, George Romero's Dead Trilogy, Return of the Living Dead.

  11. Anyone ever watched a horror movie titled "Buried Alive"? or was I dreaming of watching them, it's a duology actually..

    I couldn't find it anywhere at all, I really want to rewatch them, it's a good thriller for me

  12. Where's the tremors serious I've seen the whole series 5 Times excluding part 6 which I only saw 2 Times because it is new 😠😠😠😠😠

  13. The shining is garbage….there I said it. Its as scary as teletubbies. Nicholson is meant to be playing a man descending into madness, and as with all Nicholson he's mad as a box of frogs from the beginning. It wastes scat crothers. I mean he flies hundreds of miles, just to get an axe in his chest. If Kubrick was aiming for anticlimax he nailed it. I had a problem watching it once,never mind again.

  14. My friend you just called “House of the devil” a classic movie. You realize it’s from 2009. The film style is meant to look classic. It’s not old.

  15. small budget for "ELM"??? 7-9 MILLIONS OF dollars 1984?? find another job you people.If "elm" then went down -NNEW LINE CINEMA would never exist anymore…i love Wes (rip) but you people bul….t as usually
    about "halloween"-even you sometimes are capabla say something smart……

  16. Phantasm really??? OMG No, no, no, and hell no. So many better ones out there. Dead Alive, Bad Taste, An American Werewolf in London, Inside, Frontiers, Wold Creek, Haute Tension…. I can do this all day.

  17. My personal list:
    1. Fright Night (except Sequel Remake)
    2. Scream 1,2,4
    3. Jennifers Body
    4. Leprechaun (original)
    5. Friday the 13th
    6. The Fog
    7. Salems Lot
    8. Night Flier
    9. Tommy Wiseau's Joker Casting + The Room
    10. It (Remake)

  18. This might sound foolish and naive, but I like to watch the prequel Thing followed immediately by the original Thing.

    I KNOW! The prequel is shit and would have been interesting had the studio balls enough to use the practical effects prepared for the movie instead of switching to CGI, not to mention everything else that was wrong with it. But I still like to get the full immersive experience watching the films in chronological order. At least I know it gets better.

  19. My personal favorites are alien, the thing, and the shining. Honorable mention for cabin in the woods, scream, and evil dead.

  20. Get Out – it's nice to rewatch it while knowing how it will end and pay attention to all the hints and hidden messages that occur during the first part of the movie.

  21. The Sublet! I found it completely by accident but it is a movie I recommend to anyone who likes psychological thrillers. It's isolated, suspenseful and very scary in the realistic situation that the main character is facing. It also features a very spiteful/ grieving ghost.

  22. A Nightmare on Elm Street has not aged well at all due to the absolutely horrible acting by every single actor. Period.

  23. The Guest – Monroe is awesome in it, but Dan Stevens overcooked his “Ryan Gosling In Drive” experiment.

    The Shining- will never fail to terrify me

    House of the Devil – so good! And the 70s aesthetic was so much more than a cheesy gimmick

    Nightmare on Elm St- still awesomely cool. Even though (bring on the flames) I prefer Jackie Earle Haley as Krueger

    Phantasm – utterly mental and great fun

    The Thing – it’s ace, but I don’t have the same nostalgia for it as I do for, say, The Blob

    Cabin In The Woods – gets better on each watch. The Harbringer scene alone… 😂

    Halloween – the greatest slasher film.

    Incidentally, “It Follows” is a horror film I would happily watch every night- a modern classic.

  24. House of the Devil is a revelation. I love the girl, and her Walkman. And Tom Noonan who is so creepy. And the girls' friend who warns her not to take the baby sitting job but she does anyway.

  25. the ecorcist is the master piece of all horror films it took 40 yrs to find out how the tricks were made ; no one will ever beat ´the exorcist ´

  26. Horror movies i rewatch
    1. Halloween (1978)
    2. Paranormal activity (2009)
    3. Alien (1979)
    4. The shining (1980)
    5. V/H/S/2 (2013)
    6. Dawn of the dead (1979)
    7. Shaun of the dead (2004)
    8. 28 days later (2002)
    9. Night of the living dead (1968)
    10. Final destination 5 (2011)
    11. A nightmare on elm street (1984)
    12. Scream 2 (1997)
    13. The cabin in the woods (2012)
    14. Halloween II (1981)
    15. Halloween H20 20 years later
    16. The thing (1982)
    17. The fly (1958)
    18. The strangers (2008)
    19. House of wax (1943)
    20. The evil dead (1981)
    21. The last house on the left (1972)
    22. Black christmas (1974)
    23. The hills have eyes (1977)
    24. Scream 3 (2000)
    25. 28 weeks later (2007)
    26. Poltergeist (1982)
    27. Get out (2017)
    28. Carrie (1976)
    29. Scream (1996)

  27. The guest, horror? Slashers, horror movies?Nightmare on Elm Street horror movie? Really?So The Thing a Scifi is horror?Halloboring.

  28. The ninth gate is the greatest Sunday afternoon hungover rewatchable horror movie ever made. You have to watch it 3 times before you can solve the mystery.masterpiece

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