12 essential horror movies to watch

Horror movies can be a great experience for those who like to feel adrenaline. Between demonic possessions, hauntings and human malice itself, the genre’s productions have covered many themes over the years.

Check out the 12 feature films that have become classics for those who love to feel chills with a good story.

1. The Exorcist (1973)

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This classic that still terrifies many people could not be left out. The Exorcist tells the story of a young priest (Jason Miller) who tries to free a 12 year old girl (Linda Blair) from demonic possession. Innovative, the film directed by William Friedkin made people feel bad in the first screenings and won the Oscar for Best Screenplay and Sound Mix.

two. Suspiria (1977)

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Directed by Dario Argento, Suspiria combines a dark history with a striking photograph. The film centers on a dance academy that hides scary secrets. In 2018, the feature won a new version by Luca Guadagnino with less emphasis on aesthetics and more on horror.

3. The illuminated (1980)

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This is a classic that mixes disturbing scenes with a growing tone of tension and insanity. Directed by Stanley Kubrick, The illuminated accompanies Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson), who goes to work and lives in the isolated Hotel Overlook with his family, and the place ends up affecting him directly.

4. Invocation of Evil (2013)

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Great success in theaters, this film originated a horror franchise. Directed by James Wan, Invocation of Evil it is based on facts and accompanies the couple of paranormal investigators Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) in solving a disturbing case.

5. The Blair Witch (1999)

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This classic revolutionized the way of telling stories in cinema, which made many people believe it was real. The film shows the footage of three young people who get lost in a forest to investigate the legend of the Blair Witch and are faced with frightening events.

6. Psychosis (1960)

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Who doesn’t know the iconic soundtrack of this film that influenced pop culture? Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, the film features secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) who, after a criminal escape, ends up at Motel Bates with sinister consequences.

7. Hereditary (2018)

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A modern classic, Hereditary it left many people without sleep with its disturbing scenes. Directed by Ari Aster, the film tells the story of a family that grieves and ends up being haunted by a supernatural presence.

8. Halloween (1978)

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With a sinister and unforgettable theme song, this classic originated a huge franchise. Directed by John Carpenter, it centers on Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), who is pursued by murderer Michael Myers on Halloween night.

9. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

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With the subtlety of a sinister soundtrack and impeccable performances, this film has become a classic. Directed by Roman Polanski, it deals with Rosemary (Mia Farrow), a pregnant woman who has to deal with inconvenient neighbors and growing nightmares.

10. Babadook (2014)

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With many metaphors, it is a psychological terror that balances drama and tension. Directed by Jennifer Kent, he accompanies a woman (Essie Davis) who, after her husband’s death, finds it difficult to deal with her son (Noah Wiseman) until a mysterious book appears in the house and evil forces start to terrorize the family.

11. Run! (2017)

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An example of diversity in terror, this film approaches racism in an impactful and tense way. Directed by Jordan Peele, it tells the story of a black man (Daniel Kaluuya) who is going to visit the family of his white girlfriend (Allison Williams) on a weekend that becomes a real nightmare.

12. The witch (2015)

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A recent classic, The witch stands out for prioritizing a tense atmosphere instead of just jump scares. Directed by Robert Eggers, it centers on a family that is isolated in a forest and is tormented by evil forces.

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