I’m a regular horror movie fan. I’ve seen all the stupidest horror movies ever made, even those scariest movies of all time films. I used to watch them to test my courage, to check whether I could get scared of it.
None of those films ever scared me or stuck in my memory.
Nowadays, horror films are complete jokes. Each new horror motion movie is only a direction copied of scenes from other movies,
Relying on jump scares to distract you from the lack of quality storytelling, shallow acting, and dialogue so bad you’d think it was a high school goer composing a fan-fiction for English class.
If you are planning to watch some new supernatural horror this weekend and are confused,
Check out my list of quality yet thrilling Top 10 scariest ghost movies.
Top 10 scariest ghost movies list-
Quality of movie-6.5/10
Conjuring 2 is an old school horror.
It is and always will be at the spot of top 10 ghost movies in Hollywood ever made;
The story goes like, A single mother with distressed children, poor, no dad, helpless and downright depressing, this could be the reason an evil presence (a terrifying nun-like demon) picks them.
Makes sense, because demons feed on bitterness. In that world, Lorraine is Satan’s biggest fear because she has the power to open gates.
A beautiful scene that is mostly ignored is when Ed and Lorraine play guitar with a sad family.
To add more intensity to that scene, if the demon had tried to attack them during the song,
It couldn’t have because they were together and happy and love is insurmountable. (Which could be a lesson for another day)
The same demon in Conjuring-2 has also prequel movie from the franchise released recently as The Nun (2018) but, the level of scariness Conjuring-2 offered is far superior to all its prequels.
Not that scary, but the level of scariness Director James Wan brings here surely have the tenth spot in our Top 10 list.
09.A Tale of Two Sisters(2003)-Korean movie
Quality of movie-6.5/10
A tale of two sisters is actually loosely based on a well-known Korean ghost story.
What I loved about this film, unlike Hollywood horror is it’s the use of mind-fucks and delightful symbolism with flawless planning and imagery.
There is no doubt this is a good film and an example of what the Korean horror genre can do.
The starting passes an impression of a slow and simple movie, which gives you a chance to think about what and when it will occur.
At some point, this inclination sort of vanish as the time passes by and you get interested in the story.
After some time, it reaches half of the film and very little of the storyline explanation, leaving you curious because of its strange narrative.
The climax arrives, and you stay involved, needing to know increasingly more of Sumi and Suyeon’s (both sisters) history.
All these narration results in a very well-balanced plot without overusing horror movie methods such as jump scares or violence.
This direction builds up the movie in a perfect joint with the bold dialogues of Sumi’s character and personality changes according to whom she’s interacting with, resulting in good chemistry that leaves you questioned until the last minute.
08.Poltergeist trilogy (1982,1986,1988)
Quality of movie-7.5/10
What can you say about the film series that itself is cursed while filming?
Known as the Poltergeist Curse is a curse that is linked to this horror film series Poltergeist.
In many variants of the urban legend, all the cast members passed while in others just four deaths are linked to the curse.
In reality, just four of the actors died, two passed on startlingly, while the other two apparently died on of normal causes.
There is a fact that unusual events occurred during the shooting of the three movies. It is uncertain that this means the curse is true, or it is just a pure coincidence.
Speaking about plot, a poltergeist in folklore is a noisy and deadly (but usually mischievous, not wicked) spirit held as responsible for unexplained noises and movement of objects within a home.
Adolescent children, especially ladies said that they attract Hypothesized spirits to home
In all three film series, each recounts an episode in the lives of the Freelings, a fictitious family who have the bad luck to take up residence in homes inhabited by spirits intent upon kidnapping their children or sending their kids to live in similar places,
No doubt this old horror classic has to be included on the 8th spot of top 10 scariest ghost movies, because considering past standards, it was ahead of its time.
07.Tumbbad (2018)-Indian movie
Quality of movie-9/10
Most original story I have seen in a movie for quite a while not particularly ghost genre but more like psychological mystery drama.
Writers set the movie during the latter part of British India and the period setting adds a visual aspect of validness to the story.
A catastrophe affects young boy named Vinayak, his life-threatening encounter with a cursed cannibal old lady (his house Imprisoned grandmother) who knows the way to get buried treasure sets him on the path of greed.
He tries to investigate the local legend of a god-turned-demon named Hastar and his gold medallions but stopped by his mother by swearing.
Now grown-up Vinayak (after his mother passes) becomes obsessed with uncovering the treasure.
Gradually, his obsession turns him into a cold-blooded opportunist.
Some moments in the film are grotesque, but you cannot miss the details they have captured meticulously.
The scenes on the screen are impressive.
From the fascinating rain-soaked outdoors to the old ancestral home that hides over one disturbing mystery, screening is like an artistic masterpiece. This movie I think is one of the best scariest horror movies in India.
Various scenes in the film’s latter half unfold in a live womb (yes) and these portions are especially impressive for the sheer creative mind and imagination on display.
The ending will leave you in a state of sadness & dejection with a lesson on greed.
06.The Blair Witch Project(1999)
Quality of movie-7/10
October 1994, three film making students disappear in the forested areas close Burkittsville, Maryland while shooting a documentary.
One year later, someone finds their recording.
The rest of the 79 minutes of the Blair Witch Project is “removed” from that recording, all which is shot with handheld camcorders and a 16 mm camera.
After talking to a few people of local people about the Blair Witch, the three young grown-ups climb profound into the nearby woods to get a film of areas related to the story. (The story includes a witch who steals and executes the two kids and grown-ups).
They get lost, and every night horrendous things occur. Sludge showing up on their camp.
At that point, Josh vanishes and a heap of twigs is “delivered” which contains what they believe to be a part of his body.
Finally, the two surviving filmmakers stumble (at night) upon a lonely, rundown house from which exhales groaning and shouting. They rush to explore the uncertain sounds.
Then, the camera falls to the ground and the credit roll.
While watching the movie you will feel in a more continuous state of anxiety and fear with a heavy heart beating moments between rather than jump scares.
This movie sets a new standard for camcorder movies which inspired other classics like paranormal activity series. But still, it is one of the top horror movies to be on screen.
05.The Exorcist (1973)
Quality of movie-9.5/10
Instead, to reveal the story, I’ll go with the execution of direction and play of the movie.
You have to see the Exorcist a couple of times to understand the personas, get all the dialogue between them, and value the art and attention with which the film is directed.
The more you see the film the frightening it gets, because the more you watch, the more you comprehend what’s happening
The movie stands up well to this day because the director successfully created and maintained an atmosphere of dreamy bitterness even in the quiet scenes, filled by scenes of extraordinary mental frightfulness and an absolute killer sound background that remains unsurpassed to this day.
Scenes never truly resolve or end as you expect that they should.No wonder, this classic still manages to frighten us and is classic scariest ghost movies.
Quality of movie-7/10
Before you say anything, let me be clear,
Here, we are not making a comparison between western and Japanese ghosts.
I don’t think the original Japanese version is terrifying. Yet, it builds a genuinely good sense of terror and is very deep in its storytelling.
As a cinematic entity, ‘The Ghost’ in the Western film has changed for years from the Asian counterparts in the way filmmakers choose to scare you.
Ghosts in Western films popped out at you in creating a gotcha moment.
In days before this fashion, ghosts were unaware and bit shy to show themselves it was more like tension built up through the story.
Filmmakers ditched this method in favor of scary CGI faced, ass-kicking ghosts.
The story goes like:
At the point when journalist Reiko’s niece is discovered dead alongside three friends after viewing a supposedly cursed videotape, she decides to investigate.
Alongside her ex, Ryuji, Reiko finds the tape, watches it and gets a telephone call advising her she’ll die in seven days.
Determined to understand the curse, Reiko and Ryuji find the video’s history and try to resolve an old murder that could break the spell.
Quality of movie-9.5/10
The Witch is one of that moviegoing horror experience.
Rather than relying on jump scares too many actions of violence or the shabby adrenaline rush, this film is like being on a roller coaster.
Director Eggers in his remarkable debut picked up the movie-watchers and transported them to 1630s England.
The Witch takes as much time as is needed to mix the suspense and, expanding the demonic warmth until just in the last minutes you understand how scary things will turn now.
There are disturbing, even horrifying scenes early on, but they don’t surprise you so much as they build up a constant tension.
The story starts itself into your mind with a first, the unknown fear of something unseen.
It sends shivers down your spine with its harsh air of anticipation and sense of a puzzle that puts forward questions you’re not sure you want the answer.
I highly suggest you watch this if you are searching for realistic yet scariest ghost movies.
02.Exorcism of Emily Rose(2015)
Quality of movie-9.5/10
It’s often said “theaters and digital screens act as a wall to differentiate between the real world and movie world”
But when you see something on the screen that strongly resonates with what we know to be a real world, various thoughts, experiences, and emotions bubble up in your mind.
Especially if it’s horror, things don’t go very well for you.
The film is about a cleric who must stand trial for the careless murder of a 22-year-old young lady he performed an exorcism on who died.
She came from a decent Catholic family, yet started to encounter satanic possession in college and suffered as she struggled against the evil forces within her.
An agnostic lawyer goes to the support of the priest, while they call an outreaching Methodist to accuse.
The interrogation comes down to whether Emily Rose really had medicinal issues or if her indications of paranoia, seizures, muscle, and joint hardening, shouting, brutality and inability to eat has no explanation on the physical, “scientific” level.
The story derives from a real-life trial that happened in the 1970s Bavaria with a girl named Anneliese Michel. The real story is grayer than the film. The movie storyline is grasping; It triggers consideration of the partial separation between religion and science. Is demonic possession real? Does science answer? Does God exist?
The closest encounter we often have with ghosts (if real or not) is through a possessed person You might have heard stories of possession and if you wish you could have seen a real ghost, this movie could be an answer. This is one of the most accurate, true-to-life supernatural yet one of the scariest ghost movies you could see.
Before jumping top our top spot, Ill list some honorable mentions which are not included in our top 10 scariest ghost movies but are worth watching ,
- Sixth sense
Quality of movie-9.5/10
Hereditary is a movie that pushes the limits of what frightfulness is. It shows a dysfunctional family dealing with the death of a member and lets the audience watch these individuals gradually crumble as grief overtakes them.
If you are going into this movie, expecting that it should be a normal horror movie, you will be woefully baffled. Hereditary is terrifying because it shows believable horror, just like a real story.
The movie gets your attention right from the opening shot; I loved how the camera focused in on the unpleasant miniature house and after that entered the child’s room.
The jump scares in this film will shake you since they are not your ordinary jump scares.
Which is normally a sudden silence followed by a dramatic noise and a ghost popping up out of the blue?
The director’s sense of priority cautiously delivers plausibly the best terror traps: the wide-angle shots, a dash of the paranoia, and simple yet effective sound effects.
It infiltrates each scene, and the audience isn’t permitted to relax. The last 15 to 20 minutes of the film gets serious (very serious). And yes! Also, continued crashing with your psyche may trigger the PTSD you got from this film.
Make sure you are in a good state of mind and health before watching this movie.
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