11. Paranormal Activity
Oren Peli’s cheesy horror film of 2007 only makes our list because of it’s innate ability to make people jump out of their seat in a movie theater or off the couch at home. You know it’s coming, but you don’t know when. Then it hits you. Something in the movie moves really slithery or bang really loud and catches everyone off guard. You’re either grabbing the person next to you or shaking in your shoes. This movie doesn’t offer much in terms of plot or acting, but the shock factor scares the pants off viewers; hypothetically of course. This is possibly one of the worst movie series you can involve yourself in, but the Paranormal Activity movies are a different type of horror because they’re fun to watch with friends and offer a mindless entertainment value. You can take a bathroom break at any time and literally not miss anything.
Clive Barker’s 1987 supernatural horror film starred the iconic Pinhead who managed a team of murderous creepy freaks. Even if people haven’t seen any of the Hellraiser movies, they still somehow know who Pinhead is. If you ever find a puzzlebox at a flea market, then don’t open it unless you want a meeting with the Cenobites. They will eat your soul and possibly your body.
9. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Tobe Hooper’s 1974 bloodbath featuring Leatherface and his cannibal family. It was slightly influenced by real life serial killer, Ed Gein. There’s scenes in this series of horror films that cannot be unseen. One scene in particular, has a character scratch his head with a wire hangar and eat the skin that he peels from it. Ugh!!!! The movie’s biggest influence on American culture is that you simply can’t go to a haunted hayride without someone revving a chainsaw to scare you out of your pumpkin spice latte.
John Carpenter gave us Michael Myers in 1978. He’s part of the Freddy, Michael, and Jason trio of serial killers. He doesn’t speak. He’s a silent killer who hides his face with an emotionless mask. No matter how fast you run, Michael Myers always seemed to get ahead of you as if he was secretly a track star. You wouldn’t see him running, but he would always seem to appear where you’re going. His mask is a Halloween icon worn by many trick-or-treaters.
7 Night of the Living Dead
George A. Romero’s classic zombie film was shot on a $114,000 budget and released October 1st in 1968. The black and white film set the foundation for every zombie show, movie, and creation today. The Walking Dead has an audience of millions and can only thank the late great Romero for his imaginative creation with brain eating zombies. Who would’ve thought that a movie with people walking around acting strange would turn into today’s empire starring Rick Grimes on Sunday nights.
6 Friday the 13th
Victor Miller’s 1980 classic horror movie stars Jason Vorhees, the serial killer who wears an old hockey goalie mask when slaughtering his victims. He’s also part of the trio of most notorious horror movie serial killers along with Freddy Krueger and Michael Myers. Jason doesn’t say much, but he sure hacks people into a bloody pulp. This movie has sparked tons of people buying glow in the dark goalie masks for Halloween and we also consider Friday the 13th as a day of bad luck. Jason also starred in a movie with Freddy Krueger where they battled each other. I suppose they ran out of ideas for running another Friday movie, because they literally made 11 Friday the 13th movies.