No matter how many horror movies you’ve seen, there are always more to watch. The genre is filled with incredible stories, characters, and aesthetics. Here are some horror movies Reddit users consider one-hundred percent perfect. Even if you’ve seen them before, they deserve another watch!
“Tremors (the FIRST movie) is a perfect monster movie.
A blend of monster movie, dumb-seeming intelligence, and great characterization, it hits all the tropes, angles, and tension of classic monster films, while at the same time subverting and changing them.
The monsters create tension in every scene, only increasing as things get more desperate for the people you find yourself connecting with. They’re great monsters too, perfect even, as you don’t know they’re there until they’re right under you, and even if you DO know they’re there…well, they can wait you out as you climb the power lines, days and days if they have to.
They have a weakness, but it’s only fatal if you’re smart about it, and even then they LEARN. They’re patient, alien, and strong, but CAN be killed. It’s not a struggle against the unknowable, unassailable, but a FIGHT with a monster you have to bait out to kill. The only way to win is to play chicken with it, and PRAY you’re good enough.
Witty one liners, funny character moments, and good pacing help the movie stay coherent and brings you back from the precipice of thinking that that’s all the movie has to offer. Slapstick, cutting words, and in jokes, all dot the runtime, even when a harrowing escape turns into a Mulan-like shot of the characters pole-vaulting from rock to rock
Still, for all it’s silliness, the horror of seeing a man’s face under his hat sucked into the ground by something he NEVER EVEN SAW…it has some chops for horror in the best movie monster ways. People go missing before anyone even knows what the problem is, and the one who did figure it out died from dehydration and exposure on the power lines long before he could warn others.
It’s not nessesarily a good movie, but it’s a perfect monster movie, and should absolutely be seen as a great horror flick.
Plus it’s got Reba McEntire and Kevin Bacon in it.” – Bazrum
“The concepts in Nightmare On Elm Street terrify me to even contemplate. None of the old slasher types instilled real-life fear in me.” – nicholasgnames
“I think people forget about this because it’s children’s horror, but it’s a perfectly paced movie. Divided up into four acts, each act adds in a new flavor of horror that builds on itself.
The way the movie builds tension and horror, along with the artwork, music, and character designs, means the viewer is never allowed to get accustomed to the horror on the screen. I reccomend it to anyone who likes horror, adult or child.
Spoilers ahead! Act 1: Lack of horror: Sets up the tone, visuals, and background. Its flavor of horror is no horror at all (which is very important to a well paced horror movie in my opinion).
Act 2: Fear of the unkown: Coraline enters the other world. Coraline is happy but the viewer knows something is afoot. The citizens of the other world act strange almost as if they aare scared.
Act 3: Serial Killer: Coraline finds out the truth about the Other Mother and what she did to those children. She knows she needs to play her games or risks meeting the same fate.
Act 4: Monster Movie: RUN. Run before she can reach you.” – AdmiralHornblower
“It is unparalleled in its ability to ‘show, not tell’. There are very few jump scares, it’s mostly nerve-wracking suspense. None of the characters are really stupid, they just make dumb decisions with understandable reasons. Plus the xenomorph itself is gorgeous. It’s a masterpiece of a horror movie.” – Symnestra
“I thoroughly regret waiting until I was in my 30s to watch this. What was I thinking? It still holds up today and is a legit scary, awesome movie.” – EternalShroud
“This is the movie that gave me nightmares as a child. This was the 90s, before Discovery Channel broke the mystique of wildlife. I had lion themed nightmares for years.” – kanishqquotes
“I know the whole ‘found footage’ genre has been done to death now, but this was one of the first movies to adopt this method and it worked beautifully. You have to remember that this movie came out before the internet/social media, so when the marketing material claimed it was real, there really wasn’t much of a way to disprove it. I still remember leaving the cinema as a 15 year old shaking with fear. A superbly made, suspenseful horror movie which still holds up to this day.” – massivebumwizard
“That movie is the only horror movie that made me physically react. After the claustrophobic scene through the watery tunnel I felt sick for the remainder of the movie. But that’s only because I am so claustrophobic I can’t even use sleeping bags anymore.” – Tyrianne
“It gave the audiences of the day quite a scare and set the bar for horror and suspense thrillers for decades to come. Perfect.” – CoopedUp1313
“Signs by M. Night is very suspenseful but there are a few moments that really made me think, ‘Jesus crist why did I watch this?’ Then there are others that make me think, ‘oooOOOHH omg it’s all coming together!’ It’s a really well-written movie that has a very cool ending that every time makes you feel spooked and on the edge of your seat.” – MrThreshold
“I love the movie The VVitch. I just think the aesthetic and setting are very original and the story isn’t bad at all.” – Matt_Thundercock
“The original Carrie captures the horrors of teenage girlhood brilliantly.” – Unique-kitten·
“It’s not the scariest movie on this list. But it is a perfect masterpiece of a movie. Great story, beautiful scenery, fantastic music, tension, dark side of humanity. Yeah 10/10.” – megasin1
“The fact that a possessed cat is the main antagonist is a really unique concept.” – Daddy_Smokestack
“Since it’s a Kubrick movie it deserves to be watched on a larger screen with decent speakers. Lights off. It’s probably better watched in the dead of winter as well. It’s the kind of movie that’s a whole mood. The book is also one of King’s best and it’s so different from the movie that both are great in their own right.” – forman98
“Perfectly paced and the cast isn’t a bunch of idiots doing dumb stuff to get the plot in motion.” – Deathox120
“Not a movie, but The Haunting of Hill House is just incredible. It’s not perfect but it’s the closest to perfect I’ve seen from anything out of the horror genre.” – tenaciousDaniel