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Ever finish a good horror movie and can't bring yourself to get up and turn on the lights, let alone let go of your pillow? No? Just us? Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for "Another Top 10 Movies You Shouldn’t Watch Alone."
For this list, much like the first one, we’ll be ranking all the films that give you that sense of helplessness and eeriness. You know, that creepy feeling you can’t shake as if someone is right behind you?
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#10: “Halloween” (1978)
Masked serial killing became a popular symbol of horror with this film, which spawned an immensely successful series of sequels. When a six-year-old boy stabs his older sister to death one fateful Halloween night, he consequently finds himself confined to a mental institution for the next 15 years. Upon his escape, the deranged murderer haunts the streets of his hometown to stalk and kill a number of new victims with his signature kitchen knife. If you watch this one alone, be sure you keep the lights on; suspense had a new name after this film, and its name was Michael Myers.
#9: “The Shining” (1980)
There may be no horror greater than one that originates in your own family. Jack Torrance arrives at the Overlook Hotel with his wife and son to begin his job as the hotel’s caretaker. But soon, strange happenings begin to take place within the halls of the inn—and within Jack’s mind, too. Originally welcoming the solitude as a way to break his writer’s block, Jack is slowly driven mad by the hotel’s curse and attempts to take the lives of his own family. This classic Stanley Kubrick adaptation of Stephen King’s landmark is filled with moments that have become a part of pop culture.
#8: “The Descent” (2005)
When trapped in an underground cave with no signs of escape, just assume you’re not alone. When a group of women meet up to go on an epic caving trip, an inconvenient accident leaves them all confined to a rocky prison. The worst of it isn’t evident until they discover what appear to be flesh eating humanoid creatures down there with them. These inhabitants have adapted to life underground and, though they can’t actually see, strike without thinking, forcing the travelers to descend to their most primal instincts to survive the hellish cave.
#7: “Drag Me to Hell” (2009)
This movie reminds us to always be mindful of the ones we do wrong. Christine’s picture-perfect life is disrupted by a desperate elderly lady who needs an extension on her home loan. When Christine denies her in hopes of impressing her boss, the old woman hexes her with a curse that will torment her mercilessly before damning her to an eternity in hell. Sending the next three days of her life dealing with evil spirits and trying to ward off the curse for good, she faces such terrifying demonic depictions in the mortal world we shudder to think what awaits her on the other side.
#6: “Evil Dead” (2013)
Possessions are no joke, especially when it happens to nearly everyone in your group. In this reboot of Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead series, five friends gather in a cabin in the woods in order to help one of their group through a difficult drug rehabilitation. Discovering a book of evil spells, they inadvertently summon a demon that begins to possess each of them one by one. The remaining, non-possessed members see no other way to survive than to kill each subsequent possessed member, until only one survives. Actually, maybe it’s better to watch this one by yourself…
#5: “The Sixth Sense” (1999)
The souls of the dead sometimes have unfinished business that keeps them from passing on, and it just so happens that 9-year-old Cole is their means of passage. Child psychologist Malcolm Crowe is tasked with relieving the young boy of his frightening visits, but in the end uncovers some very unsettling truths about his own life. The concept of being tormented by restless souls is scary enough, but focusing on a child as the subject for such terror adds a whole other spine tingling level. Plus, it’s a M. Night Shyamalan movie, so if you think you can handle a twist ending with no one to keep you company, that’s your problem.
#4: “Hide and Seek” (2005)
There comes a time in a person’s life when you may need a fresh start. After his wife’s untimely death, this father felt a change of scene was necessary for him and his daughter Emily. To cope with all the sudden upheaval in her life, the young Emily develops an imaginary friend named Charlie, who may not actually be so friendly. The apparition only seems to present itself to Emily but he bears a resentment toward anyone that comes close to her. Let’s just say that if you watch this one alone, the more paranoid among us might start to question if we truly are alone…
#3: “Sinister” (2012)
Nothing screams horror like a house haunted by evil spirits. Struggling true crime writer Ellison Oswalt thinks he’s found his big break upon the discovery of an unsolved family murder case. Hoping to get closer to the answer, he moves with his family into the house of the murdered family. In the attic one day, he finds film reels depicting the murders of several families, and soon realizes he’s in way over his head. The thing that remains constant with each film is the demonic figure present in each shot, who has now sought out the Oswalt family to make sure they suffer the same fate.
#2: “Insidious” (2010)
Nothing gets in between two parents and the wellbeing of their child, not even a demonic entity using him as a vessel to the real world. Dalton has inherited the ability to leave his body and travel to the realm of the undying. When he gets trapped and is unable to find his way back, evil spirits begin using his consciousness to wreak havoc on the Lambert family. With supernatural scares aplenty, even dedicated horror fans will have trouble turning the lights off after watching this—especially if they watch it by themselves.
Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- Annabelle (2014)
- Silent House (2011)
- It Follows (2014)
- Dead Silence (2007)
#1: “The Babadook” (2014)
Have you ever heard the story of the Babadook? Well, neither had this troubled single mother, and upon reading the cursed book to her son she unleashed its hellish torment on both their lives. The son’s overactive imagination leads the mother to initially disbelieve the Babadook exists. However, she believes its incessant stalking causes the family to experience increasing psychological trauma. One cannot escape the Babadook once a person becomes aware of his existence. This film gets its notoriety from the lack of conventional jump scares, and the masterful employment of raw horror elements. Exactly the kind of movie you should watch in a big group. With the lights ON. And the basement door LOCKED.