Finding the all-time best horror movie

With nothing to do over quarantine break, I set my sights on two tasks: redecorating my room and finding out what the all-time best horror movie is. I made a list of popular horror movies I could think of, and kept adding to it until I had almost 100 movies. Now, I’ve watched 52 of those movies.

I’ve always been a horror fan, especially of Stephen King, and my favorite movie by far is “It Chapter Two”. However, I classify the it franchise as a coming of age series, rather than horror, so I excluded those movies from my list. 

I had a much easier time deciding my least favorite horror movie than my favorite. In my opinion, the worst horror movie ever is “Young Frankenstein”. I’m not sure if it’s technically even a horror movie, because it is not scary at all. I can’t even bring myself to talk about the monstrosity that is this movie. Another movie I was surprised to find that I did not like at all was “Cujo”. The sole reasoning behind this is that I found all the characters to be incredibly unlikable. In fact, by the end of the movie, I was practically rooting for the killer dog. 

On the contrary, there were a multitude of horror movies that I absolutely loved. One honorable mention is “Scream”. Mattew Lillard did a brilliant job in this movie, along with most of the other actors, and I truly did not know who the killer was until the very end. 

Now to the winners. Third place goes to (drum roll, please) “Saw”. This series is so twisted, it really explores how the human mind works and what people are willing to do to others to save themselves. Second place is a classic: “Silence of the Lambs”. I absolutely love that someone as evil as Hannibal Lecter isn’t even the main villain. The relationship Dr. Lecter and Clarise develop is psychologically fascinating, and I absolutely can’t get enough of it. Finally to first place in the ultimate horror movie tournament: “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”. This twisted story is so creative and bizarre. It was one of the few horror movies on the list that I could really feel the character’s emotions.

Horror is my favorite movie genre and choosing just these movies to talk about was beyond difficult. If you’re looking for something to do over this quarantine, feel free to check out some of these classic films.