To the layman crowd of movie-goers and weekend couch potatoes, horror always comes off as a niche market. Horror movie enthusiasts are almost invariably comparable to black metal fans, drawing parallels such as an insatiable need of jarring their senses with sights and sounds that normal, everyday folk would need to see a therapist after being subjected to.
The Top 10
To help you on your journey into this macabre world, here’s a handpicked collection of the top 10 highest-rated, critically-acclaimed horror flicks, of all time:
- The Exorcist (1973)
The highest-grossing R-rated film ever, this William Friedkin adaptation of the novel earned nine Oscar nominations, and the respect of the collective of movie-goers as many either fainted or expelled their last meals, when it first premiered. The first horror film to be nominated for Best Picture, it comes as no surprise that it’s at the top.
- Hereditary (2018)
A thoroughly jarring experience that sees Toni Collette’s character slowly loses her mind and gradually manifest an Oscar-worthy performance, this flick has it all. Starting out as a dark family drama, things take a turn when 2018’s single most jarring scene takes place, but you’ll have to watch it for that experience.
- The Shining (1980)
Little can be said to surmount the praise that this Stephen King adaptation already has amassed due to its imposing production and design that overwhelms all the senses into an experience hitherto unknown. This Kubrick horror has a tendency to get under the skin, as you accompany Jack Torrance down the spiral of psychosis.
- The Conjuring (2013)
Based on a series of true events featuring the real-life ghost-busting couple Lorraine and Ed Warren, this masterpiece instills a believability to the horror flick experience by tuning down the unnecessary jump scares and amping up the story aspects. This extremely grounded view of real-life paranormality is an easy watch for those of us that prefer the narrative to the freakshow.
- The Ring (2002)
An adaptation of Hideo Nakata’s haunted videotape thriller, this flick combines a palate of dull visuals and deep contrasts, and delivers a sad and silent horror. Verbinski successfully manages to translate the dreary dread from the source material into something that frightens everyone, everywhere.
- Annihilation (2018)
A deviation from the above, this cosmic horror follows the story of Portman’s character through a turbulent tale of a mind-bendingly beautiful series of events as she follows the mystery of her husband’s disappearance into Area X, a twisted and hostile landscape. Featuring intense concepts and stunning visuals, this film strikes the sanity right where it hurts.
- Halloween (1978)
The early roots of the Slasher genre tree, this film has a legacy of gore like no other. All you need is a murdering psychopath like Michael Myers and an accident-prone yet brave damsel in distress like Laurie, and you’ve got the most iconic slasher flick of all, a true John Carpenter classic.
- Us (2019)
A psychological thriller like no other, this 2019 flick features a series of brain-befuddling happenings, straight from the mind of comedian Jordan Peele. Topping RT’s 100 best horror movies chart, this murderous befuddlement of a journey combines originality and sheer psychological torment to give one of the most easy-to-get-into horror experiences.
- Sinister (2012)
The manifestation of a dream Robert Cargill had after having watched The Ring, this dramatic possession story follows a true-crime writer (Ethan Hawke) and his family’s slow descent into the grasp of a demonic presence surrounding their newly house-warmed abode. With suspenseful reveals and a soundtrack that gets under your skin, this flick is a must-watch.
- Insidious (2010)
Combining the blatantly violent capabilities of Saw, and the deep technology that can only stem from the mind of James Wan, this supernaturally infused action-thriller sees Patrick Wilson’s character battle it out with demons that threaten the life of his son, even if he has to go all the way down to hell to do it.
Where to Watch These Movies
Whether you want to watch a relaxing, easy-on-the-eyes horror flick that focuses on the story, or you’d like to subject your senses to a masked convict murdering people with a dagger, this list has it all covered, including where to watch these flicks. You want an all-in-one app that you can install to start watching the movie of your choice. If you’re an Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite user, you can indulge all your horror cravings with Cinema HD APK, one of the most popular apps for Fire TV Stick Lite.
Installing Cinema HD APK on your FireStick is as easy as it gets. You just have to configure your Fire Stick settings to allow the installation of unknown apps. Then go to the downloader and search for the right URL to download the APK file. Then install the Cinema HD app, and later delete the APK file from your FireStick. Don’t forget to use a VPN before using Cinema HD.
Ever since Terrarium TV was shut down, the frugal FireStick binge-watchers collective has been on the lookout for a similar streaming app, and among a considerable host of available options, the Cinema HD app is standout with its multitudes of streaming content and a commitment to providing the most convenient and hassle-free experience.
For the FireStick veterans out there, Cinema HD was formerly known as HDMovies, and after its rebranding, it now features an extensive library of TV Shows and Movies, offering you the perfect binge with a smooth, minimal interface, and tonnes of streaming content, all at the click of a button. So, whether you’re indulging your horror fix or just surfing for a quick flick, head on over to the link above to get started.