If you're looking for the best horror Movies to view over the weekend, there are a handful of titles that are a must-watch if you like shock and awe. Of course, there are Horror Movies like "The Human Centipede" and "Hostel," but many find these types of films to be shocking for the sake of shock alone. Most critics gave "The Human Centipede" negative reviews because they found the writing and storyline to be weak, and that it was merely a platform to reveal tortuous scenes.


Critics on Rotten Tomatoes have described it as "gross" and "boring." The movies listed below have solid storylines and they have been praised by either audiences or critics (mostly both), and though they certainly have their share of gross-out moments, they are anything but boring.

It's not a coincidence that over half of the movies on this list come from the '70s. The Decade of Disco not only provided pop culture with some interesting fashion choices, but it also ushered in a new era of horror and exploitation movies that changed the industry forever.


With the exception of very few titles (like Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho"), before the '70s, most horror flicks didn't feel real and they weren't regarded as scary. However, one film would change that perception of horror and the genre forever.

“The Last House on the Left” (1972): The late Wes Craven was known for creating two of the most iconic franchises in horror cinema ("A Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Scream"), but it was his debut feature that cemented the the late director as a horror icon.

Not only did "The Last House on the Left" look like a snuff film, but because it felt so real, many audiences thought it actually was a snuff film. It was banned in several countries, and it even failed to get proper releasing in the U.K. all the way up until the mid-2000s. Craven felt he went too far with this movie, and cast members have said that they were endangered during the filmmaking process. Filled with disturbing images of rape, torture, violence, and vengeance, this remains one of the most controversial horror movies of all time.

“The Exorcist” (1973): Though dozens of movies have been made in the same vein, most consider the original "Exorcist" to be the best possession film ever made. Chances are, if a horror movie was made today depicting a young girl stabbing her crotch with a crucifix (while cursing at Jesus), it would probably never see the light of day. They had to cut a couple scenes from the film to avoid an X-rating, and many felt that it still deserved one. Not only was the movie itself controversial, but so was the filmmaking process.


With the exception of the then 13-year-old actress Linda Blair (who he treated with great sensitivity and care), Director William Friedkin created a tense environment for the cast; he would randomly fire a starter pistol to keep the cast on edge, many actors and actresses were injured during the filming of the movie, and in one of the last scenes of the film, Father Bill O'Malley's hands are shaking because Friedkin slapped the real-life priest in the face right before shooting that scene (in order for O'Malley to portray the emotion of the character correctly).


"The Exorcist" is intense, vulgar, scary, and it is often considered one of the best horror movies ever made.

“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (1974): Though this may not be considered as shocking by today's standards, the film remains one of the most twisted stories ever told. It was pinned as being based on a true story but this is greatly exaggerated (it was loosely based on real-life necrophiliac and murderer Ed Gein). But the advertisement of it being based a true story added to the shock and horror of the film. Surprisingly, there is very little blood and gore in the movie, but it's intensity and subject matter created great controversy.

“I Spit on Your Grave” (1978): Revenge cinema is a popular subgenre of horror, and this is one of the best from that category. Where "Last House on the Left" pushed the envelope with their rape scene and brutal violence, "I Spit on Your Grave" blows up the entire table the envelope was on. Though it's not as violent as many modern horror films, it's intensity and disturbing subject matter stands the test of time.

“Cannibal Holocaust” (1979): This is regarded as the first found-footage horror flick. It has been called disturbing, shocking, offensive, unpleasant, and a horror masterpiece. If you're a fan of the found-footage genre, then this film that started it all is a must-watch. The beginning of the trailer set the tone of the new subgenre of horror; "The men you will see eaten alive, are the same men who filmed these incredible sequences."

“Evil Dead” 2013: With their use of witty dialogue and brilliantly cheesy cinematography, the original "Evil Dead" trilogy is a hallmark in the horror industry. But where the remake lacked the wit of the original, it made up for it with intensity and gore. This 90-minute film is a thrill-ride from start to finish, and both critics and audiences alike raved for the movie describing it as brutal, scary, and bloody.

“VooDoo” 2017: This is one of the newest horror movies of 2017, and critics and audiences can't stop talking about it. Minus a couple of creepy moments, the first half is solely used to provide character depth and to set the stage for the second half which takes place in Hell. Though many horror movies have been centered on Hell-like content—like demonic possession, the Devil, and the like—very few have shown Hell itself. But horror director Tom Costabile, who many are calling the new "Master of the Macabre," pulls it off. RogerEbert.com describes one of the most shocking horror movies ever made.

"[At] the 50-minute mark, the film enters a grotesque funhouse-style recreation of a Boschian hellscape. I can honestly tell you: I have yet to pick my jaw up off the floor...You really must see this film, if only to sate your morbid curiosity."

From "The Last House on the Left" to "VooDoo," some of the best horror movies are perfect for a night of shock and awe.

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