1. The Exorcist (1973)
This movie is about an actress and her 12-year daughter who gets possessed after playing with a Ouija board. The doctors don’t find any medical connection to her strange behavior. The doctors suggest exorcism as the only solution and two priests are found to exercise demons out of the little girl. One priest sacrifices himself, so that the devil leaves the girl and possesses him instead. The priest then throws himself out of the window and is injured but this is not all in vain, as the girl gets well. This movie was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and was selected to be preserved in the National Film Registry.
2. Halloween (1978)
This horror film has gone on to become one of the most successful independent horror films. It is set in the Halloween of 1963, with a six-year-old boy, Michael murdering his elder sister by stabbing her numerously. He is caught by his parents as he attempts to escape. 15 years later, he escapes, just as he is about to be convicted. Michael returns to his hometown, creating hysteria through his murderous rampage. Several people try to kill Michael unsuccessfully. He eludes death even after he is stabbed in the neck and shot six times.
3. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Although banned in several countries, this slasher film has had enormous success, spawning several sequels. Two siblings and three of their friends are investigating reports of vandalism and grave-robbing. They pick a hitchhiker who cuts himself and takes a picture of them, demanding money in return for the picture. The others throw him out and continue on their journey. They stumble upon a local house, whose owner begins killing them one by one. Sally, one of the travelers, is gagged and is lucky to escape when her turn to get killed comes.
4. The Conjuring (2013)
This is a fairly recent addition to the best horror movies list. It is about Ed and Lorraine Warren, a couple of paranormal investigators who go to help a couple and its five daughters, who are being terrorized by demons in the farmhouse they just moved into. The film is actually based on true incidences. One of the daughters is possessed and so is the mother. It is later
discovered that the property was previously owned by a witch who wants them out of the house. However, an exorcism is carried out successfully and the family remains on the property peacefully.
5. The Evil Dead (1981)
Five college students go on vacation in an isolated cabin during their Spring Break. On their way, they run into misfortunes as they narrowly escape a car accident and a bridge begins collapsing as they cross. Cheryl, one of the students, is possessed and experiences some strange incidences, including being raped by trees possessed by demons. The others don’t believe her story. The demonic possession soon spreads to the other students and they die. Ash, the only survivor, is summoned by the demons to join them and is descended by demons the next day, as the film ends.
6. The Ring 9 (2002)
This movie tells the horrid tale of a cursed videotape that kills the viewer seven days after they watch it. One girl, Katie, dies after watching it, while her friend is institutionalized due to the trauma of watching her die. Three of Katie’s friends also die at the same time, after they watched the videotape together. Katie’s aunt Rachel, investigates the mysterious circumstances and sees a woman in the background. It turns out the woman committed suicide after her horses drowned mysteriously. She goes to the island where Ana lived, resulting in a series of deaths.