20 Horror Films You Must See

By Holly Bowler

20. The Skin I Live In – 2011 – Pedro Almodóvar

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A Plastic surgeon devastated by the loss of his wife puts all of his work into creating the perfect skin. However his test subject Vera Cruz shares a link to his not so perfect past.

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19. 1408 – 2007 – Mikael Håfström


A paranormal investigator checks into the famous room 1408 in the Dolphin hotel which has been locked to all guests because of its cursed history. Mike Enslin decides to debunk the rooms ghostlypast however he soon finds out checking out is harder than it seems.  

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18. 28 Days/Weeks Later – 2002/2007 – Danny Boyle/Juan Carlos Frasnadillo

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A scientific experiment on animals leads to a devastating virus pandemic when a rescue mission allows the animals to break free. The ‘rage’ virus leads to a widespread break out throughout the UK. After waking up from a coma Jim (Cillian Murphy) must try his hardest to escape and survive the horror surrounding London. 28 weeks Later the area of London is restored and re-population begins, with disastrous effects.  

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17. The Descent – 2005 – Neil Marshall

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A group of women go on a caving expedition after hiking the surrounding woods. However they soon find out they are trapped inside the cave and with a limited supply of food and no way out panic soon ensues. The mission to get out becomes a struggle for survival as they realise they aren’t the only ones in the cave and must face not only the bloodthirsty creatures after them but each other.

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16. House Of 1000 Corpses – 2003 – Rob Zombie

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Two couples travel around the country by car looking for the best roadside attraction. However when they take a wrong turn they bump into Captain Spaulding who fills them in with the legend of Dr. Satan. After taking in hitch-hiker Baby she leads them to her house with the promise of knowledge however her family are less than conventional. When the family attacks them they must try and survive the house of 1000 corpses.

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15. Funny Games/Funny Games US – 1997/2007 – Michael Haneke

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Two psychotic spree serial killers take a family hostage in their own holiday home to play their own twisted torture games designed to humiliate the family. 

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14. Død snø (Dead Snow) – 2009 – Tommy Wirkola

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A ski vacation for a group of students goes drastically wrong when they are attacked by Nazi Zombies ..

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13. Sinister – 2012 – Scott Derrickson

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A crime writer moves into a new house with his family to work on his next novel, however he finds reels of home movies in the attic. he starts researching the films however it turns strange when the same figure appears in each one. The effects of his research soon turn to his family and things soon turn from bad to worse ..

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12. The Fourth Kind – 2009 – Olatunde Osunsanmi

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After the death of her husband Dr Abigail Tyler starts researching patients who suffer from insomnia and amnesia after seeing a white owl. When she sees the same white owl and hypnosis ends badly for her patients she decides to record her own experiences with tragic consequences. The 1st kind is sighting, 2nd is evidence, 3rd is communication and 4th is abduction … 

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11. The Exorcist – 1973 – William Friedkin

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After her teenage daughter Regan gets possesed by a demonic force Actress Chris MacNeil calls in help from two priests for an exorcism. 

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10. Orphan – 2009 – Jaume Collet-Serra

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A husband and wife adopt a 9 year old girl from an orphanage to complete their family after the loss of their baby but the girl’s history is not all it seems.. 

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9. American Psycho – 2000 – Mary Harron

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Patrick Bateman hides a psychopathic mind from his colleagues but his homicidal fantasies soon become reality as his hatred of the world becomes more intense.

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8. Mum & Dad – 2008 – Steven Sheil

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A young Polish girl Lena working at the airport befriends ‘Birdy’ during her shift and is dragged into the nightmare world of her family with no escape. Her only hope of survival is to become part of the family. 

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7. The Devil’s Rejects – 2005 – Rob Zombie

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The Firefly family are on the run from the police who are on the attack after the murder of one of their own. Despite being hounded by police the twisted family still leave a trail of dead bodies in their wake until the net begins to close leaving them nowhere to run .. 

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6. The Omen – 1976 – Richard Donner

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After a few grisly deaths that surround the Thorn family and the warning of a priest Robert and Katherine must look closer to home at their son Damien who appears to be the devil incarnate. 

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5. I Saw the Devil – 2010 – Kim Jee Woon

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Jang Kyung-Chul is a dangerous psychopath who preys on anyone in his path however when he brutally murderers a retired police officers fiancée the hunter becomes the hunted. 

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4. Sleepy Hollow – 1999 – Tim Burton

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Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow after a headless horseman is rumoured to be beheading the townsfolk. Ichabod must delve into the history of a town filed with murder and secrets to put the horseman to rest. 

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3. The Shining – 1980 – Stanley Kubrick

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A family look after an empty hotel in the Colorado mountains while the father writes a book. However the hotels past may become the families future.

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2. I Spit On Your Grave – 2010 – Steven R Monroe

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After a writer is brutally attacked inside her cabin and left for dead she seeks out her attackers for some lethal revenge. 

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1. The Silence of the Lambs – 1991 – Jonathan Demme

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A young F.B.I agent must enlist the help of the psychopathic Hannibal Lecter to help her uncover a sadistic killer who is skinning his helpless victims. 

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