As the weather gets colder and the nights longer, there’s nothing like curling up on the couch with a bowl of popcorn and a good horror movie.
Likewise, scaring viewers has been a popular plotline in movies for as long as filmmakers film them.
Whether it’s something small and creepy like The Sixth Sense or an unforgettable classic like The Exorcist, horror movies are always memorable.
The same goes for Canadian cinema. We may not be the biggest country on the planet when it comes to film production.
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But we do have a few spooky classics that are worth revisiting. Here’s a list of 25 of the best horror movies on Crave Canada.
The Evil Dead is one of the most popular horror movie franchises in history. The movie follows five friends visiting a remote cabin. Here, one of them finds the Book of the Dead and unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods.
Thus, as you might expect from the name ‘Evil Dead,’ it follows a terrifying turn of events for the group of five. Later on, they slowly get possessed one by one.
Interestingly, the encounters attribute to his wife’s restless spirit. The movie combines all the aspects of a perfect horror movie for horror fans.
Jennifer’s Body is a 2009 supernatural horror film. The title character of Jennifer portrays with a detached head that speaks to Needy through a snake orifice on her neck.
While her body runs amok, she is committing acts of cannibalism in the school, where she nearly murders all of her male classmates.
One day, a starlet named Hannah Geist falls ill, and the company’s owner must decide whether he should harvest her disease. The movie awaits the horror fans with a twisted story and a mysterious plot.
Here, a mysterious monster starts to kill the survivors one by one. This thrill keeps the audience at the edge of the seats with the turning plot twists throughout the movie.
The story of a young woman chased and murdered by a serial killer is not new, but how many times have you seen it from the killer’s point of view? Scream is one of the few movies that do just that.
It’s also one of the most successful horror movies ever made. The film shoots in an ultra-hip, self-referential style that broke the fourth wall and openly made fun of the genre itself.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is a movie based on a true story by James Wan. It also stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as Ed and Lorraine Warren, the famous paranormal investigators.
This movie is different from other horror movies because it doesn’t rely on cheap scares or gore to scare viewers. Instead, it delivers some old-fashioned frights that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Moreover, it will leave you wondering about what will happen next.
The Turning is a 2020 mystery horror movie based on Henry James’ famous novel “The Turn of the Screw.” The plot sets in 19th-century England, where a mysterious couple hires a governess to look after their young daughter.
After the return of the girl’s brother in the movie, it uncovers events where she feels haunted by ghosts and sees them as well.
The Shining is a 1980 classic horror movie, but it has more to it than meets the eye. Jack Nicholson plays the role of Jack Torrance, hired as the winter caretaker for the isolated Overlook Hotel.
Thus, the hotel closes for the winter season and is empty that is an addition to the eerie environment of the movie. As time passes, Danny starts to see ghostly visions and mysterious messages that foretell past murders.
It is possibly due to post-traumatic stress disorder shown in the movie after the loss of his child. The movie calls as one of the best horror films of the 1990s and is considered a great example of psychological horror.
The Invisible Man
It is an interesting and suspenseful horror flick with good acting, excellent special effects, and a good plot. Thus, the story follows Cecilia’s abusive ex-husband’s death. But later does, she realizes she is haunted by someone nobody can see.
Blair Witch is an American horror movie released in 2016. The film also tells the fictitious story of five student filmmakers who vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest. They cruise the forest to make a documentary about a local legend known as the Blair Witch.
Thus, the movie was not only an instant box office success, but it became a cultural phenomenon. It also pioneered the found footage technique that was later used in films like Paranormal Activity and more.
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Elm Street was a horror movie series that was released in 1984. The movies were about a fictional killer named Freddy Krueger and his scary dream world. Here, he terrorized and killed people.
The first movie of the series, A Nightmare on Elm Street, became a huge hit and an instant cult classic. Moreover, the movie’s success led to 8 sequels, with the last one being released in 2010.
The Purge is a horror movie that came out in 2013. The concept of the film is that one night a year, every crime is legal, like murder, theft, etc. The movie also focuses on people encouraged to go crazy and violent because the government made it legal for 12 hours.
The whole thrilling experience of the movie lies in the giant worms terrorizing the people of a town called Perfection, Nevada. Thus, the first movie was released in 1990, followed by three sequels in the next following years.
Cabin Fever is a 2016 American independent horror film by Travis Zariwny. The film follows a group of five friends who rent a cabin in the woods. Later, they begin to fall victim to a flesh-eating virus, causing them to turn violently against one another.
Moreover, the gore movie generally received positive reviews from critics and has also become another cult classic.
Rabid is a 2019 sci-fi horror film by Jen and Sylvia Soska. It is about the consequences of a young girl who becomes the victim of an accident and later has side effects to the new cell treatment for her face.
This is also a horror movie that will keep you up at night. Moreover, the quality of acting, directing, and production is highly above average. Thus, this movie is truly scary for the horror fans out there!
The story revolves around Lawrence Talbot, who returns to his ancestral home in Blackmoor after his brother vanishes. Later on, he learns that he is a werewolf and must fight to control his transformations and avenge his father’s death.
The film focuses on a group of twelve strangers, chosen only for one reason; The Hunt. However, they soon realize that they’re preyed upon by a masked killer known only as The Huntmaster.
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The plot also revolves around Lestat’s relationship with Louis de Pointe du Lac (Brad Pitt), who turns into a vampire but refuses to feed on human blood.
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A dentist (played by Ethan Hawke) and his brother are struggling to survive in this new world. The movie also shows the limitations that vampires face and how they adjust by using human blood as currency.
Some horror movies are so scary that you have to sit alone in a dark room watching them. Jigsaw is one of them.
Something about Jigsaw makes it more frightening than other horror movies. While in most horror movies, it involves a maniac killing innocent people. But this one features the killer trying to make his victims better people.
The Slumber Party Massacre
The Slumber Party Massacre is a campy slasher horror gore film from 1982. It’s the story of one woman who tries to get revenge on the psychopath killer who murders her friends. The movie starts with a group of girls having a slumber party at a house in the woods.
The girls are targeted by a serial killer; the movie makes for some interesting plot twists. It has a great plot and some good acting by the cast as well.
Shaun of The Dead
This movie is about two friends who need to fight the zombie apocalypse when the world is overtaken by zombies. They also have to save their families and friends while trying not to die themselves.