This is the list of Best Intelligent Horror Movies. Horror movies have always been a favorite among moviegoers. But as technology has advanced, horror movies have also become more intelligent. In the past, they relied on jump scares and cheap thrills for their effects. But now, they rely on suspense and unnerving visuals to terrify their audience.
- The Silence Of The Lambs, 1991
“The Silence of the Lambs” was a movie that went on to win Oscars and Golden Globes and was deemed as one of the best movies of all time. It had actors such as Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Ted Levine, and Scott Glenn. This film is about a brilliant female psychologist who is called to consult on the case of a serial killer who has been nicknamed “Buffalo Bill.” The FBI agent in charge of the case is also driven by his desire to see justice served.
- The Shining, 1980
In The Shining, Jack Nicholson plays the role of a writer who slowly loses his sanity to the isolation and harsh weather. The movie does have a supernatural element but it is not the main focus. In 1980, Stanley Kubrick directed a psychological horror film based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name. In The Shining, Jack Nicholson plays the role of a writer who slowly loses his sanity to the isolation and harsh weather. The movie does have a supernatural element but it is not the main focus.
- The Conjuring, 2013
The Conjuring is an American supernatural horror movie that takes place in 1971. It was directed by James Wan, written by Carey Hayes and Chad Hayes, and produced by Peter Safran. The movie was released on July 19th, 2013. The Conjuring is often praised for its “quality scare factor” and for its acting performances, especially the lead actors of the movie Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga.
- The Exorcist, 1973
The Exorcist is a horror movie which was directed by William Friedkin. It is based on the novel of the same name, written by William Peter Blatty and first published in 1971. The first edition of the book was published on April 16, 1971 and it tells the story of a twelve-year-old girl named Regan who gets possessed by a demonic spirit.
- The Sixth Sense, 1999
The Sixth Sense is a 1999 American psychological thriller starring Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment. This movie revolves around the character of Cole Sear, a child who can see other people’s feelings and death around them. The Sixth Sense has been recognized as one of the best horror movies in history, becoming the highest-grossing film in North America for its time. The movie was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for its lead actor, Haley Joel Osment.
- It, 2017
The movie IT is the best intelligent horror movie of 2017. It was a story about a group of young kids who must come to terms with their biggest fears and fight their way through them. The movie has a perfect blend of suspense, horror and comedy which makes it a must watch.
- Halloween, 1978
The movie Halloween was released in 1978 and it is one of the best intelligent horror movies that were ever made. The movie was about a psychotic killer that stalked and killed teenage babysitters on Halloween night. The director, John Carpenter, used a variety of techniques to create the intense suspenseful mood. Therefore, it is not surprising that this film became an instant hit with audiences all over the world.
- Insidious, 2010
Insidious is a 2010 American supernatural horror film written and directed by James Wan. The story follows Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson), who seeks to find answers about the death of his son (Ty Simpkins) and his wife Renai (Rose Byrne).
- Saw, 2004
Saw was released in 2004 and is based on a Japanese horror game of the same name. It was directed by James Wan with Leigh Whannell writing the screenplay. The story begins when two men wake up in an abandoned warehouse, chained to pipes on opposite walls. They don’t remember who they are, where they came from, or how they ended up there. But what they do know is that one of them (John Kramer) has been tasked with killing the other (Dr Lawrence Gordon) using only a hacksaw and survival-tested skills.
- Carrie, 1976
The 1976 movie “Carrie” is the best intelligent horror film because it has an interesting storyline, convincing acting, and an excellent soundtrack which makes the film more horrifying. The story line of this film begins when Carrie White takes revenge on those that have hurt her which makes for a very tense viewing experience because you feel like any minute someone could die.
- The Ring, 2002
The Ring is a 2002 horror film by Gore Verbinski. It was the first American remake of the 1998 Japanese horror film “Ringu”. Rings is a 2017 American supernatural horror movie, which is a sequel to “The Ring” and “The Ring Two”. A remake of The Ring was released in 2002 and became one of the most successful Hollywood remakes. It was followed by two sequels: The Ring 2 and Rings.
- Final Destination, 2000
Final Destination is one of the most iconic horror franchises in history, with two sequels and three spin-offs that followed its success. Released in 2000, it took audiences by surprise with its naturalistic death scenes that not only looked realistic but were also captured on camera without any computer graphics trickery. The story follows high school students who are killed one by one after they escape Death’s plan to use them as human sacrifices at the behest of Death’s emissary after they narrowly survive a plane crash.
- The Cabin In The Woods, 2012
The Cabin in the Woods is a movie that was directed by Drew Goddard and written by Joss Whedon. Released in 2012, this horror movie is one of the best movies in the last decade. This movie is about five friends who go to a remote cabin and experience something so terrible that they can’t believe it’s happening. There are all kinds of creatures and people who want the friends to die, but eventually, they manage to survive and escape from their attackers.
- The Conjuring 2, 2016
The Conjuring 2 was a 2016 horror film and the sequel to The Conjuring. The film was directed by James Wan and released in theaters on June 10, 2016. It received positive reviews from critics and grossed $319 million worldwide.
- 28 Days Later, 2002
28 Days Later is a 2002 British science fiction horror film written by Alex Garland that depicts a post-apocalyptic world where a virus carried by infected animals, that is fatal to humans, has turned most of the population into zombie-like feral creatures. Infected animals roam freely and infect those they come in contact with. As the film progresses, the virus mutates and becomes immune to any form of treatment or vaccine. The plot follows two survivors from London as they try to find sanctuary away from the infected people who want to kill them.