I’ve Been Watching Horror Movies Since I Was 13, Here Are My All-Time Favorites

Ashley Gale


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The first time I watched a horror movie I was at a sleepover when I was 12. We found a bunch of free movies on a channel that was On Demand called FearNet (it doesn’t exist anymore, very tragic). One we watched kinda scared me, maybe it was because I was only in middle school but I digress. It was Rob Zombie’s film House of 1000 Corpses. We watched a bunch more but that’s the only one I remember. After that, the movie genre grew on me. Of course, I could only watch PG-13 ones and all the ones that looked incredible to me were rated R so I was basically screwed. Nonetheless, I found my way to watching these movies throughout my lifetime. I’ve seen many many horror movies over the last 10 or so years and of course, I have my favorites. So, I decided to write an article about my favorites, just in case you were looking for something spooky to watch.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)


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Based on the characters from the beloved novel Pride and Prejudice, comes a familiar tale but with a horror twist. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy work together to defeat the undead. Now, normally I would say “zombies are so 2009” but this movie just hit differently. I’m not sure if it was the actors, the plot or the overall victorian era horror but there’s something about it that stuck with me ever since I saw it in the movies. If you haven’t seen it yet, what are you waiting for?

Scream (1996)


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High school student, Sydney Prescott lost her mother due to a mysterious killer that is still on the loose. A year later, the masked killer is back and takes revenge on Sydney by trying to murder her and her friends. Ghostface is easily my favorite fictional serial killer, that’s why I consider it one of my favorite movie franchises. I’m so excited that the new one is coming out next year.

Halloween (1978)


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On Halloween, Michael Myers, a convicted murder, escapes a mental hospital to return to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois. A few very unlucky group of teenagers come into contact with the serial killer and things don’t end well. Halloween is a horror classic and introduced us to the iconic scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis.

The Boy (2016)


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To get away from her problems at home, Greta accepts a babysitting job for a rich family in London. Little does she know, the child that she is looking after isn’t what she expects at all. The plot twist at the end made it all worthwhile.

The Houses October Built (2014)


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5 friends set off for a haunted road trip around the United States in search for the most extreme haunted houses. On their expedition, they experience scares that aren’t part of an attraction, or so they think. Horror movies that are filmed by a character in the film are my favorite kind and this one is definitely my favorite because I love haunted houses.

Happy Death Day (2017)


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A college student, Tree, finds herself living on the same day, over and over again. To see tomorrow, she must find out who has her trapped reliving the same day over and over again. Think Groundhogs Day but horror. I could watch this movie over and over again and never get tired of it. I was so glad they made a sequel, and it’s just as good as the first.

Cam (2018)


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A woman who works as a cam girl on an adult website wakes up one day to realize that someone has taken over her account. The weird thing is, that person that is using her account looks exactly like her. Will she be able to uncover the mystery of how that's even possible? An underrated Netflix original movie! Definitely check it out.

The Gallows (2015)


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3 friends sneak into their high school to sabotage the school play only to feel the wrath of the spirit that haunts the halls of their school. Found footage movies are my favorite subgenre of horror and is honestly something I'll never get tired of. This movie is filled with jump scares and twists.

Annabelle Comes Home (2019)


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The third installment of the Annabelle franchise, which is also part of The Conjuring universe. While out of town, a high school teen, Mary Ellen, is responsible for looking after paranormal hunters, Ed and Lorraines daughter, Judy, for the night. When Mary Ellen’s friend, Danella comes over, she heads into the Warren’s room filled with paranormal objects. What could go wrong? This was my favorite of the Annabelle movies so far due to the sheer creepiness I got from watching it for the first time.

It (2017)


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In the small town of Derry, Maine, 6 kids go face to face with a killer clown in order to stop the killings of many children. I really liked this movie because it was filled with a bit of comedy and a lot of horror. Also, clowns kinda freak me out.

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