Best Horror Movies of All-Time

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Whether you’re looking for a thrill, or a movie to watch with your friends while you wait for trick-or-treaters, horror movies can be a good time killer. To save time for you and your friends, a list of the best horror movies according to FHS students was compiled to help you to pick your next horror flick.

A poll was taken from FHS students asking about their favorite horror movies. They were given 6 movies to choose from, ( “Halloween”, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, “The Shining”, “The Exorcist,” “IT: Chapter One” and “The Nightmare on Elm Street” ), that were most popular according to the fans of Revolver Magazine, Empire, The Rolling Stone and Insider. Along with being able to vote for a movie, students had the option to write in their own favorite movie and explain why they like it.

Students were also asked why they found horror movies intriguing, to which the answer for many was; the suspense. Some said that they enjoyed the movies for the jumpscares or soundtracks, or for the fact that they invoke emotions you wouldn’t feel on an every day basis.

Coming in the fifth spot on our list, there was a tie between two movies; “The Exorcist” (1973) and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (1974) both of which were said to be good movies, although they were not popular with the polled students.

In fourth place, “The Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984) with almost twice the amount of students voting for it compared to the fifth spot. “Scary,” was the one word used to describe the movie by freshman Jackson Redman. “The character is very unique and [the movie is] based off of a real event,” said senior Kevin Strawbridge.

Next up, is “Halloween” (1974) in third. “You can see what is going to happen before it does. It gives you a better view [of the] movie.” says sophomore Trey Downard.

Our runner up movie is “The Shining” (1980). “It represents the degradation of one’s mental state progressively,” said senior Jack Kenny. “I think the plot is interesting and unique, and the cinematography is good” said junior Emily Meiere.

Some movies that were not on our voting list were mentioned quite a bit for students’ choice of favorite horror movies. These include; “The Conjuring” series, the “Friday the 13th” series, “Hush” (2016), and the “Insidious” series.

Finally, the top voted movie by students was “IT: Chapter One.” (2017). “The acting [in the movie] is good,” freshman Sophie Reinhart said about the movie. “I really like the characters and timeline of events,” said freshman Mina Gupta. “I like the plot and suspense of the movie,” freshman Sam Ernst said.

So there you have it! The list that the FHS student body deemed the best horror movies. Hopefully, finding your next Friday night horror movie to watch with friends will be simple with the help of this list!