Tick, tock! Tick, tock! The clock is ticking and it seems that 2022 is already out of our hands. There’s too much to do and so much to say to each other. But why not spend these last few days in silence? And to add a bit more of a thrill in the silence, maybe watch a horror movie or two with our friends and family. Perhaps these jump scares might make you jump to 2023, you never know.
If you’re looking forward to ending this year with some adventurous horror rather than a horrifying adventure, then take a look at some of the scariest movies that you’ll ever watch in your entire life.
5 Scariest horror movies to watch in your life
1. Lights Out (2016)
Initially released as a three-minute short film in 2013, Lights Out received exponential fame and went viral on Vimeo and YouTube. Eventually, it grabbed the attention of Warner Bros. and the critically acclaimed horror movie virtuoso, James Wan. The film revolves around a young woman, her brother, and a stereotypical vengeful spirit who is connected with their mother. The spirit can be only felt when the lights are out, hence the title of the movie.
Here’s the official synopsis of the movie (courtesy of IMDb):
“Rebecca must unlock the terror behind her little brother’s experiences that once tested her sanity, bringing her face to face with a supernatural spirit attached to their mother.”
2. Insidious (2010)
Another horror masterpiece by James Wan that could parallel his The Conjuring. Insidious revolves around young Dalton Lambert who has the psychic ability to astral travel which he unconsciously taps into which results in a coma after seeing an evil entity. And like every other horror movie, soon supernatural and inexplicable things happen around the house so much so that Dalton’s father’s mother is compelled to seek a psychic’s help called Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye). Utilizing her psychic abilities, Elise tells them that Dalton is now entrapped in a space called “The Further” where miserable and tortured souls wander aimlessly. In order to save his child from this overwhelming and risky astral world, Dalton’s father Josh (Patrick Wilson) uses his latent psychic abilities to astral travel. This lays a great foundation for the plotline in Insidious 2.
3. Mama (2013)
Created by Andrés Muschietti, Mama revolves around Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend Annabel (Jessica Chastain) who adopts the former’s two nieces, Victoria (Megan Charpentier) and Lily (Isabelle Nelisse) as they lived in pathetic conditions in a secluded cabin in the woods alone. Well, not completely “alone” since they were surrounded by their deceased mother’s spirit who protected them from everyone. A perfect amalgamation of tragedy, sorrow and horror, the climax of the movie renders a catharsis among its viewers that makes it one of the most memorable horror movies to watch.
According to Collider:
“When even the radio spots promoting the film send chills down one’s spine upon hearing a child’s voice simply say “mama,” you know it has to be good… and Mama is.”
4. The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
The Exorcism of Emily Rose transcends its genre as being a mere horror film. It percolates into the ethics of law, the factual conundrum between science and faith, and the inevitability of death and fate. Directed by Scott Derrickson the movie centers on Father Moore (Tom Wilkinson) who performed an exorcism on a young girl, Emily Rose (Jennifer Carpenter) without receiving an authority letter from the church. The exorcism unfortunately results in her death. The Exorcism of Emily Rose soon becomes a moral and ethical battlefield as Erin Bruner (Laura Linney) defends her client not only against the family of Emily but also science.
5. The Host (2020)
Crowned as the scariest horror film in a new study, The Host is a British supernatural horror directed by Rob Savage. It focuses on a screencast of a video call on Zoom that is framed on a computer screen. Here’s the official synopsis of the movie:
“Six friends hire a medium to hold a séance via Zoom during the lockdown, but they get far more than they bargained for as things quickly go wrong. When an evil spirit starts invading their homes, they begin to realize they might not survive the night.”