It is only fair to spend some time discovering the BEST HORROR MOVIES HOLLYWOOD has ever made when the horrors of the normal lives are scarier in 2020 as the whole world is taking a step backward. Here we have compiled the BEST HORROR movies of HOLLYWOOD list to help us in keeping on our toes when stepping cautiously outside into the real world.

Here we have only compiled the Hollywood best horror movies as there are plenty of other horror movies from different parts of the world that are worthy of your attention. It is only fair that there should be a separate list for the horror movies that in some ways are far superior to the current list of movies.

The movies selected below contains popular horror movies along with few hidden gems, if you have already seen these, consider them as a reminder to visit them once again. These movies are some of the best Hollywood horror movies and make sure you would make time for them.

OCULUS (2013)
OCULUS is a psychological horror written and directed by Mike Flanagan. The movie follows two siblings mourning the loss of their family taking place in different timelines of the past and the present. Kaylie and Tim recollect the events of the past when their dad brings an antique mirror that might be the reason for the loss and suffering of the family.

With a positive review from the critics and audiences, the movie is a smart, dark, and clever movie with horror and mystery at the center to be uncovered. This is one of the best Hollywood horror movies of the last decade with a gripping storyline.


THE EXORCIST is a horror supernatural film adapted from the 1971 Blatty novel by the same name. This 1973 classic horror film directed by William Friendkin follows an Exorcist who attempts to save a teenage 12-year-old girl possessed by a demon. The priests are called upon by the mother and together they must save the little girl before the devil takes her soul.

This R rated horror movie has inspired countless other horror movies with the theme of exorcism and possession. It is considered one of the best horror movies of all time that was way ahead of its time with obscene languages, vulgar acts, and torture.

JAWS (1975)

JAWS is a horror-thriller movie adapted from the 1974 Peter Benchley novel with the same name. This timeless classic movie directed by Steven Spielberg follows a great white shark that has developed a taste for humans near a town filled with beach goers. Now it is up to the police chief to kill the shark with the help of a marine biologist and a professional shark hunter.

Though the movie cannot be considered as scary as it was considered as back then but the catalyst in putting the fear of the ocean in our minds. This nerve-wracking movie grips the audiences just by the anticipation of the horror where the scariest sequences don’t show the shark.


MIDSOMMAR is the 2019 horror film written and directed by Ari Aster. This modern horror follows a group of friends on their way to Sweden to attend a festival that occurs every 90 years. They realize everything is not what it looks like when the elders in the commune commit suicide, and they might be in the hands of a cult.

With everyone on their edge, the friendship of the group is tested as they begin to suspect the involvement of one of them with the cult. This is one of the best modern Hollywood horror movies that was both a critical and commercial success.

28 DAYS LATER (2002)

28 DAYS LATER is a zombie horror film directed by Danny Boyle. This post-apocalyptic survival horror movie follows the life of a few survivors after the spread of the highly contagious virus. They must find refuge and survive this outbreak when the whole world is affected by the virus that forces the infected to kill the living.

The movie focuses on the struggle to survive while evading the never-ending horde of the infected. This is considered as one of the best zombie horror films of all time that also has a sequel titled 28 WEEKS LATER that shows the world 28 weeks after the outbreak.


THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT is the cult classic horror movie written and directed by the duo Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez. This supernatural horror movie is found footage movie where the viewers see the footage recovered after the missing of three students. The movie follows three student filmmakers who decide to make a documentary about a local legend.

Together they decide to hike the nearby Black Hills that is known for the legend of the Blair Witch. It is one of the best-found footage Hollywood horror film that focusses on the mystery and history of the haunted forest that seems to have a presence that is always stalking.


Sinister is a horror movie written by Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill after getting inspiration from a nightmare. This supernatural movie directed by Scott Derrickson follows a writer Ellison Oswalt who writes about real-life crime stories that decide to move into a new house with his family.

Everything changes when he discovers a box full of tapes in the attic of the new house that has a dark past that would put his family at risk. This is one of the best Hollywood horror movies that keeps you at the edge of your seats for the mysterious and intense climax.


THE HILLS HAVE EYES is a horror remake of the 1977 Wes Craven original of the same name. This 2006 slasher horror is directed by Alexandre Aja that follows the storyline similar to the original. The story follows a family who gets stranded in the middle of the desert after their car breaks down.

Things take a turn for the worse when the family gets hunted by a group of cannibalistic savages. Though the original is a good film the latest iteration of the classic holds up more with its gruesome violence and disturbing visuals for modern audiences. With an even crazier sequel, this is a must-watch for those who enjoy torture and gore.

GET OUT (2017)

GET OUT is the horror film written and directed by Jordan Peele. This Oscar-nominated horror thriller is the directorial debut of Jordan Peele that follows the African American man who goes to meet the family of his white girlfriend. What might seem like a culture shock, in the beginning, might be a deadly secret that the family is trying to hide.

Things start to get weird when the African American man witnesses strange behavior from a black housekeeper and groundskeeper. The movie was both loved by the critics and the audiences and a must-watch for those who enjoy a good horror thriller.


HEREDITARY is a horror movie written and directed by Ari Aster. This 2018 mystery horror movie follows the family grieving the death of their secretive grandmother. Things start to spiral out of control when the family is haunted by a mysterious presence that might have to do with the mental health problems running in the family.

With brilliant performances and disturbing visuals, the movie keeps the audiences gasping for air as the movie begins its third act. This unsettling horror film deserves your attention to being one of the best horror movies Hollywood has ever made that is disturbing and harrowing.

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