You can’t go wrong with a standard slasher movie. These films revolve around a psychopathic killer whose aim in life is to murder people in the messiest manner possible. His motivations are beside the point.
Whether this killer is an ordinary, mentally unbalanced mortal, a supernatural figure that stalks you in your dreams, or a strange looking doll with an annoying voice, no matter how hard you try, they're completely immune to injury, at least until the very end.
But by then, you will already be scared out of your mind.
Watch this: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Halloween, Child's Play, Friday the 13th
If you’re sophisticated and think that guts and gore are a clumsy device and oodles of fake ketchup doesn’t make you blink, you need a movie that will get right under your skin and send more chills down your spine than a bucket of ice.
These movies have a core concept that will turn your brain inside out and an atmosphere of constant mystery and suspense.
Watch this: Thrillers from the ‘found footage genre’ are movies such as The Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity, and Cloverfield. M Night Shyamalan’s movies such as The Sixth Sense. 1408, starring John Cussack and Ram Gopal Varma’s Kaun
These films take the element of mystery to a whole new level. What you don’t know won’t hurt you? Wrong! The
unexplained phenomena, abnormal beings and occult related occurances in these films make even the most cynical of scientists shiver.
Watch this: The Orphanage, The Mist, The Amityville Horror, What Lies Beneath, The Others, The Excorcism of Emily Rose
Blood and Gore
A true horror movie fan will always appreciate the details of a gore fest. The way the lighting perfectly accentuates the curves of those intestines, or how authentic that squelching sound is when the victims insides are being dug into.
If you can sit through an entire movie of this genre and have that much blood and guts flashed in your face without too much flinching then you are either one of three things: a true horror movie enthusiast, a fan of S&M or a psychopath in the making.
Watch this: The Saw series and The Hostel series.
These had to be in the list because, the Japanese know how to scare the living daylights out of people. Japanese horror films are usually based on traditional ghost stories, myths and often have folk themes in them.
Although all these movies have been remade by Hollywood, we suggest trying to get your hands on the originals, because no other language communicates horror like Japanese does.
Watch this: The Ring, The Grudge, Dark Water, Audition
Over the years, man has managed to create a variety of warped, mutated versions of himself and used them to scare himself to death.
These humanoid creatures are basically stronger and more pissed-off humans, with greater strength and sharper teeth — vampires, werewolves and our personal favourite, zombies.
Zombies are generally simple, with one-track minds and very loyal pets (as long you give them their daily feed of human brains).
Watch this: Zombies-28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, Dawn of the Dead and the Resident Evil series; Vampires- 30 Days Of Night; Aliens- Predator or Alien series
If you’re really stuck about which horror movie to scare yourself with, turn to the masters. These films have been tried and tested through time and even though they’re set in another era, remember, true fear knows no time or space.
Watch this: The Excorcist, Psycho, Rosemary’s Baby, The Shining, Night Of The Living Dead, The Omen, Carrie
Okay, these movies may not be ‘scary’ in the conventional sense, but we guarantee a sense of horror and a temporary hatred for mankind after viewing them.
The weak plot will make you shudder, the tacky cliched dialogue will make your gut wrench and the possibility of a sequel will send chills down your spine.
Watch this: Twilight Series, Aap ka Suroor, Neil and Nikki, Krishna Cottage