The 10 Best Movies Guaranteed to Send Chills Down Your Spine

By Maya Capasso · May 15, 2023, 11:51 AM EDT

1. The 10 Best Movies Guaranteed to Send Chills Down Your Spine

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Long-time horror fans often complain that most scary movies no longer phase them. Horror lovers constantly search for movies that make them feel the terror that helped them fall in love with the genre in the first place.

One horror buff had this exact problem and went on a popular online horror forum to ask fellow fans for their recommendations for terrifying horror films. Fans of scary movies replied with their favorite bone-chilling movies.

2. Host (2020)

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While friends hang out on a video chat, they decide to participate in an online seance. However, the group accidentally contacts a terrifying spirit who won't leave them alone. "It is a tight, well-made film that will have your heart racing for forty-five minutes straight," says one commenter.

3. Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum (2018)

4. Gonjiam Haunted Asylum Showbox

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Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum is about a popular investigative horror web series crew who bite off more than they can chew when they visit a haunted abandoned insane asylum for the night. Their experience as horror creators could never prepare them for the terrors they witness in the asylum.

4. A Dark Song (2016)

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A Dark Song is a paranormal horror film about a mother who rents out an isolated house to speak to her dead son. She hires a strange occultist to help her contact her child, but the ritual doesn't go as planned.

5. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

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This psychological horror follows two sisters recently reunited after one was discharged from a psychiatric hospital. They live with their widower father, who recently found a new wife. But odd occurrences rock their lives as the sisters try to regain a sense of normalcy.

6. The Dark and the Wicked (2020)

1. The Dark and the Wicked RLJE Films

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When two siblings return to their secluded family farmhouse to be with their father as he dies, they both experience strange nightmares. Then, as strange and terrifying events surround the two, they connect the dots between the terrors of both their waking and sleeping hours.

7. Titane (2021)

8. Titane Diaphana Distribution

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After a terrible car accident, a young girl is left with a titanium plate holding her skull in place. Years later, the woman works as a stripper, and her violent personality quickly comes to the forefront of her life. She soon hatches a despicable plan of identity fraud and embarks on a terrifying journey that will change her life forever.

8. One Missed Call (2003)

7. One Missed Call Warner Bros. Pictures

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Death seems to follow one woman as her friends mysteriously perish after receiving strange voicemails seemingly left by the victims. But, as the woman digs deeper into the eerie mystery, she discovers that the deaths are more connected to her than she could have imagined.

9. Caveat (2020)

5. Caveat HyneSight Films

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On an isolated island, a young woman with mental health and neurological problems gets a new caregiver. Unfortunately, the young man hired to watch over her lives with minor amnesia, and as he learns more about the woman's past, he starts to fear for his life.

"Caveat probably spooked me more than anything else I've watched, and its minimalism makes it way scarier," writes one fan.

10. Funny Games (2007)

9. Funny Games Warner Independent Pictures

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Funny Games is a profoundly unsettling home invasion horror film about a family of three who vacations at a lakeside cabin only to be visited by two young sadistic men. The interaction goes from uncomfortable to terrifying when the men force the family to play disturbing games in fear for their lives.

11. The Rental (2020)

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When two couples head to a gorgeous rental home on the ocean, two of the vacationers grow suspicious that the homeowners are filming them. But when their attempts to confiscate the tape lead to violence, they find themselves trapped in a nightmare.

What horror films fill you with terror?

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