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Top Ten Scariest Horror Movies

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I've watched a bunch of horror films. I've watched old silent films of the '20s and other black-and-white films until late '80s. When it comes to paranormal ones, I'm terrified with Asian films the most. Asian horror films attack on one's psyche whereas Western films just upset one's stomach (with vomit and gore fest). For this, Western paranormal horror films don't look scary adjacent to the Asian ones.

Perhaps, it's partly due to the comfort when I see a cross on Western films. Somehow, everything gets to be all right after some rite with the Holy Cross. Asian horrors on the other hand seem to have no workaround at all. The curse's motion in Asian films will keep moving forward, trampling on everything and everyone. I have yet to know a story of an Asian curse dispelled by Christian rites.

Know about Chinese Gu magic:

Without further ado, here's my Top Ten Scariest Films:

Ju-on: 2 (2003, Japan)


This is The Grudge 2.0, way scarier than the original. If Kayako won't visit you in your dream the night you finished watching the film, it's guaranteed she'll visit you in one of your dreams some time later, even after two years.

Wig walking on its own? Hair falling from the ceiling? Black spot appearing on the floor? Sound of cat mewling? And that weird sound produced from the throat coming from the depths of the diaphragm (I don't mean singing)? They are telltale signs that you're cursed. Well, in the film that is. These are just few of the genius that the filmmakers came up with that some people think they must be Antichrists. They're definitely right. For starters, they don't believe in Jesus. They have a different religion but you get what these people meant.

The whole story of The Grudge series goes like:
A man who got suspicious that the child his wife is carrying isn't his ended up killing his wife. Blinded by his rage, he locked his own son up on the closet where just atop, he hid the body of his wife. That night, as he was trying to escape from the authority, a trash bag followed him on his way causing him to die. Since then, anyone or anything that's connected to the family dies a mysterious death. If you visit the cursed house where they used to live, you'll get cursed and you'll bring the curse with you to every place you ever visited just before you die.

The Ring (2002, Hollywood Remake)

The Ring 2002

There's a viral VHS. If you watch it, after 7 days, your phone will ring and a white lady with long dark hair will come out of your TV to kill you.

The Hollywood remake was stellar compared to the original. There are more gory details, and the story lengthens. It's not just about the details, the sound effects were more terrifying and the jump scares will really make your heart jump, making the original material appear solemn.

Shutter (2004, Thailand)

Shutter Thai Horror Film

A photographer gets haunted by a female ghost that he captures on his camera.

This is how the use of camera flash to see in the dark became famous.

Noroi, The Curse (2005, Japan)

Noroi, The Curse 2005

A documentary filmmaker goes to investigate paranormal incidents connected to a legendary demon called “kagutaba” in the mountain.

I only chanced upon it on youtube on 2011. What I didn't expect from this film was the emotional factor. Eventually, you will just find yourself seemingly attached to characters and then horrible things happen to them when you least expect it. It's not just about the death, it's about the process of the death and how the soul gets doomed in the afterlife. I couldn't remember that much but that was my take on it. What I could remember on that part was I badly want to vomit. I think that after watching this film, I was desensitized to certain horrors.

[Rec 2] (2009, Spain)

[Rec] 2 (2009)

A SWAT team was sent to aid a priest in retrieving a confidential item on a quarantined building.

Insidious (2010)

Insidious Horror Film

A family transfers to a big new house and ends up horrified when one of the boys ends up in a coma and turns out to be haunted.

There's one thing guaranteed to happen to you after watching this film, you will never be able to listen to any of Tiny Tim's music the same ever again.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

The Exorcism of Emily Rose Horror Film

Voice: Whispering Corridors 4 (2005, Korea)

Voice 2005 Korean Film

The Exorcist (1990)

Feng Shui (2004, Philippines)

Feng Shui Movie Philippines
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A woman and her family is put in danger when they installed an old Chinese bagua (mirrored luck item). Even her friends weren't spared.

Following after hit horror Japanese films in the Philippines, Filipino filmmakers came up with this beautiful film. A horror story really is scary when the dynamics of an ancient Chinese curse is used. On hindsight, if you turn the volume down, the film becomes less scary. Aside from the nuances, the film heavily relies on the jump scares set by sound effects.

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