25 Best Horror Films To Keep You Awake All Night

Horror means something different to everyone. While some people will yawn at blood and dismembered bodies, subtle gore-free horror will leave them lying awake in bed for a fortnight. For others, a dismembered body or evil child leaves them deeply unsettled in ways they can’t explain, even though they know “it’s not real.” Whatever gets your heart rate up, we’re pretty sure you’ll find something on this list to suit the bill. So invite some friends over, order a pizza, and pop in a selection from our list of 25 Best Horror Films To Keep You Awake All Night (and no, we didn’t even include the 2016 US presidential election).

Obligatory Common Sense Disclaimer: All of these movies are intended for a mature audience. Do not watch them with your child or your grandmother; do not watch them at all if dirty words and dismembered body parts give you a case of the vapors.

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Poltergeist (1982) is a classic for a reason. Nearly everyone is disturbed by it on some level. Something about disembodied faceless evil is just...unsettling.

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House On Haunted Hill (1999) is a good crowd-pleasing horror flick with plenty of moments to make your date jump into your lap. A group of people get invited by a rich guy to spend the night at an old haunted insane asylum, and chaos ensues as they're literally dragged into the grim history of the place. Bonus is Marilyn Manson's cover of the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams."

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The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014) combines the really creepy and unexpected elements of Alzheimers and witchcraft. It's a new take on the classic possession trope.

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The Silence Of The Lambs (1991) is a must see for everyone, and the scary thing is that we know there are people like Hannibal Lecter out there. The story is fictitious, but cannibalistic serial killers aren't. After listening to tapes of serial killers in preparing for the role, one of the actors ran out of Quantico sobbing and became in favor of the death penalty.

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Frenzy (1972) is one of Hitchcock's later films, and it absolutely needs to be on your to watch list. It's about a serial killer, but instead of the expected "who did it," it takes a unique, very unsettling, typically Hitchcock-suspensfull approach.

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