Horror is one of the most popular genres among audiences. It gives you the experience of different worlds and some sleepless nights. Supernatural films are a subgenre of horror, and they have been inspiring Hollywood and its filmmakers for quite a long time. This horror genre includes life after death, religion, demonic possession, the existence of ghosts, and special abilities.
However, the horror genre is vast, and it also contains more realistic tales, including psychological horror, killers and slashers films, crimes, etc. Since Halloween is near, fans with different interests might also prefer supernatural horror movies on their to-watch list.
In this article, we tried to prepare a list of some best supernatural horrors. All the movies will be based on the trusted rating site IMDB, so you can save your time while selecting which movie to watch.
It: Chapter One (2017)- IMDB-7.3
It is a supernatural horror movie based on the 1986 novel of the same name, written by author Stephen King. The film is directed by Andy Muschietti and produced by Dan Lin, Seth Grahame-Smith, Barbara Muchietti, and Roy Lee.
The story revolves around Bill Denbrough, who makes a paper boat for his six-year-old brother, Georgie. And Georgie sails the paper boat along the rainy streets of Derry, Maine. Once while playing, his boat falls into the drain, and when he attempts to retrieve it, Georgie sees a clown in the gutter. The clown introduced himself by the name “Pennywise the Dancing clown” and bites Georgie’s arm and drags him into the sewer.
It is the novel’s first adaption for the big-screen release, and the audience widely accepted the movie. The movie became the fifth-highest grossing R-rated movie and collected a gross of over $701 million worldwide. It was released on 8 September 2017.
The movie received a positive response from both critics and audiences and was nominated for two Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association.
It has received a 7.3 rating from IMDB, a pretty good rating for the horror film genre, and scored 69 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 49 critics.
Poltergeist (1982)- IMDB-7.3
Tobe Hooper directed the movie Poltergeist in 1982. It is a supernatural horror film starring Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Beatrice Straight, and Heather O’Rourke.
Poltergeist is set in a California suburb and focuses on the family. Diane and Steven Freeling live in California called Cuesta Verde with three children Robbie, Dana, and Carol Anne, where Steven works as a real estate developer. One-night Anne wakes up and starts to talk with the TV set, which was displaying noise. The next night a ghostly white hand emerges from the TV, which leads to a violent earthquake. The movie was all about the family’s battle with their haunting house.
The film got a fantastic response from audiences and received a 7.3 rating on IMDB. It also holds an approval rating of 85% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 61 reviews.
Carrie (released in 1976)- IMDB-7.4
Carrie is another supernatural horror film that is directed by Brian De Palma. The film is an adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name published in 1974. Lawrence D. Cohen wrote the screenplay of the movie. The movie stars Sissy Spacek in the role of Carrie White, along with Amy Irving, Piper Laurie, William Katt, Nancy Allen, John Travolta, and Betty Buckley.
The film’s storyline starts with a 16-shy-old girl, Carrie White, who lives with her mother, Margaret. She is an unpopular kid in her school and often got bullied by her friends. Suddenly, she experiences her first period during her school classes, and she panics as Carrie did not know about the process. Her classmates start humiliating her, throwing tampons at her while chanting “plug it up.” When she tells this to her mother, Margaret assumes that her menstruation results from her sinful sexual fantasy and locks her in the prayer room. Later, Carrie decides to uncover her telekinetic power and cause horror to those who have hurt her.
The movie got a fantastic response from the audience and critics. Carrie got a 7.4 rating from IMDB and held a 92% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 66 reviews, with a rating of 8.3/10.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)- IMDB-7.5
A Nightmare on Elm Street is a slasher movie directed and written by Wes Craven. It stars John Saxon, Heather Langenkamp, Ronee Blakley, Johnny Depp, and Robert Englund.
The plot revolves around four teenagers who live in the fictional town, Springwood, Ohio. Tina Gray wakes up from a bad dream, one of the teenagers when a disfigured man tried to attack her in a boiler. The next morning, she told her friend Nancy about the plan. In the plot, a clawed and burned supernatural ghost, Freddy Krueger, haunts his victims in their dreams.
A Nightmare on Elm Street is considered to be one of the greatest horror movies. The critics praised the film as the boundaries between real and imaginary. On IMDB, it got a rating of 7.5 and received a 94% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 52 reviews with an average rating of 7.73/10.
The Evil Dead (1981)- IMDB-7.5
Sam Raimi directed the cult classic The Evil Dead. The movie is produced and starred by Bruce Campbell. The movie follows five University students- Linda, Ash Williams, Cheryl, Scott, And Shelly. They go for a vacation in an isolated place in Tennessee. In that cabin, they find a demonic book titled ‘Naturom Demonto,’ which means Book of the Dead. They also discover a recorded tape and the book, and as they play the tape, the demonic spirit gets unleashed. The movie received a 7.5 rating, according to IMDB. It holds an approval rating of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 60 reviews, with an average rating of 8.04/10.
These are few handpicked supernatural horror movies according to the ratings on IMDB.