Article: Top 10 Psychological Horror Movies

10.IT (2017)

In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied kids band together to destroy a shape – shifting monster, which disguises itself as a clown and preys on the children of Derry, their small Maine town. Perfectly paced film that certainly hold your interest, and this is totally memorable and Bill Skarsgard is totally unrecognisable, it balance the gore with the psychological aspect and that work really well and overall this is really intriguing.

9.The Shining

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future. For me personally it’s the acting that made this really good, this is totally believable and it certainly creep you under your skin, it might look rather dated but this is so convincing and the pacing is perfect.

8.Get Out

A young African – American visits his white girlfriend’s parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point. I really admire this film that try to be something different, I really like the idea for this film as it is really clever and the acting is great, this is thought provoking and it made you think and this is totally believable.


A husband and wife who recently lost their baby adopt a 9-year-old girl who is not nearly as innocent as she appears. One of those film that drawn you in automatically, Vera Farmiga plus Peter Sarsgaard is likeable as the parents, the story is easy to follow and this is certainly unpredictable and it is gripping, the rest of the casting is superb and especially Isabelle Fuhrman as this is memorable.

6.The Conjuring

Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. A film which has got the wowed factor and this is another film that creep you under your skin, I didn’t know it was based on a true story and this film is certainly watchable from the first frame, the story to this film is excellent and it certainly ticked all the boxes of a perfect horror film.

5.Paranormal Activity

After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence. Not normally really into demonic type of film but this one is effective and it is a slow burner, it also a found footage type of film and that work really well, overall it certainly hold your interest, it is nonprofessional cast and they are really convincing and this is totally unpredictable.

4.The Ring (2002)

A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone one week to the day after they view it. One of the better remake as this is creepy looking film, which is superbly made, Naomi Watts is likeable and she is convincing as this watchable from the first frame, this film is really intriguing and this is engrossing and it is a superbly crafted film which is well made.

3.The Sixth Sense

A frightened, withdrawn Philadelphia boy who communicates with spirits seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist. I actually growing up watching this film as this is generally unnerving, Haley Joel Osment and Bruce Willis got really good chemistry together and the film itself got that emotional aspect, the jump scares are superb and this is a superbly crafted film.

 2.The Others

A woman who lives in her darkened old family house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that the home is haunted. Firstly the two kids are absolutely amazing and Nicole Kidman is superb, it is super creepy and it is totally believable and the rest of the casting is spot on, it will leaves you a lasting impression on you as this is so memorable and it is eye catching.

 1.The Secret Of Marrowbone

In 1960s rural America, After their mother’s death, four siblings relocate from England to Maine and seek refuge in their ancestral manor, plagued by a sinister inhabitant. Personally this is so underrated and this is a superb horror film, the film itself look gorgeous and the acting is amazing and it has got a brilliant twist at the end, it is believable and so convincing as this film is sincere.

4 thoughts on “Article: Top 10 Psychological Horror Movies

  1. Some great selections there Mark, especially agree with The Secret of Marrowbone being at number 1; a great film that we both enjoyed the story. As usual I have some older selections for you to consider:
    1. Psycho (1960) – Hitchcock the master of psychological horror/thriller
    2. Peeping Tom – also released in 1960 – a killer uses a camera to kill his victims so that he can capture the expression on their faces as they die.
    3. Roesmary’s Baby (1968)
    4. Don’t Look Now (1973) – great film for suggesting horror and suspense
    5. Two films directed by David Cronenberg – The Fly (1986) and Dead Ringers (1988). Great roles for Jeff Goldblum and Jeremy Irons.
    6. Blue Velvet (1986) – David Lynch at his best psychological horror
    7. And one recent one that we might have seen together – St. Maud (2019)

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  2. When we come out of the cinema to see The Secret of Marrowbone, we both praises the film, I like the sound of Psycho and Peeping Tom. I will definitely keep my eye on these films and St Maud is on Amazon Prime which I got


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