Friday the 13th: what are the 10 best horror movies to watch today

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Friday the 13th: what are the 10 best horror movies to watch today

With a strong historical and religious influence, Friday the 13th earned the reputation of being a day of bad luck and the superstitious get up with special care to face it. Facing a day that is for many of negative omens, we present a selection of recommendations of horror movies that transcended in the film industry.

The meaning of this “sinister” day is due to some tragic events that marked the course of civilizations. At first, Catholics cite that 13 people participated in the last supper of Christ, who was crucified the next dayExactly on a Friday.

At the same time, On Friday the 13th, one of the bloodiest events of humanity was recorded.. In October 1307, and at the initiative of King Philip IV of France, the persecution and complete destruction of the Order of the Knights Templar took place who were captured and transferred to the Holy Inquisition where they were tried and sentenced to death. That day meant one of the most heinous massacres in history.

Beyond those events that marked this tradition of bad luck in Anglo-Saxon cultures, Norse legends also associate this number with tragedies. On the one hand, the scriptures listed 13 evil spirits and, on the other hand, the stories quote Loki, the god of mischief, as guest number 13 on several occasions.

Alfred Hitchcock directed Psycho, one of the most iconic horror films in history

Next, the list of recommended films -ordered by release date- to enjoy tonight with friends, partner or family.

This film catapulted Alfred Hitchcock as one of the most renowned directors of the industry. For its innovative staging, storytelling, sound implementation, and lighting, it became one of the most influential productions of the decade.

The master of suspense with Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh as protagonists, laid the foundations for the slasherwith this story set in a gloomy roadside motel. When young Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) arrives at the place to stay on a rainy night, she is greeted by the owner, Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins). After a pleasant dinner together, terror breaks loose.

A shower, a knife and the creepy sound effects They marked the film and the spectators with fire, in one of the most emblematic scenes of cinema that was recorded in the collective imagination.

Janet Leigh in one of the most iconic scenes in cinema
Janet Leigh in one of the most iconic scenes in cinema archive

For many considered as the queen of horror movies. Under the direction of William Friedkinthe film transcended for decades and generates the same chill that tormented his fans in 1973.

In Washington, the little girl Regan (Linda Blair) He begins to notice that his bed moves on its own and, together with his mother, actress Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn), they feel a dark presence in their home. Supernatural events occur more and more frequently in the home and recur to Father Merrin (Max von Sydow) who, disturbed by the discovery of a demonic figure, tries to help the family.

Blair and her character in The Exorcist
Blair and her character in The Exorcist

When Tobe Hooper undertook the challenge of this terrifying story, chilled the young people of the 70’s who attended its premiere.

In the midst of the Vietnam War, Five friends hit the road in Texas when they run into a guy asking for a ride. But, when wearing it, they are surprised by the man’s strange attitudes and are assaulted.

The criminal threatens them with death with a knife, forces them to get out of the vehicle where they are trapped by their family of cannibals and a strange man wearing a human skin mask. From that moment on, the film follows a hair-raising chase until reaching the climax of the story, in a peaceful family dinner.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Halloween is a special occasion for horror stories and John Carpenter knew how to create a unique story that continues to terrify those who watch the film for the first time.

Michael MyersNick Castle a six-year-old boy who had massacred his family, returns to the streets as an adult after escaping from the psychiatric institute where he was in treatment with a single goal: revenge. Thus he returns to his hometown and unleashes hell for all its inhabitants.

Michael Myers (Nick Castle) escapes from the mental hospital and returns to his hometown with one goal: revenge.
Michael Myers (Nick Castle) escapes from the mental hospital and returns to his hometown with one goal: revenge.

Without a doubt one of the jewels of literature in the pen of Stephen Kingwhich came to the cinema at the hands of one of the most renowned directors in the industry: Stanley Kubrick.

In an old abandoned hotel in the middle of the mountain, one of the most chilling psychological horror stories to hit the big screen. Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson), an alcoholic writer and tormented by the dilemma of “the blank page”, accepts a temporary job during the winter as a caretaker of the establishment in search of inspiration.

Dark forces that inhabit the hotel, turn the desired tranquility into stormy days that they end up unhinging Torrance and the only salvation will be in the hands of his son Danny (Danny Lloyd), who possesses the mysterious gift known as “the shining.”

Jack Nicholson made history with his impressive performance in The Shining
Jack Nicholson made history with his impressive performance in The Shining

On June 13, 1980, a film came to the big screen that ended up calling the date the day of bad luck. Directed by Sean S Cunninghamwas the kickoff to a horror franchise that spanned 12 more movies. One scarier than the other.

But the original release tells the story of Jason, a boy who drowned in a lake while camping at Crustal Lake, on Friday the 13th, 1957. A year later, two men who were visiting the site were mysteriously murdered and from there, a massacre takes place in the area that arouses suspicions that ehe spirit of the child still resides in the waters.

Friday the 13th was the first film in a franchise that terrified viewers for decades.
Friday the 13th was the first film in a franchise that terrified viewers for decades.

Under the direction of Tom Holland, Child’s Paybecame one of the scariest nightmares for all children and it can be a good choice to watch with your children on this Friday the 13th.

Karen Barclay (catherine hicks), a single mother, gives his six-year-old son a doll that all the boys wanted, called good guy. However, the name of the toy is far from appropriate for an object that, by a voodoo charm, houses the spirit of a sneaky serial killer.

In this way, Chucky begins to torment the family by possessing the boy and forcing him to perform terrifying actors at home and at school.. Without a doubt, one of the highest-grossing films of the 90s that was extended by eight more films and a series that premiered in 2021.

  The evil Chucky terrified children for decades
The evil Chucky terrified children for decades

For specialists, one of the best made horror movies ever. Inspired by true history of the Warren couple, James Wan perfectly portrayed a sinister story of demon spirits.

In the 70’s, the couple medium specialized in contacting the spirits, attend a visit in Rhode Island. Over there, Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) and Ed (Patrick Wilson) face one of the most difficult cases of their careers.. The manifestations of a dark spirit in the boy and in a mysterious music house will torment the specialists themselves.

The success of this installment spread with the spell 2 Y 3the saga of Annabelle which has three productions, the nun Y The Curse of La Llorona.

Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga played Ed and Lorraine Warren in the sagas of Annabelle, The Conjuring and all its satellite films
Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga played Ed and Lorraine Warren in the sagas of Annabelle, The Conjuring and all its satellite filmsIMDB

Film critics called the film Robert Eggers as one of the great horror releases of the decade. In addition to a direction that surprised the specialists for being their debut in the genre, the cast made up of Anya Taylor-JoyRalph Ineson, Kate Dickie and Harvey Scrimshawas protagonists, gave a leap in quality to the production.

Set in 1930s England, a family of settlers excommunicated from their community settles in a spooky forest. The suffocating atmosphere of the place, the inexplicable phenomena and the disappearance of a member of the clan, unsettle the group that ends up accusing their daughter of being a witch.

With a slow and terrifying story, Eggers keeps viewers on their toes for a chilling hour and a half.

Anya Taylor-Joy was praised for her role in The Witch
Anya Taylor-Joy was praised for her role in The Witch

This production directed by Ari Aster, like The witch, It is considered one of the best horror films of the last decade.

After With the death of the matriarchal mother of the Graham family, her descendants begin to unravel mysteries of their ancestors. From there, a paranormal phenomenon begins to torment Annie (Toni Collette) who delves into the sinister and evil secrets she inherited.

Hereditary is considered one of the best horror movies
Hereditary is considered one of the best horror movies

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