10 Most Fear Inducing Horror Movies To Watch Alone

At least nobody would see you hiding your face...

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There are only two ways to watch horror films; laughing at jump scares and covered in popcorn, or the way of the hardcore, terror addicted few - on your own.

Believe it or not, some people just love to be scared. Rollercoasters, skydiving and horror films all have one thing in common - they exist purely for the purpose of getting that adrenalin rushing through our brains. The bigger the scare, the greater the thrill.

Horror films are interactive. How many times have we found ourselves screaming warnings at the television? “DON’T GO INTO THE BASEMENT!” or “DON’T LOOK BEHIND YOU FOOL, JUST KEEP RUNNING!” The next two hours are spent in a state of rapidly increasing tension, with no one there to save you, apart from those handy cushions or the remote control.

By the time the credits roll, you’re convinced there must be a ghost standing in the shadowy corner of your kitchen or a knife-wielding maniac under the bed.

Watching horror alone can be a challenge, but those who love being scared prefer to brave it solo, rather than having the tension broken by smooching couples and nervous giggles. So turn off the lights, put your phone far away, grab your teddy bear and give yourself to the darkness. Horror is a dish best served in the darkness and all alone...

10. The Shining (1980)

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Kubrick's horror masterpiece, The Shining has the power to scare even if viewed with twenty friends, all dancing the conga in the background. Now try it alone, at one in the morning, with no one to hold your hand.

Cut off from the world, imprisoned by the menacing Overlook Hotel and driven to murderous insanity by inescapable demons both on the inside and out, Jack Nicholson gives the performance of a lifetime.

We have to endure the unfolding terror through the wide-eyed mania of Shelley Duvall’s Wendy, who’s performance was, according to on set reports, only partly acted due to Kubrick’s insistence on madness-inducing multiple takes. A claustrophobic, intense experience, perfectly elevated by the haunting musical score of Wendy Carlos and Rachel Elkind.

Give it a try – turn off the lights, put your phone away, and follow young Danny around the silent, labyrinthine corridors. If you are brave enough to go to bed, those twin girls will be waiting for you on the way to the bathroom, guaranteed.

“Come and play with us Danny…”

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