Have you ever wondered what was the most popular horror movie released the year you were born? Or what was the most popular horror movie released in 1979? Don’t worry horror movie fans and friends we have the list right here for you! This not a best horror movie list by year, just the most popular scary movies for that year.
Tell us in the comments what you think the most popular horror movie of your birth year should be.
1950 The Flying Saucer
1951 The Thing from Another World
1952 Ghost Ship
1953 House of Wax
1954 Creature From the Black Lagoon
1956 Invasion of the Body Snatchers
1957 I Was a Teenage Werewolf
1958 The Fly
1959 House on Haunted Hill
1961 The Innocents
Synopsis: A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.
1962 Carnival of Souls
Synopsis: After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival.
1963 The Birds
Synopsis: A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people.
Synopsis: A sex-repulsed woman who disapproves of her sister’s boyfriend sinks into depression and has horrific visions of rape and violence.
Synopsis: Dracula is resurrected, preying on four unsuspecting visitors to his castle.
1968 Rosemary’s Baby
Synopsis: A young couple moves in to an apartment only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.
Synopsis: A recently institutionalized woman has bizarre experiences after moving into a supposedly haunted country farmhouse and fears she may be losing her sanity once again.
Synopsis: Two teenage girls head to a rock concert for one’s birthday. While trying to score marijuana in the city, they are kidnapped and brutalized by a gang of psychotic convicts.
1973 The Exorcist
Synopsis: When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.
Synopsis: Two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather’s grave in Texas end up falling victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths And must survive the terrors of leatherface and his family.
Synopsis: When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community, it’s up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down.
Synopsis: Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom.
Synopsis: A teenage girl once possessed by a demon finds that it still lurks within her. Meanwhile, a priest investigates the death of the girl’s exorcist.
Synopsis: Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.
Synopsis: After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.
1980 Friday the 13th
Synopsis: A group of camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which, years before, was the site of a child’s drowning.
1981 The Evil Dead
Synopsis: Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.
Synopsis: The monstrous spirit of a slain child murderer seeks revenge by invading the dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his untimely death.
1985 Fright Night
Synopsis: A teenager discovers that the newcomer in his neighborhood is a vampire, so he turns to an actor in a television horror show for help dealing with the undead.
1986 The Fly
Synopsis: A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.
1987 A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
Synopsis: A psychiatrist familiar with knife-wielding dream demon Freddy Krueger helps teens at a mental hospital battle the killer who is invading their dreams.
1988 Child’s Play
Synopsis: A single mother gives her son a much sought-after doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer.
1989 Pet Sematary
Synopsis: After tragedy strikes, a grieving father discovers an ancient burial ground behind his home with the power to raise the dead.
Synopsis: Five medical students experiment with “near death” experiences, until the dark consequences of past tragedies begin to jeopardize their lives.
Synopsis: A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.
Synopsis: The centuries old vampire Count Dracula comes to England to seduce his barrister Jonathan Harker’s fiancée Mina Murray and inflict havoc in the foreign land.
1993 Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday
Synopsis: A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger.
Synopsis: A group of scientists try to track down and trap a killer alien seductress before she successfully mates with a human.
Synopsis: A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.
1997 Scream 2
Synopsis: Two years after the first series of murders, as Sydney acclimates to college life, someone donning the Ghostface costume begins a new string of killings.
1998 Halloween H20
Synopsis: Laurie Strode, now the dean of a Northern California private school with an assumed name, must battle the Shape one last time, as the life of her own son hangs in the balance.
Synopsis: Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.
2000 What Lies Beneath
Synopsis: The wife of a university research scientist believes that her lakeside Vermont home is haunted by a ghost – or that she is losing her mind.
2001 The Others
Synopsis: A woman who lives in her darkened old family house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that the home is haunted.
Synopsis: A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come.
Synopsis: After picking up a traumatized young hitchhiker, five friends find themselves stalked and hunted by a deformed chainsaw-wielding loon and his family of equally psychopathic killers.
Synopsis: Two strangers, who awaken in a room with no recollection of how they got there, soon discover they’re pawns in a deadly game perpetrated by a notorious serial killer.
2005 Saw II
Synopsis: A detective and his team must rescue 8 people trapped in a factory by the twisted serial killer known as Jigsaw.
2006 Saw III
Synopsis: Jigsaw abducts a doctor in order to keep himself alive while he watches his new apprentice put an unlucky citizen named Jeff through a brutal test.
2007 I Am Legend
Synopsis: Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure.
2008 The Strangers
Synopsis: A young couple staying in an isolated vacation home are terrorized by three unknown assailants.
2009 Paranormal Activity
Synopsis: After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.
Synopsis: After experiencing what they think are a series of “break-ins”, a family sets up security cameras around their home, only to realize that the events unfolding before them are more sinister than they seem.
Synopsis: In 1988, young sisters Katie and Kristi befriend an invisible entity who resides in their home.
Synopsis: It has been five years since the disappearance of Katie and Hunter, and a suburban family witness strange events in their neighborhood when a woman and a mysterious child move in.
2013 World War Z
Synopsis: Former United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.
Synopsis: A couple begins to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists.
2015 Insidious: Chapter 3
Synopsis: A prequel set before the haunting of the Lambert family that reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.
2016 The Conjuring 2
2018 The Nun
Synopsis: A priest with a haunted past and a novice on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate the death of a young nun in Romania and confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.