Scariest Movies of All Time

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Similar to the list of the best horror movies ever made, this list highlights the movies that made you jump the highest and cursed you with the worst nightmares.

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1The Exorcist

Easily one of the best films ever crafted in any genre. It will remain a classic until the end of time for its disturbing imagery and dark atmosphere.

I think the Grudge and the Ring are highly overrated. People need to watch the real horror masterpieces of yesteryear.

After all these years it still creeps me out big time!

The best movie ever I couldn't sleep for many days and I always feel scared while sleeping a master piece

This film is amazing, but it isn't scary. - KennyRulz244444

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2The Shining

Its not that its scary its just that the storyline is great and has amazing actors. I also found it kind of funny.
Here's Johnny!

The only horror movie that scared me, its horrible. And I've seen a lot of horror movies

I had watched this movie.. And my review would be that it is not at all scary from horror movie point of view.. Can't forget this line "COME PLAY WITH US FOREVER... AND EVER.. AND EVER."! - avanish95

Oh god both the book and the movie are scary.

Jack Nicholson was very scary and dark - crystalbratcher1

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3A Nightmare on Elm Street

I watched this as a kid and I can honestly say this frightened all the fright out of me. No movie has scared me ever since, none! Not a single other one on this list. Honest truth, really some might be gross, some make you jump but A Nightmare on Elm Street is the be-all and end-all

The birth of being afraid to fall asleep. A Nightmare on Elm Street attacks you from all directions. What ever you do... Don't fall asleep.

Great movie, has really stood the test of time and is as good now as it ever was. 1,2 Freddy's Coming for you. - iTragik

This is my favorite movie! I watched it with my cousins and was paranoid for days. I did not have any nightmares (luckily) but that night, I thought I heard the sound of claws on metal. I also could not get the theme song out of my head. - birdechosplash

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4Halloween

I have a reoccurring dream that I'm being chased and can't get away. The scenery changes. Sometimes I'm in a big mansion, sometimes the woods. But it's always Michael myers who is chasing me. That's saying something.

I watch scary movies because they are fun; they just don't scare me. Then I watched Halloween. After the movie ended, I went to the bathroom and checked my shower... Four times!

Awesome! That was a very scary movie I first scary movie I ever saw!. I saw it at my friend's house when I was only 6 years old. And trust me it's not my last!

Michael just needs love. - GetItRight

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5The Grudge

To be honest, I couldn't sleep in my room by myself for years.
No joke
And this is from watching the trailer
But I was also really young at the time

Stupid but scary it kept me hanging on the edge of my seat but the original was better

This was just shockingly scary, found it hard to sleep for weeks. Not one to watch alone!

I find it funny that people act like 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' or 'The Shining' is frightening.

I, myself, found them to be boring and amusing.

Although, I remember seeing 'The Grudge' when I was twelve; by far, the scariest of them all.

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6Friday the 13th

So Scary! My PArents won't let me see it again

Shag shag shag Friday the 13th was good but really scary

"this is jason and today is his birthday" awesome movie but the remake is better

That was really scary - METABOLICA

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7The Conjuring

The scariest movie EVER. PERIOD. Taking all the other international movies into the reckoning, this takes the cake ttobe the scariest. By far!

I seen this and no lie it gave me a panic attack I swear this had to be the best movie I've seen in years

The conjuring is The Grudge, The Exorcist combined! So horrifying!

The only recent ones that is scary and is my 2nd most scary movie of all time after RINGU.

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8Stephen King's It

I hate clowns, my friends thought we should watch it so we did, now I have the biggest phobia ever! Can't walk near open drains either...

SAW THIS AS A KID MAYBE AROUND AGE 6 AND I'm NOW MUCH OLDER AND TERRIFIED OF CLOWNS! Can't DECIDE BETWEEN "IT" AND "THE EXORCIST" BUT BOTH ARE MUST SEES AND KICK ASS!

Boy I hate clowns. And those weird yellow teeth and disgusting long fingernails just disgusted and scared the hell out of me.

One of my friends is scared of clowns laughed at hi everyone until he showed me this film - Helloworld

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9Insidious

Definitely a movie to see if you like scary movies! A lot of scary movies don't make me jump... But this one made me jump several times. Just with loud noises and pop-ups. If you like scary movies. SEE INSIDIOUS

I don't know why this movie isn't even in the top 3 at least. This movie seriously freaked me out. I actually have a scar on my arm from hurting myself in an attempt to run from the T.V.. - lolabannana89

This supposed to be next to the exorcist come on this movie make me dream scary dreams for weeks and the scene where the girl that have a wedding suit cannot get out of my mind and this movie were the boy I mean the child sees his body lying I dream of my body lying on my bed but its just a dream not a nightmare... Thanks for the alarm I'm awake

The first time I watched this movie it sent a chill down my back. I promised my self that I would never ever watch that movie again

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10The Ring

Scary isn't the word I would use.
It was eerie and demon possessed
When it was over, I felt the evil in my house!
Turned gospel music on, LOUD and read my Bible to get rid of the demon spirits!
I am very serious too!

Scary... Is that the word to describe this movie. I was all over laughing during watching this movie. - appindia

I really LOVE this movie. Samara is a little cute bastard and Rachel is a wonderful character. I sing all the day the Samara's Song:
Round we go,
The world is spinning,
When it stops,
It just beginning.
Sun comes up,
We live and we cry,
Sun comes down
And then we all die.

Very atmospheric from start to finish which puts the viewer in a jumpy frame of mind for the finale. I just about pissed myself at the end...

This is by far the scariest movie I've ever seen!

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The Contenders

11Saw

Personal all time favorite of mine, well not just the first movie, but the entire series all together. I make it a habit to marathon the entire series at least twice a year with a few of my girlfriends. Although as the movies went on, I got tired of hoffman's stupidity, but I always loved amanda's ingenuity and strength.

As I write my opinion on this movie I get the chills. I see flashbacks of the first time watching it in the dark in 4th grade. I remember the sleepless nights and the tears. I dreaded the night time. I watched the movie again when I got older thinking I'd get over it but I didn't. Just looking at the cover if the disc scares me. Every time I look at the T.V. in my living room I imagine jigsaws face popping up. This movie really makes me want to be a better person just so I don't ever have to be in that predicament. This should be number one and I'd like everyone reading this to vote for this. Thank you

Great Movie.!
The way the story is set up especially in the first 3 films..!
My favorite was SAW II because the ending surprised me that I said what just happened.. Overall AWESOME Movie..!

Saw is a really good movie

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12Psycho

Any movie that still unsettles me every time I hear a noise when taking a shower has to be the scariest movie ever. What an impact, even more than 40 years later.

Very scary indeed. This movie's shower scene is so famous all the way up until now, and will most likely continue to be!

Well this is now why I shower with people in the house, and I have my music playing so I don't have to feel so terrified. But NOES is a little scarier. Maybe about 10 times. Because what's worse than the fear of sleep? YOU CAN'T AVOID IT

But yeah, this is also really scary.

This movie made me put speakers in our bathroom and put it in maximum volume while I am taking a shower. And now, I am less bothered because we don't have showers in our house anymore. But this movie is not the reason why we don't have showers anymore lol

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13The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

I loved the low-budget realism. All the special effects and cgi in today's horror flicks detract from the horror in my opinion. I actually felt the terror of the main characters and wanted to escape when I watched this because the realism felt like a glimpse into real life insanity that exists in the world. Also, I heard it was based on real events, but now know it was all just a made up story

Ha Ha, so we meet again, I've seen all of these Texas Chainsaw Massacre films and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) is definitely the scariest of them all! Very gripping and scared my grandma to bits! Based on a true story too guys, so watch at your own risk and NEVER GOING TO Texas OR AMERICA AT ALL!

This movie is terrifying but the only thing I never really got was the Guy running with a big heavy chainsaw and the victim never being able to escape. Come on you can't run THAT fast with A big heavy duty chainsaw weighing you down. Other than that A Brilliant Creepy Horror film.

This movie had people throwing up in the theater. That's how gross this movie was, I didn't see what was wrong with it. It had good characters, good actors and great plot.

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14Paranormal Activity

This was the hell of all scary movies. I like watching horror movies so that I can sit and laugh at the children. But this time it was reversed. I slept with my bed light on for more than two weeks. Letting my obese dog sleep between my feet that if something grabbed me his going to struggle.

This was the first horror movie that actually scared me. I don't find little girls, clowns, or maniacal killers that scary they're a bit cliche now. But this movie struck a chord of the fear of the unseen, what demons come out at night. Is that weird bump in the night just the house adjusting or was it something. I remember I was a freshman in college when I watched the first one. I did not get any sleep that night and I had nightmares when I did. Even the first case of sleep paralysis was after that movie. The second time I had sleep paralysis I felt a presence and saw a shadowy figure looming over my bed. I heard someone ask me my name, I refused and told it to leave. I broke free finally and I prayed on it. I haven't experienced the nightmares ever since. I know that it's normal symptoms but I believe in God and I'm terrified of demons. This movie brought those fears out of me so I'm not surprised I had bad nightmares. But I do thank God he answered my prayers, no demon related ...more

I don't scare easily, but this did it for me. The Exorcist has nothing on this film!

This is so scary, I always keep my phone next to me because if I know something bad will happen I just go straight to my phone and play some games

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15The Silence of the Lambs

This movie was perfect, honestly. It wasn't scary, but it had its moments that were... Odd. I'm a huge Hannibal The Cannibal fan, and loved all three movies. It's quite realistic as well and Jodie Foster was an amazing Clarice.

Most scary movie I have ever seen. The dialogue and images go deep into your psyche. The worst was I first saw this movie when it came out. My best friend and I went together. We came home from it and to go to her house we had to go through a dark alley and through her mom's closed store. We were terrified to be out in the dark after that film!

this movie was so dmented how could it not be in the top 10 - Okami

It's Psychologically frightening

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16The Thing

A monster, that turns dogs inside out and you don't even know it's their till its about to kill you, is really creepy(and awesome at the same time - Razor79

The original is just amazing, the suspense and thrill created is just terrifying. How it is not in the top 5 astounds me! The exorcist just made me laugh, alien is pretty darn scary and so is paranormal activity. This film is just psychologically horrible. Watch in the dark alone "i'm outta here" - LukeB

This movie has no boundaries on how scary it is. It's like the director said:"Well lets push people's mind tolerance to fear beyond its limit and if they go crazy I guess it would be a great film and a success laugh out loud" Its scary. The horror movie I was looking for.

This was really disgusting but good - Helloworld

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17Jaws

I first watched this movie when I was about 12.. and I'm now 25 and iam still scared to anything bigger than a swimming pool.. those DAMN sharks...

How is Jaws not in the top ten? In 1977? 78? This movie FREAKED PEOPLE OUT, single-handedly made shark hunting PC, and also kept a nation of people out of the ocean AND LAKES for three years... - corebare32

Come on people. Of course, some movies right now are pretty thrilling, but Jaws was the movie that got millions of people out of the water. With that reaction, how can it not be in the top ten

I watched it but I wasn't that freaked out I didn't think of it as a horror more like an action film - Helloworld

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18Scream

Alongside of Halloween, this is my other all-time favorite horror series. Much like Halloween did in its time, Scream completely re-energized the horror genre which had grown stagnant and paved the way for a whole new generation of scary movies. So well-written, and with characters that are actually well-developed. When you actually feel emotion when the characters are in danger, you know you've got a good one.

This should at least be in the top 10! This movie changed the status of horror movies in the 90's, when the genre was going downhill. I can't believe Insidious and Wrong Turn are ahead of this. - MarilynMansonFan

I like scream, it has great actors in it and it is scary, you will think twice about picking up the phone at night, in my opinion definitely number 1

Not only is the movie pretty scary but also just amazing overall! It saved horror in the 90's! Great movie! - chriss_moyer

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19The Hills Have Eyes

most disturbing movie i have ever seen

Yes, atlast a pretty decent list! lol..

i was choosing between this and Amitvyle, well this movie scared me more.. phew! - mesh13

True it is disturbing and quite violent. Its also a true story in the 196070s US government nuked New Mexico's state and caused radiation and radioactivity which turned everyone in miles away into mutated creatures and if you go there now you might actually see on of there mines which were used in the 18 hundreds before they got walled in. Years ago one of the survivors got tokd not to mention any thing about it because it was true but when one of them got interviewed they accidently told the reporters what happened so they could tell people and they would all panic so they got exucuted with out a trace and all the evidence disappeared and this is a true story!

Kind of slow in places, but still very disturbing. Cannibalism, a desert, a family stuck in the middle of that desert. Yes please!

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20(REC)

This is easily one of the most scariest horror films made. The acting is brilliant the story is great and there are some really shocking moments in it. I would recommend it to any horror fan out there or anyone who wants the living hell scared out of them laugh out loud. I've got all 3 films of the series and would definitely suggest watching the 2nd (REC) as well as I believe it's even better, the 3rd one is not quite as good but still very entertaining!

I think the only reason it's not higher is because of subtitles.

So... Paranormal Activity, Human Centipede and Predator made the list, but (REC), the scariest, most chilling movie ever made didn;t pass the cut? Well, that's as terrifying as (REC) itself. This will leave you crying, screaming, and it will definitely give you nightmares. Paranormal has nothing on this and never will

Watch this at night by yourself or with a scary movie connoisseur, and you will see why this Spanish horror fil is the scariest horror film there is. Quarantine is the american remake of this movie. More scary than 28 days later, Exorcist, or Dawn of the dead, this zombie-movie epic will leave you shaken up and curled up under a blanket.

Should be on no. 1

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