Best Horror Movies of All Time

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The Top Ten

1
The Exorcist
By far best of this genre ever. Even if you ignore the gruesome special effects, the movie was still superbly acted and directed. Everything else is distant second.
By far the one that stands out. I watched it ONE time and have never watched it again and I'm 42. Other movies about possession don't bother me, to a point, as much as this one did. Deservedly so, Aliens is in the top 10. Poltergeist (the clown scene) is the still the reason I can't STAND clowns to this day. IT should be higher as well. Paranormal Activity (1) deserves it's spot as that movie kept me on the edge of my seat and my wife afraid to sleep at night! JAWS needs to be higher on the list... Great directing, acting, etc. Plus I was afraid to go in the ocean for years after seeing it in the theater!

SociallyxxDistorted

Its the movie considered by me as the scariest shooted in real style... Awesome one
[Newest]My friends watched with me what a movie

2Halloween
Come on people Halloween is the best one out of all the others because Michael Myers is pure evil! You'll all see what I'm talking about after 08/31/07. Halloween indeed is the creator of all slasher films, if it wasn't 4 this movie... Nightmare on elm street, friday the 13, and all those so-called "Scariest movies" would not exist! So think again and vote for Halloween
The slasher genre wouldn't exist if not for this John Carpenter masterpiece. Watch the original before you judge.
By far the best, honestly I think it surpasses the horror list and goes straight to the list of greatest films of all time. Don't let the all the sequels and spin-offs tarnish this classic.
[Newest]It has many horror elements that shaped some other iconic horror movies and does what horror movies lack now a days

3The Shining
This movie is great! People are voting for other movies because there scarier but this is not about being scary, its about being good. And this movie tops the whole list! Other great horror movies are The Exorcist, Black Christmas, High Tension, Halloween, Alien, Evil Dead, A nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, Poltergeist, Misery, The Cabin In The Woods, REC, Jaws, Dead Alive, Carrie, An American Werewolf in London and Psycho.
"All work no play makes Jack a dull boy. "
"Red rum"
"Come play with us forever and ever and ever. "
The lady in the bathtub.
The maze.
Do I need another reason? This movie is the type that after you watch it you're thinking it's bad but then all of a sudden you're too afraid to move! Watch it. Now.
Not only is one of the best horror films made, it's also one of the greatest films ever. Jack Nicholson's performance felt so amazingly real, he simply just lost himself into the role. A damn fine film!

DamnFineCupOfCoffee

[Newest]Never seen the movie but the books great

4Alien
the great sci fi horror of all time, this movie when it came out, it established that maybe Aliens are not too friendly like E. T.
What's wrong with this top 10! Straight to DVD films and remakes? And let's not forget a certain over-appreciated gore franchise that spawned 7 agonizing sequels... Oh yeah Alien is awesome. Best movie monster ever conjured and one of the most suspenseful movies ever made with imagery that haunts to this day.
This list has seem to have forgotten there's a difference between being the greatest and being the scariest. This movie is great AND it is scary. That is a big enough accomplishment to earn it top five status.

Justintime221


5Nightmare on Elm Street
Silence of the Lambs wasn't even scary to me. I actually laughed at one point. THIS will scare you. You won't be able to sleep. I had a nightmare with him in it when I LEAST expected. That's why I'm typing this as a ghost. Or something.
"The ultimate fear... the fear of going to sleep.

aman28

Because of Freddy I can't sleep the day I watched "Nightmare on Elm Street" he was very scary
[Newest]Nightmare on Elm street is the best horror film ever made and nothing can top it. Even if some of you like other horror films better then this one that is fine but this one will always be a classic.

6The Silence of the Lambs
Gore and lots of blood is nice, like Evil Dead, Saw, Friday the 13th,...
The best horror movies are those with fewer blood and no gore, like The Shining, It, Alien, Psycho, Rosemary's Baby,...
Silence of the Lambs is upper-class.
2 terrifying murderers, excellent portrayed by Levine and Hopkins.
Best role of those 2. Lecter is downright scary, while Bill is... Also scary.
Jodie Foster and the rest of the cast were near perfection.
To conclude, the dialogue was excellent.
Silence of the Lambs deserves a top 3 spot.
It won film of the year, no other horror has done that, therefore this is the best. Scary for all the right reasons and a story that has quality, who could ask for more.
THE SCARIEST THING IS THAT HE GETS IN THE MIND AND THAT IS SCARIER THAN CHASING AND CUTTING SOMEONE IT'S THE SUSPENSE NOT THE GORE
[Newest]This is not an horror is an thriller

7The Thing
One of the most realistically gory and brutal films ever made for 1982 everything look real. Especially when that guys head comes of and starts crawling like a spider that was amazing. Should be number 2 on this list just most people don't know how gory this film is.

SVGPLAGUE

The greatest film of all time! The special effects are great! I personally think that there isn't a horror film like it. No one is safe because they don't trust each other! Definitely watch this!
This movie is the pioneer of the Paranoia genre. Still can't figure out how people chose E. T over this Movie. anyway the visual effects where 20 years ahead of it's time
[Newest]This is very very best movie


8Saw
It's ah-may-zing! Who doesn't want to watch a lot of torture in one movie that has such a great plot if you take the time to watch it?!
Saw is not necessarily the scariest movie, but it is a GREAT movie if you want to see some gore. The story is also very good for it being 7 movies long. The end was such a twist, I loved it. The reverse bear trap was the BEST, its too bad we don't see it actually work until the second time. This movie deserves to be on the top ten.
Saw is, to me, the ultimate thriller movie of them all because eash movie in the series has a different plot and in every movie the story takes a new turn! It's hard to tell the outcome of the story and in the first movie you couldn't even imagine who the real culprit is until you see the very end of the movie!
Ratulkhan2040@yahoo.com
[Newest]This isn't an horror is an thriller

9Psycho
AFI's top horror movie of all time, and it doesn't even crack the top ten? That's a problem.
What the hell such an awesome movie down on 21 it has to be among top 5!
IS THE GREATEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME!

10The Grudge
It seriously freaked me out... watching the movie at night alone was the stupidest decision of my life... couldn't sleep without the lights on for a couple of days... the background music itself freaks you out...
It has a weird deformed chick that is dead, might add and the sound she makes gets stuck in your head for weeks!
It is really very scary Japnese movie... If we want to enjoy gener of movie see movie at night alone with home theatre
[Newest]It is very dangerous picture I have ever seen

The Contenders

11Paranormal Activity
PA1 scared you, whether you admit it or not. It did. Now PA2, PA3, PA4 and I'm sure the uneagerly expected PA5 are quite different stories. They were pumped out as fast as Mel B pumps out kids. No thought to the story & terrible, terrible acting... Now the acting in the first WAS sub-par, but it didn't affect the overall movie in such a huge way it was unwatchable, unlike the other three. Please dear god. No more. But back to the point, great movie. Kept most of us up googling demonology and eye witness accounts of ghosts, I think.
This was scary as hell doors slamming lights turning on footprints in the talcum powder and the guy thrown at the camera at the end it is scary as hell!
Very good movie, its pretty scary :=)
[Newest]This is awful it can be made with a phone camera and it's not scary

12Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Okay, most films in the top ten deserve to be there but I'm sorry, this is THE best horror film. It works outside of the horror genre as a film itself. Maybe some films are scarier, but this was revolutionary in it's time. The makers of this films were daring, this film pushed boundaries and is an absolutely iconic piece of art.
A perfect horror movie. it's so realistic and shocking. the story feels real and the acting is really great. what I also love about this movie is that there is some truth to it. there are people like Leatherface and his family out in the world, and that we could end up in this situation. and it could be the scariest experience of your entire life.
This happens to be the best horror movie ever made. I mean almost everyone will be scared of a mental, crazy, chainsaw wielding, man who wears HUMAN skin as a mask and his sadistic family of cannibals! Jeez I certainly thought it was to horrifying to be real but it was (look up Ed Gein) this is a masterpiece directed by Tobe Hooper
[Newest]It's another scary movie that's actually scary.

13The Ring
This movie is the best! Their making a 3rd 1! So cool O. O

BrokenSong

This is one of the scariest movies I have ever seen I won't ever forget anything like this, watch this with the lights on you won't be able to sleep tonight.
Oh... ! Really the horror 1... After watching this movie I could not sleep that whole nigt... In 1 word it was"totally horror"...
[Newest]I love this movie, this is the best horror movie I've ever seen!

14Jaws
So sharks don't really kill a lot of people but you probably thought twice about jumping in the water
It wasn't that scary, besides the fact you didn't want to go in the ocean, but this list is about the best horror movies not the scariest and this was a great movie and should be higher on the list
Steven Spielberg is a genius. This is the best Movie of the Horror/Thriller Genre, and one of the greatest and most enjoyable movies of all time.

HeavyDonkeyKong

[Newest]I'm not stepping in the water. Nope nope nope. I won't even DRINK water anymore. Thanks, Steven. You're a pal.


15Scream
This movie totally gave the slasher genre (and really all horror) new life and started a new trend of smart suspense-driven horror movies. The entire franchise is classic!
Amazing movie, much suspense. Way better than friday the thirteenth.
THIS IS THE BEST SLASHER ever
[Newest]Sometimes scary, but very funny too

16Friday the 13th
I grow up watching scary movies and Friday the 13th is by far the best scary movies I seen I never wanted to go to summer camp after watching these movies.
THIS IS A CLASSIC I RECOMMEND THE 2010 VERSION KILLER CUT... It left me shaking. This though is nothing compared to the human centipede movies ugh
Look, for those of you out there that were a disapointed of what this film was rated, I'll admit that this movie is historical, but its not totally scary nowadays
[Newest]158 that's how many kills in the franchise enough said

17A Nightmare on Elm Street
I love the movie beyond almost anything, but I must say... Did you check the list when you added this? Nonetheless, it is my favorite movie of all time.
I think this film is really good. Freddy is one of the best killers of horror movies I think. Watch this film, it's really great.
Already number 8 on the list

18The Hills Have Eyes
The film keeps you wondering what the hell is gonna happen next! And you feel so much pity for the victims at a point! Great film.
These film is based on true story and it is one of the scariest movie which I had been never seen in my life.
I love the original movie by Wes Craven
[Newest]Best movie ever it's got everything


19It
I'm going to be perfectly honest, I really didn't like this film. It's very melo-dramatic, the characters seem like they're going insane rather than all of this actually happening, and Pennywise the Dancing Clown is the most overrated horror movie villain of all time! All he does is stand around, look threatening, and does nothing. If it's killed half the other people in town, how come it can't just kill these kids off? It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.
Seriously this is the only movie listed here that scared me. I it and the poltergeist. I hate clowns.

aman28

Why I vote for this? Dude, it's a clown with razorsharp teeth, if that is not scary...
[Newest]Next Halloween I'm gonna dress up as a clown, stand on street corners, and wave at anyone who looks out of the window.

IronSabbathPriest


20Poltergeist
I have read so many reviews and seriously it's really very scariest and scariest movie. you can't take it really... If you really want to be scared I must say do watch it
Has the perfect amount of scary. Has you scared even when you think it's the end.
This film absorbes you and you cannot get out till its over
Be careful I also heard it has a curse on it, one cast member was actualy murdered.

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