Best Horror Movies of All Time

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The Top Ten

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!


Its the movie considered by me as the scariest shooted in real style... Awesome one
[Newest]Where can I begin with this masterpiece? The lighting is perfect, the makeup is fantastic, the story is mind blowing, the acting is amazing, and it's perfectly terrifying! What more could you ask for a horror film? All I can say really is, THE POWER IF CHRIST COMPELS YOU!

2The 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!


[Newest]This is real horror. Not jump scares.

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]Loved every second of this, the suspense still gets me

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!
[Newest]I love this movie.

5The 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]I crapped my pants I'm 9 worst decision of my life

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.


7Wrong Turn
this the best horror movie I have ever seen... second and third part are awesome...
Ugh cannibalism freaks me out BIG time! and how they look *shivers*


It was a very disgusting movie... Someone eating the flesh of another person is not at all scary... The starting was good enough to convince the people that the movie is full of suspense... But gradually the movie lost the public's interest!
[Newest]Wrong turn 2 its best! :)))))

8Nightmare 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.


Because of Freddy I can't sleep the day I watched "Nightmare on Elm Street" he was very scary
[Newest]When I first saw this movie I wasn't scared but when I go to my bed, I can't sleep because I was afraid that Freddy was going to kill me. Sometimes I am still in that situation.

9The Ring
This movie is the best! Their making a 3rd 1! So cool O. O


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!

10The 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.
[Newest]Lector is love, Lector is life.

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

12The 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.


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]Yes. One of my favorite films of all time. Scary, gory, good movie. Good acting. I watched it over 10 times. I own it.

13Texas 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.

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.
[Newest]Sometimes scary, but very funny too

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!
Antony Perkins is just a legend but the shining is the best

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

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.


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

18The Conjuring
The scariest movie I've ever seen in my life
A well-done old school horror flick.
Scariest movie ever! And based on a true story! What else do you want?
[Newest]I was scared to stay home alone after seeing this movie

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.


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.


I have seen almost every movie on this list, I don't scare easy but this movie almost made me piss myself like 12 different times. Left me lying in bed staring at the door making sure nothing was coming in.
Y is this movie so down below in the list... And look at the movies which r on the top... Is this a list of top horror movies or what? What's wrong with people they r voting for saw... COME ON
23? , Hell no! This movie deserves to be in top 10 at least, great work by James Wan, and what a script about astral projections, really freaks you out whenever you think about falling asleep!
[Newest]The best of all horror movies

21A 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

22The 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

I Watched this Movie and I COULD NOT SLEEP FOR At least 5 days
This movie was so good! It was kinda sad what they did to her, I think the kids got what was comin for them. I just she did not die! Well fall of a building, best movie yet!

24Final Destination 2
I hate any Final Destination movie in the sense that it scares me really bad.

The third one has already made me swear off tanning beds, by the way, and I've never even been in one.


This movie is not that scary but I hate the feeling when you are waiting for the death of the characters and it is hard to expect the unexpected.. Err
The unexpected is what freaks me out and I have to scream when the killing happen. It is really not scary is the building up to the point is so

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.

26The Omen
This is a vote for the 1976 "The Omen." Not that two bit hack job that opened on 6/6/06. This movie freakin traumatized me the first time I saw it. It sent Christians into counselling.


Great movie! I love it. It is good picture and quality for a older movie. I even like the idea. Time to find Damien: Omen II!


How the hell can paranormal activity be higher than this masterpiece?
[Newest]The Omen is one awesome film. Long live Damien! Spawn of the devil.


27Night of the Living Dead
Best horror movie I ever saw
Not that scary but the part where the zombie girl kills and eats her own mother will freak you out

28The Evil Dead
This is my favourite movie of all time! This movie proves that you don't need a big budget to make a good movie! I didn't see the new one but it defiantly can't beat the original classic!
This movie deserve number 1, this movie made me watch & collect horror movies to my movies collection. I strongly believe this movie is the mother of almost "block buster" horror movies.
Bruce Campbell is awesome, best horror film of all time, watch it!

29Final Destination

30Halloween II
Whilst it was never going to be as fresh as the original it is still creepy, suspenseful and offers nice closure for the first movie.
Almost as good as the first

The scariest part to me was when he went into the little girl you wouldn't want to mess with her

32The Exorcism of Emily Rose
Just watching this movie makes me shiver to my spine... The storyline was creepy and the acting of everyone was amazing. Still remember I was alone and there were 20 to 30 people in the theatre and after watching the movie when I was walking I kept on looking back to check if anyone was following me...
This movie by far is the scariest demonic possession horror movie that is based on a real story. Just the thought of having things inside of me/anyone is just plain terrifying. The even scarier thing is that the demons won and after being possessed for six years the little girl died because she could not take it anymore. Poor thing...
This should be the best movie of all time.. But to be honest not a scariest movie... But acting story was way above excellence... Nice court room drama... But should be at least deserves 2nd spot..
[Newest]I watched this while I was in the shower witch made it 3 times as scary

33Last House On the Left (1972)

This movie freaked me out so much! Oh myy the scariest part was that she was a grown woman who liked to harm people. And she was scary looking and just totally 666! I couldn't trust little girls for a month!
I saw this when I was 6...

Could not sleep for a week...

Good movie after 5 years of avoiding this movie
I just loves the movie... One of the best thriller I have ever seen
[Newest]What a movie, she is dam good

Favorite movie ever! Last film shot in Technicolor

36The Blair Witch Project
Ppl didn't get this movie that's why they hated it, The reason why they filmed scenes like them in the Shops or them havin' conversations is to make it seem real, e. g. anybody would film this stuff they filmed. And they didn't show the witch, because using your imagination is the scariest monster there is


This is the scariest movie ever! It's also my favorite. The ending is a little hard to understand but if you go back and look at the conversations at the beginning of the movie, you should understand it.
soooo scary!!!!!!!I actually thought it was a real video!!!

[Newest]Very scary movie you just have to have a imagination that's all

37Dawn of the Dead

38Event Horizon
This was a scary one all right, with the added atmosphere of heavy, inescapable evil
I will never ever ever forget this movie


AHHHHHHH!!!!!! This movie scares the Begeezus out of me!!!!!

39The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Its like a super scary movie I thought it was super scary I'm a big fan

40Silent Hill
Best horror picture I ever watched.. It should be at least top 5 rank. Each end every moment of the picture I really enjoyed. The ending part was very good..
Best out there ever. That is all I will say. The depth and suspense will send shivers down your spine, and also force you to think simultaneously. Just play the games.

41The Sixth Sense
i see dead people...all the time
Good movie with a twist some people can communicate with the dead whether they want to or not God decides
Great Film with a great story... That could be understood to the level of reality.
[Newest]One of the few good horror movies from the 2000's

42The Amityville Horror (1979)
Mad Me Scared To Sleep In A House That Looked Like That!!
By far the best horror ever produced.
It's a superb movie... I loved it... it was als so much scary... but I loved it...

43Rosemary's Baby
This is the best horror movie ever, smart, scary and bizarre at the same time, I hate those people who thinks this movie is boring and cg movies are good.

44Last House On the Left (2009)
This is just another porn movie ha ha ha
Vulgur all the time

45The Descent
I wouldn't say it's the scariest, as I give that to (orig) Shutter, but this horror film has a great opening Jump Scare and a great atmosphere that makes you uncomfortable for the majority of the film, as well as revolting moments and terrifying mutants. It is also extremely rare to have a nearly all female cast, and considering screenwriter professors tell their students not to write women into lead roles, because men wont watch it, this film really surpassed expectations as a horror gem. My only gripe is the alternative ending that was adopted after the theatrical release--- I don't know they they do such things when the ending was great as is, and necessary to the sequel.
Holy hell! I haven't really, truly screamed in a movie other than this for as long as I can remember....


As if no one had put this on the list its a great horror movie

46The Rite

47The Birds
Way better than crap like "The Hills Have Eyes"


Alferd Hitchcock is a genius to make such a horrific movie.


This is a most scariest film

48Paranormal Activity 2
Found this really creepy and unnerving. Watched this before I watched the 1st one.


49Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
Its just unbeaten...
Bruce campbell shows his real talent...
He is just unbelievable... ! 11

50Child's Play
This movie is a classic. Used to scare the hell outta me when I was a little kid

51Scream 4

52Saw II
Best movie of all time


The only movie to make me cry. It is so disturbing and emotional. That jump scene at the end is one hell of a jump scene!
Actually this movie was a mediocre for me, well it may seem OK, but this wasn't scary at all. Anyway, this movie wasn't so bad, at least it's emotional & well made.


54My Bloody Valentine
Made me pee my pants and has a very good plot and good actors.


A good scary movie to watch and hence counter your fear with irregular heartbeat

55Freddy vs. Jason
OH YEAH! This is what I'm talking about. Who cares what anyone says about this movie. It is the greatest in horror crossovers. If a mortal fighting an immortal doesn't sound epic to you, then you're totally bonkers.

56Final Destination 5
It's the best movie cux it shows every scene of death completly like the what gurls eye c ame out baby it's so horror

This is the scariest movie I've watched. I was so entranced by the movie and so shook up that it made a lasting impression on me. This is the inspiration for The Grudge many other modern horror classics, and it draws inspiration from movies like The Blair Witch Project with the shaky camera.
shaky camera work at its best and really screaming movie


Amazing movie with a very realistic plot,. IT doesn't show ghosts or anyting but it has a very realistic plot that can happen anywhrer

58The Possession
I think you should watch it
Hell yes, best horror movie ever.

59Dead Silence
This fiom is just horrific with the dolls, a woman that would be a doll when she is dead. That is absolutely creepy, also this movie has many jumpscares and is fun to watch. In one word : amazing!

60Thirteen Ghosts
I ran out of the movie theatre the first time I tried to watch this movie.
the jackal is the scariest of them doubt once so ever


Again a crap, just don't waste your time because time is money and money is funny

61A Serbian Film
Sickest movie ever...
Never seen something like that.. Its seek

This movie blew my mind. great action and awesomely twisted

6328 Days Later
This movie was good, because Chris Eccleston was in it :) He is the cutest person in the entire world. I was scared to death by his beauty!

64Wolf Creek
Suspenseful in an almost-too realistic way...

It was one of the best horror movies...just like some real life haunted things places, this movie was really interesting and scary
I thought about it: What would happen if my locker number was 140-? I don't even want to type the number. I can already see the little thing in my vent in my room. Holy...
But one thing... Why did he chose 140-? Why not 666? It's more original. Well, spontaneous I guess...
suspenseful, haunting, thriller, and well acted movie deserves a spot.


[Newest]Fear man fear o

66Grave Encounters
14,892,040 view on You tube most ever by a scary movie.
Grave Encounters is a low budget film produced for under half a million dollars.
Box office $2,408,334
New York Press granted it "The Scariest Movie Since The Ring"
95 minutes scary movie
I believe it will go to number 1 in no time.


Scariest and creepiest movie and freaks you out! It looks like real movie... You can't call it fake movie
Scared the hell out of me, still can't look at the ceiling without thinking a dead zombie phsyco without a tongue and with blood dripping everywhere will jump on me

67An American Werewolf in London
This film had me jumping with fright! Not to mention rick baker's amazing transformation.

68I Know What You Did Last Summer

Classic horror movie, MUST SEE!

70Friday the 13th, Part 3

71Trick 'r Treat

72Sleepaway Camp

7330 Days of Night

74The Woman in Black
One of the best horror movie

I love this film. However, it's very contemptable that Trevor is seeing a student behind Helen's back. And isn't she kind of young for him anyway? Well, Helen does get her revenge at the end when Trevor says her name 5 times in the bathroom mirror.
Creepy and awesome, gave me a few creepy thoughts...

76Paranormal Activity 4
These is very truly amazing horror movie... These is better than all paranormal act. And better than Number 1 and 2

77Melancholie der Engel

78The Blob
Not the black and white but the 1988 version. This is a twisted story about a US bio-weapon that gets out of control. Very scary movie but the ending takes the cake. Must see.


79The Haunting in Connecticut
Scary as hell. Have to watch film!

It is too bad movie to watch before sleeping, you must take sleeping pills at the end

81Evil Dead
Unnerving and scary. One of the best zombie films ever made!
Classical horror movie ever

82Cabin Fever

83Final Destination 3
What 93 really these is the best... Tottaly watch these its very creepy and seriously scary and the death scene is very horrible.. Watch these and maybe your heart will beat faster and get scream... These is better than final destination 2 and 1 and 5 and 4 these is perfect I mean seriously these movie is super creepy and the death in here is totaly gross and I have prove watch these death at type FD3 ERINS DEATH OR FD3 FRANKIES DEATH OR FD3 ALL DEATH SCENE I warn you that these is best
People are sick and crazy, these is the goriest, 5 was great same in the 1 unlike the stupid, unrelated story2 and untalented 4
Scary and vote this more

84Peeping Tom

85White: The Melody of the Curse

86Black Christmas (1974)

87The Changeling
This is the most underrated horror film ever created. It tells the story of a man who has lost his family in an accident. He then purchases an old house to rebuild his life and focus on his music. A ghost of a young boy who was murdered over 80 years ago tries to contact him to solve the mystery. The house is creepy and the movie will make you jump for 2 hours. This movie will also give you a fear of wheelchairs. I bought this movie a year ago and it never fails to creep me out. It is hard to find but is my favourite horror film. The seance scene will give you chills!


88Jeepers Creepers
It's not the best but it would freak you out at night. I my self watched it at night, believe me couldn't slept that night
Jeepres creepers is the best film it is amwzing and really cool and we all love gina philips

89House at the End of the End of the Street
I would like to vote for this movie

90Carrie (2013)
Nice than the old one...

91Bram Stoker's Dracula

92The Human Centipede
This movie isn't really scary, it's just weird. And the poop scene is just gross!

93Children of the Corn
Children of the Corn is a great movie by the Master of Horror, but I wouldn't call it the scariest. Still, it does deserve some credit.
Scariest movie ever made...


95House of Wax
Chad Michael Murray! <3 and hey for the guys Paris Hilton is a babe ;-) haha


This classic Universal horror film is one of the greatest movies of all-time.

98The Fly

99Fright Night

100Killer Klowns from Outer Space
This movie is hilarious and scary.
Second thought, the klowns were cute, especially the short, green haired clown.

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