Best Horror Movies of All Time
The Top Ten
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
It's the movie considered by me as the scariest shooted in real style... Awesome one
The Exorcist remains in a league all by itself, without doubt the most profoundly disturbing film ever made.
For those of us that believe in God (90+% of the American people), the reality of spiritual good & evil is a given. Those employing the laughing "it doesn't bother me at all" reaction are either lying, utilizing a defense mechanism, or simply don't believe in the existence of anything beyond our physical world. I'm here to tell you that the vast majority of people who see this film (yesterday or 40 years ago) will be emotionally affected at the very least. The production values were very high and have held up well. Acting, writing, directing, cinematography & soundtrack are all stellar. It's a story well told. It's certainly a different animal than all the blood & guts slasher films. While the vast majority of "horror" films merely shock & repulse (nothing wrong with that if you enjoy them) The Exorcist tends to deeply disturb and truly frighten the psyche.
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.
This movie takes a brilliant look at just pure evilV 33 Comments
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.
What people don't realize how great The Shining is looking at the pure horror outlook of it or just looking at how incredible it is nonetheless. People will rip on it and say it was nothing like the book, but every time I watch the shining it just brings me back, it's like a journey. Not only did it have a suspensive intriguing story, but it had incredible directing by my all time favorite director, Stanley Kubrick, was shot at a really interesting setting; The Timberline Lodge known as the Overlook hotel, and had some incredible actors in it that all did great such as Jack Nicholson, Scatman Crothers, Joe Turkel, and Philip Stone. Now beside from it being in the Horror genre (my favorite), the movie is still one of my all time favorites without question, and when you look at it, all these supernatural and Slasher films don't stand a chance. - Beatlesboy9
"All work no play makes Jack a dull boy. "
"Come play with us forever and ever and ever. "
The lady in the bathtub.
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.
The Shining is my favorite movie! I like movies that have more suspense than blood, Watch it!V 53 Comments
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
The amount of creativity needed to concoct a story like this was brought to life by one of the forefathers of the slasher horror genre. A genre which dominated the 70s-90s with some influences even seen in modern horror films.
Taking away the meaning of sleep for a generation has made Freddy Krueger a pop culture icon.
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
Agreed, another top notch horrorV 24 Comments
AFI's top horror movie of all time, and it doesn't even crack the top ten? That's a problem.
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What the hell such an awesome movie down on 21 it has to be among top 5!
This is one the best classic horror movies I've ever seen. They should push it up higher!V 20 Comments
The Silence of the Lambs is easily hands down the best horror movie I've ever watched. The movie itself doesn't throw countless buckets of gore at you, so when the movie actually does use gore, they use it very effectively and it can scare you much more. This movie also never had a dull moment in my opinion. The movie is one of the few movies that I can say never gets a bit uninteresting. With the help of genius characters and dialogue, the movie boils a slowly growing feeling of suspense, and that feeling stays for the whole movie. On top of all of this, it doesn't feel the need to drench you with horror cliches and unoriginal plot points. This movie is a true original. Not only are the plot and characters very twisted and disturbing, but you can also clearly tell the plot was very carefully mapped out and must have took an extreme amount of effort. All these elements put together and you have a cinematic gen and a horror classic that will be remembered for all of eternity.
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.
This is my absolute favorite movie. I first watched this, then the other mv pies, the show and then read the books. Everything about the movie is good, script, acting, plot.V 24 Comments
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!
Just watched it and it's defiantly in my top 10. The movie gives off a strong sense of paranoia because they don't know who has been infected with the thing/alien life form at any given moment. This paranoia is demonstrated by phenomenal and realistic acting. Not to mention the special effects for this movie is off the charts, especially considering it was released in 1982.
The 2011 one sucked, the 1982 one is my favorite movie of all time.V 23 Comments
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.
Original, Creative, Entertaining, Full of Suspense, Intriguing, Well Acted, Shocking... What else can you ask for in a movie? Also, has one of the greatest villains of all time, and not only villain but character (the amazing Jigsaw). In short, A MASTERPIECE!
Not exactly that scary, but the plot twists are amazing! A MASTERPIECE!V 55 Comments
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.
Could? I think you mean WILL be the scariest experience of your entire life! - happyhappyjoyjoy
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
If you watch this movie late at night you will have nightmares for many nights. This is propably BEST MOVIE I've EVER SEENV 18 Comments
This isn't a horror movie at all. That's all that can be said. - SpudPup
Wait a minute... How Suicide Squad was Horror Movies? - LapisBob
This movie was so bad it was a horror film. Eughhh, Jared Leto was the horrifyingly worst on this movie
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 my best movie at all bit I don't think that's a horror movie but it's still best than friday 13 or night on elm street
Scream is the best horror movie ever!V 23 Comments
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!
I voted for saw because I never knew this was on the list. BUT IF YOU WANT A SCARY MOVIE I RECOMMEND THE GRUDGE!
This was the first horror movie I ever watched and it was so scary I had to go bed midway I was 7 years old but I did eventually end up watching the whole movie with my brother.
It's so scary and it doesn't take too long for it to get exciting. This horror movie is underrated just because it is old. Seriously every horror fan should watch this. Spoiler the beginning is a bite of a shock. Watch the English version though. This film is so scary that they made a game of it online. This other then saw and Halloween will always be the best horror movie I have ever seen. If you call yourself a horror fan yet haven't watched this then your no horror fan I guarantee you will get scared. Even when you watch it the second time it is still scary and that often doesn't happen with many horror films but after 10 times watching it I know everything that will happen so its ...more
Creepiest movie ever watched this first when I was about 10 years old. I couldn't go to the bathroom at night by myself after watching this.V 78 Comments
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
This movie had a very high budget when it came out and many people liked it. It definitely made a lot of people afraid to go into the water. It has a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Not scary but good and it is not a horror movieV 17 Comments
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.
Very good movie, its pretty scary :=)
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!
Woke up making sure my pictures weren't movingV 26 Comments
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.
Far scarier than half of the films above it. I'd think it twice before going on a camp now. I think the key elements of this movie was the fact that you don't know what or who the hell is Jason till the end of the film. And then you kinda regret finding out. Its brilliance, magnificent piece of horror film-making. Should be on the top 5.
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
This and The Shining are the two horror movies that don't actually scare me. The Exorcist had me throwing up on my floor.V 18 Comments
Oh...! Really the horror 1... After watching this movie I could not sleep that whole nigt... In 1 word it was"totally horror"...
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.
Should be higher. There's really a scary atmosphere in this movie. And the cast is perfect. Naomi Watts ( as usual ) and all other actors and actresses are playing very convincing their character. The combination of superb acting with an outstanding script is very rare in horror movies and that's why I believe that this movie needs to be ranked higher.
When I first watched this when I was 8 years old it scared me so bad I slept in my parents bed that night.V 34 Comments
I love the original movie by Wes Craven
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 loved this movie and I hope that Wes craven make these movies moreV 12 Comments
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. - gaki
How the hell can paranormal activity be higher than this masterpiece?
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! - thrillerlover
! I haven't watched this yet but to me it really helps is scaryV 6 Comments
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...
Guys what's wrong with you? This is the most un-scary movie I've ever seenV 15 Comments
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?
Its based on a true story and is super scaryV 53 Comments
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