Most Overrated Horror Movies


The Top Ten

1 The Exorcist

How is this film terrifying? How is it the scariest? How is it the best horror movie? Why is it below Steven King's IT?

I watched this film as a child, and as you would expect, it failed to terrify and impress me. Everywhere I go it is always praised and is considered "scary" and "horrifying".

An example of to point out is the "stair-crawling" scene, it isn't scary nor disturbing, it looks like a moment from a comedy film.

I watched The Evil Dead, another film involving possession, a couple of years later and that film gave me nightmares for weeks, the difference here is that the former lacks any sort of build up and scare factor while the latter has a bucket-load of it. The film also had more admirable and intelligent protagonists.

With mention of the No. 1 spot, IT isn't overrated, I haven't heard a mention of it from anybody due to it feeling obscure and rare. IT is also very scary and it doesn't even involve jumpscares like ...more

This movie is the king of all horror movies. People who think it's too slow or boring, don't understand the concept of building suspense. It maximizes each scare in the movie, unlike these faster pace movie's where the scares fall flat because they depend on special effects that come up looking lame.

In real life this would scare the crap out of me but this film is funnier than the parody of this film in scary movie 2.


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2 Stephen King's It

This movie wasn't able to live up to the brilliance of the book. I think with it being a made-for-T.V. movie, they were way too limited in what they could do. I hear they are doing a 2-part remake to be released in theatres. I hope they can capture the true horror in the new one.

I voted because this movie is awesome and how is it second. You get movies such as saw which are now just to see different ways they can kill off characters and this movie is villain is a clown. Better than saw which is an old guy or friday the thirteen where it's a retard

Using clowns as the main scare is very cheap. I don't find any of King's works to be frightening in the slightest. If you want to be afraid, watch Nosferatu (1922) or Halloween 2 (1981).

This movie is not terrible, however it is very slow paced and not scary at all - Jonerman

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3 The Shining

Good, but not great. It's pacing is all over the place, Jack becoming crazy is never explained or well built up for that matter & it isn't very scary. It's still quite good and has some tense moments here and there, but this isn't great. - Mrveteran

How anyone considers this a scary film is beyond me. I can sit through movies driven by characters, but this was just boring. Definitely do not watch this on horror movie night, as it will be a weak entry compared to the rest - iconic film or not.

Just because this film was well shot doesn't make it a great movie. There isn't that much character development, as well as interesting or relatable characters. There isn't even much of a story and worst of all, fans actually looks for clues for this film as if it was put there by God Himself. Now this is what I call a overrated movie.

As a lot claim its very frightening, I still watched it. But it wasn't that scary. - zxm

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4 The Blair Witch Project

This movie was terrible. All I got from it was arguing and motion sickness. As for the rest of the top 10, I noticed that most of the movies are from the 80's or earlier. I don't understand why so many old classics are on this list. Most of the new horror movies that this generation likes, have hardly any plot and are crammed with cheesy looking CGI effects. I just don't don't get it.

I thought this movie was very boring. It was just people running around with a camera and screaming.

Works better as a experimental student film than anything else. Still pretty good in that regard though, even if it isn't very scary. - Mrveteran

This is the worst horror movie ever should be number 1

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5 Friday the 13th

I don't see why everyone says this is one of, if not THE most important, influential and legendary slasher series of all time. They're all poorly acted and predictable. I know acting isn't a huge concern in a lot of slashers, but that doesn't make it okay for the actors to suck. To the series' credit, however, I did like the first two films, and Alice Hardy was a decent character. Probably the only character in the whole series who I did care about.

Then they killed her in part 2's opening scene. Because Jason.

Another thing that bothered me about the series is how gimmicky it became. They put it in 3D, they had Jason take over other peoples' bodies, they put him in space, and they had him fight Freddy Krueger. Yes, I'm aware that Jason X started as a joke idea, but that doesn't make it any less stupid. I also know that much like Halloween's idea of "anything can happen on Halloween", Friday the 13th was going to be a series of non-related, stand-alone films. ...more

I remember I found the first Friday the 13th movie on television on Halloween night. My friends had told me that it was so good and really scary and all of that, but as I watched this movie I was half way through until I said out loud, "This is really bad. " Of course it's iconic, but that's part of what bugs me: for none horror fans, ask them what horror movies they know and more than likely they will say "Friday the 13th" because this movie is spoofed and referenced everywhere. (It's also unbelievable that there are about 12 movies in this franchise. )

How is this scary? A cheap Halloween ripoff. And also I hate it because it just didn't live up to the expectations I had about it. - tprandthecandypeople

The only good parts are the kill scenes.

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6 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

I honestly do not see why this movie gets so much praise for being one of the best horror movies of all time, when I got the chance to watch this, I was bored out of my mind, cause basically nothing happens for a good while into the film, it also didn't have that much blood and gore, the body count was also extremely low, there was hardly any atmosphere throughout the movie, the constant screaming of the girl kinda annoyed me, and one other thing is the title of this movie, it didn't live up to its title what so ever.

It's so boring, at first NOTHING happens, then they all die and in the end there's the most boring chasing scene in film history - NjakDjak

If you want to keep your children from ever walking into someone's house, uninvited, this is the movie to watch.

This is my all time FAVORITE horror movie! I am literally wearing a TCM t shirt as I type this.

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7 Halloween

This is a classic, really creepy and paranoia filled throughout.

This film may be overrated, but it doesn't suck, it's amazing.

Other than not knowing why Michael snapped in the first place, this is still a very creepy movie.

This film is not overrated

This was a groundbreaking film in way overrated in my opinion!

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8 A Nightmare on Elm Street

The first time I saw freddy, he cared the heck out of me. Most of the sequels felt cheesy but the first one was great.

Not really that scary, though better than The Exorcist.

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9 Jaws

People who don't like Jaws or most of the movies on this list are not horror fans anyway. Stick to watching cheesy romantic comedies or whatever else you watch.

I don't even think this is scary enough to even be considered a horror movie. But, I still like it. It doesn't deserve the critical praise that it gets, but I don't hate it.

CORRECTION: jaws is a horror movie, anyone that says that this movie isn't a horror movie doesn't know anything about horror movies.

I've never taken this as a horror movie. - zxm

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10 Paranormal Activity

All this movie did was make a new type of filming, having a clumsy idiot hold a camera and make the movie. It wasted my time to even bother with it, it is just paranormal thing going. It shouldn't be classified as horror, if a movie is really scary, it would give me nightmares. And I'm not easily scared so all this did was make the horror movie franchise lose a few bucks.

The worst horror movie ever made. Not scary, boring and hateful characters to boot, this stinks on almost every level. One scary image at the end of the film doesn't make up for 90 minutes I just wasted. - Mrveteran

I fell asleep when I watched it, that was the only film I ever fell asleep watching. Bad acting, boring plot. Its just a snooze-fest!

This movie is super boring. - GoldenRocket

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The Contenders

11 The Conjuring

This movie was a breath of fresh air. Most of the horror films today have no plot, bad acting, and fake looking special effects. The Conjuring reminded me of 70's gems like The Exorcist and The Omen. They may have been slow by todays standards but the plots and effects were perfect. This movie shouldn't be nowhere near this list.

One of the best Horror films in modern times.

Why is this here? It's more professional than The Exorcist, it is also scarier.

Aweful, not scary and boring

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12 Saw

its not scary, it isn't for the people who like true horror but for those who live in misery and believe that gore is cool

The Saw movies have a certain reputation of being terrible, but the first Saw was actually pretty interesting and enjoyable

This is the movie that all those fake horror movie fans, who in reality are just gorehounds, watch

This movie is kinda freaky

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13 The Ring

What are you all talking about? This movie is scary. It's normal when you see it after the first time you saw it that it becomes less scary ( every horror movie does ). But saying ( like one of the comments ) that this is crap and not professional is ridiculous. Naomi Watts gives an outstanding performance ( way better than the Japanese actresses and actors ). Another comment is saying that this only good for 12 years old because at 15 it doesn't make you scary anymore and it doesn't give you no goosebumps is hardly a serious comment about the movie itself. Just because you are not scary anymore doesn't mean that this is a bad movie. One of the best horror movies and not overrated at all.

I remember when I was 12 this movie was built up so much and was meant to be the scariest thing ever and at the time when I saw it, it was. However watching the same movie 3 years later it is really disappointing, no goosebumps or jumps throughout this entire movie. This is the type of movie that only appeals to 12 year olds.

It is creepy only if you have the time to sit and watch some hot chick solve a mystery about a haunted video tape that kills anybody who watches it in seven days. More of a thriller really. - Daviddv0601

This film is not overrated

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14 The Grudge

Too slow and not really scary ( the music is more scary than the film itself ) but Sarah Michelle Gellar is always a Delight to watch.

This was arguably the worst big budget horror movie I have ever seen.

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15 Child's Play

Once, I loved this movie but now it's borderline stupid.

Honestly, I laugh at this film (in a good way) than be scared.

This movie is more funny than scary. - Daviddv0601

Watch Nostalgia Critic's review of it and you won't be scared anymore.

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16 The Cabin In the Wood

This movie had such bland acting and lazy performances. I felt no emotion to any of the characters and was quite dissatisfied with the feeling of the movie. This movie made me laugh more than it should have and that's not a hood thing. Just because it's different doesn't mean it's good. One of my least favorite films of all time. And dear god, don't even get me started on that horrendously stupid ending.

Not overrated, its actually amazing

One of the worst movies ever

It was okay but still creative - Daviddv0601

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17 The Sixth Sense

Agreed. While the scary scenes at least have an undercurrent of dread and tension, and the acting is great, this film doesn't work well. Too slow for the first half, too stupid in the second, characters who don't talk like human beings and (most importantly) a plot twist that makes absolutely no sense. All of M Night's usual faults that people whinge about crop up here, but this is given a pass? Why? - Mrveteran

Huh? Whoever made this list is insane...

Its not horror, its drama/thriller. - zxm

What? It's not supposed to be much of a horror but psychological movie. It was still the best M. Night Shaymalan movie.

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18 Zombieland

I recently watched this movie. To me, it was more funny than anything. Still, it wasn't bad enough to be on this list.

To the person who added this to the list: it's a comedy dumbass - Mcgillacuddy

No wonder it's on this list, because it's a comedy.

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19 Hellraiser

I am a huge horror fan and love most of them. However, I just couldn't ever really get into this one. I like it okay I guess, but I didn't find it that scary and am always a little bored. I have tried to give it a chance a few times, but my opinion hasn't changed. I can appreciate that it's a classic. Just not for me I guess.

Fell asleep 3 times trying to watch this

I love horror but this film is stupid

20 Scream 2

In response to fire, The Exorcist is garbage.

About Scream 2 though, this film lacks effort and fails to impress and scare me.

This one was no where near the movie the first was. The Exorcist/Thing were purely terrifying movies! - fireinside96

I liked the first scream movie better, this one was good to but pretty dull at times.

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Top Remixes (7)

1. The Blair Witch Project
2. Stephen King's It
3. The Sixth Sense
1. The Shining
2. Halloween
3. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
1. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
2. Friday the 13th
3. The Exorcist

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