Top 10 Scariest Movies of All Time

Scary movies have been a staple of the film industry for over a century, captivating audiences with their suspense, gore, and jump scares. While opinions on what makes a movie truly scary vary, there are some films that have become universally recognized as the most spine-tingling and nightmare-inducing of all time. In this top ten list, we will be exploring some of the scariest movies ever made that have left a lasting impact on viewers and continue to terrify new generations of audiences.

From classics like The Exorcist to more recent releases like Hereditary, this list will cover a wide range of movie genres and sub-genres, including supernatural, slasher, suspense, mystery, sci-fi, and psychological horror. Whether it's through expert storytelling, chilling cinematography, or iconic performances, these movies have proven to be the masters of inducing fear and unease. So grab some popcorn, turn down the lights, and get ready to be spooked as we count down the top ten scariest movies of all time.
The Top Ten
1 The Exorcist

The Exorcist is definitely the scariest movie of all time, in my opinion. I remember watching it for the first time when I was about 12, and I was absolutely traumatized. The scene where she was stabbing the cross into her vagina and then proceeds to turn her head all the way around was absolutely horrific to me. This movie scared me so badly the first time I saw it. I was too scared to sleep with the lights off that night and found myself praying to God because of how disturbed I was by the movie. I can only imagine how much more terrifying it would've been to have seen this movie back in 1973 when it first came out.

Glad to see you got it right! With film special effects these days, there isn't a chance for another movie to scare the world the way The Exorcist did when it came out. People were throwing up or passing out in theaters, or having priests or nuns bless them before they went in. I don't think any movie can distance itself from its genre as much as The Exorcist did. That bar was set in 1973, and no movie after that has touched it. All other movies after that leave room for different opinions, but I can make a case for The 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.

Okay, this is a classic. When I was a kid, I asked my parents if I could watch it. I had nightmares for a week. The last time I watched it, I almost peed myself.

2 The Shining

It always amazes me that people find The Exorcist, a movie where a silly-looking kid moves her head 360 degrees, to be the scariest ever. However, a realistic movie about a person slowly going insane and attempting to kill his wife and child - while also featuring one of the best acting performances of all time - is not considered scary at all. Regardless, this film stands tall in front of every other horror movie, not just because of its scares, but also because of its incredible pacing, acting, directing, and score. It is, of course, the most gorgeous horror movie ever made.

I know some of you think that this isn't really scary, and that is your opinion. But think about what it must feel like to have your own father try to murder you. The voices he hears tell him what to do, and he actually does it. He goes crazy and murders a guy who wants to help. The one thing that this movie does to me is make me realize it could happen. This could come true, and it doesn't have to be with a guy who hears voices. A man can kill his family, planning it and not caring about what happens next. The fact that your own father, who is supposed to protect you, is the one harming you, is why this movie is scary to me.

Genuinely terrifying. Most horror movies don't scare me with their cheap tactics like jump scares and using excessive blood and gore, but this was completely different. This is psychological horror. It takes a while to sink in, but once it grabs you, it never lets go. The atmosphere of fear and tension is relentless, as if death is waiting just around the corner in every scene. No other movie even comes close to this one for sheer nightmare-inducing terror.

The Shining has no competition at all. Kubrick produced such a powerful movie from Stephen King's story that it manages to amaze me every time I watch it. Jack Torrance's conversion to a maniac is always terrifying to watch. This is one movie that I can watch anytime and learn new things about. Plus, it scares me every time. It has many subliminals, which increase the sense of unease. Kubrick was really a mastermind!

3 A Nightmare on Elm Street

This is a classic film that is thrilling, scary, and interesting. This movie definitely piques my interest. It conveys a frightening message: if you die in your dreams, you die in real life. While this is not true, it did give me a few nightmares. What scared me the most about this movie were Freddy's nails and the way he spoke, telling the kids that he was going to kill them. The first time I saw this movie, it scared me. However, after watching it multiple times, it became less scary but more interesting.

What I love about this movie is its interesting but threatening and scary storyline. My favorite character is Nancy. She is excellent at acting scared and is great at screaming. Freddy is a frightening yet funny character who kills teens but is also hilarious. I wouldn't classify it as a comedy or romance. It is definitely a horror film, but some things the characters say are funny. I think it was intended to be a scary yet funny movie.

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Don't get me wrong, I love this movie, but I never actually thought it was THAT scary. However, in many ways, it did give me nightmares about what would happen if you die in your sleep. What if someone is trying to kill you while you sleep, and you don't wake up the next morning or evening because you're dead? That is a scary thought. This movie makes you consider that possibility, although it isn't too peaceful. I don't speak English very well, but I hope you understood what I was trying to say.

Absolutely terrifying! In the words of Stephen King himself, Wow! This is everything a horror movie should be and more. It had it all: an interesting story, scary music, horrific and intense scenes one after another, and no time to breathe! I wish Wes Craven was still with us today. It's so sad that he's not. You could still be scared the next morning after seeing this - if you fall asleep at all. No other movie has ever done that, and I believe none ever will again.

Number 3? It should be number one. Although I love The Exorcist too, I just like A Nightmare on Elm Street a bit more. What's really brilliant about this movie is that it's about getting killed in your dreams. You get scared, and you have nightmares! It's pretty terrifying when you're having a nightmare, and he's chasing you, and then you wake up. You obviously know it's not real, yet you check for cuts... just in case.

4 The Conjuring

I haven't seen many horror movies. In fact, I haven't seen many movies at all. But after watching The Conjuring in daylight (12-14 PM), I couldn't go to sleep easily for more than a week. This is a true horror movie. It's not a slasher film full of blood and dismembered body parts. What's very scary about the movie is its true story. It's not just about a serial killer or a deadly virus. It's about a cursed house and a witch who serves evil as her master.

No one dies in the movie, and there aren't many animation scenes, but it's very scary because it attacks your mind and your beliefs. And the fact that it could happen to all of us is unsettling. But in the end, God helps the characters and saves them from evil. Well, you know, only God can save us.

I am very attached to The Conjuring. I really want to go to the Harrisville, Rhode Island, farmhouse and live there for several days so that I can discover the truth. The night I watched the movie, I thought that all the paranormal activity had happened to me. When I came to know that the story is true, that was the most surprising moment. From the day I watched the movie, I have been searching for what really happened in that farmhouse. Hello, I am from India, and I would like to find out what really happened to the Perrons.

The older ones are not really that scary anymore and have instead turned into good films. A good horror film generally has to be a good film overall, in terms of story and acting. The Conjuring is the modern Exorcist. It was even better than I expected, as I rarely expect anything fresh from horror movies these days. Paranormal Activity is the last great horror film I remember enjoying, but this is the scariest horror film ever in my eyes.

I am a massive fan of horror films, yet I have never truly found one that has actually scared me. I have been watching horrors since the age of four. My first ones were Sleepy Hollow and Deep Blue Sea. When I saw The Conjuring in the cinema with my boyfriend, he didn't jump at all. Instead, he watched me jump. This has been the only film that has come close to scaring me so far because it is quite jumpy.

5 Halloween

Masks have always frightened me. I freeze, and I notice a tightness in my chest. I have to make myself look at them. I would hate to come across someone wearing that mask, which is why I dislike Halloween as well. You go out to get candy, and then bam! You run into someone wearing that mask, and you're freaked and scarred for life. I'm having a mild anxiety attack right now, just having to face up to comment. I still have not brought myself to watch all those movies, even though I own them.

For a 1978 movie, it was scary as hell! The way Carpenter used camera angles, long lens shots, wide shots, and shadows had never been seen before. It felt very realistic because people like Michael can have super strength and be unfazed by pain. When he disappeared at the end of the movie, it freaked me out for two weeks. Also, Friday the 13th Part 4: The Final Chapter deserves some love. It's the darkest and best-directed film of the series.

It takes a different kind of talent to understand that horror doesn't necessarily mean disgust. There is no gore in that movie, and it still scared the socks off me when I first saw it. The filmmaker achieved this intelligently with atmosphere and tension. Half the time, you don't even realize why you feel uneasy until you finally notice "the shape" in the background. It's a great achievement.

The suspense is great, and the atmosphere is creepy. This movie will keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you deep in thought, feeling as if you're being watched. John Carpenter's Halloween is a scary movie that won't be topped. And it's not just a scary movie. It's a thriller and a masterpiece. It's the best film since Jaws and one of the scariest movies of all time.

6 The Ring

I couldn't sleep that night. It was the longest night ever. Guys, if you want to have some fun, watch it alone with no lights. It will scare you. I have seen all horror movies, both old and new - Paranormal Activities, The Conjuring, Blair Witch, etc. This isn't about nostalgia. The Ring is simply the best. Especially if you are bored of those blood-dripping, predictable horror movies. The movie has a grim feel to it that continues throughout. Great concept, suspense, and I loved the background score of that creepy tape.

People need to realize that this movie is a psychological horror film. If you prefer jump scares, scary imagery, or gore to play out the scares while watching a horror film, then this is not the movie for you.

The Ring gets into your head with its dark, grimy atmosphere, an overwhelming feeling of dread that is felt throughout the film, and Hans Zimmer's atmospheric score. It's a silent yet effective psychological film.

This movie is perfection. The concept is simple, but layer upon layer of subtlety turns this movie into a masterpiece. The scare comes from the constant fear of peril and psychological manipulation, not from gore or cheap scares. No other film quite manages to produce a character that evokes heartfelt sympathy and terror at the same time.

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! I turned gospel music on loud and read my Bible to get rid of the demon spirits. I am very serious, too!

7 The Grudge

To all the people over the age of 40 who are beholden to so-called "classics" such as The Exorcist and The Shining: yes, those movies had their moments (well, The Shining did. The Exorcist is actually a comedy). This is much, much scarier. Just as technology has led to exponentially faster computers, horror films have become exponentially scarier. This is psychological horror. The focus is on manipulating you. All the buttons are pushed at the right times to disturb your very core. You can watch The Exorcist by yourself, but you cannot watch this film alone without experiencing weeks of paranoia afterward.

Exorcist, The Shining, Nightmare on Elm Street - these films are not the scariest. People just vote for them because they're the stereotypical answers, driven by an obsessive nostalgia that demands 'old classics' are better. But in reality, they're not better. They're just older. This film is legitimately horrifying. It's pure hell. The singing isn't scary. The bad guy is just a dangerous, crazy human. Humans are nowhere near as scary as supernatural, horrifying demons.

So, these old 'classic' horror films don't compare to the likes of The Grudge. Yes, they're classics, but if we're actually talking about fear factor, this is number one, and you'd have to go a long way down the list to find the stereotypical Exorcist. The moral of this long, boring lecture is simple: just because it's older doesn't mean it's better. Let go of your nostalgic stereotype, please. Thanks, bye.

This movie is often underrated because people automatically rank "classics" such as The Shining or The Exorcist above it without giving it serious consideration. This movie isn't just scary, though, like either of those. It's truly terrifying. It can easily give someone nightmares for weeks. This is the movie that makes you afraid to turn the lights out before going to bed after you watch it. It's a true horror masterpiece.

I watched the first 20 minutes years ago and could never finish it. No other movie has ever had such an impact on me, not Nightmare on Elm Street, The Exorcist, or whatever. It awakened so many fears I never had before. I became afraid of darkness, hallways, looking into windows, and mirrors. Thinking or talking about it still raises this fear in me and creates those images in my mind, even today.

8 Insidious

This movie was the first American horror movie I have ever watched, and it was really creepy. For nights afterward, I dreamed about all sorts of creepy stuff. I still remember having to turn on all the lights in our house because I was so creeped out. But for me, it was the best horror movie experience ever. Ever since I watched it, I've been less bothered by other horror movies that are even more disturbing and scary.

I was either 10 or 11 when I first saw this movie. I was in my mom's room with her and my sister. We got this bootleg CD from a friend, and the title of this movie was on the CD. From the moment the title card popped up on the screen, I was scared. Throughout the movie, until the last 15 minutes, I was under the covers. I didn't watch the last 15 minutes, unfortunately, because the movie froze on us. But that was good for me because the ending had one of the scariest horror movie twists.

"Insidious" is a must-see, especially when that scary, red-faced demon pops out beside the dad's head in the kitchen. That made me jump out of my skin! The music for this film is what really gives it that scary, jumpy edge. Also, that creepy song "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" - I played it on YouTube, and it made me shudder. Scary, entertaining, and with a really good storyline. I would certainly recommend this.

Oh my God, this was so unsettling! The boy is incredibly creepy in the first one. In the second one, the weird, clawed demon guy in the boy's room ruined my childhood. The third one is ruining my presenthood, if that's a thing. The whole scene with knocking on a wall and the girl discovering it wasn't her boyfriend made me lose my breath for about a minute. I was just trying to contemplate how thankful I am not to be living in a horror movie.

9 Friday the 13th

The first film is the best. A camp counselor watches in horror as her friends and colleagues fall one by one, each in more gruesome and bloody ways. She finally discovers who her tormentor is and finishes her off with one of the most iconic deaths in horror movies: a decapitation using the villain's own axe. The movie also sets up the franchise, which did eventually get old. Yet, this film still stands as the reason superstitious people beware of Friday the 13th.

I watched this when I was only 11 - that's right, 11! It's so suspenseful, especially when the girl, whose name I forget, is just walking to her cabin. She runs into hanging bodies with slashed throats, and it's so SCARY!

Pamela wasn't even a villain! She was just a protective mother who snapped when neglectful camp counselors allowed her only son to drown.

Remember the scene where Jason pulled Alice into the water? Well, that and much more make Friday the 13th the scariest movie ever!

10 Saw

Saw may not be the scariest movie on this list, but it is damn good entertainment. All it took was an amazing script to make this such a memorable horror film. It should have no association with the other films in the franchise.

As I write my opinion on this movie, I get chills. I have flashbacks of watching it for the first time in the dark in 4th grade. I remember the sleepless nights and the tears. I dreaded nighttime. I watched the movie again when I got older, thinking I'd get over it, but I didn't. Just looking at the cover of the disc scares me. Every time I look at the TV in my living room, I imagine Jigsaw's 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 it. Thank you.

The doll and the gore don't scare me. It's my imagination. I imagine myself in their situation and think of the sacrifices I would make to survive. The first one didn't scare me as much, but the others were pretty brutal. Imagine cutting open your eye to save yourself from getting killed with a mask full of nails. To this day, I still watch YouTube videos that teach you how to survive. Honestly, my imagination is the scariest thing.

I liked the idea of the movie. It's not scary, but it is disgustingly brutal. What I mean about the ideas is that each original victim was there for a purpose and had a means to survive. It involved painful, self-inflicted torture to save their own lives. The storyline had promise for sure, but I think the director lost track of what mattered the most and focused on the gore. Now that I think about it, why the hell did I watch this movie over and over? It was so violent and brutal. Is it just human curiosity to be drawn to bloodshed, like in the days of the gladiators? Hmm...

The Contenders
11 Psycho

This movie really made me question what Hollywood puts out there. It's that scary! I wet my pants every time I hear that horrific music! I couldn't take a shower for days, and I feel uncomfortable writing about it right now. Alfred Hitchcock is a master of horror. Let's all hope that this never happens to us when we go to live on our own.

Well, this is why I now shower with people in the house and have my music playing so I don't have to feel so terrified. However, NOES (Nightmare on Elm Street) is a little scarier - maybe about ten times scarier. Because what's worse than the fear of sleep? You can't avoid it. But yes, this is also really scary.

This is a scary masterpiece! While all these other movies rely on guns, knives, blood, and broken necks to be scary, Psycho didn't show a single knife but still managed to scare me to the point of screaming. The music really adds to the effect - those screeching violins, though.

This film is horrifying. For the next 2-3 weeks, I couldn't take a shower without checking outside it first. Psycho is both a horrifying and fantastic film, earning a 10/10 for both horror and greatness.

12 Paranormal Activity

Now, this is what I call a horror movie. After years of watching dozens of horror movies that amused me - keeping me laughing as if I were watching a comedy - I watched this one. This reaction is largely due to my beliefs about the dark world of demons and goblins, which are based on religious views. I'm embarrassed to say that I was 29 years old, but I couldn't sleep for four days in a row. Seriously, not even for five minutes straight, not until the sun rose! After that, the nightmares continued for three months, though I did manage to sleep.

The craziest thing was that I couldn't wait for the sequel, which spared me the insomnia and gave me straight nightmares for one month. The third installment didn't bother my sleep but got me thinking about my beliefs. As for that third movie, it didn't interest me at all. I kept seeing the teasers and trailers and thought to myself, "Really? Are they serious now? The story is getting so ridiculous!"

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 cliché now. But this movie struck a chord with the fear of the unseen - what demons come out at night. Is that weird bump in the night just the house adjusting, or is it something more?

I remember I was a freshman in college when I watched the first one. I didn't get any sleep that night, and when I did manage to fall asleep, I had nightmares. My 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 eventually and prayed about it.

I haven't experienced nightmares or sleep paralysis for four years now. I know these are 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 ...more

No fancy special effects here. The movie lacks the typical Hollywood-style visual effects, making it extremely plausible. What makes this movie scary is its frightening believability. You don't see holographic-looking apparitions created in a studio. Instead, you see inanimate objects moving on their own and shadows out of the corner of your eye. It's the feeling that something might be lurking behind you or looming just above you, just out of sight, that makes this movie deeply chilling.

If you're a gorehound who judges movies based on the principle that more equals better, you might not like this one. However, it takes its simple concept and plays up the suspense so relentlessly that, unless you deliberately tune it out, it might leave you on edge about what could be hidden in the dark at night, just past the foot of your bed.

For a true horror movie where nothing happens, scary or otherwise, see The Grudge, inexplicably in second place right now.

13 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

How can movies like The Conjuring, Insidious, The Ring, The Grudge, Saw, and Friday the 13th be ranked higher than The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)? It's a joke. If you argue that it's a classic film, and that's why we put less impressive movies ahead of it, then who made this list? Are they kids? Those movies are not scary. They just copy films like The Exorcist, The Shining, or Halloween. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) is the number one scariest movie of all time. If you've seen a big guy with a skin mask running after you with a chainsaw, ready to cut you up and eat you with his redneck family, that's scary. It's original, and then people started copying this film, and the list goes on. Let's add The Blair Witch Project to make it even more of a joke with the others. They don't even show a witch. A scarier witch movie is Suspiria (1977). This is the worst list I have ever seen. Some movies on the list I don't mind, but let's try not to make the list a joke.

The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a film that spawned a barrage of sequels and remakes. However, none of those movies - especially the 3D one, which was awful - came even close to the brutal, low-budget, and exciting scarefest of the first film. The villains, Leatherface and his cannibalistic family, make for a thrilling set of evil maniacs that make you jump up, squealing like a baby who swallowed a truck-full of helium.

The actors are spot-on in capturing the raw, brutal atmosphere of the movie. They actually act like they want to escape. The setting - a house in the middle of Texas furnished with bones from both animals and human victims - is terrifying. Even though this movie set a whole new genre of horror films, focusing on gore, the movie itself has minimalistic gore or blood. The exception is the death of the guy in the wheelchair, and it was still perfect. Keep your Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger, and Jigsaw - this one is my favorite!

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. The realism felt like a glimpse into the real-life insanity that exists in the world. Also, I initially thought it was based on real events, but now I know it was all just a made-up story.

This is the scariest, most intense film on this list by far. Everything else is watered down. In the second half of the film, the only dialogue is screaming.

14 Stephen King's It

This movie, haha... I could not sleep alone for months after watching it. I was probably about 10 or 11 the first time I saw IT. My best friend's mom had this porcelain clown that looked like the IT clown. It sat in her living room where I slept when I stayed with them. I broke it. Ever since I watched this movie, I have punched two clowns and one friend for scaring me with a clown. This movie is just plain creepy.

I saw this when I was five and am now eternally creeped out by any clown that looks even a little bit like the one in this movie. It doesn't help that I now have the image of that clown's head popping out of the shower drain every time I think of this. It's pathetic to say, but I'm scared so much by this movie!

I was never scared of clowns, but this one put a scare in me that I may never shake off. I read the book first and was creeped out. The movie just drove the scare home! It was one of those types of movies where you tried to turn away but just had to keep watching for fear you would miss something. Deliciously unnerving.

Even though this film had a low budget and has aged, it is still the best horror film of all time. The remake will lack the physical genius and presence of Tim Curry, who played It with wit and humor before turning sinister and scary. Yes, the ending isn't perfect, but the rest of the film is a masterpiece in suspense.

15 The Silence of the Lambs

This movie is the most amazing one I've ever seen in my whole life. It gives me chills, and I'm not even sure whether it's a horror movie or more of a thriller. Either way, this movie is the best. Most people my age haven't seen it (I'm 14) because they haven't heard of it, or due to its older quality. But honestly, this movie is so amazing. I love Anthony Hopkins, so when I saw that he played Hannibal Lecter, I was thrilled. This is honestly my favorite movie in the world.

This is the scariest movie I have ever seen. The dialogue and images go deep into your psyche. The worst part was when 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!

I love it! Aman28 is right! There are no characters like Michael Myers or Damien (although I still like The Omen). It's quite scary. However, I can't really talk. I've only seen Psycho, The Sixth Sense, Poltergeist, and The Omen.

I was born in 1991, and this epic won the Best Picture of the Year! What phenomenal acting by Sir Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster. Undoubtedly, it's the scariest movie of all time!

16 Jaws

Jaws launched the career of one of the greatest directors of our generation. It is one of the greatest films ever made. This movie scared the hell out of everyone who saw it in 1975 and emptied the beaches as well. What truly makes this movie great are the characters in it. The shark is almost secondary, which is why it works. You're invested in the characters. You care about what's happening to them. It's a true masterclass in great movie-making. And for anyone who argues that "the shark looks fake" or "it's not scary," obviously your taste in movies is at an elementary level. You should stick to Sharknado or Deep Blue Sea, I guess.

A masterpiece! Other horror films (Insidious, Paranormal Activity, The Ring) cannot hold a candle to this thriller. While other films taunt you with visions of monsters, spirits, and vampires, Jaws brings you a REAL horror story that looks like it could have happened just yesterday. You will be squeezing the life out of your armrests while you watch a shark creep ever closer to an unsuspecting victim. Closer... Closer... Dun dun... Dun dun... Dun dun dun dun... Dundundundundundundundundun...

I was ten when I watched this at my house with my dad. At first, I thought it wasn't going to be scary because I was thinking, "How can you make an unrealistically large great white shark scary? It's probably going to be lame." Boy, was I wrong! This movie made me totally afraid of great white sharks. It's the best shark movie ever and kept me out of the water for quite a while.

I agree with all the comments. I saw this when it originally came out in '77 (I was 12). To this day, anytime I'm swimming in a lake, pool, or ocean, I can't get those images out of my brain. That's over 35 years of fear! Plus, if anyone plays that iconic music while I'm in the water, I'm DONE!

17 The Thing

I had to vote for this one. I can't believe it's so low on the list. This movie scared the bejesus out of me when I was a kid. It features a parasitic, shape-shifting alien that can mimic anything it comes into contact with. Boasting some of the best practical special effects ever - like the spider head, the guy getting his arms bitten off by someone's torso, and the dog sprouting tentacles - it truly is disturbing. Add to that the sense of paranoia, the Arctic location, and John Carpenter's brilliant music and direction of a top-notch cast, including Kurt Russell at the top of his game. The Thing is scary. It's the stuff of nightmares.

The fact that this is ranked below Stephen King's It, a terribly outdated, boring, and unscary movie, is just absurd. This movie has held up well. The characters don't make moronic moves, the special effects are like no other, and there's a sense of paranoia and isolation that makes the movie feel much more terrifying. All the subtle details really add to the film. This should at least be in the top 10.

How The Thing is rated below something like Paranormal Activity is beyond me. This is the single most terrifying non-supernatural movie out there. It also manages to really freak you out without relying on the "screaming teenage girl" trope that so many horror movies use.

The original is just amazing. The suspense and thrill it created is 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 psychologically horrible. If you watch it in the dark alone, you'll want to get out of there!

18 Child's Play

I'm not scared of Chucky, but he's my favorite slasher. Plus, I have a doll that is scary! If he's in the same room as me, he's allowed to haunt my dreams - unless he's not in the room. The weirdest thing is that I hadn't had nightmares for a long time until I got him. When I got him, he was talking even while he was turned off.

My first nightmare involved him killing my grandma and cousin. The next one had him making me kill someone. After that, he kept appearing, and I would have dreams about being chased the moment I saw him. There was also a dream where he tried to kill me because I started liking something else. It's scary because, when I stopped paying attention to him, he tried to kill me in my dreams. This is similar to the plot of Seed of Chucky, where he tries to kill Tiffany because she left him. But other than that, I'm not scared of him because I know Chucky can't physically hurt me. However, I feel like he's torturing me the way Freddy Krueger does.

Even after all these years, I still can't look at any picture related to this movie. I get a panic attack when I even think about it. It ruined my childhood. I was around 10 or 11 when I first saw it, and I couldn't go anywhere alone for years because it traumatized me for life. I'm phobic because of this movie, and I will never watch it again. Neither should anyone else. Still, it's a damn good movie!

I voted for this movie because when I was about 8 or 9, it traumatized me. I couldn't sleep alone, so I had to sleep with my dad. Now that I'm 16, I've watched it again and laughed because Chucky is hilarious in that movie. I used to be scared, but now I see it as a horror-comedy more than anything else. It's my number one favorite.

Okay, well, I am voting for this movie because it ruined me. I was 8 and watched all three in one night - worst idea ever. You know the kid he goes after, Andy? Yeah, that's my name too! I was so scared that I had to sleep with my mom. No joke, I will never watch this movie again.

19 Alien

When I left the cinema after watching it, I found myself looking up at walls and trees, afraid that an alien might be waiting somewhere. I had never experienced anything more horrific before, and it's been 40 years since! What was new after 2001 and Star Wars was the organic element - the fluids, bones, and skulls representing death. This, combined with the claustrophobic, dark environment and the soundtrack, added up to a masterpiece that stands alone in the science fiction genre.

Sadly, Ridley Scott tried to explain the backgrounds again and again with Prometheus and Covenant, which are just B-movies with A-budgets. Why can't we just leave the mystery as it was, created by Hansruedi Giger?

At the time this movie came out, it scared the bejeezus out of me. I was so shaken that I had to stop off for a drink before going home. Nowadays, it doesn't seem so scary. But it did break ground for really scary flicks.

Very scary for its time. How the hell are Saw and The Ring above this? Nothing happens in either of those movies, especially The Ring. It was so overrated as a scary movie.

The overwhelming sense of dread throughout this movie has rarely been equaled. The alien is still being copied, and of course, there's Sigourney Weaver.

20 Rec

This is easily one of the scariest horror films ever 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 to be scared out of their wits. I've got all three films of the series and would definitely suggest watching the second one, (REC), as I believe it's even better. The third one is not quite as good but still very entertaining.

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

Watch this at night by yourself or with a scary movie connoisseur, and you will see why this Spanish horror film is the scariest horror film out there. Quarantine is the American remake of this movie. More frightening 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.

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

Absolutely ridiculous that "(REC)" is down here and "Elm Street" is at No. 3. I guess it's because most people would set themselves on fire before watching a foreign language film.

21 Scream

Can someone explain to me why Insidious and The Conjuring are ranked higher than Scream, a classic that almost made me pee my pants? This is one of my all-time favorite horror movies. The acting was good, the plot was so good you could never guess what was going to happen, and there was actual character development. On top of that, it had the main quality people look for in horror movies: it was actually scary! I know it's rare, but sometimes horror movies are actually scary. Insidious and especially The Conjuring sucked.

Alongside 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. It paved the way for a whole new generation of scary movies. The film is so well-written, 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 '90s when the genre was going downhill. I can't believe Insidious and Wrong Turn are ahead of this.

This movie is great because of the intricate plot twists and the fact that it doesn't need gruesome violence or gore to make you jump out of your seat.

22 The Woman in Black

I've seen everything, for sure! I love horror movies, and this is the scariest movie ever! I've seen every movie above it and none of them are as scary as The Woman in Black. The first time I watched that movie, I was very tired, but by the middle of the movie, I couldn't sleep anymore. After the movie, I was scared by every single sound and afraid of being in dark rooms.

Such a scary movie! I could barely believe what I saw. I really feel sorry for the children. On the way home, I still remembered what happened and even had a nightmare that I was one of the children. Despite that, I would want to watch this movie again. It was so emotional. Decent movie? Yes, yes, yes!

Terrific movie. Definitely the scariest movie I have ever seen. So many of the choices above this one aren't scary at all and shouldn't be on this list. Scary Movie? Come on, let's be real here. If you are reading this, please see this movie before it's out of theaters!

I can't believe that it isn't in the top 10! For God's sake, this is the best scary movie ever! It had a good story and really scary and shocking moments. How come "The Grudge" and "The Ring" are in the top 10? The Japanese version (original) is much scarier!

And no, just because Daniel Radcliffe was in the movie, that does not mean it is for children.

23 Amityville Horror

The original is a good movie, but the remake from 2005 actually scared me. And I don't scare easily! I was ten when my little sister, my mom, and I watched it. I'd never admit this to my family, but it scared me so badly that I had to sleep with my mom that night. C.S.

How is this one not in the top 10 at least? The original was scarier than the remake! Different things scare people in different ways, I guess. Compiling this top 10 list would be tough, but Amityville Horror definitely deserves to be up there.

I watched it for the very first time with my friends and, God, it left me speechless! I couldn't sleep for weeks, afraid of being alone.

How is the original version not in your top 10? This is in my top 5 scariest movies ever made!

24 Sinister

Actually, this is the scariest movie I've ever seen, with "The Conjuring" being a close second. The atmosphere, the demon, the tapes, the buildup, etc., were perfect to get you scared. It was not as predictable as other scary movies, and the ending actually did surprise me. But this should be in the top ten, at least if "The Conjuring" is there.

I honestly can't believe this movie is ranked so low here! I expected it to be at least in the top 10! It scared the hell out of me. I can't even watch the trailer without getting scared. I honestly thought it was a hundred times better than The Conjuring! This is so underrated!

Such an awesome film. To me, this is a perfect movie that doesn't fall into all the clichés and typical scripts of horror. Sinister ticks every box for me and will most probably always be my favorite horror movie ever.

I first watched Sinister on my 9th birthday because it was just playing on TV, and I'm not even exaggerating. I couldn't take my eyes off the screen - it's that good. It's like a bunch of horror stories inside one big one, and each one is more sickening than the last.

25 The Blair Witch Project

It's hard to put into words what made this movie so scary. The shaky realism of the filming, the unnerving realism of the actors' performances, and the fact that you never see the monster all contribute. Its presence is always there, and it really creeps you out with the eerie things it does to torment the characters.

This is the best horror movie I've ever seen. With about a $20,000 budget, it leaves such an impression. Despite the fact that nothing is actually shown - no monsters, zombies, ghosts, and so on - it's one of the scariest movies I've ever seen. If you don't think so, try watching it inside a tent in the woods at night.

I have to say that there are a few movies scarier than this, but this movie is on a level of its own. It feels so real, and the fact that you never know what it is makes it worse. The nauseating, claustrophobic feeling you get is killer.

This movie is actually pretty scary. The part that got me was the apology scene: "I am so sorry... What is that? I'm scared to close my eyes. I'm scared to open them! We're gonna die out here!"

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