Scariest Movies of All Time

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Similar to the list of the best horror movies ever made, this list highlights the movies that made you jump the highest and cursed you with the worst nightmares.

The Top Ten

1 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.

After all these years it still creeps me out big time!

The best movie ever I couldn't sleep for many days and I always feel scared while sleeping a master piece

This is actually a pretty decent list, with a few exceptions maybe.

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2 The Shining

Its not that its scary its just that the storyline is great and has amazing actors. I also found it kind of funny.
Here's Johnny!

Bro. BRO. This is the top ten SCARIEST movies of all time. Saying "It's not that it's scary" means IT SHOULDN'T EVEN BE ON THE LIST. (haven't watched it myself by the way) - Top10Turbulance

The only horror movie that scared me, its horrible. And I've seen a lot of horror movies

I had watched this movie.. And my review would be that it is not at all scary from horror movie point of view.. Can't forget this line "COME PLAY WITH US FOREVER... AND EVER.. AND EVER."! - avanish95

Oh god both the book and the movie are scary.

This movie doesn't have many jump scares, or scary imagery, but the real fear, is phycological fear, and that makes it even scarier - Zohaib

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3 A Nightmare on Elm Street

I watched this as a kid and I can honestly say this frightened all the fright out of me. No movie has scared me ever since, none! Not a single other one on this list. Honest truth, really some might be gross, some make you jump but A Nightmare on Elm Street is the be-all and end-all

The birth of being afraid to fall asleep. A Nightmare on Elm Street attacks you from all directions. What ever you do... Don't fall asleep.

Great movie, has really stood the test of time and is as good now as it ever was. 1,2 Freddy's Coming for you. - iTragik

I watched this when I was 12. Don't ask me why. My first horror movie was Friday the 13th. My second was Jaws. - LaST_LiGHT

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4 Halloween

I have a reoccurring dream that I'm being chased and can't get away. The scenery changes. Sometimes I'm in a big mansion, sometimes the woods. But it's always Michael myers who is chasing me. That's saying something.

I watch scary movies because they are fun; they just don't scare me. Then I watched Halloween. After the movie ended, I went to the bathroom and checked my shower... Four times!

Awesome! That was a very scary movie I first scary movie I ever saw!. I saw it at my friend's house when I was only 6 years old. And trust me it's not my last!

Didn't sleep for a week after the 1st time I saw it. This is the definition of horror!

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5 Friday the 13th

So Scary! My PArents won't let me see it again

Shag shag shag Friday the 13th was good but really scary

"this is jason and today is his birthday" awesome movie but the remake is better

Why is this not #1?

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6 The Grudge

To be honest, I couldn't sleep in my room by myself for years.
No joke
And this is from watching the trailer
But I was also really young at the time

Stupid but scary it kept me hanging on the edge of my seat but the original was better

This was just shockingly scary, found it hard to sleep for weeks. Not one to watch alone!

This movie is retarded

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7 The Conjuring

The scariest movie EVER. PERIOD. Taking all the other international movies into the reckoning, this takes the cake ttobe the scariest. By far!

I seen this and no lie it gave me a panic attack I swear this had to be the best movie I've seen in years

The conjuring is The Grudge, The Exorcist combined! So horrifying!

love it

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8 Stephen King's It

I hate clowns, my friends thought we should watch it so we did, now I have the biggest phobia ever! Can't walk near open drains either...

SAW THIS AS A KID MAYBE AROUND AGE 6 AND I'm NOW MUCH OLDER AND TERRIFIED OF CLOWNS! Can't DECIDE BETWEEN "IT" AND "THE EXORCIST" BUT BOTH ARE MUST SEES AND KICK ASS!

Boy I hate clowns. And those weird yellow teeth and disgusting long fingernails just disgusted and scared the hell out of me.

Don't want to watch it

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9 The Ring

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

Scary... Is that the word to describe this movie. I was all over laughing during watching this movie. - appindia

I really LOVE this movie. Samara is a little cute bastard and Rachel is a wonderful character. I sing all the day the Samara's Song:
Round we go,
The world is spinning,
When it stops,
It just beginning.
Sun comes up,
We live and we cry,
Sun comes down
And then we all die.

Very atmospheric from start to finish which puts the viewer in a jumpy frame of mind for the finale. I just about pissed myself at the end...

I didn't find it scary, just boring. So was the Japenese one. - kaisietoo

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10 Saw

Personal all time favorite of mine, well not just the first movie, but the entire series all together. I make it a habit to marathon the entire series at least twice a year with a few of my girlfriends. Although as the movies went on, I got tired of hoffman's stupidity, but I always loved amanda's ingenuity and strength.

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

Great Movie.!
The way the story is set up especially in the first 3 films..!
My favorite was SAW II because the ending surprised me that I said what just happened.. Overall AWESOME Movie..!

I wouldn't say scary, just gory with an interesting plot. - kaisietoo

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The Newcomers

? The Swarm
? Open Water

Absoulutely terrifying, more so because it is based off of a real case. - kaisietoo

yup!

The Contenders

11 Insidious

Definitely a movie to see if you like scary movies! A lot of scary movies don't make me jump... But this one made me jump several times. Just with loud noises and pop-ups. If you like scary movies. SEE INSIDIOUS

I don't know why this movie isn't even in the top 3 at least. This movie seriously freaked me out. I actually have a scar on my arm from hurting myself in an attempt to run from the T.V.. - lolabannana89

This supposed to be next to the exorcist come on this movie make me dream scary dreams for weeks and the scene where the girl that have a wedding suit cannot get out of my mind and this movie were the boy I mean the child sees his body lying I dream of my body lying on my bed but its just a dream not a nightmare... Thanks for the alarm I'm awake

This was the first horror movie I ever watched, and while it may not be the absolute best, it definitely deserves to be in the top 10

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12 Psycho

Any movie that still unsettles me every time I hear a noise when taking a shower has to be the scariest movie ever. What an impact, even more than 40 years later.

Very scary indeed. This movie's shower scene is so famous all the way up until now, and will most likely continue to be!

Well this is now why I shower with people in the house, and I have my music playing so I don't have to feel so terrified. But NOES is a little scarier. Maybe about 10 times. Because what's worse than the fear of sleep? YOU CAN'T AVOID IT

But yeah, this is also really scary.

What's the name of the music from the shower scene?

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13 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

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

Ha Ha, so we meet again, I've seen all of these Texas Chainsaw Massacre films and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) is definitely the scariest of them all! Very gripping and scared my grandma to bits! Based on a true story too guys, so watch at your own risk and NEVER GOING TO Texas OR AMERICA AT ALL!

This movie is terrifying but the only thing I never really got was the Guy running with a big heavy chainsaw and the victim never being able to escape. Come on you can't run THAT fast with A big heavy duty chainsaw weighing you down. Other than that A Brilliant Creepy Horror film.

The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a film that grew into a barrage of sequels and remakes, but like always, none of those movies (Especially the 3D one, god that was awful) came even close to this brutal, low-budget and exciting scarefest of the first! The villians, Leatherface and his cannibalistic family, is a thrilling set of evil maniacs that makes you jump up squealing like a baby that swallowed a truck-full of helium. The actors are spot on to capture the raw brutal atmosphere of the movie, making them actually act like they wanted to escape, as well with the set, a house in the middle of Texas, with furniture that are made from bones of both animals and their human victims: Terrifying! Even though this movie set a whole new genre of horror movies, the gory films, the movie actually has minimalistic gore or blood, with the exception of that guy in the wheelchair's death, and it was still perfect. Keep your Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger and Jigsaw, this one is my favorite!

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14 Paranormal Activity

This was the hell of all scary movies. I like watching horror movies so that I can sit and laugh at the children. But this time it was reversed. I slept with my bed light on for more than two weeks. Letting my obese dog sleep between my feet that if something grabbed me his going to struggle.

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 cliche now. But this movie struck a chord of the fear of the unseen, what demons come out at night. Is that weird bump in the night just the house adjusting or was it something. I remember I was a freshman in college when I watched the first one. I did not get any sleep that night and I had nightmares when I did. Even the 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 finally and I prayed on it. I haven't experienced the nightmares ever since. I know that it's 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 nightmares. But I do thank God he answered my prayers, no demon related ...more

I don't scare easily, but this did it for me. The Exorcist has nothing on this film!

Not scary at all. OK film. - kaisietoo

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15 The Silence of the Lambs

This movie was perfect, honestly. It wasn't scary, but it had its moments that were... Odd. I'm a huge Hannibal The Cannibal fan, and loved all three movies. It's quite realistic as well and Jodie Foster was an amazing Clarice.

Most scary movie I have ever seen. The dialogue and images go deep into your psyche. The worst was 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!

This movie wouldn't be one to call 'Scary' although it does have a few parts in the movie that might frighten you but the movie is actually a Psychological Thriller. These types of movies are ones that make you think constantly to find out how this happened and who that person is. I watch a lot more psychological thrillers over 'Horror' movies because I can't do lots and lots of gore like in Saw or in Scream, it seems like all modern day horror movies has to have someone's guts being spilled out for the movie to actually have plot. I swear older movies were the better ones no matter how crappy the quality is or how fake it looks, they still are better than today's movies. - KaBoomOmfgXD

Love this movie

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16 The Thing

Had to vote for this one. Can't believe this is so low in the list. This scared the bejesus out of me when I was a kid. A parasitic shape shifting alien that can mimic anything that comes into contact with it. Some of the best practical special effects ever, the spider head and the guy getting his arms bit off by someone's torso and the dog sprouting tentacles, it truly is disturbing. Add to that the paranoia and Arctic location and john Carpenter's mad music and direction of a top cast including Kurt Russell at the top of his game, The thing is scary it's the stuff of nightmares.

A monster, that turns dogs inside out and you don't even know it's their till its about to kill you, is really creepy(and awesome at the same time - Razor79

The original is just amazing, the suspense and thrill created is just 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 just psychologically horrible. Watch in the dark alone "i'm outta here" - LukeB

Isn't that the name of this spongebob episode? ;-;.
This movie sounds weird though.

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17 Jaws

I first watched this movie when I was about 12.. and I'm now 25 and iam still scared to anything bigger than a swimming pool.. those DAMN sharks...

How is Jaws not in the top ten? In 1977? 78? This movie FREAKED PEOPLE OUT, single-handedly made shark hunting PC, and also kept a nation of people out of the ocean AND LAKES for three years... - corebare32

Come on people. Of course, some movies right now are pretty thrilling, but Jaws was the movie that got millions of people out of the water. With that reaction, how can it not be in the top ten

I remember watching it for the first time years ago and was petrified but now I have watched it so many times it is no longer scary. However, Open Water, which I watched the other day is terrifying. - kaisietoo

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18 Scream

Alongside of 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 and paved the way for a whole new generation of scary movies. So well-written, and 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.

Can someone explain to me why Insidious and The Conjuring are higher than Scream, a classic that almost made me pee my pants. This is one of my all time favourite 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.

This should at least be in the top 10! This movie changed the status of horror movies in the 90's, when the genre was going downhill. I can't believe Insidious and Wrong Turn are ahead of this. - MarilynMansonFan

Bad acting, bullcrap - PlasmaticDuke05

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19 Alien

Yes, I agree that this is a brilliant film, the best sci-fi film ever made... But it is in no way even the slightest bit scary. I suppose it could have been back when it first came out though...

Yeah, beside the fact that Ridley Scott's movie is a Sci-Fi masterpiece and one of the best from all time, it was scary because we didn't know what to expect from the unexpected creature called ALIEN - MatrixGuy

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

Alien covenant is going to be much scarier

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20 The Hills Have Eyes

most disturbing movie i have ever seen

Yes, atlast a pretty decent list! lol..

i was choosing between this and Amitvyle, well this movie scared me more.. phew! - mesh13

True it is disturbing and quite violent. Its also a true story in the 196070s US government nuked New Mexico's state and caused radiation and radioactivity which turned everyone in miles away into mutated creatures and if you go there now you might actually see on of there mines which were used in the 18 hundreds before they got walled in. Years ago one of the survivors got tokd not to mention any thing about it because it was true but when one of them got interviewed they accidently told the reporters what happened so they could tell people and they would all panic so they got exucuted with out a trace and all the evidence disappeared and this is a true story!

This is a fun gory good time but not too scary but love it. - utahman1971

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