Scariest Movies of All TimeRevan 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
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!
Agreed! (spoiler alert) There are still times I won't watch it because I know it will haunt me for awhile. I might not vote for it, but it is certainly scary to me. It creeps up on you, then when she is fully possessed, it is awful to imagine. - Ned964
The best movie ever I couldn't sleep for many days and I always feel scared while sleeping a master piece
Best movie everV 459 Comments
Its not that its scary its just that the storyline is great and has amazing actors. I also found it kind of funny.
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.
The Shining is a twisting tale of madness and macabre. Kubrick, as the perfectionist he is, examines every single aspect, every tick, of Jack's madness under a microscope, and to this day it is still harrowing, polarizing, and extremely influential. - simlakaeV 155 Comments
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 watch this movie and I have a good dream - upupdowndownV 107 Comments
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!
The music made this movie and great acting by Jamie Lee Curtis - westofohioV 107 Comments
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!
No, it's NOT even scary! - Hamad_SayedV 263 Comments
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
This is scary. -Teamrocket747V 49 Comments
To be honest, I couldn't sleep in my room by myself for years.
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!
Its really a scary movie... scared the hell out of me when I first watched alone... surely its no. 1V 248 Comments
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...
Tops the Exorcist as far as I'm concernedV 140 Comments
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
What? This is scary? Are you people new to horror movies or something? - Hamad_SayedV 119 Comments
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...
Boy I hate clowns. And those weird yellow teeth and disgusting long fingernails just disgusted and scared the hell out of me.
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!
This movie actually sucks, and I'm terrified of clowns. Watch actual scary movies, this list is just popular movies.V 199 Comments
Someone please add Jaws 3
The only good excorcist movie that came after the original
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
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..!
Gory...V 108 Comments
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.
Hey, it's my profile picture! - lannypetersongV 38 Comments
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.
Yes, I think as we get older, reasoning helps us understand that some things simply cannot happen. Next, you will discover another scene that is implausible, and so on... when we are young, we accept much more as it's all we know at the time. I personally would never let young children watch any of these movies because it might frighten them too much - Ned964
Oh god this movie traumatised me... and then I found out they used real human remains... - InsertCleverNameV 48 Comments
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!
COME ON NOW! See the climax was average. Rest of the movie was crap! - VictoryboyV 138 Comments
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
Not scary (although my mum screamed! ) but an absolutely superb film! - kaisietooV 30 Comments
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...
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
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
This is not scary. I saw it when I was eight (now I'm eleven) and my sister was six (now she's nine), and I saw it in FLORIDA--where all the nice beaches are. Still, I'm scared of sharks, but this movie is not scary, and yeah, girls can be brave, too--I'm a girl! So this isn't scary. It's just a bit gross sometimes, although I was freaked out the NIGHT I saw it--scared to look out the window. Dunno why.V 82 Comments
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.
That's a pretty good summarization. I think, for me, the Antarctic local was a big part of it, cold and nowhere to go, both for the Thing and the crew. Add in they only know who is the Thing and who isn't for a very brief time, and the tension runs really high. - Ned964
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
Best creepy music in a horror film, tied with Halloween (1978) - westofohioV 40 Comments
Okay well I am voting for this movie because it like RUINED me I was 8 and watched all 3 in one night... Worst idea EVER because you know the kid he goes after... Andy... YEAH that's MY NAME TOO! I was scared SO MUCH that I had to sleep with my mom... No joke I will never ever watch this movie again
This movie was scary to me because I was about 5 when I saw it on T.V.. Every Halloween since I wouldn't turn it on AMC or SYFY because he scared me to much. I wouldn't even go to our town mall because he was there. In my opinion I think this is the worst and scariest movie period!
I voted for this movie because when I was about 8 or 9 I was TRAUMATISED by it. I couldn't sleep alone so I had to sleep with my dad. I'm now 16 and I watched it and laughed at it because Chucky is HILARIOUS in that movie. I used to be scared but I now see it as a horror comedy more than anything. It's my number 1 favorite. - Celmore
This movie was funny too! - VictoryboyV 37 Comments
This is easily one of the most scariest horror films 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 the living hell scared out of them laugh out loud. I've got all 3 films of the series and would definitely suggest watching the 2nd (REC) as well as I believe it's even better, the 3rd one is not quite as good but still very entertaining!
I think the only reason it's not higher is because of subtitles.
So... Paranormal Activity, Human Centipede and Predator made the list, but (REC), the scariest, most chilling movie ever made didn;t pass the cut? Well, that's as terrifying as (REC) itself. This will leave you crying, screaming, and it will definitely give you nightmares. Paranormal has nothing on this and never will
Watch this at night by yourself or with a scary movie connoisseur, and you will see why this Spanish horror fil is the scariest horror film there is. Quarantine is the american remake of this movie. More scary 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.
I HAVE OVER 500 HORROR MOVIES. I'm A HORROR FAN. REC IS THE SCARIEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME! TRUST ME!V 8 Comments
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
Iconic horror filmV 34 Comments
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