Scariest Movies of All Time

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
The Exorcist The Exorcist Product Image

My grandfather put this movie on for me when I was 9 years old. He thought I would enjoy it. I had nightmares for years after watching this. The scariest movie I've ever seen.

Glad to see you got it right! With film special effects these days, there isn't a chance for another movie that will scare the world the way The Exorcist did when it came out! People throwing up or passing out it in theaters, or having priests or nuns blessing you before they went it! I don't think any movie can jump out of its genre so much & distant itself from any other movie compared to it! That bar was set in 1973 & any movie after that doesn't touch it. All other movies after that have room for different opinions that I can make a case for!

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.

My all-time favorite movie! Gotta love Linda Blair as Regan, the possessed 12-year-old girl. Seriously, Linda's such a babe. Ellen Burstyn was brilliant as well, as the mother who is desperately trying to save her daughter from the demon who possessed her. The entire cast was amazing. I love the theme "Tubular Bells," as well. Everything about this film is perfect, especially considering this was made back in 1973. I wish I was around the time it came out in theaters, I wasn't even born then. Definitely a real treat!

The Shining The Shining Product Image

I know some of you think that this isn't really scary, and that is your opinion, but think about what is must feel like to have your own father try to murder you. The voices he hears that tell him what to do, and the dude does it. He goes crazy and murders a guy who wants to help, the one thing that this movie does to me is that it can happen. This can 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. That your own father, who is suppose to protect you, is the one who is harming you. That is why this movie is scary to me.

also stan bts and twice.

Genuinely terrifying. Most horror movies don't scare me with their cheap tactics like jumpscares 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 which I can watch anytime and learn new things about it. Plus it scares me every time. Such great story and it has many subliminals which increases the sense of unease. Kubrick was really a mastermind!

You cannot deny this movie isn't scary. It doesn't jump at you, it doesn't bombard you with copious amounts of blood, it just digs into your mind and makes you question whether you'd be Wendy Torrance...or Jack himself.

A Nightmare on Elm Street A Nightmare on Elm Street Product Image

A Classic film that is thrilling, scary and interesting. This movie definitely interests me. This movie gave a scary message saying if you die in your dreams, you die in real life. That was definitely threatening, but it is not real. I did have a few nightmares about it. What scared me the most about this movie is Freddy's Nails and he's talk and the way he told the kids that he was going to kill them. The first time I saw this movie, it scared me, but after I watched it over and over again it became less scary but it became more interesting. What I love about this movie is that it is an interesting story line but threatening and scary. My favourite character is Nancy, she is so good at acting scared and is good with screaming. Freddy is a scary funny character who kills teens but also is hilarious. I wouldn't say that it is a comedy or romance, it is definitely horror, but some things that the characters say are funny. I think that it was supposed to be a scary funny movie. The ...more

Absolutely terrifying! In the words of Steven King himself. Wow! This is everything a horror movie should be and more. It had it all: Interesting story, scary music, horrific and intense scenes (one after another), no time to breathe! I wish Wes Craven was till with us today - so sad that he is not. You could still be scared the next morning after seeing this (if you fall asleep at all). No other movie - ever did that and never will again!

Don't get me wrong, I love this movie, but I actually never thought it was THAT scary. BUT in some ways, actually a lot of ways, this did make me have nightmares about what would happen if you die in your sleep. What if someone is trying to kill you while you sleep. But you don't wake up the next morning or evening, because you're dead. That is a scary thing to think of. This movie makes you think about that in a sense that you could die in your sleep, but this way isn't too... peaceful. I can't speak English that well, hope you understood what I was trying to tell you all.

also stan bts and twice.
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Number 3? 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, you have nightmares! It's pretty terrifying when you have a nightmare, he's chasing you and then you wake up. You obviously know it's not real, yet you check for cuts... just in case.

The Conjuring The Conjuring Product Image

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... Because it's a true horror movie... It's not a slash movie full of blood a cut parts of body... Something very scary about the movie is its true story and the fact that it's not only about a serial killer or deadly virus but about a cursed house and a witch who knows the 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 your beliefs... And the fact that it can happen to all of us... But at last... God help the characters and save them from evil... Well... you know... only God can save us...

They rated this an R for a reason. If you get creeped about demons in your house, prepare not to sleep for ages. I have a large wardrobe like in the movie in my bedroom and I haven't got any sleep for weeks. There are only 2-3 scenes with hardly any blood apart from the possession and the hanging bit and hardly any gore whatsoever. However, they rated it an R because it is so scary and tense. To make it worse, it could happen to you and it is a true story. All of it. It should be number 1. The first horror film I saw was the Woman in Black and even that scared me. This is infinity times scarier than anything ever made. A classic that will scare for years to come.

The older ones are not really that scary anymore and more turned in to good films. A good horror film generally has to be a good film as well as in the story and the acting. The Conjuring is the modern Exorcist. It was even better as I never expect anything from horrors nowadays they never seem to be fresh. Paranormal activity is the last great horror film I remember enjoying. But this is the scariest horror film ever in my eyes.

The Conjuring must be 1st because it's very scary not just scary, thrill and demonic possession it's scary than exorcist ya it's about possess to but not really scary like conjuring someone grab your feet you thought it was your sister, playing hide and clap and you thought it was hiding there but it's a ghost and someone clap behind you when your locked at the basement and pop out a very scary face and it was a sad movie tooand it is based on a true story and the exorcist too but the conjuring is more original than the exorcist in real life but movie it was new.

The Grudge The Grudge Product Image

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 more scary. Just like technology has resulted in exponentially faster computers, similarly horror films have become exponentially scary. This is psychological horror, the focus is on manipulating YOU. All the buttons are pushed at the right times in order to disturb your very core. You can watch The Exorcist by yourself. You can not watch this film by yourself without weeks of paranoia afterwards.

Wear the grudge like a crown, of negativity Calculate what we will, will not tolerate. Desperate to control, all and everything. Unable to forgive these scarlet Letterman. Tool reference but this movie it horrifying as hell.

Exorcist, the shining, nightmare on elm street. These films are not the scariest. People just vote for them because they're the stereotypical answers and just because people have this obsessive nostalgia to demand that 'old classic' is better. When really its not, its just older. This film is legit horrifying, seriously, this is pure hell. Like the singing isn't scary, the bad guy is just a dangerous crazy human. Humans are no where near as scary as supernatural horrifying demons. So these old 'classic' horror films don't compare to the likes of the grudge. Yeah they're classic, but is were actually talking about fear factor, this is number 1 and you have to go a long way down to find the stereotypical exorcist. Moral of this long boring lecture, just because its older doesn't mean it's better, let go of your nostalgic stereotype please thanks bye

This movie is often underrated because people automatically put "classics" such as the Shining or the Exorcist over it without giving it serious consideration.

This movie isn't just scary though, like either of those. It's truly terrifying, it easily can give someone nightmares for weeks. This is the movie that makes you afraid to turn the lights out to go to bed after you watch it. A true horror masterpiece.

Insidious Insidious Product Image

This movie was the FIRST American horror movie I have ever watched. It was really creepy. For nights, I have dreamed about all sorts of creepy stuff after I watched this movie. I still remember the nights that I had to open all the lights in our house because I was still creeped out by this. But for me, it was the best horror movie experience ever. Ever since I watched this, I was less bothered by other horror movies that are even more disturbing and scary.

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 to 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 a really good story line. I would certainly recommend this.

OH MY GOD this was SO unsettling! The boy is so 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 thing with knocking on a wall and the girl finding it wasn't her boyfriend made lose my breath for about a minute, just TRYING to contemplate how thankful I am not to be living in a horror movie.

This was the scariest movie I have ever seen. I haven't seen many, but I did see The Shining and a Nightmare on Elm street. This was scarier that both. It made me jump a lot, I was terrified when the movie was going on. However, it did not give me much aftershock. Great plot, great movie.

The Ring The Ring Product Image

Most of the movies in the top twenty aren't even scary, come on the old "IT"? It was hilariously bad, the "Saw" franchise is just disgusting, "the exorcist" and "the shining" aged.
This one is definitely better.

This movie is seriously scary. For at least two weeks after I saw it I couldn't sleep near a switched-off T.V., stay in the dark, stay near anything that was circular in shape, or comb my hair by taking it down in front of my face. Holy moly if all these happen all at once! I also became extremely religious at that time. Even today I can't see it without peeking through my fingers.

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.

This had been voted most scariest movie. They were doing the top 20 most scariest movies and this one on the number one! I mean a girl coming out of your T.V. all wet and making a creepy noise I would have been like NOPE! And ran out of there. This movie is amazing I love it I know thousands of people who would think this is the most scariest!

Halloween Halloween Product Image

Older horror movies are the best! They’re not saturated with bad CGI and are way more creative. The 70’s led by Halloween was the best decade ever for this genre.

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. Best film since Jaws, and one of the scariest movies of all-time.

I still have nightmares about Halloween after one, two, three years. I am always in a mansion running from a noise. Then I see his shadow, it's Michael Myers. I end up hiding in a closet then being stabbed to death by him. Either that will happen or I'll trip and fall then get stabbed to death. I am terrified to go into a house with more than three floors.

This is the scariest movie of them all. When watched the other movies on this list they were not SCARY but this the exercise and the Conjuring were the only ones that freaked me out. Nightmare on Elm Street is not SCARY. Silence of the lambs and Jaws should not be on this list. But this image there is a guy chasing you that can't die.

Saw Saw Product Image

The doll or 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 bad, but the others were pretty brutal. Imagine cutting open your eye open 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. The thing I mention about ideas is that each original victim was there for a purpose and had a means to survive. It had to be painful self inflicted torture to save their own life. The story line had premise 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 the days of the gladiators? Hmm...

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.

This movie is scary, because they take people that do normal things, (even if bad) and punish them to make them “appreciate life” really scary concept.

Friday the 13th Friday the 13th Product Image

The first one 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 finds out about her tormentor and ends her with the most iconic deaths in horror movie: a decapitation with the villain's own axe. It also sets up the franchise which did get old. Yet, this movie still stands as being the reason superstitious people beware of Friday the 13th.

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

Remember the scene where jason pulled alice into the water? well that and much more friday the 13th is the scariest movie ever!

This movie is a joke and the acting sucks... Halloween is the only good slasher movie because it actually has a cool plot. Friday the 13th is dumb and has a bunch of dumb sequels and dumb teenage characters who make the dumbest decisions and trip at the worst possible time.

The Contenders
Psycho Psycho Product Image

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.

This movie made me put speakers in our bathroom and put it in maximum volume while I am taking a shower. And now, I am less bothered because we don't have showers in our house anymore. But this movie is not the reason why we don't have showers anymore lol

It is a scary masterpiece! All of these other movies used guns, knives, blood, broken necks, etc to be scary. Pyscho didn't show a single knife but managed to scare me to the point of screaming... The music really adds to the effect. Those screeching violins, doe.

This film is horrifying the next 2-3 weeks I could not go take a shower without checking outside the shower. Psycho is a horrifying and fantastic film both 10/10 for horror and greatness.

Stephen King's It Stephen King's It Product Image

This movie hahaaha... I could not sleep alone for months after watching this movie I was probably about 10 or 11 first time I saw IT! My best friends 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 just saying ever since I watched this movie I have punched 2 clowns and 1 friend for scaring me with a clown! This movie is just plain Creepy.

The only reason why people are afraid of this movie is because the main antagonist is a clown, and nothing else. That's it! If you're not afraid of clowns as well as 2 to 3 hour long movies where a lot of running time are just filler moments so bad you just want to scream at your T.V. to just get on with it, then you shouldn't watch this movie. It is BORING!

Because of this movie, I will never go near a clown. I was forced to watch this as a child and never recovered. Lol! HANDS DOWN the CREEPIEST movie of all times! I hate this movie. Stephen King really did an awesome job. Scary and creepy and this deserves the spot for the scariest movie EVER!

Saw this when I was five and now am eternally creeped out by any clown that looks even a little bit like the clown on here. 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 so pathetic to say that, but I'm scared so much by this movie!

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) Product Image

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!

Mmmmmy favorite horror movie series is Friday The 13th and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but the scariest is Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

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.

I watched this in the middle of the night on my phone, alone, underneath the covers. I had forgotten that I had a balloon in the room, so, I turned the fan on. During the scene where Leatherface kills the man in the wheelchair, the fan hit the balloon. It scared me so badly! I had trouble seeping that night.

Paranormal Activity Paranormal Activity Product Image

Now this is what I call a horror movie. After years and dozens of horror movies that amused me (kept me laughing as if watching comedy), I watch this one. Now, this is because of my beliefs about the dark world of demons and goblins, which are based on religious beliefs. I am embarrassed to say I was 29 years old, but I could not sleep for 4 days in a row... Seriously, NOT even for FIVE minutes straight! Not until the sun rises! After that, the nightmares kept at it for 3 months, but I did sleep though.

The craziest thing was that I couldn't wait for the sequel, which spared me the insomnia and gave me straight nightmares for 1 months. The third one did not bother my sleep, but got my mind thinking about my beliefs.

As for the 3rd one, it did not interest me at all. I kept seeing the teasers and trailers and said to my self "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 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

No fancy special effects. The movie lacks the typical Hollywood-style visual effects, and in doing so becomes extremely plausible. What makes this movie scary is how frighteningly believable it is. You don't see holographic looking apparitions created in a studio, you see inanimate objects moving on their own and shadows out of the corner of your eye. It's knowing that there may be something lurking behind you or looming just above you, just out of sight, that makes this movie deeply chilling.

Poor plot. It seems like they just jammed what ever they thought would be scary into the story but didn't keep it interesting. I had to drink coffee just to keep me up watching this movie. They should focus more on the ghost then the family. Half of the movie is just the family going about their normal life. Needless to say all of the "paranormal activity" was very cheesy and predictable, something I do not like about movies. Keep it interesting. Make the unpredictable happen.

The Silence of the Lambs The Silence of the Lambs Product Image

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.

This movie is the most amazing movie I had ever seen in my whole life. It gives me those chills, and I am not sure whether it's a horror movie or not. Seems more thriller. But either way this movie... Is the best. Most people of my age haven't seen it, (I'm 14...) because they haven't heard of it, or the quality. But honestly this movie is so amazing. I love Anthony Hopkins so when I saw that he played Hannibal Lector I was happy. This is honestly my favorote movie in the world.

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 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.

The Thing The Thing Product Image

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.

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"

Why is this not higher on the list? This breaks the one rule in horror movies, which is that the characters are always extremely dumb. In fact, watching the movie, you feel like the dumb one, wrongly guessing who is and hasn't been infected. The characters make smart decisions, and the gore is insane. The first time I watched this I started feeling dizzy for a few hours, it was only until I fell asleep when it stopped and woke up at 11 pm (I slept at 2 pm, and had also slept earlier for a good 9 hours). This is a must watch horror movie if you want to get scared.

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

Child's Play Child's Play Product Image

I'm not scared of Chucky, but he's my favorite slasher and 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 same room as me! And the weirdest thing is I haven't had nightmares in a long time until I got him! Plus when I got him he was talking while he was off. My first nightmare was one where he killed my gramma and cousin, the next one was he made me kill somebody, and then after that he kept appearing and then I would have dreams about being chased the second I see him. Plus I had this one where he tried to kill me because I started liking something else and it's scary because when I stopped paying attention to him he tried to kill me (in my dreams) and in the Seed of Chucky he tried to kill Tiffany because she left him! But other than that I'm not scared of him because I know that Chucky can't physically hurt me but I feel like he's torturing me like Freddy Krueger does.

I still can't see any picture related to this movie, even after all these years, I get a panic attack when I even think about it. This ruined my childhood I was 10-11 when I first saw it and I couldn't go anywhere alone for years because it just traumatized me for life. I'm phobic because of this movie and I will never ever watch it again and neither should anyone else. But still this is a DAMN good movie!

There is a cabinet in my bathroom and anytime I went in there for a week after I watched this, I would hold it shut with my foot to make sure he didn’t jump out of it...

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.

Alien Alien Product Image

I was used to watching horror movies, finding those such as the Exorcist to be incredibly boring and Paranormal Activity to be "bad ass fun", to the point where I fell asleep during the exorcist but kept getting woken up by the screams of my scared company.

So I felt pretty tough when this came on, yet as soon as the first character gets "faceraped" (not intended as an insult, but rather a fact as far as this movie's plot goes, so please deter yourself from deleting your comment based on ignorance alone)

Well, I shut of the entire video and refused to see the rest literally hiding in my room, this was years ago, but I would rather be caught dead than to see that again.

When I left the cinema after having seen it, I was looking up the walls and trees being afraid an alien might wait somewhere. I had never experienced a more horrific experience before and after that is 40 years! What was new after 2001 and Star Wars was the organic element, the fluids, the bone and skull aspect representing death. This in claustrophobic and the dark environment, plus the soundtrack summed up to a masterpiece which is a standalone 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 an A-budget. Why can we just leave the mystery as it was created by Hansruedi Giger?

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...

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

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

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.

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 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.

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.

Jaws Jaws Product Image

This Person who said about cows what
the heck is wrong with you, You are so wrong Cows don't kill people Sharks do
they actually attack and kill people not Cows
You got that.

Launched the career of one of the greatest directors of our generation. Jaws is one of the greatest films ever made. This movie scared the hell out of everybody that 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 whats happening to them. A true masterclass in great movie making. And anybody that 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 (Insidios, 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 was not going to be scary because I was thinking "how can you make an unrealistic size great white scary? It is probably going to be lame." Boy was I wrong! This movie made me totally afraid of great white sharks! This is the best shark movie ever! It kept me out of water for more than awhile.

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I've seen everything! For sure! I love horror movies, THIS is the scariest movie ever! I've seen every movie above and NON of them is as scary as The Woman in Black... The first time I watched that movie, I was very tired and at 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.

I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT IT ISN'T IN THE TOP 10!

For god sake, this is the best scary movie ever! It had a good story and really scary and shocking moments, and how come "The Grudge" and "The Ring" are on the top 10? The Japanese version (original) is much scarier!

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

Such a scary movie! I barely couldn't believe what I Saw. I really feel sorry for the children. On the way home, I still remembered what happen and even had a nightmare that I was one of the children but I would want to watch this movie again. It was so emotion. 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 theatres!

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

Best horror movie ever seen. With about $20,000 budget, it makes such an impression, and despite there is actually nothing shown (no monsters, zombies, ghost and so on), it's one of the scariest movies I have ever seen.
If you don't think so, try to watch this 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. This movie feels so real and the fact you never know what it is makes it worse, the nauseating claustrophobic feeling you get is killer.

This is horrible, the ending got so much hype and it was the biggest let down of the whole move. The only scary scene was the tent scene where children were scratching the door of the tent.

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This should be #1 I love this movie it scares me every time even though I've seen it 20 times over.

Come on how is the silence of the lambs scarier than 28 days later

This did not scare me at all.

Saw it and it was cool

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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.

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.

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.

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 crap your pants!

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Very scary because I feel like it is somewhat realistic. People in the middle of nowhere killing for no reason is absolutely terrifying. Plus the movie is very well made.

I really do like movies where somebody is attacked without much of a reason by complete strangers (Funny Games, The Hills Have Eyes, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, etc.) - which is, basically, all this movie is. Like those I mentioned except... Amplified. They even state that they had no reason for torturing them, except for of course, "because you were home." It was brilliant.

Major scary movie. While one stranger is messing with the chick, the other two are doing something in her house while she's distracted and they have her every move planned. Must see scary movie. Never wanna be home alone again. Still have nightmares and saw it 5 months ago.

Scariest movie ever because it has a trait to it that none of the movies in the top 10 have. That is, something like this could actually happen in real life. It isn't an 'out there' idea, which is the scariest aspect of all.

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