Best Horror Movies of All Time

The Top Ten

1 The Exorcist

By far best of this genre ever. Even if you ignore the gruesome special effects, the movie was still superbly acted and directed. Everything else is distant second.

By far the one that stands out. I watched it ONE time and have never watched it again and I'm 42. Other movies about possession don't bother me, to a point, as much as this one did. Deservedly so, Aliens is in the top 10. Poltergeist (the clown scene) is the still the reason I can't STAND clowns to this day. IT should be higher as well. Paranormal Activity (1) deserves it's spot as that movie kept me on the edge of my seat and my wife afraid to sleep at night! JAWS needs to be higher on the list... Great directing, acting, etc. Plus I was afraid to go in the ocean for years after seeing it in the theater! - SociallyxxDistorted

It's the movie considered by me as the scariest shooted in real style... Awesome one

Overrated screw whoever voted for THIS train wreck

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2 The Shining

This movie is great! People are voting for other movies because there scarier but this is not about being scary, its about being good. And this movie tops the whole list! Other great horror movies are The Exorcist, Black Christmas, High Tension, Halloween, Alien, Evil Dead, A nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, Poltergeist, Misery, The Cabin In The Woods, REC, Jaws, Dead Alive, Carrie, An American Werewolf in London and Psycho.

This and the exorcist

Simply put, the greatest horror movie of all time. Although-surprisingly-I think that Hereditary puts a compelling case.

What people don't realize how great The Shining is looking at the pure horror outlook of it or just looking at how incredible it is nonetheless. People will rip on it and say it was nothing like the book, but every time I watch the shining it just brings me back, it's like a journey. Not only did it have a suspensive intriguing story, but it had incredible directing by my all time favorite director, Stanley Kubrick, was shot at a really interesting setting; The Timberline Lodge known as the Overlook hotel, and had some incredible actors in it that all did great such as Jack Nicholson, Scatman Crothers, Joe Turkel, and Philip Stone. Now beside from it being in the Horror genre (my favorite), the movie is still one of my all time favorites without question, and when you look at it, all these supernatural and Slasher films don't stand a chance. - Beatlesboy9

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3 Halloween

Come on people Halloween is the best one out of all the others because Michael Myers is pure evil! You'll all see what I'm talking about after 08/31/07. Halloween indeed is the creator of all slasher films, if it wasn't 4 this movie... Nightmare on elm street, friday the 13, and all those so-called "Scariest movies" would not exist! So think again and vote for Halloween

I like your opinion, but I like a nightmare on elm street the most. - robertoiglesias271

The best slasher film ever!

The slasher genre wouldn't exist if not for this John Carpenter masterpiece. Watch the original before you judge.

I was forced to watch this when I was younger and somehow loved it. - JoMama163

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4 A Nightmare on Elm Street

Silence of the Lambs wasn't even scary to me. I actually laughed at one point. THIS will scare you. You won't be able to sleep. I had a nightmare with him in it when I LEAST expected. That's why I'm typing this as a ghost. Or something.

The acting from Robert Englund is great - ElSherlock

To me, it's better than the other horror movies because Freddy Krueger is actually scary and appears in your dreams, has smart teenage characters instead of the dumb and stereotypical teens, and the movie is smart. - robertoiglesias271

First one is good but the reboot is... meh - XtheXlmao

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5 Alien

One of my favorite films.

One of the best horror movie till date.

the great sci fi horror of all time, this movie when it came out, it established that maybe Aliens are not too friendly like E. T.

Excellent acting - ElSherlock

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6 Psycho

Psycho is #6... I expected this from this world today. May I ask you, where horror movies would have been today if it weren't for Psycho? Without Psycho, there would be no Exorcist, The Shining, Silence Of The Lambs, and more. Hitchcock's Psycho redefined this genre of horror. It's still a pretty scary movie despite it being over 50+ years old. It also has one of the best plot twists ever in movie/book history.

Most influential horror movie of all time

No horror lsit would be complete without this one I hate the motel with the house on the hill

Classic - ElSherlock

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7 The Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs is easily hands down the best horror movie I've ever watched. The movie itself doesn't throw countless buckets of gore at you, so when the movie actually does use gore, they use it very effectively and it can scare you much more. This movie also never had a dull moment in my opinion. The movie is one of the few movies that I can say never gets a bit uninteresting. With the help of genius characters and dialogue, the movie boils a slowly growing feeling of suspense, and that feeling stays for the whole movie. On top of all of this, it doesn't feel the need to drench you with horror cliches and unoriginal plot points. This movie is a true original. Not only are the plot and characters very twisted and disturbing, but you can also clearly tell the plot was very carefully mapped out and must have took an extreme amount of effort. All these elements put together and you have a cinematic gen and a horror classic that will be remembered for all of eternity.

One of the best movies ever made. - Userguy44

The story is well written - ElSherlock

It won film of the year, no other horror has done that, therefore this is the best. Scary for all the right reasons and a story that has quality, who could ask for more.

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8 Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Great soundtrack - ElSherlock

Okay, most films in the top ten deserve to be there but I'm sorry, this is THE best horror film. It works outside of the horror genre as a film itself. Maybe some films are scarier, but this was revolutionary in it's time. The makers of this films were daring, this film pushed boundaries and is an absolutely iconic piece of art.

A perfect horror movie. it's so realistic and shocking. the story feels real and the acting is really great. what I also love about this movie is that there is some truth to it. there are people like Leatherface and his family out in the world, and that we could end up in this situation. and it could be the scariest experience of your entire life.

Could? I think you mean WILL be the scariest experience of your entire life! - happyhappyjoyjoy

Horror movies don't scare me, I have a dark sense of humour so I usually laugh at them. Voting Chainsaw Massacre because Leather face was inspired by real life killer, Edward Gein. (I know Psycho and various others are inspired by him but I like this representation the best, it's the closest and darkest) I'm intrigued by serial killers from a psychological standpoint.

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9 Scream

Great acting - ElSherlock

This movie totally gave the slasher genre (and really all horror) new life and started a new trend of smart suspense-driven horror movies. The entire franchise is classic!

Average rated movie according to my opinion

Amazing movie, much suspense. Way better than friday the thirteenth.

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10 Saw

How is this not number 1? Texas Chainsaw Massacre is weird, In Scream, Billy and Stu act like they're mentally ill at the end but it's still very good, The Shining is weird with that kid who talks to his fingers but it's a great movie, all the others in the top 10 are awesome but Saw is a masterpiece. Not just the first film, all 8 were truly thrilling to watch.

It's ah-may-zing! Who doesn't want to watch a lot of torture in one movie that has such a great plot if you take the time to watch it?!

Saw is an AMAZING movie, but unfortunately, every sequel had a hollow plot and was just an excuse for producers to mangle and mutilate people for money. Like Halloween/Nightmare On Elm Street, this falls under the category of horror films that had a great opening and several terrible sequels - icantthinkofausername

Saw is not necessarily the scariest movie, but it is a GREAT movie if you want to see some gore. The story is also very good for it being 7 movies long. The end was such a twist, I loved it. The reverse bear trap was the BEST, its too bad we don't see it actually work until the second time. This movie deserves to be on the top ten.

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The Contenders

11 The Thing

The only horror movie with smart people

The acting is wonderful - ElSherlock

This one is scary - ElSherlock

One of the most realistically gory and brutal films ever made for 1982 everything look real. Especially when that guys head comes of and starts crawling like a spider that was amazing. Should be number 2 on this list just most people don't know how gory this film is. - SVGPLAGUE

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12 Jaws

How is Jaws not in the top 10?

Great pacing - ElSherlock

It was the beginning of the blockbuster era, but what a cool beginning. Action excitement, terror, a few laughs, it had it all. Spielberg at his best. And the clincher: relatable characters and great acting.

So sharks don't really kill a lot of people but you probably thought twice about jumping in the water

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13 Paranormal Activity

PA1 scared you, whether you admit it or not. It did. Now PA2, PA3, PA4 and I'm sure the uneagerly expected PA5 are quite different stories. They were pumped out as fast as Mel B pumps out kids. No thought to the story & terrible, terrible acting... Now the acting in the first WAS sub-par, but it didn't affect the overall movie in such a huge way it was unwatchable, unlike the other three. Please dear god. No more. But back to the point, great movie. Kept most of us up googling demonology and eye witness accounts of ghosts, I think.

Very good movie, its pretty scary :=)

This was scary as hell doors slamming lights turning on footprints in the talcum powder and the guy thrown at the camera at the end it is scary as hell!

Gave me nightmares when I was real little

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14 The Omen

The poster design looks interesting - ElSherlock

Both versions rock - blackflower

How the hell can paranormal activity be higher than this masterpiece?

The greatest horror movie ever made. - truckturner

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15 Friday the 13th

Overrated. - Disturbedpotato

Jason is my fave character everr. his movie is scary but that makes it cool

Friday the 13th is really good but everyone talks about Jason when he is not in the 1st one

Great soundtrack - ElSherlock

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16 The Hills Have Eyes

I love the original movie by Wes Craven

The film keeps you wondering what the hell is gonna happen next! And you feel so much pity for the victims at a point! Great film.

These film is based on true story and it is one of the scariest movie which I had been never seen in my life.

Remake was a lot better than the original. Great story and quite disturbing like a horror film should be. - JamesNicholls

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17 Stephen King's It

The 2017 IT was better in my opinion

I'm going to be perfectly honest, I really didn't like this film. It's very melo-dramatic, the characters seem like they're going insane rather than all of this actually happening, and Pennywise the Dancing Clown is the most overrated horror movie villain of all time! All he does is stand around, look threatening, and does nothing. If it's killed half the other people in town, how come it can't just kill these kids off? It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

This has a iconic theme - ElSherlock

Both of them are great - XtheXlmao

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18 The Grudge

It seriously freaked me out... watching the movie at night alone was the stupidest decision of my life... couldn't sleep without the lights on for a couple of days... the background music itself freaks you out...

It has a weird deformed chick that is dead, might add and the sound she makes gets stuck in your head for weeks!

I voted for saw because I never knew this was on the list. BUT IF YOU WANT A SCARY MOVIE I RECOMMEND THE GRUDGE!

This was the first horror movie I ever watched and it was so scary I had to go bed midway I was 7 years old but I did eventually end up watching the whole movie with my brother.

It's so scary and it doesn't take too long for it to get exciting. This horror movie is underrated just because it is old. Seriously every horror fan should watch this. Spoiler the beginning is a bite of a shock. Watch the English version though. This film is so scary that they made a game of it online. This other then saw and Halloween will always be the best horror movie I have ever seen. If you call yourself a horror fan yet haven't watched this then your no horror fan I guarantee you will get scared. Even when you watch it the second time it is still scary and that often doesn't happen with many horror films but after 10 times watching it I know everything that will happen so its ...more

Boring as hell. I think Americans should just leave Japanese horror alone, plus, nobody is scared of hair.

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19 The Ring

This movie didn't scare me, but it made me cry. Hopefully I'm not the only one here that feels horrible for Samara...

Amazing cinematography - ElSherlock

I still don't understand how this is PG13

Oh...! Really the horror 1... After watching this movie I could not sleep that whole nigt... In 1 word it was"totally horror"...

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20 Suspiria

Weird as hell!

The original was awesome! The reboot sucks though. - awesomedp900

Favorite movie ever! Last film shot in Technicolor

21 Night of the Living Dead

Awesome movie - ElSherlock

Romero created zombies with this movie! How many directors can claim they started a whole new creature/genre? Back then it was bold and new. And I just watched the documentary, filming was so challenging, they weren't sure they would even finish it. they had no budget so they used locals for zombies, the crew worked as actors as well (for example the actor who played the douche in the movie was also producer and make-up artist), many scenes were improvised and budget for sound mixing was won last minute with a game of chess! Geez and it became one of the most iconic film ever. Quite an accomplishment!

This movie began the "zombie" genre which runs amok today and should be ranked in the top ten! Night of the Living Dead is The Walking Dead's granddaddy! Not scary? You've got to be kidding! The innate fright is multiplied greatly due to the film being in black & white. Incredibly creepy and original! - Terrax

Not that scary but the part where the zombie girl kills and eats her own mother will freak you out

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22 Dawn of the Dead

No other zombie film can compare to this. Absolute classic!

The Best of zombie movie in the world

23 Wrong Turn

this the best horror movie I have ever seen... second and third part are awesome...

Correct turn. - XtheXlmao

It was a very disgusting movie... Someone eating the flesh of another person is not at all scary... The starting was good enough to convince the people that the movie is full of suspense... But gradually the movie lost the public's interest!

Ugh cannibalism freaks me out BIG time! and how they look *shivers* - misskikii

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24 The Conjuring

The scariest movie I've ever seen in my life

Awesome movie

No.26? seriously this movie is not bad. This should've been at least in the top 10! Great movie

It was so fun to watch

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25 Misery

Creepy because it could happen - blackflower

Stephen kings best movie, other than the shining. Kathy bates oscar winning role will never fail to scare the crap out of you. This is a classic horror movie

26 Poltergeist

The clown scene is one of those moments that reminds me you can never beat a first time watching a horror film, never. Even after watching it multiple times that scene is still scary... Amazing film! - Mnsdjjfijf

The story is well written - ElSherlock

Sounds good. - Camaro6

This should be top ten or even 5! Why is it 26?! I love this movie

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27 Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn

Great movie - XtheXlmao

This should be in the TOP 10!

Its just unbeaten...
Bruce campbell shows his real talent...
He is just unbelievable...! 11

Swallow this.

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28 Carrie

I really like this movie. It wasn’t that scary and it was a little slow but it was great. I was really mad when the bucket of blood fell on Carrie, so I was quite happy when Carrie got her revenge! I like when she killed Chris, my least favorite.

I don’t know which was scarier, the wide eyed Carrie on stage or her hand coming out of the grave? This was one of the greatest revenge movies ever.

The book was great - blackflower

The only movie to make me cry. It is so disturbing and emotional. That jump scene at the end is one hell of a jump scene!

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29 The Thing (1982)

Already on this list - germshep24

How to kill a monster:burn them. DONE. - XtheXlmao

Wow, Shawn13 doesn't have great taste. See No Evil and My Bloody valentine? Are you serious? They aren't remotely scary or good movies. There are some good ones like Friday The 13th and Halloween (unless they are the remakes) but this guy needs to watch better movies.

Its really awesome. The things showed thought to have set by good innovative person.

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30 Rosemary's Baby

Well no need to describe its greatness its scary and as well as have a good story to keep you connected and in the you get surprised.

This is the best horror movie ever, smart, scary and bizarre at the same time, I hate those people who thinks this movie is boring and cg movies are good.

It's the best horror movie of all time along with the exorcist.

It was a total waste of time. No on-screen deaths, no scary faces, no jump scares. Why all say that it was so good?

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31 Child's Play

Why is their a remake? the franchise is not over!

Other movie creators: since it's forgotten and dated, we can remake it! > - XtheXlmao

Great opening scene - ElSherlock

In my opinion the best ever horror film. The animatronics were amazing! And in my opinion the best ever horror film ever made.

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32 Last House On the Left (1972)

What is this - XtheXlmao

Wes Craven's first movie

33 An American Werewolf in London

The wolf in't even looking like a werewolf or wolf. I tought it was a dog LOL - XtheXlmao

I love this movie it was awesome for its time but they made a sequal that was terrible because it had none of the writing team of the first film the people who made the sequal are meatloafs

This film had me jumping with fright! Not to mention rick baker's amazing transformation.

It is a genuinely scary movie, the transformation scene is yet to be bettered, a complete story

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34 Orphan

My favorite movie - blackflower

This movie freaked me out so much! Oh myy the scariest part was that she was a grown woman who liked to harm people. And she was scary looking and just totally 666! I couldn't trust little girls for a month!

I saw this when I was 6...

Could not sleep for a week...

Good movie after 5 years of avoiding this movie

I did not feel scared but this movie was awesome one of the best movies I have ever watched.

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35 It (2017)

Overrated - Disturbedpotato

Pennywise becomes an ultimate horror icon in this amazing masterpiece! The children are amazing characters that you really come to care for them. The atmosphere, the music and the ambiance, mixed with the setting of the 80s is awesomely terrifying. The best part about this movie is that even when Pennywise wasn't on screen, you would still be interested. The rest of the town is nearly as creepy as Pennywise. Even the bully in this movie is given some character so he is not this one-dimensional, "Nyeh! I'm a bully! I like to beat kids up because I'm mean! " No. He is demented and psychotic. I honestly felt sorry for him for a second. Then we got the rest of the town. Also, Beverly's father is pretty much a pedophile rapist which just makes him too creepy to watch. This movie deserves a spot in the top tens. It doesn't have to be number one but somewhere in the tens. - Daviddv0601

Brilliant movie. This movie will make you laugh, cry, and scream in a span of 2 hours and 15 minutes. The members of the Losers' Club are great and you'll immediately care for each and every one of them, Pennywise is incredibly terrifying, the music is a great combination of scary and beautiful, and the best of all is that you actually feel like you want the main characters to win. Overall, one of the best, if not the best horror movie ever made. - DenBoro

Literally the scariest movie, It's so much better then the original even if your not scared of clowns. Now I am scared of clowns now, From seeing this movie and if its not first over all then this whole top ten thing is jacked

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36 Insidious

When it comes to the old school horror movies like the Exorcist and The Shining, I was never really scared by them but rather intrigued and thrilled by the development. They weren't movies that actually had a major effect on me as far as paranoia. This movie, however, really screwed me up. After watching it, I had a hard time sleeping for the night. Insidious is not only scary, but it gives off that frightening atmosphere that there is something in your home that's about to jump at you in any minute. Any horror film that puts that kind of effect on someone is what really makes it successful, in my opinion. - Mcgillacuddy

This movie was 7/10 for me. It was a good movie and stuff, but that one ugly demon guy who taking over that kids body looked so unrealistic that it ruined the mood and the movie wasn’t even scary anymore.

I have seen almost every movie on this list, I don't scare easy but this movie almost made me piss myself like 12 different times. Left me lying in bed staring at the door making sure nothing was coming in.

This movie shivers me up every time I watch it

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37 28 Days Later

This movie was good, because Chris Eccleston was in it :) He is the cutest person in the entire world. I was scared to death by his beauty!

The infected monkeys rly made u frightened...and mk u chk your's surroundings 😁

38 Eraserhead

David Lynch is the best at getting inside your mind to terrify you. Even if you are not even sure if you are scared. That is real horror. A surrealistic experience of nightmares and fear.

A perfect example of TRUE horror. The Shining is the second best, behind this masterpiece. The genuine feel, along with the monochrome visuals, is what horror should be.

Not like 2010s horror: with lots of unneeded gore, cheap jump scares, sex & nudity, stripping (disgusting), stupid screams, and the like.


I despise the 2010s. I don’t think the 2020s will be much better. - TopTenTed

39 Halloween II

It's good movie. Not top 5 but should be higher - Disturbedpotato

The soundtrack is good - ElSherlock

Whilst it was never going to be as fresh as the original it is still creepy, suspenseful and offers nice closure for the first movie.

I actually think this is better than the first, more suspense and thrills, and I like the hospital setting.

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40 Halloween (1978)

Another repeat - germshep24

Amazing. A truly epic Horror flick. - Cookiecutter26

41 American Psycho

Oh my god, it even has a watermark - tatef87

Very berry terry, spooky pooky, yah yeet

I use a little or no alcohol cologne, because alcohol dries out your skin and makes you look older.

Another film inspired by Ed Gein.

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42 The Evil Dead

This is my favourite movie of all time! This movie proves that you don't need a big budget to make a good movie! I didn't see the new one but it defiantly can't beat the original classic!

This movie deserve number 1, this movie made me watch & collect horror movies to my movies collection. I strongly believe this movie is the mother of almost "block buster" horror movies.

Bruce Campbell is awesome, best horror film of all time, watch it!

Maybe not the scariest movie; but it's the one that I watch the most. It hits all the right notes.

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43 Frankenstein

This classic Universal horror film is one of the greatest movies of all-time.

You got to be kidding me! THIS SHOULD BE NUMBER 1! Frankenstein was one of first horror films ever created in history and will forever be the best! I remember watching this as a kid and it traumatized me for years. Boris Karloff does a phenominal job protraying as one of the most famous and iconic monsters in the history of horror! - VenomxShocker

44 Sinister

This is honestly one of the scariest horror movies I've seen. I love horror movies and I definitely agree that The Shining and The Exorcist are great films, some of the best, but this movie genuinely scared me. I remember watching it in theatres expecting it to be a regular horror film and then the opening scene came on. The theatre literally went silent. So disturbing and it really made me uncomfortable and got under my skin. Does it have flaws? Yes, many. But, man, was it ever a thrilling watch. Some of those scenes are engraved in my memory. Also, that soundtrack!

Best horror movie of 21st century - Disturbedpotato

Has a very interesting plot and very scary at moments. The videos where pretty disturbing though. Hard to don’t get nightmares of this movie. - Userguy44

This movie scared the crap outta me. The plot kept me at the edge of my seat at all times. I found it really horrible the videos kept showing different methods of death but at the same time I found it really scary and interesting.

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45 Freddy vs. Jason

2th favorite fight

Its like superman vs batman

OH YEAH! This is what I'm talking about. Who cares what anyone says about this movie. It is the greatest in horror crossovers. If a mortal fighting an immortal doesn't sound epic to you, then you're totally bonkers.

I like this movie the gore is great. But it introduces the worst character in Friday Film History, none other then the abusive boyfriend himself Trey.

46 The Rite

It is actually a very scary movie. the devil voice was very freaky.

47 Event Horizon

This was a scary one all right, with the added atmosphere of heavy, inescapable evil

I will never ever ever forget this movie - Tbog009

AHHHHHHH!!!!!! This movie scares the Begeezus out of me!!!!!

48 Creepshow

Stephen King and George Romero really pulled it off.

49 Predator

Top 10 - Disturbedpotato

Pretty scary for me. It made my sister get scared and she run out of the house running like a little kid.

Good but not exactly horror

More of action/thriller

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