Best Horror Movies of All Time

The Top Ten

1 The Exorcist The Exorcist Product Image

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!

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

Set the bar 50 years ago. No other horror movie been as powerful, well acted, well directed, and truly dark as the exorcist. The standard inwich spiritual horror movies are measured upon.

2 The Shining The Shining Product Image

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.

There's no beating this one. The casting, the acting, the soundtrack, the effects, the overall tension it builds, all simply perfection. Jack Nicholson is simply the best at crazy character roles, and the things Shelly Duvall went through during filming was heartbreaking, but gave us the most terrified performance I've ever seen. Even Danny Lloyd was great as a child actor. This film doesn't cheap you out on jumpscares or lazy effects like many do nowadays, Kubrick had a vision, and by god he made it a reality. He builds such a crazy yet intense atmosphere, even I found myself shivering at times, and I watch horror all the time. I can't get this film out of my head, it answers questions by giving us so many more mysteries to unfold. Overall, 11/10, my favourite movie

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.

My all time favorite horror movie ever! Seriously, it's not about being scary, it's the subtle imagery and pacing that make this movie great! Also, a very memorable movie! "Here's Jhonny! " " all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. " Red, rum" Those constant looks given by Jack, "murder," the two girls and " Come play with us forever... " and the hallucinations by Jack! I remember like one thing from a supposedly good movie alien, (I don't like alien,) and those sends weren't that great. Even the beginning of the movie was a little memorable to me! Maybe it wasn't exactly like the book, but dang, this was an incredible movie! Even Danny was played disturbingly well! (As in his role was disturbing, not be was so good it's disturbing, but he was good! ) The build-up is magnificent which leads to an awesome conclusion, unlike other movies I know, *cough *cough alien *cough *cough. Defiantly worth a watch, and I think anyone, even a person not into horror, should give this movie a ...more

3 Halloween Halloween Product Image

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

By far the best, honestly I think it surpasses the horror list and goes straight to the list of greatest films of all time. Don't let the all the sequels and spin-offs tarnish this classic.

I. LOVE. THIS. MOVIE. SO. MUCH. It was an extremely close tie between this and The Shining, but I just had to go with Halloween. Michael Myers is the ultimate villain, the music is creepy as hell and Jamie Lee Curtis is excellent in it! The ultimate scream queen! Halloween is the perfect example of a slasher, this film BEGAN the slasher genre. WATCH IT NOW!
I also highly recommend The Shining. It is my favourite movie of all time, but Halloween just tops the list for my favourite horror movies of all time.

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

all I can say about this movie is poor little johnny depp I think he died the worst. there was whey way more blood then anyone else.

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 ultimate fear... the fear of going to sleep.

Because of Freddy I can't sleep the day I watched "Nightmare on Elm Street" he was very scary

5 Alien Alien Product Image

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.

The fact that this is below nightmare on elm street is insulting. Alien is not only the best horror movie of all time, but one of the best films ever made. What really separates alien from the other films on this list is the beautiful cinematography, masterfully crafted tension, and interesting cast of characters. The people in this movie aren't stereotypes or dumb teenagers, but real people who go through real growth throughout the course of the film. Not to mention it had a badass sequel in Aliens as well.

What's wrong with this top 10! Straight to DVD films and remakes? And let's not forget a certain over-appreciated gore franchise that spawned 7 agonizing sequels... Oh yeah Alien is awesome. Best movie monster ever conjured and one of the most suspenseful movies ever made with imagery that haunts to this day.

This list has seem to have forgotten there's a difference between being the greatest and being the scariest. This movie is great AND it is scary. That is a big enough accomplishment to earn it top five status.

6 Psycho Psycho Product Image

Sir Alfred Hitchcock, the Master of Suspense, gives us Psycho, the chilling tale of Marion Crane, who was gruesomely murdered at the Bates Motel, while on the run from the law for stealing 40,000 dollars. The soundtrack is chillingly perfect, and the acting is superb. Who did it? Was it Norman Bates, the boyishly charming owner of the motel? No, it couldn't be. But, his mother seems a little bit suspicious.

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.

AFI's top horror movie of all time, and it doesn't even crack the top ten? That's a problem.

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

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.

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.

Gore and lots of blood is nice, like Evil Dead, Saw, Friday the 13th,...
The best horror movies are those with fewer blood and no gore, like The Shining, It, Alien, Psycho, Rosemary's Baby,...
Silence of the Lambs is upper-class.
2 terrifying murderers, excellent portrayed by Levine and Hopkins.
Best role of those 2. Lecter is downright scary, while Bill is... Also scary.
Jodie Foster and the rest of the cast were near perfection.
To conclude, the dialogue was excellent.
Silence of the Lambs deserves a top 3 spot.

THE SCARIEST THING IS THAT HE GETS IN THE MIND AND THAT IS SCARIER THAN CHASING AND CUTTING SOMEONE IT'S THE SUSPENSE NOT THE GORE

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

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.

This happens to be the best horror movie ever made. I mean almost everyone will be scared of a mental, crazy, chainsaw wielding, man who wears HUMAN skin as a mask and his sadistic family of cannibals! Jeez I certainly thought it was to horrifying to be real but it was (look up Ed Gein) this is a masterpiece directed by Tobe Hooper

9 Scream Scream Product Image

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!

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

This is my best movie at all bit I don't think that's a horror movie but it's still best than friday 13 or night on elm street

To me, this was the perfect slasher movie satire/homage by all standards. Even the sequels, ironically enough, were actually pretty good.

10 Saw Saw Product Image

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?!

something about this movie...GIVES ME THE CHILLS it's not the scariest I don't think but, that GORE IS TERRIFYING

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.

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.

The Contenders

11 The Thing The Thing Product Image

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.

The greatest film of all time! The special effects are great! I personally think that there isn't a horror film like it. No one is safe because they don't trust each other! Definitely watch this!

Just watched it and it's defiantly in my top 10. The movie gives off a strong sense of paranoia because they don't know who has been infected with the thing/alien life form at any given moment. This paranoia is demonstrated by phenomenal and realistic acting. Not to mention the special effects for this movie is off the charts, especially considering it was released in 1982.

This movie is the pioneer of the Paranoia genre. Still can't figure out how people chose E. T over this Movie. anyway the visual effects where 20 years ahead of it's time

12 Jaws Jaws Product Image

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

It wasn't that scary, besides the fact you didn't want to go in the ocean, but this list is about the best horror movies not the scariest and this was a great movie and should be higher on the list

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.

This movie had a very high budget when it came out and many people liked it. It definitely made a lot of people afraid to go into the water. It has a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

13 Paranormal Activity Paranormal Activity Product Image

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!

I went to the movie theatre with my best friend to see this. We thought it would be FUBAR... I nearly S*** my pants. He was so scared that he fainted and they had a paramedic take him away and everything. I don't know if I can say anything else about how scary this movie is

14 The Omen The Omen Product Image

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

This is a vote for the 1976 "The Omen." Not that two bit hack job that opened on 6/6/06. This movie freakin traumatized me the first time I saw it. It sent Christians into counselling.

Great movie! I love it. It is good picture and quality for a older movie. I even like the idea. Time to find Damien: Omen II!

If this is only number 18 then it's sadly underrated. A top ten horror film for sure. My personal favourite..

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

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.

Why I vote for this? Dude, it's a clown with razorsharp teeth, if that is not scary...

Seriously this is the only movie listed here that scared me. I it and the poltergeist. I hate clowns.

Tim Curry's Pennywise is both hilarious, fun and terrifying. However, it's just the villain that is great. The movie is AWFUL! The new movie may not have Tim Curry, but at least it's got excellent actors, a great story and amazing atmospheric ambiance to add to the horrific 80s setting which is awesome. Please, avoid this film at all cost - Watch YouTube clips with Tim Curry's Pennywise instead - and go see the new film. You won't regret it.

16 The Hills Have Eyes The Hills Have Eyes Product Image

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.

17 Friday the 13th Friday the 13th Product Image

Really? Number 15? What do you think of the 3 most famous horror movie slashers?
Halloween, A nightmare on elm street and Friday the 13th, should have been 3rd.

I grow up watching scary movies and Friday the 13th is by far the best scary movies I seen I never wanted to go to summer camp after watching these movies.

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

Far scarier than half of the films above it. I'd think it twice before going on a camp now. I think the key elements of this movie was the fact that you don't know what or who the hell is Jason till the end of the film. And then you kinda regret finding out. Its brilliance, magnificent piece of horror film-making. Should be on the top 5.

18 The Grudge The Grudge Product Image

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

It is really very scary Japnese movie... If we want to enjoy gener of movie see movie at night alone with home theatre

19 The Conjuring The Conjuring Product Image

The scariest movie I've ever seen in my life

James Wan is a genius. He was able to assemble a great cast with a story without CGI effects. James does his research. A masterpiece for years to come and for all time.

A well-done old school horror flick.

True horror should be based on a true story like The Conjuring...

20 The Ring The Ring Product Image

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

This is one of the scariest movies I have ever seen I won't ever forget anything like this, watch this with the lights on you won't be able to sleep tonight.

This movie is the best! Their making a 3rd 1! So cool O. O

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

21 Suspiria Suspiria Product Image

Favorite movie ever! Last film shot in Technicolor

The original was awesome! The reboot sucks though.

The soundtrack...

Weird as hell!

22 Night of the Living Dead Night of the Living Dead Product Image

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!

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

Best horror movie I ever saw

23 Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn Product Image

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

This should be in the TOP 10!

Swallow this.

I LOVE THIS MOVIE

24 Dawn of the Dead Dawn of the Dead Product Image

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

The Best of zombie movie in the world

25 Wrong Turn Wrong Turn Product Image

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

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

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!

Wrong turn was brilliant. I bet I've seen it over a 100 times and I still get something from it every time I watch it, it will forever be my favorite movie. If you're looking for a good 83 minutes of your time, you won't regret using it on this movie.

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