Best Horror Movies of All Time
The Top Ten
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
Would never get made today because it would offend too many people and that's so sad. Unmatched in acting, direction, and convincingly unsettling unlike most horror films which tend to be unintentional comedies.V 152 Comments
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.
MY all time favoriteV 47 Comments
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.
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
"All work no play makes Jack a dull boy. "
"Come play with us forever and ever and ever. "
The lady in the bathtub.
Do I need another reason? This movie is the type that after you watch it you're thinking it's bad but then all of a sudden you're too afraid to move! Watch it. Now.
People would forget this movie if the line "Here's Johnny" wasn't in it. Wow. Shallow people - robertoiglesias271V 68 Comments
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. - aman28
Because of Freddy I can't sleep the day I watched "Nightmare on Elm Street" he was very scary
Super scaryV 42 Comments
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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What the hell such an awesome movie down on 21 it has to be among top 5!
It is so iconicV 28 Comments
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.
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. - Justintime221
It is very horribleV 29 Comments
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.
One of the smartest and scariest horror films I've ever seen. Instead of the usual mindless villain, this introduces seonw who is highly intelligent and incredibly realistic seeming. Not toention the gore and bloodynessV 27 Comments
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
The best triology of all timeV 39 Comments
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.
I got to say this and halloween are my favorites, but also think predator is awesome, I mean the wolf predator is so coolV 25 Comments
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
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.
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!
Should be at number 1 not the exorcistV 32 Comments
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 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.
Original, Creative, Entertaining, Full of Suspense, Intriguing, Well Acted, Shocking... What else can you ask for in a movie? Also, has one of the greatest villains of all time, and not only villain but character (the amazing Jigsaw). In short, A MASTERPIECE!
Who men see this film.DiedV 68 Comments
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.
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!
Very good movie, its pretty scary :=)
Dumbest movie premise ever. Scare level ZERO, plus it inspired a bunch of stupid imitators that were even worse.V 34 Comments
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
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.
This movie scared me a lot as a kid. Now it is just a good flick but back when I was a kid, I swear I used to hear Jaws' theme whenever I got near the ocean. - Daviddv0601V 26 Comments
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. - gaki
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! - thrillerlover
This should be on #1 not #16V 10 Comments
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.
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.
THIS IS A CLASSIC I RECOMMEND THE 2010 VERSION KILLER CUT... It left me shaking. This though is nothing compared to the human centipede movies ugh
Okay maybe not the best horror movie but deserves to be way higher than Paranormal Activity and Alien, like come on this movie was kinda revolutionary - tacopersonV 23 Comments
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
Olalalalala just I think about this movie I want cry...V 85 Comments
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 - BrokenSong
Best interesting and investigating thriller horro movie.V 46 Comments
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.
So scary... THERE CANIBBALSV 13 Comments
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. - aman28
I know many of you may not think it is scary and, in a way, it’s not. But understand the potential that this movie has in modern day. It is the essential “kid-friendly” horror film. It has mummies and clowns and werewolves and clowns and photographs that come to life and clowns and a clown’s face melting and clowns and clowns and clowns. And all of this is done with 80s cheese and Tim Curry giving 110% in every scene. While it is by no means a perfect movie it does have its place. - PewPewAssassinV 27 Comments
The scariest movie I've ever seen in my life
A well-done old school horror flick.
Scariest movie ever! And based on a true story! What else do you want?
Why is this not number 1 this is bast of true events exeorsist is notV 84 Comments
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
Best horror movie I ever saw
It might be good enough in 1968 but sure now it is an awful horror comedy. I mean it has not even many death scenes.V 3 Comments
Its like a super scary movie I thought it was super scary I'm a big fan
I love this movie so much! It was both realistic and absolutely terrifying. Toby Hooper at his very best.
I have read so many reviews and seriously it's really very scariest and scariest movie. you can't take it really... If you really want to be scared I must say do watch it
Has the perfect amount of scary. Has you scared even when you think it's the end.
This should easily be in the top ten - happyhappyjoyjoy
The kid friendly version of The Ring.V 9 Comments
Ppl didn't get this movie that's why they hated it, The reason why they filmed scenes like them in the Shops or them havin' conversations is to make it seem real, e. g. anybody would film this stuff they filmed. And they didn't show the witch, because using your imagination is the scariest monster there is - roblist
This movie has always been the scariest movie for me because of the fact that you never really get to see the witch, but you know it's there. It amazes me how scary they made it while using pretty much three actors and virtually no special effects. The acting is so convincing I almost thought it was real, going into the forest will never be the same.
This was a horror movie which didn't need the physical presence of evil. the fear one feels is pure and the slight confusion among the characters which later becomes a conflict adds to the fear, to the chaos.The knowledge that they are being stalked and observed and the lack of it as to who or what it is that seems to be lurking in the brush subjected me to pure abject terrorThe ending is scary and confusing in the right proportions - I failed a test because of this movie - I couldn't think of anything but this story for weeks
One of the bestV 12 Comments
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.
Almost as good as the first
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?
Does anyone see pac man on the poster...?V 4 Comments
Wes Craven's first movie
Favorite movie ever! Last film shot in Technicolor
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.
Awesome I saw it and I'm turning ten dab in soV 4 Comments
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!
Actually this movie was a mediocre for me, well it may seem OK, but this wasn't scary at all. Anyway, this movie wasn't so bad, at least it's emotional & well made. - Fan_of_Good_MusicV 1 Comment
The First Time I Saw the Movie I was 11 back then. Chucky Mostly Made my 6 year old sister piss her pants. When Chucky Came To Life and said, Hi I'm Chucky Wanna Play!. My Sister Ran Out Of The Theater Screaming. She Had Nightmares That Night. She Dreamed That Chucky Would Open her bedroom door climb onto the bed and gouge out both of her eyes.
This movie is a classic. Used to scare the hell outta me when I was a little kid
I was 7 the first time I saw this movie it was very scary I still enjoyed it thou
No very scary, but still entertaining - Scr3aMV 3 Comments
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
Have you ever tried talking to a corpse? It's boring. - AwesomeJ1800
The makeup in this movie is truly a work of artV 1 Comment
i see dead people...all the time
Good movie with a twist some people can communicate with the dead whether they want to or not God decides
Brought back ghost movies. The Others stole the twist and Paranorman stole the whole concept
Good movie. Watch it when I was like seven - Scr3aMV 6 Comments
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!
36 years old movie, people still are afraid to watch it. Rated NC-17 on IMDB. Mostly because of gore. - zxmV 7 Comments
Just watching this movie makes me shiver to my spine... The storyline was creepy and the acting of everyone was amazing. Still remember I was alone and there were 20 to 30 people in the theatre and after watching the movie when I was walking I kept on looking back to check if anyone was following me...
This movie by far is the scariest demonic possession horror movie that is based on a real story. Just the thought of having things inside of me/anyone is just plain terrifying. The even scarier thing is that the demons won and after being possessed for six years the little girl died because she could not take it anymore. Poor thing...
This should be the best movie of all time.. But to be honest not a scariest movie... But acting story was way above excellence... Nice court room drama... But should be at least deserves 2nd spot..
Very funnyV 6 Comments
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.
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.
I think it was more inspired by Ted Bundy. Or maybe both.
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 😁
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.
This movie is already on 9th spot. This is not the remake. - Olive855
Already 8 on the list
It is actually a very scary movie. the devil voice was very freaky.
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!!!!!
Found this really creepy and unnerving. Watched this before I watched the 1st one. - misskikii
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
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.
Y is this movie so down below in the list... And look at the movies which r on the top... Is this a list of top horror movies or what? What's wrong with people they r voting for saw... COME ON
Insidious should be in top ten... Scariest movie in this list...V 21 Comments
THE BEST HORROR MOVIE IN THE WORLD! HOW IS IT IN 82? And to the second person down from me it picked 1408 because add the numbers together
1+4=5+0=5+ 8= 13
13 the most unlucky number ever. - rushrules
It was one of the best horror movies...just like some real life haunted things places, this movie was really interesting and scary
I thought about it: What would happen if my locker number was 140-? I don't even want to type the number. I can already see the little thing in my vent in my room. Holy...
But one thing... Why did he chose 140-? Why not 666? It's more original. Well, spontaneous I guess...
Fear man fear oV 2 Comments
Way better than crap like "The Hills Have Eyes" - TheGreatest
I watched this for the first time when I was still just a little kid. I'm pretty sure this was my first full-on horror film experience. I felt uneasy around seagulls and crows for weeks afterwards. - BKAllmighty
Alferd Hitchcock is a genius to make such a horrific movie. - Baltimore1993
Underrated.V 3 Comments
this the best horror movie I have ever seen... second and third part are awesome...
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
GodV 35 Comments
No other zombie film can compare to this. Absolute classic!
The Best of zombie movie in the world
Its just unbeaten...
Bruce campbell shows his real talent...
He is just unbelievable...! 11
I LOVE THIS MOVIE - MaxAttack333
I grew up with this film and I can’t forget any line from the film - hugh201V 1 Comment
I really love this movie film. It's just so funny! - Scr3aM
This movie was awesome I loved it
This movie is hilarious and scary.
Second thought, the klowns were cute, especially the short, green haired clown.
Released on my 6th birthday so it kinda holds a special place in my heart
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