Scariest Horror Movies Ever

List of the most frightening horror movies ever made

The ShiningThe Shining – Numerous memorable scenes come to mind, (“redrum”, “all work and no play”, “man in the bunny suit”) – but they all add up to the scariest movie of all time.

The Silence of the LambsSilence of the Lambs – The most visceral fear comes from one’s own mind, and this one is the king of psychological horror. We recommend watching it slathered in lotion while listening to a Sparklehorse CD.

SevenSe7en – Wonder if FedEx would really make that delivery? It’s been reported that the studios balked at the ending, but Brad Pitt refused to complete filming with a different final scene. Good move, Brad!

King KongKing Kong (1933) – Despite the flickering gorilla fur, this one frightened a whole generation of new moviegoers. it’s now available in sparkling blu-ray.

PsychoPsycho – The most prominent representative of the genius of Hitchcock. Janet Leigh’s shower scene is often mentioned as one of the most frightening scenes ever filmed for a movie.

The RingThe Ring – A ringing phone will scare you for days after seeing this one. A clean change of underwear anyone?

HalloweenHalloween (1978) – So scary it spawned no fewer than 8 direct sequels, not to mention numerous acknowledgments in other Hollywood productions. William Shatner should be proud of that!

FrankensteinFrankenstein (1931) – Combines a beautifully simplistic tale, with the potent topic of man vs. nature, to create a horrific fairy-tale that continues to mesmerize more than seven decades after its release.

The Hills Have EyesThe Hills Have Eyes (2006) – with the threat of nuclear disaster and its effects on humans largely forgotten, how successful would a remake featuring villains mutated by radioactive fallout play to today’s generation of horror fans? Well, it worked back then and it works today.

CarrieCarrie (1976) – Mixes telekinetic powers with our innate fear of high school ridicule to create a classic horror masterpiece. This was the first Stephen King novel to be adapted for the big screen.

Bad RonaldBad Ronald (1974) – An ABC, made-for-TV movie. The premise alone is the star of the show and is guaranteed to keep you awake for a few nights. Hard to get your hands on it though, as it’s not yet been distributed on DVD.

JawsJaws (1975) – Forced a whole generation to stay out of the water. Is it safe to go back yet?

The Night of the Living DeadNight of the Living Dead (1968) – The Royal King Mother of all zombie movies. Anyone hungry!

ExorcistExorcist (1973) – Made an entire generation of filmgoers never order split pea soup again! Be sure to watch the Extended director’s cut rather than the original theatrical release.

The BirdsThe Birds (1963) – The film’s tagline alone says it all: “Suspense and Shock Beyond Anything You Have Seen or Imagined!” Ooooo, scary!

Blair Witch ProjectThe Blair Witch Project (1999) – Although it turned out to be the biggest sham in filmmaking history, it was scary nonetheless.

The ChangelingThe Changeling (1980) – You’ll never see a wheelchair the same again! The movie is based on events which supposedly took place at a house in Denver, Colorado, in the 1960s. The Chessman Park neighborhood in the movie is a reference to Cheesman Park in Denver, where the original haunting transpired. Not the 2008 movie of the same name starring Angelina Jolie.

Friday the 13thFriday the 13th (1980) – Must be scarier than Halloween because it spawned more sequels! By the way, not the 2009 remake.

SignsSigns (2002) – Crop circles, Shyamalan and Aliens, Oh My! Unfortunately, This was the beginning of the end for M. Night.

Paranormal ActivityParanormal Activity (2007) – Works on the often overlooked idea that what you don’t see is scarier than what you do. It’s scary, and it’s unsettling. And besides, you’ve been getting too much restful sleep lately anyway.

AlienAlien (1979) – Ever wonder about that indigestion you get from time to time?

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