Top 12 creepy horror movies that you shouldn’t watch alone

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Do you love to be creeped out by a horror movie that can send shivers down your spine? After you work your way through this list of terrifying horror flicks, you might regret answering yes to that question.

Here are the 12 scariest horror movies of all time.

1. The Exorcist

The Exorcist is a classic horror movie, and for a good reason.

This story of an innocent little girl possessed by an evil demon has been captivating audiences since the movie’s release in 1973.

You won’t forget the image of the child’s possessed face, or her unnatural body positions, including the famous revolving head scene.

The claustrophobic nature of the setting – an ordinary family home – adds to the creepiness of the situation. It also helps that the acting is superb.

Expect to be scared silly by this creepy horror flick, which has been making audiences afraid to sleep alone for more than forty years.

“The Exorcist” is based on the terrifying novel by William Peter Blatty that has spawned a total of five movies. However, none can compare to the original which was nominated for 10 Academy Awards.

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Even without the help of special effects, the film is thoroughly convincing and contains some truly heart-stopping moments that terrify even the toughest horror fans.

The infamous spider walk scene where Regan descends the stairs in a contorted position was cut from the original movie. This was because the strings holding the actress up were clearly visible onscreen. The strings were removed using computer software later on, and the scene was included in the film’s rerelease.

73 Comments

  1. chloe

    February 7, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Guys ! “Paranormal activity Was SCARY It Scared The Beans out Of Me :DDD

  2. Non✨ Natsumi

    February 23, 2015 at 8:31 am

    I watch “The Witch Project” It’s scary but at the end It’s very confusing me…..who’s screaming??????? and who’s that standing there not doing anything and then they just drop their camera…….I-:…and tomorrow, I go to school….I’ll always thinking about what that’s ghost look like maybe like a child???????………..AAAAAAAA…………. I DON’T KNOW…..It’s scary tho….(:

    • Eric Perkins

      March 2, 2015 at 11:32 pm

      The camera person is screaming because she now sees the blair witch (presumably very scary) the person standing in the corner (the way the old guy described how the witch killed the children) was the other cameraman, and she drops the camera precisely because the witch is now killing and eating her. Simple.

      • Non✨ Natsumi

        March 7, 2015 at 1:50 am

        how did u know that???? but thanks it’s confusing me before and know I’m OK thanks a lot to u 😉

        • MangaCat

          May 23, 2015 at 8:18 am

          If you pay attention to the plot, it is quite simple to understand ‘:D

  3. Devanshu Sehgal

    March 2, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Where is insidious and conjuring which are hell away scary from all movies

  4. Fiona

    March 13, 2015 at 6:56 am

    first time i ever watched nightmare on elm street i had to drive home in the dark and all i could hear was that song the kids sing, it freaked the shit out of me! now can watch it and not get creeped out but the remake was shite like most remakes! hw friday the 13th or halloween isnt on this list astounds me! The strangers was one of the best suspenseful horror ive seen in a long time, watched it twice and even the 2nd tme when i knew what was coming i was still shitless!! Films like the shining i enjoy but they wouldnt scare me id consider it more of a thriller than a horror, Films like dawn of the dead, other zombie flicks or monster horrors will have me jumping when I watch them initially but the films that really creep me out are either possession flicks where you see people go from being normal to complete psychos or really the ones that could be possible and keep me thinking after like the strangers, silence of the lambs or even texas chainsaw masacre because we know there are fucked up people and cannibals and serial killers out there…its those films that really get to me!! One film I think a lot of people never put on lists like this but for some reason I have always found scary is Wrong turn…i havnt watched any of the sequels but the original the first time ii saw it scared the crap out of me!

  5. LinkandTingle

    March 25, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Is “The Blair witch project” that scary?

  6. Vance

    March 28, 2015 at 5:08 am

    I Spit on Your Grave was pretty messed up. Scared me. Even the recent remake.

  7. pinguhash

    April 19, 2015 at 9:28 am

    ‘Orphange'[French] for some awesome story and hair-raising twist.
    ‘Audition'[Japanese] or other Takeshi Mike movies for creepiest horror.
    ‘A tale of two sisters'[Korean].

    Most of the movies listed in main post are pussies compared to the horror movies what I saw.

  8. cankles_mccellulite

    April 19, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    how someone could see regan do that spiderwalk and not get seriously creeped out is beyond me…

  9. Joshl13

    May 6, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    wth that was sad not scary.

  10. Iamthereal

    May 9, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    I swear paranormal activity was literally a 1 hour blog, such a dissapointment

  11. Richard Kev

    May 12, 2015 at 1:44 am

    You left off “The Descent”. Much scarier than half the movies on this list. In liked the Sixth Sense a lot, but it wasn’t scary or creepy.

    • Desiree Jacobs

      May 28, 2015 at 6:38 pm

      I kept waiting for the descent to appear on this list. Definitely in my top three scariest of all time.

    • stef Winchester

      August 11, 2015 at 12:42 am

      The descent gave me so many nightmares

    • Bonita

      October 16, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      That movie was soo scary, The Descent 2 was scary too!!

  12. Candace Taylor

    May 13, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Listen i aint never met a person scared of the exorcist or blair Witch them are without a dout some cheap ass boring movies really one girl head spins and one nose runs if that shit scare you than you need not to watch scary movies at all i seen blair witch at the movies and it was wack as hell a rip off and the exorcist even worst Please dont give these corny ass movies spots they dont at all deserve come on yall this is america not fairy fairy land

    • AARON CALDERON

      May 25, 2015 at 6:03 am

      Your grammar is scary. You make me want to pulverize you with a dictionary

  13. Abhishek Das

    May 23, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Guyz lets share names of movies that we like
    My some of the bests are-
    1_ insidious 1&2
    2_conjuring
    3_evil dead (original)
    4_the amityville horror
    5_oculus

    • Ben La Fontaine

      August 25, 2015 at 5:55 pm

      James Wan rocks!

      • Ana Rodrigues

        January 27, 2016 at 9:37 pm

        Totally!!! I love him and his movies <3

  14. Desiree Jacobs

    May 28, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    So what was the “nothing” that ripped the guys teeth and tongue out to steal his voice and then leave them wrapped in a bloody piece of his shirt? Must have been those dang mountain squirrels.

  15. Yashaswi

    May 29, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Conjuring is the best for paranormal lovers because it is scariest movie if seen fully and its not in the list

  16. Ty Columbia

    May 29, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Sinister is my number 1

  17. Tracy Cates

    May 30, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    drag me to hell had parts that where scary and gross and as far as blood and gore the hostel/saw/final destinations should be sufficient…..still a matter of what scares you

  18. Murtaza Indipendent

    June 3, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    THE EXORCIST scared the hell out of me nightmare on elm street is boring. A moron with un cut nails

  19. Kalpesh R Patil

    June 14, 2015 at 2:30 am

    Annabelle
    Conjuring
    Evil dead
    I like this horror movie

  20. Kassy

    June 16, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    Agreed… The Exorcist is just not scary anymore, it may have been in 1973, but not anymore. Same goes for most of the other flicks on the list. But I still find Alien a tense chiller.

    • KG

      October 31, 2015 at 8:35 pm

      Most people who waffle that nonsense “The Exorcist isn’t scary … pffft” can’t get through it alone. Even when they have seen it before. Actually try it some night, test yourself, it’s genuinely disturbing.

      • Erik Tilosius

        January 9, 2016 at 10:36 pm

        I’ve watched the exorcist alone and i mostly sat laughing at it, the decent and the grudge however is a bit more chilling.

      • degeule

        January 14, 2016 at 7:21 pm

        I agree. Especially the first part with the scene in the desert and the site of excavation

      • Shi

        February 16, 2016 at 8:50 am

        Just because some people find a certain subgenre of horror frightening doesn’t mean other people would. It’s probably easier to find demonic possession scary if you’re Christian, or you believe in that stuff. I have watched so many possession and Christian-horror movies now (alone- including The Omen and The Exorcist), and I’m yet to be scared by any of these. I find ghosts, psychological horror/creepiness way more scary (e.g. The Descent, Lake Mungo, The Others).

  21. Flynn

    June 30, 2015 at 4:39 am

    There are some good “staples” in here — but even those aren’t truly terrifying. “The Shining” and “The Sixth Sense” are more suspense than horror at all (still awesome movies, but top 12 creepiest horror movies ever? Come on.) And “Poltergeist” didn’t scare anyone.
    Will check out “Hellraiser”, though, looks interesting! c: “Quarantine” (and “REC”) are some good, fun action-horror movies, btw!

  22. Roman Teterin

    July 2, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Unless you watch them alone in the dark. ))

  23. NXTFan

    July 4, 2015 at 5:56 am

    The 6th sense isn’t that scary, but it’s freaking awesome. That ending tho.

  24. morgan

    July 13, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    I would imagine that “scary” is subjective. My top 5 scariest films (for different reason):
    1) Martyrs (breathtaking and frightening)
    2) Island of Lost Souls (Charles Laughton, ’nuff said)
    3) The Exorcist (a classic)
    4) The Mist
    5) The Thing (John Carpenter)
    As you can see, ‘scary’ is all relative.
    1) Existential horror
    2) Science horror
    3) Supernatural horror
    4) Sci-fi Horror
    5) Alien horror
    Honorable mention: To put in at least one ‘slasher’ film, I would suggest Wolf Creek.
    and “The Descent” is good for ‘spelunker horror.’

  25. Fahad Khokhar. (FK).

    July 19, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    My top 7 horror movies
    1).Insidious 1,2,3.
    2).Conjuring
    3).Dead Silence
    4).Coming soon
    5).Sinister
    6).Shutter
    7).Ouija

    • Ben La Fontaine

      August 25, 2015 at 5:56 pm

      you are righ! James Wan know how to make people scary

  26. Wackford Squeers

    July 31, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Martyrs (2008)

  27. jade

    August 13, 2015 at 11:33 am

    GOD !!! i watch scary movies so i can sleep 🙂 not at alllll scary

  28. Devd

    August 26, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Exorcist is very classic movie made in 1973 at that time it is very appreciating to make such movies
    All other horror movies had copied from it.

  29. Megumi

    August 28, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    why should i watch those USA version of asian horror movies? i will watch the original movie. USA people always feels the need to do the movie themselves, as if they can’t stand other languages..

    • porkchopexpress

      November 13, 2015 at 8:21 am

      “ALWAYS FEELS” NUFF SAID.

  30. Gigi

    August 31, 2015 at 12:09 am

    I think “The Babadook” is a great one to watch…. I was surprised to find it on Netflix. People who suffered great loss will be able to relate to it… Had me peeking through my fingers the first time I watched it….. scared the crap out of me…LOL

  31. Gigi

    August 31, 2015 at 12:16 am

    Anyone ever seen “Beyond the Door”? Similar to the Exorcist… I think it was made around the same time. That Movie scarred me for life.

  32. uwatm8

    September 3, 2015 at 4:13 am

    Hardly any of these movies are remotely scary to anyone above the age of 12

  33. Dan Brown

    September 28, 2015 at 6:05 am

    How is “IT” number 9? That was a very well thought out movie!

  34. Lucius Dark

    September 29, 2015 at 1:20 am

    The “Top 10 Scariest Movies” lists printed by all newspapers, magazines, and web sites should be retitled “Top 10 scariest movies for people who haven’t seen many scary movies.” I have a collection of nearly 40,000 scary movies from all over the world. I consider myself an expert on the subject.

    My Top 30 Scary Movies of all time in no particular order

    Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

    Something Evil (1972)

    Altered (2006)

    Hellraiser (1987)

    Event Horizon (1997)

    Trilogy of Terror (1975)

    The Stone Tape (1972)

    The Ring (2002)

    Prince of Darkness (1987)

    The Sentinel (1977)

    The Legend of Hell House (1973)

    It! aka Curse of the Golem (1967)

    Phantasm (1979)

    Silent Hill (2006)

    Children of the Damned (1964)

    Shadow of the Hawk (1976)

    The Hole (2009)

    The Demon Murder Case (1983)

    The Keep (1983)

    Don’t be Afraid of the Dark (1973)

    Dr. Faustus (1967)

    Equinox (1970)

    Kwaidan (1964)

    Nightbreed (1990)

    Race with the Devil (1975)

    The Ninth Gate (1999)

    Donnie Darko (2001)

    Poltergeist (1982)

    The Exorcist (1973)

    Eyes of Fire (1983)

    Little Otik aka Greedy Guts (2000)

    The Manitou (1978)

    Evil Dead II (1987)

    • FlyingSpaghetti

      October 7, 2015 at 7:41 am

      Expert. Yeah, sure.
      And of all the films you mentioned, “Begotten” is out and “Donny Darko” is in, because of a rabbit costume.

      Sheesh, if you consider yourself an expert because you searched all the “top-xx lists” of the media and have 40k movies (actually impossible), then I consider myself a horror movie savant from actually seeing all of them (yes, even from the silent era).

      • Lucius Dark

        October 10, 2015 at 1:21 pm

        Yes I am an expert. Begotten is at best an art piece and at worst a disturbing movie – it is not scary at all. If you like watching slashing, torture, and disembowelment I would recommend watching an autopsy in person. You probably want the most horrific disturbing movie that actually has a plot and story line I would recommend you watch Salo. Not only senseless murder but orgies, S&M, and eating excrement at a fancy dinner. For those who think such things are “scary”.

    • VEGAN_Garō

      November 21, 2015 at 3:41 am

      thanks!

  35. Biji M.

    October 4, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    “[The Sixth Sense] is about as scary as a kitten.” – Carl B M Tatham – – – Yeah, it’s placement on a “12 creepiest” list does not really bode well for the other entries… I mean, are we gonna get bogus shlock of that era like “THIR13EN GHOSTS” or, God FORBID – the “House on Haunted Hill” ’99 re-make?? Because in my mind, ‘Sixth Sense’ is absolutely superior as far as any “creepy” factor is concerned. That, and it’s a legitimately great, expertly crafted Ghost Story – a real classic. The amount of sheer talent behind the camera, as well as in front of it…exhilarating. An IMDB 10/10

  36. Biji M.

    October 4, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    you’re putting “It” on there?? You are letting your nostalgia for the thing dictate it’s placement. Watch the silly thing again! I’ll wait!! Nearly -every- aspect of this cornball production has “Made for T.V.” written ALL over it; effects that are in no way Special, acting is (at times) Z-grade, PLUS the thing’s script is just about as confusing and unwieldy as the Stephen King TOME it’s adapted from.

    Of COURSE Mr. Curry’s Pennywise the Dancing Clown is a comical performance for the ages… EASILY on par with his equally gonzo work in ‘Rocky Horror’ and all… But to place this on a “creepiest” List!?? I mean – Pennywise is a character of high, ABSURD comedy! His taunting of the Ben character in The Library, astride a second-storey railing, brandishing a ratchet noisemaker while yelling at the top of his lungs…It’s HYSTERICAL!! and the fact that nobody else can see or hear any of the wacky stuff going down – haha, especially those blood-filled balloons…! – is only further fuel for comedy. (However… I DO have to assume that at least SOME parts of this camp classic were meant to be legitimately disturbing or creepy, right guys??)

  37. Joseph Greetham

    October 7, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    exorcist is plain boring

    • Aila Vamsi

      November 23, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      me too

      i want to be scared but untill i did’nt get the mv to scare my self
      can you give a few names of full scarey movie

  38. Adrijana Radosevic

    October 10, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    I… acknowledge this movie (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) for what it felt like when I was a kid. 20 years ago.
    Today… it just doesn’t hold up.

  39. HorrorBuff

    October 14, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Exactly. Everything’s all about the graphics and effects now but has a crap story line that doesn’t catch you or draw you in to feel the fear that the characters feel. I mean, graphics are great and all but the older horror movies definitely have more feel to them and get to your thoughts.

  40. Adam Qureshi

    October 20, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    I would actuallky ad them rather replace and make it 14 kinda list,,, By the way, I still havent understood what is great about the shining and im still clueless about the suspense in the shining lol. watched it so many times that im done trying to understand its greatness…

    • Jere Ahvenus

      January 17, 2016 at 9:10 am

      Well the book is an amazing reading experience. Just read it at night and reeeally get in to it. Just wonderful. But the movie… It’s horrible.. Even Stephen King hates it.. (true story)

  41. bigking

    October 29, 2015 at 1:47 am

    i agree with Davis

  42. Tammy Hessler-Groves

    October 31, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    I am floored that Amityville Horror (the original) hasn’t been on ANY list. That movie scared the ever-loving hell out of me!

  43. KG

    October 31, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    Nonsense. It’s one of the creepiest movies of all time bar none. I find that people who say what you have, either never seen it, never watched it alone, or just try to put on a front. It’s silly.

  44. Wicket

    November 29, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Little arrogant to think your list would be better.

  45. Jon Luc Hutmacher

    November 30, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Non of these movies are scary at all, not a single one. In-fact if it wasn’t for me having coulrophobia I wouldn’t have even jumped at the movie “it” yet do to my bizarre and odd fear I did in-fact jump a little but besides that, absolutely nothing from any of them in-fact most of them are actually quite hilarious.

  46. AndroidTopGames

    December 14, 2015 at 11:59 am

    I like conjuring the most.. Annabelle Also

  47. thewitchmaker

    January 3, 2016 at 3:16 am

    Ugh. IT shouldn’t be on here. It’s an insult to anyone who’s ever actually read the damn book. that 3-hour runtime somehow manages to barely capture a third of the full story.

    The only way you’d be able to make a full movie adaptation is with a LOTR-sized trilogy.

    also, the spider is waaaaaaaaay too small. IT is supposed to be at least 10 times that size.

  48. degeule

    January 14, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    I thought the same when I first saw it. and it wasn’t in the least bit scary

  49. Jere Ahvenus

    January 17, 2016 at 9:09 am

    You shouldn’t watch this alone because they are mostly so horrifyingly boring you might die of boredom! Well the grudge was quite creepster back when I was younger tho.

  50. Rick Cooley

    February 21, 2016 at 4:35 am

    The Omen shoulda been on this list! I watched all three of the original trilogy by myself. I was spooked, to say the least!! I remember watching “The Final Conflict”, where Damien is all grown up, and gathering his diabolical flock. I had chills up and down my spine, hair on my neck standing on end, etc. It was quite an experience. Any movie that features the devil, demons, witches, and other scary beings are the scariest. The movies that feature humans that are doing the killings are not as scary! I believe the first Paranormal Activity shoulda been on this list!! The new horror movie The Witch is in theatres. It is supposed to be pretty spooky. Cannot wait till summer when it comes out on DVD/BR.

  51. Rick Cooley

    February 21, 2016 at 4:38 am

    Sooo glad Phantasm was put on this list! Truly a creepy thing, a movie dealing with mortuaries, cemetaries, corpses, caskets, etc. Yikes!!

  52. Frederic Prudent Bourgain

    March 11, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    To every horror movie fan, you should really give a try to “Last Shift”. Don’t get repulse by it sh*tty cover & trailer, this one is a damn masterpiece & you won’t be desapointed. Best horror film i’ve seen in a very long while

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