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.

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  • Lilu

    I accept with the list, but with two little exceptions. Ring and Ju-on was a lot scarier than the american version. It’s of course a matter of taste.

    • lilith

      I agree – also having Hiroyuki Sanada in the original Ring 😉

    • Remittance Girl

      I agree. Far, far scarier than the American remakes. American horror films need to try and explain things. Japanese narrative doesn’t require that. Far more chilling.

  • myname

    The list was cool…I saw most of those movies…The Ring creeping me out the most of all…I love movies and books of all kinds..That is why I love these type of sites with the lists etc…I consider myself a movie buff as well as a book buff (lol). I find new movies to see from these sorts of site. With that being said, Phantasm is the only movie on the list that I have not seen. IT I try to forget because I am afraid of clowns and may b IT is why lol. What gets me about horror movie critics, buffs etc is the love for the two movies I have watched more than once just to see if I could learn to appreciate them. These two movies seem to be on almost every type of horror movie list. The Night of The Living Dead and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I love old movies…I grew up with Freddy/Jason and Mike (still deathly afraid of Mike). Texas Chainsaw is not scary to me, I have watched it many times and it is just ordinary and kind of stupid. I actually prefer the remake(dodging objects people are throwing at me after reading that). The Night of Living Dead is so stupid! It is not scary at all, BUT I will add that I am not a big fan of zombie movies (probably the only type of horror I can do with out). There are about 2 or 3 that I actually like. Overall zombies, not scary at all. This is why I am one of the few people who watch The Walking Dead. I tried watching it..the entire first season and some of the second but I can’t…it is just so stupid to me.

  • hubert

    blair witch project….the most stupid and boring movie i ever saw.

    • http://www.coffeecraftsandclues.com/ Des Malone

      In the last scene when the one guy was in the corner – what exactly was he doing? I thought she saw him peeing by he wall, then she tripped and fell, dies. ;-P I had to get online and wiki it to see WTF it was I’d just watched.

  • Jose Ignacio

    I went to the cinema with my girlfriend to watch the Grudge and we had to leave cause she couldn’t stand it, she actually hated horror movies. So I went alone some days after, the good part of the story is that my brother used to work on that cinema so he allowed me have a private function so I watched the movie all alone, I have to say I enjoyed it a lot.

    • catalinda8

      Alien was the only movie I ever walked out on – too scary for me! Of course, since then, I’ve seen and enjoyed it many times. Sometimes seeing a movie with a gasping, jumping audience adds to the scare factor! :)

      • Beth Bollig

        When I was a young teenager I saw some movie that had aliens in it and I can’t remember which one it was but subconsciously it must have scared the begeezus out of me. I woke up screaming bloody murder lol my dad was almost deaf and I woke up him up. Literally, I was terrified. So with my best friend by my side we rented every alien movie that was out at the time, I’d say late 80s, and watched them. After that I wasn’t scared anymore because I knew all the ways to kill them! lol

  • Jose Ignacio

    You missed Evil Dead, one of the best horror movies ever.

    • Lee

      which one?

      • Tracy Cates

        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

    • Jose Ignacio

      The original 1981 release of course.

      • Lee

        that plasticine jump eite crap, yep it was goo, last years was good, but losing arms became a cliche

  • featherknife

    I saw The Exorcist when it came out with the girl I was going out with at the time. She said she had to go to the bathroom right after the scene where Linda Blair pees on the floor, and never came back. I went to see what happened and the guy out front said she called a cab and left. She was totally freaked out before anything even happened.

    • Jesse Sikora

      Did you ever talk to her again ?

  • Matthew Anggara

    The Exorcist is bloody boring!! people exaggerate this movie way way way way way too much! Insidious is so much better than this movie!

    • Ana

      Seriously? Well, to each their own, I guess. I thought Insidious was boring. The sequel, however, was a different story.

      • lachessys

        Why doesn’t anyone ever mention the fact that insidious is a poltergeist rip off? Same basic story……they could have called it a remake and nobody would have said anything.
        Really pissed me off when I watched it.

        • Karnna

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

    • kerlyndio

      Insidious movies are awesome, 2 of my favorites. But Exorcist is far from boring. All of these I would watch alone or have watched alone. Lights off of course. But, yea. To each his own. :)

    • catalinda8

      I think The Shining is one of the most boring movies of all time. I tried rewatching it recently and did not find my opinion changed. The Exorcist was shocking for its time. Now I think people are used to those kinds of scares.

      • Matthew Anggara

        I almost fell asleep during The Shining -__-‘

      • Davis

        It just means that your mind has been conditioned to accept only certain kind of criteria regarding what is scary. You nor Matthew seem to be old enough to have grown up in the era of which The Exorcist or The Shining were made. These movies fed on the psychological a sect of the human mind, which is far more scary and believable, than the all out slash films made today with all the special effects. Horror movies today suck, which is why half of them can’t garner an R-rating without resorting to massive gore to scare people. Even the original Friday the 13th movies relied more on psychology than gore, which made them light years better than the tripe being sold.

        • catalinda8

          Nah, I’m plenty old. And I love a suspenseful movie without gore. The Shining just didn’t do it for me. I didn’t find the characters sympathetic, so I didn’t really care what happened to them. On the other hand, it is light years above the typical slasher film with the dumb teenagers at some campsite… And I do like most Stephen King novels. So maybe it was just the actors that didn’t appeal to me. i still like The Exorcist (and The Omen, along the same lines).

          • johnny henry

            The characters don’t need to be sympathetic for the movie to be effective. That said it’s hard to see how someone couldn’t feel sympathetic toward the terrified little kid Danny in the movie.

        • ToAd gRoAn

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

    • Beth Bollig

      OMG I did okay with Insidious until the very end!! I won’t say what happened in case someone hasn’t seen it. I watched it at a friends house and let me tell you the drive home alone in the dark was freaky. Seriously, I was scared sh*tless for a couple weeks after I saw it!!!! I wanted to see Chapter 2 so bad but I was too scared. When I was a teenager I watched all kinds of creepy, scary, blood and gore, type movies and nothing really bothered me but as an adult I get spooked out really easily.

    • New age horror sucks

      Its the spiritual and psychological aspect of the films that make them scary, gore horror isn’t scary it’s just shocking, the true horror in film comes from atmosphere. And just because a movie lacks continuous action doesn’t make it boring, just means you need a brain and an attention span.

      • HorrorBuff

        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.

    • Devd

      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.

    • KG

      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.

      • johnny henry

        Hit the nail right on the head.

    • johnny henry

      Insidious is cheesy. It’s about as scary as a childhood nightmare. You may not like the Exorcist, but to say it’s boring is ridiculous. Most people who exaggerate like this about the exorcist are actually disturbed by the movie.

  • AJ75

    Blair Witch, IT = crap. Shining = Scariest movie all time.

  • Lee

    um yeah, the author loses all credibility when they write so clumsily. Is this meant to be a professional article? Ok the movies on here are crap, August underground series will put the wind up you. Grave Encounters for one is suspenseful and the last half an hour would be quite startling for most. Ignore Grave Encounters 2. Buried is outstanding, and you could describe it as a form of horror. Put yourself in the protagonists place; which the movie does nicely for you, and Buried will leave you with a grim sense of foreboding which still resonates in me when I think of it even a year after I first saw it. Outpost wasn’t too bad, and Dog Soldiers was executed so brilliantly by all involved, from writing, screenplay, editing and so forth all the way to the fine acting. The mis en scene is outstanding in both Outpost and Dog Soldiers. The best zombie movie though is the 2004 version of Dawn of the Dead. Do not dare give me that, “the 70’s version was a classic,” the 70’s version was crap, get over it. Cheesy make up, poorly acted, and horribly dated. The 2004 version of DoD is a modern horror treat if you are yet to see it. Most horror films are crap or the good ones are foreign and reading subtitles is akin to reading the newspaper at your sons sports final. You miss whats going on. Americans need to get their heads out their arses too when they remake a foreign language horror. The original was good, we want the same movie in English, we don’t want your preschooler interpretation of it which makes it look stupid. Americans as of this day 13/4/2014, have yet to do a remake justice, even having to read subtitles is better than a d grade remake, stuff it, z grade.

    • johnny henry

      August Underground is one of the worst films ever made. It was shot on the cheap with the belief that this would make it seem realistic. But it failed miserably. No storyline, bad acting, and about as subtle as a car crash. It’s poorly done repulsive trash. Buried is a good film although the classic French thriller, Spoorloos (The Vanishing), which it kind of ripped off and has a similar theme does a much better job. Dog Soldiers was one of the better werewolf films up there with An American Werewolf in London. Dawn of the Dead wasn’t good or bad because of the of the makeup effects. If you’re looking for great zombie makeup effects you’re missing what made the film great. That said the helicopter semi decapitation scene was a great effect. One of the elements of the 2004 version that made it good was the shopping mall setting. But this was taken directly from the original. The difference being though it’s inclusion by Romero was to enhance the satire element of blind zombie like consumerism. The satire of and social commentary in Romeros film give it depth that to many make it more interesting and thoughtful. This was completely dropped in the remake. The other major difference that works in favor of the original is it’s sense of an epic scope. That their is something deeper and apocalyptic going on and on a worldwide basis. 2004 Dawn has alot to recommend it, but it wouldn’t even exist without the original obviously. I like both, but considering the satiric and social elements and some key scenes which are horrific (the transformation of the Roger character to a zombie for example) despite the dated makeup effects the original is better in my view. As far as remakes Buried is in essence a remake of a classic French thriller. For a good foreign horror film with a good remake check out Let the Right One In and its remake Let Me In.

  • Jerry Jerry

    I can definitely agree with not watching several of these movies alone. The Grudge, The Ring, but especially Blair Witch, and Poltergeist. Not because they are scary, but because you will need someone to talk to, or play Tiddly-Winks with, or maybe go out to eat and have a few while these movies play back at home on your TV. The Grudge and The Ring are two of the most over rated horror movies of all time, they are not even in the same class as The Exorcist. The Blair Witch Project is about as scary as a Gettysburg Tourist digital photograph full of artifacts, bugs and dust (Orbs to you Ghost Hunters), and Poltergeist is more along the lines of White Noise, a decent movie with a cartoonish ending.

  • Gary Cangemi

    You want creepy? Watch the 1972 Robert Mulligan film, The Other. This film is all but forgotten but it will leave you very disturbed.

  • BigDogMom

    Saw the original Nightmare on Elm Street as a teen. Went with my two BF and we were up all night. Too scared to sleep. Slumber Party…. No slumber LOL
    Im a fan of Stephen King and the books always scared me more. I have a clown phobia so “Pennywise” Oh hell no!

  • Holly

    I don’t think ive watched any of these with anyone, and saw them all at a very young age, and honestly more than half of these aren’t creepy ay all

  • dawnmomofreed

    i waqs pregnant when i saw the ring im a huge horror fans so no biggie really.. yeah i cant watch any horror movies anymore and had nightmares for weeks after this one..

  • dawnmomofreed

    me too to both..

  • dawnmomofreed

    howcan Halloween 1 and 2 not be on this list.. still have to watch with alight on…nadnit read thr book its the sacriest flipping thing ever!!

  • Ramal Samoth

    can someone please explain to me how is this tripe the blair witch project considered horror or scary or creepy? it was just a stupid movie about them being lost in the woods and running from nothing.

    • John Johnson

      You’re stupid

    • Desiree Jacobs

      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.

  • Ancient

    Kind of a hit and miss list here… I was glad to see the staples mentioned: “The Exorcist”, “The Shining”; happy to see some rarely both worthy mentions: “Phantasm”, “Hellraiser”; but I would replace “The Grudge” and “Blair Witch” with “Alien” and “The Thing” (1982)

    • Timotayo

      There are movie experiences that really stick with people, when one gets caught up in the group experience. “Alien” was THE monster movie that did it for me. It was so gripping the entire audience shrieked and jumped at the same moments. No one chatted or fiddled with popcorn because a couple hundred people were glued to something was unlike anything we had ever seen before, a truly new kind of fright. When the lights came up, the whole theatre erupted in cheers, applause, gasps of “Oh, my God! Can you believe that?!”

    • Adam Qureshi

      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

        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)

    • Paddy

      Little arrogant to think your list would be better.

  • ToneeRhianRose

    I watch scary movies by myself all the time & I never get nightmares. The only movie that scares me now is Arachnophobia. The Gate used to scare me as a kid, but not now.

  • people_are_scary

    Heather O’Rourke did not die of complications arising from surgery. She died of cardiac arrest and septic shock caused by a misdiagnosed intestinal abnormality.

  • thrillseeker

    Strangers was scary as heck in the sense that its incredibly possible and just messed up. Pontypool is very erie and just made me feel creeped out afterwards for a few days. 30 Days of Night, in the dark and alone will probably creep you the freak out but I am sure you’ve seen that.

  • Carl B M Tatham

    The 6th sense? Fucking lol! That movie is about as scary as a kitten.

  • rebecca

    I AGREE aLIEN WAS IS TERRIFYING saw it in theater at 13 could not sleep for a month still scares the crap out of me blair witch just makes me nauseous]

  • rebecca

    also i think “in the mouth of madness
    not a great movie but i can not watch this alone real scary parts

  • Draya Personpersonperson

    None of these movies made me scared. They were awesome but not scary for me.

    • Kassy

      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

        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.

        • johnny henry

          100% correct on that. Most of these people just like to be contrarians. I had a few friends tell me this only to find out from their family members they are terrified of the movie. My ex girlfriend used to say this until I challenged her to watch it alone in the dark. Halfway through the film she had to shut it off and leave the room.

        • Erik Tilosius

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

        • Karnna

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

        • Shi

          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).

  • Elmo

    The Shining does nothing for me. Maybe because Nicholson goes completely off his rocker so soon after the beginning of the movie. Had it taken more time for him to become a homicidal maniac I think I’d have liked it more. I’ve also seen The Exorcist a couple of times and that one has kind of lost its edge for me, too. Then again, “possession” movies aren’t really my cup of tea.

  • Claire

    Poltergeist isn’t scary, got bored of The Blair Witch Project so I turned it off :/ I can watch A Nightmare on Elm Street in bed on my own in the dark because it isn’t scary. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was a disappointment. IT the film wasn’t scary but that clown is bloody scary, I have a huge fear of clowns but was actually bored of the film… I used to be scared of The Ring until I watched both of them, they are far from scary however The Grudge I refuse to watch it, far too scared 😮 The Evil Dead remake should be on here, that was scary!

  • chloe

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

  • Non Natsumi

    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

      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

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

        • MangaCat

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

  • Devanshu Sehgal

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

  • Fiona

    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!

  • LinkandTingle

    Is “The Blair witch project” that scary?

  • Vance

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

  • pinguhash

    ‘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.

    • Metro_2033

      Orphange = spanish

  • Joshl13

    wth that was sad not scary.

  • Iamthereal

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

  • Richard Kev

    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

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

    • stef Winchester

      The descent gave me so many nightmares

    • Bonita

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

  • Candace Taylor

    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

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

    • johnny henry

      99% of the people who have seen The Exorcist found it terrifying. Who cares that there are a few people who say, “oh it’s not scary at all!”. Half of them are full of it and wouldn’t watch the movie alone in the dark. Why are they so intent on saying it doesn’t have any effect on them? Such fearlessness! lol.

      But like Aaron below commented your writing is more scary than a real life plane crash.

  • Abhishek Das

    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

  • Yashaswi

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

  • Murtaza Indipendent

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

  • Kalpesh R Patil

    Annabelle
    Conjuring
    Evil dead
    I like this horror movie

  • Kate

    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!

  • morgan

    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.’

  • Fahad Khokhar. (FK).

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

  • Wackford Squeers

    Martyrs (2008)

  • jade

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

  • Elisabel Ferrero

    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

      “ALWAYS FEELS” NUFF SAID.

  • Gigi

    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

  • Gigi

    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.

  • uwatm8

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

  • Dan Brown

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

  • Lucius Dark

    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

      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

        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”.

    • deusEx2002

      thanks!

  • Biji M.

    “[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

  • Biji M.

    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??)

  • Joseph Greetham

    exorcist is plain boring

    • Aila Vamsi

      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

  • Adrijana Radosevic

    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.

  • bigking

    i agree with Davis

  • Tammy Hessler-Groves

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

  • Jon Luc Hutmacher

    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.

    • johnny henry

      Fine if you don’t find these movies scary, but to say they’re quite hilarious belies you’re true feelings. None of these movies have any truly comic elements. Satire maybe, but not hilarity.

  • http://www.androidtopgames.com/ AndroidTopGames

    I like conjuring the most.. Annabelle Also

  • thewitchmaker

    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.

  • Jere Ahvenus

    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.

  • http://www.csicop.org/si Midori

    Kairo (Pulse) the original.
    Eraserhead (saw in University and I was freak out for days. So weird).
    Ringu (Ring)
    Many more but now i am too scared to write them.

  • Ana Rodrigues

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

  • Rick Cooley

    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.

  • Rick Cooley

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

  • Frederic Prudent Bourgain

    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