GAAAA! Dont Look! 8 Best Scary Movies Ever

December 30, 2013

1. The Haunting (1963)


Based on the novel The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson this is the scariest ghost movie where you’ll never see a ghost. The suspense and fright is so well done you don’t need to. This one literally kept me up all night as a kid.

Best scene: When SOMETHING tries to get into the library.

2. The Changeling (1980)

The Changeling

Yet another movie about a ghost that you never really see, but it’s there alright. George C. Scott stars as a grieving husband and father who, as if he didn’t have enough on his plate, moves into a house with a ghost bent on vengeance.

Best scene: when the child’s ball slowly bounces down the stairs from the empty attic.

3. The Uninvited (1944)

the uninvited

Considered to be one of the first movies to give a ghost a serious treatment rather than as a comedy vehicle. You actually do see a ghost in this one. A creepy English manse, a seance, a PO’d spirit, what more could you ask?

Best scene: when the spook finally materializes, literally giving an old boy a heart attack.

4. 13 Ghosts (1960)


This kinda cheesy Castle film about a group of people locked in a mansion vying for a hidden treasure, dealing with twelve scary ghosts that can only be seen with special glasses, gave theater goers the choice of wearing the special ‘Illusion – O’ glasses and seeing the ghosts, and thus risk being scared to death, or leaving them off and missing all the fun.

A special film process made this possible. Remade in 2001, but the original is better.

Best scene: when the protagonist first puts on the glasses and sees a ghost.

5. The Ring (2002)


As you might have noticed I prefer the more vintage movies myself but this one deserves a place in the pantheon. Let’s face it, parts of it are among the scariest you’ll ever see in filmdom.

Best scene: anytime someone watches, like a total fool, that super-creepy VHS tape.

6. Below (2002)


One for those lovers of both war movies and horror flicks, this WWII based story has a sinister atmosphere so thick it’s like being inside a U-boat. The crew of this sub has reason to believe they’re being haaunted by the ghost of the former captain, and he has a grudge.

Best scene: When the new captain inspects the old captain’s berth.

7. The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966)


If you’ve never seen this Don Knotts classic do yourself a favor and rent it. Ghosts, murder, romance and Knotts bugging his eyes out almost non-stop.

Best scene: When Knotts first witnesses the ghostly phenomena, which I won’t spoil. Pure humor.

8. The Evil Dead (1981)


I don’t know if this movie was intended to be funny or not but in any case it’s wildly hilarious. It’s also pretty scary, has a tip of the hat to H.P. Lovecraft, which is always nice, and some great special effects for the time.

Best scene: When Ash’s hand becomes possessed. The guy is a comic genius.