Best Scary Movies

Ever since I was a small child, I loved scary movies. I remember sneaking into the house and watching Siesta Cinema’s afternoon showing of War of the Worlds and then imaging that the light posts in our neighbourhood were alien spacecraft sent to destroy the earth.  I have not out grown my love of being frightened by a great scary movie.  Also check out Time Out London’s 100 best horror movie list and AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Thrills.

Here are the best Scary Movies of  all-time:

  1. Alien  (1979)
  2. The Exorcist (1973)
  3. Psycho  (1960)
  4. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) 
  5. The Sixth Sense (1999)
  6. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
  7. Bride of Frankenstein  (1935)
  8. Carrie (1976)
  9. The Haunting  (1963)
  10. King Kong (1933)
  11. The Others  (2001)
  12. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
  13. Seven (1995)
  14. The Omen (1976)
  15. Don’t Look Now (1973) 
  16. The Shining (1980) 
  17. The Wicker Man (1973) 
  18. Jaws  (1975)
  19. 28 Days Later (2002)
  20. Frankenstein (1931)
  21. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
  22. Poltergeist (1982) 
  23. The Vanishing (1988)
  24. The Birds  (1963)
  25. The Innocents (1961)
  26. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) & Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
  27. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
  28. Halloween (1978)
  29. Dracula (1931)
  30. Les Diaboliques (1955)
  31. Dead Ringers (1988)
  32. The Invisible Man (1933)
  33. Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte  (1964)
  34. Scream (1996)
  35. Cat People (1942), The Curse of the Cat People (1944) & Cat People (1982) 
  36. Audition (1999)
  37. Wolfen (1981)
  38. Let The Right One In (2008) & Let Me In (2010)
  39. The Thing from Another World (1951) & The Thing (1982)
  40. Ringu (1998) &  The Ring (2002) 
  41. The War of the Worlds (1953)
  42. Nosferatu (1922)
  43. Repulsion (1965)
  44. M (1931)
  45. The Orphanage (2007)
  46. Freaks (1932)
  47. The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976) & The Bad Seed (1956) 
  48. Night of the Living Dead (1968) & Night of the Living Dead (1990)
  49. House of Wax (1953)
  50. The Lost Boys  (1987)
  51. Misery (1990) 
  52. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) & Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
  53. Ginger Snaps (2000)
  54. The Descent (2005)
  55. Fright Night (1985)
  56. Near Dark (1987)
  57. The Wolf Man (1941) 
  58. Session 9 (2001)
  59. A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
  60. An American Werewolf In London (1981)
  61. Videodrome (1983)
  62. I’m Not Scared (2003)
  63. Ju-on (2002) & The Grudge (2004) 
  64. Night of the Demon (1957)
  65. The Hunger (1983) 
  66. Dressed to Kill (1980)
  67. The Mummy (1932)
  68. The Fly (1986) & The Fly (1958)
  69. Village of the Damned (1960)
  70. Eraserhead (1977) 
  71. The Dead Zone (1983)
  72. The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
  73. Altered States (1980)
  74. The Amityville Horror (1979)
  75. The Legend of Hell House (1973)
  76. The Changeling (1980)
  77. The Uninvited (1944)
  78. Evil Dead II (1987) & The Evil Dead (1981)
  79. Peeping Tom (1960)
  80. The Cabin In The Woods (2012)
  81. Hellraiser (1987)
  82. Carnival of Souls (1962)
  83. Angel Heart (1987)
  84. [Rec] (2007)
  85. Sisters (1973) 
  86. The Stepford Wives (1975) 
  87. Black Christmas (1974) 
  88. Dawn of the Dead (1978) & Dawn of the Dead (2004)
  89. Burnt Offerings (1976)
  90. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
  91. Dark Water (2002) & Dark Water (2005)
  92. The Cell (2000)
  93. Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001) & The Company of Wolves (1984)
  94. The Mist (2007)
  95. Below (2002)
  96. Saw (2004)
  97. Frailty (2001)
  98. Insidious (2011)
  99. Silver Bullet (1985)
  100. The Blair Witch Project (1999) 

Honourable Mention:

  1. The Devil’s Backbone (2001)
  2. The Woman In Black (2012)
  3. Stir of Echoes (1999)
  4. Dead Calm (1989)
  5. The Return (2006)
  6. The Gift (2000)
  7. Needful Things (1993)
  8. The Mothman Prophecies (2002)
  9. Magic (1978)
  10. The Other (1972)
  11. 30 Days of Night (2007)
  12. Suspiria (1977)
  13. Flatliners (1990)
  14. Theatre of Blood (1973)
  15. Cujo (1983)
  16. Fade to Black (1980)
  17. Day of the Dead (1985)
  18. Martin (1976)
  19. The Eye (2002)
  20. Blood and Chocolate (2007)
  21. The Grey (2012)
  22. 1408 (2007)
  23. The Host (2006)
  24. Zombieland (2009)
  25. Tremors (1990)
  26. The Messengers (2007) 
  27. What Lies Beneath (2000) 
  28. The Skeleton Key (2005)
  29. Signs (2002)
  30. Child’s Play (1988)
  31. In Dreams (1999)
  32. Gothika (2003)
  33. Identity (2003)
  34. I Saw the Devil (2010)
  35. Cronos (1993)
  36. Friday the 13th (1982)
  37. The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)
  38. The Fury (1978)
  39. Case 39 (2009)
  40. The Exorcist III (1990) 
  41. Underworld (2003)
  42. Paranormal Activity (2007)
  43. House on Haunted Hill (1959)
  44. The Seventh Sign (1988)
  45. Hostel (2005)
  46. The Strangers (2008)
  47. The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
  48. I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
  49. Scream 2 (1997)
  50. Dog Soldiers (2002)
  51. Scream 3 (2000)
  52. The Devil’s Bride (1968)
  53. They (2002) 
  54. The Brood (1979)
  55. The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
  56. Mimic (1997)
  57. The Relic (1997)
  58. An American Haunting (2005)
  59. Demon Seed (1977)
  60. Urban Legend (1998)
  61. Candyman (1992)
  62. The Howling (1981)
  63. The Fog (1980)
  64. Hollow Man (2000)
  65. Darkness Falls (2003)
  66. Vanishing on 7th Street (2010)
  67. Jeepers Creepers (2001)
  68. Ravenous (1999)
  69. Cabin Fever (2002)
  70. Grace (2009)
  71. The Blob (1958)
  72. Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (1971)
  73. The Crazies (2010)
  74. The Believers (1987)
  75. Dementia 13 (1963)
  76. Drag Me To Hell (2009)
  77. Race With the Devil (1975)
  78. Pin (1988)
  79. Phantasm (1978)
  80. Cloverfield (2008)
  81. Wolf Creek (2005)
  82. Funhouse (1981)
  83. Ghost Ship (2002)
  84. The Sentinel (1977)
  85. The Happening (2008)

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