I'm a wuss when it comes to horror movies. I've been known to scream, whimper, hide, jump, and even run out of the room when watching a particularly scary film. But that being said, I just cannot stop watching them, so I compiled this list of the Top 20 scariest films I've ever seen. Please recommend me some other horror films in the comments section!
Jaws was more thrilling than horrifying, yet it managed to scare the living shit out of me. It's one of those films that never gets old. I must have seen it about 10 times now.
19. Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby may be old, but God damn did some scenes make me jump! I'll never forget the demon conception sequence... "This is not a dream!" It's a terrific film all around, and a trailblazer for the modern horror film.
18. Dark Water
Hideo Nakata's Dark Water is my favorite horror movie of all time, because of the intense emotional element added into it. While this movie did scare the living shit out of me at times, there are definitely scarier films.
17. Invasion Of The Body Snatchers
This sci-fi/horror from 1978 makes me bite my nails real bad! We've seen the story of aliens taking over planet Earth by stealing our bodies a million times, but this 1978 version of that story is far and away the best.
The villain in this film... the... I dare not speak its name! Let's just say that I found this movie frustrating and terrifying in equal measure. While the main character annoyed me to death, the sheer terror I felt whenever I saw the villain brought me back to life!
The first time I saw Halloween I got so scared that I got up, turned the TV off, and sat in a brightly lit room in total silence. It loses its scare factor after a few watches, but I'll never forget how terrified I was after the first viewing.
14. Alien & Aliens
These two films are as close to a perfect horror movie as you're gonna get. The first one scared me slightly more than the second one, but both these films still terrify me.
13. Evil Dead 2
Evil Dead 2 is hilarious, but am I the only one who screamed a million times while watching this? By the time it was finished, my throat was so sore from too much screaming. This film is a jump-fest extravaganza!
12. The Omen (1976)
I'm not ashamed to say that I believe The Omen is the most perfect horror film ever made, though not the scariest. This film made the Devil seem oh so real, which was the key to making it so terrifying.
11. The Ring
The Ring is one of the only Hollywood remakes I feel is better than the original (thank you Naomi Watts). The story and the gloomy cinematic techniques make it so eerie, and the scary parts leave me wanting to throw my TV out the window.
10. 28 Days Later
The infected monsters in 28 Days Later are far scarier than any zombie I've ever seen on film. I remember having nightmares about those things for a long time after seeing this movie!
9. The Blair Witch Project
Sooooo many people were bored out of their minds while watching this film. I WASN'T. I was screaming right along with them. It felt very real to me, and scared me half to death.
8. An American Werewolf In London
I SEE, A BAD MOON RISINGGGG! This movie terrifies me. The howl of that beast was also a fixture in some of my early nightmares. I loved the transformation scene, and the look of the werewolf was so damn creepy.
7. The Conjuring
The Conjuring singlehandedly reignited my passion for horror movies. Just when I felt like the whole horror scene in Hollywood had turned to shit, this film came out and scared me half to death. That witch has a mean jump!
6. A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
"I'm your boyfriend now, Nancy!" This film is fucked up. That scene where Tina is mauled in her sleep makes me curl up in horror. This is another film in which I had to turn the TV off because I was so terrified.
Insidious makes me jump worse than anything. The amount of shock scares in this film should be illegal! Don't forget the chilling, "TIP-TOE, THROUGH THE TULIPS, WITH MEEEEEE!"
4. The Evil Dead (2013)
Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. SO MUCH NOPE! Hardly any film has ever had me so petrified with fear. Sorry, you classic horror film hoarders, but for me Fede Alvarez's Evil Dead reboot tops them all. It scared the hell out of me!
3. The Exorcist
The Exorcist is more than worthy of being called the scariest movie of all time. The sense of pure evil that this film emanates makes it all the more real and terrifying. I'll never forget that staircase scene — I had to leave the room after that.
I had no idea what this film was about when I started watching it. Then shit got very real, very fast. I remember my heart racing so bad I thought I was having a heart-attack! From the second the scares started, I was gripped with fear until the very end.
1. The Thing
To this day, no film has ever topped The Thing at scaring me. Words cannot describe how horrified I was throughout this sci-fi/action/horror masterpiece. It's one of the most underrated heroes of the horror genre. While I do adore this film, I also hate it for being almost too terrifying for me to watch.
That's my list, folks! What did you think? Sound off in the comments, and let me know what horror movies scare you half to death!