ByBen Russell, writer at Creators.co
My name is Ben. Owner of K-Ville Entertainment (look me up on Youtube). Massive film fanatic and lover of energy drinks!
Ben Russell

I'm a wuss when it comes to scary horror movies. I've been known to scream, whimper, hide, jump, and even run out of the room when watching some particularly scary movies. But that being said, I just cannot get enough of them, and love finding good horror to watch. So, if you are looking for the best movies of all time, I compiled this list of the scariest movies ever.

22. 'Psycho'

'Psycho' [Credit: Paramount]
'Psycho' [Credit: Paramount]
  • Release Date: 1960
  • Director: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Cast: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles
  • IMDB Rating: 8.5/10

Psycho is a classic and one of the top horror movies. As if the idea of staying in a shady motel weren't creepy enough, Norman Bates had to take it to a whole other level by dressing as his dead mother and attacking guests while they shower. Everything about this Hitchcock classic gets a full-on NOPE from me!

21. 'It'

'It' [Credit: Warner Bros]
'It' [Credit: Warner Bros]
  • Release Date: 1990
  • Director: Tommy Lee Wallace
  • Cast: Richard Thomas, Tim Reid, Annette O'Toole
  • IMDB Rating: 6.9/10

Adapted from the novel by Stephen King, watching Tim Curry dressed as a clown, peeking out of sewage pipes, snatching children and poking blood-filled balloons through bathroom sinks is enough to make you never, ever want to go to another kids' birthday party. The much-awaited remake of It is looking to be one of the most popular scary films of 2017

20. 'Jaws'

'Jaws' [Credit: Universal]
'Jaws' [Credit: Universal]
  • Release Date: 1975
  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Cast: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss
  • IMDB Rating: 8.0/10

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' [Credit: Paramount]
'Rosemary's Baby' [Credit: Paramount]
  • Release Date: 1968
  • Director: Roman Polanski
  • Cast: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon
  • IMDB Rating: 8.0/10

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'

'Dark Water' [Credit: Toho]
'Dark Water' [Credit: Toho]
  • Release Date: 2002
  • Director: Hideo Nakata
  • Cast: Hitomi Kuroki, Rio Kanno, Mirei Oguchi
  • IMDB Rating: 6.7/10

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'

'Invasion Of The Body Snatchers' [Credit: United Artists]
'Invasion Of The Body Snatchers' [Credit: United Artists]
  • Release Date: 1978
  • Director: Philip Kaufman
  • Cast: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum
  • IMDB Rating: 7.4/10

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.

16. 'Sinister'

'Sinister' [Credit: Summit]
'Sinister' [Credit: Summit]
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Director: Scott Derrickson
  • Cast: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, James Ransone
  • IMDB Score: 6.8/10

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!

15. 'Halloween'

'Halloween' [Credit: Compass International]
'Halloween' [Credit: Compass International]
  • Release Date: 1978
  • Director: John Carpenter
  • Cast: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran
  • IMDB Rating: 7.9/10

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 2'

'Alien' [Credit: Fox]
'Alien' [Credit: Fox]
  • Release Date: 1979/1986
  • Director: Ridley Scott/James Cameron
  • Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn
  • IMDB Rating: 8.5/10 & 8.4/10

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' [Credit: New Line Cinema]
'Evil Dead 2' [Credit: New Line Cinema]
  • Release Date: 1987
  • Director: Sam Raimi
  • Cast: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks
  • IMDB Rating: 7.8/10

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'

'The Omen' [Credit: Fox]
'The Omen' [Credit: Fox]
  • Release Date: 1976
  • Director: Richard Donner
  • Cast: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, Harvey Stephens
  • IMDB Rating: 7.6/10

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'

T'he Ring' [Credit: DreamWorks]
T'he Ring' [Credit: DreamWorks]
  • Release Date: 2002
  • Director: Gore Verbinski
  • Cast: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox
  • IMDB Rating: 7.1/10

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'

'28 Days Later' [Credit: Fox Searchlight]
'28 Days Later' [Credit: Fox Searchlight]
  • Release Date: 2002
  • Director: Danny Boyle
  • Cast: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston
  • IMDB Rating: 7.6/10

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'

'The Blair Witch Project' [Credit: Artisan Entertainment]
'The Blair Witch Project' [Credit: Artisan Entertainment]
  • Release Date: 1999
  • Directors: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez
  • Cast: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard
  • IMDB Rating: 6.4/10

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'

'An American Werewolf In London' [Credit: Universal]
'An American Werewolf In London' [Credit: Universal]
  • Release Date: 1981
  • Director: John Landis
  • Cast: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Joe Belcher
  • IMDB Rating: 7.6/10

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' [Credit: Warner Bros]
'The Conjuring' [Credit: Warner Bros]
  • Release Date: 2013
  • Director: James Wan
  • Cast: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston
  • IMDB Rating: 7.5/10

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'

'A Nightmare On Elm Street' [Credit: 	New Line Cinema]
'A Nightmare On Elm Street' [Credit: New Line Cinema]
  • Release Date: 1984
  • Director: Wes Craven
  • Cast: Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund
  • IMDB Rating: 7.5/10

"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.

5. 'Insidious'

'Insidious' [Credit: FilmDistrict]
'Insidious' [Credit: FilmDistrict]
  • Release Date: 2010
  • Director: James Wan
  • Cast: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins
  • IMDB Rating: 6.8/10

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'

'The Evil Dead' [Credit: TriStar]
'The Evil Dead' [Credit: TriStar]
  • Release Date: 1981
  • Director: Sam Raimi
  • Cast: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor
  • IMDB Rating: 7.5/10

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' [Credit: WarnerBros]
'The Exorcist' [Credit: WarnerBros]
  • Release Date: 1973
  • Director: William Friedkin
  • Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair
  • IMDB Rating: 8.0/10

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.

2. '[Rec]'

'[Rec]' [Credit: Filmax]
'[Rec]' [Credit: Filmax]
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Directors: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza
  • Cast: Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terraza, Jorge-Yamam Serrano
  • IMDB Rating: 7.5/10

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'

'The Thing' [Credit: Universal]
'The Thing' [Credit: Universal]
  • Release Date: 1982
  • Director: John Carpenter
  • Cast: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David
  • IMDB Rating: 8.2/10

To this day, no film has ever topped The Thing at scaring me. This is definitely one of my top horror movies. 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!

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