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Scary movies for Halloween!

Do you like scary movies? These ten horror flicks are the scariest of all time, guaranteed to leave you shaking, sleepless, and utterly creeped out -- just in time for Halloween! We present them here in no particular order, and all are the original versions, not the remakes. Tell us which you think is the scariest movie of all time!


The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

You'll have a whole new appreciation for your in-laws after watching the original version of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Featuring a hitch hiker, cannibals and a monster killer -- Leatherface -- the psychological horror starts long before you see the meat hooks. This movie was deemed so gross that it was banned in several counties shortly after its 1974 release.




If the sound of television static totally freaks you out, you likely have Poltergeist to blame. The scariest part -- aside from that awful toy clown that's possessed by the devil -- is that the evil this family faces is faceless.


The Exorcist

The Exorcist

An innocent child turned evil incarnate? Glowing eyes, bodies in unnatural positions, demonic voices and the stifling environment of a single room all add to the super creepiness of the classic horror flick The Exorcist. If you really want to scare yourself silly, watch the director's cut.


The Blair Witch Project

The Blair Witch Project

In another case of never seeing the enemy, The Blair Witch Project scared the poop out of audiences by showing little more than the abject fear of the three main characters. Fun fact: The night we saw this movie, this writer's roommate at the time woke up screaming, "I know why Mike was in the corner!" over and over. The small-yet-terrifying details of this flick will haunt you long after you've turned off your TV.


The Amityville Horror

The Amityville Horror

The fact that The Amityville Horror is based on supposedly true events is one reason why this tale is so terrifying. The fact that the American Dream becomes bastardized by evil is another. An unwitting family moves into a beautiful home where a brutal murder occurred and the previously loving husband and father slowly turns into an axe-wielding psychopath. Always check police records before you buy a house!


The Shining

Isolation makes the heart grow crazier. Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, The Shining set the standard in psychological horror. Trapped in a haunted hotel, we watch as Jack Torrence is driven to madness. Known for its bizarre imagery and Jack Nicholson's amazing performance ("Here's Johnny!"), The Shining has a lasting effect.




One word: Pinhead. In Hellraiser, a skinless dude with pins holding his face on tries to get his girlfriend (how does he have a girlfriend?) to do unspeakable things, all while being chased by a gang of angry demons. No wonder he's so mad.


The Descent

The Descent

Scared of the dark? Claustrophobic? The Descent will be your worst nightmare. Compound those two fears with the possibility of being buried alive and unseen evil, and you can pretty much guarantee you won't sleep for weeks after watching this flick.




Canoeing in the South? No thank you. Deliverance is the sole reason why every man you know turns white as snow when he hears a banjo play. Sexual sadism and human hunting both figure prominently in this tale of four city boys who choose the wrong river to explore.


A Nightmare on Elm Street

A Nightmare on Elm

Freddy Krueger turns dreams into nightmares — A Nightmare on Elm Street to be exact. How do you catch this killer? You don't. He's a supernatural being that lives in your subconscious. You shouldn't be afraid of the monster under the bed, worry about the one that's in your head.

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Images courtesy New World Pictures, Genre Pictures, MGM, Warner Bros., Artisan Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Dreamwork Pictures, Celador Films, Lionsgate


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Comments on "Top 10 scariest horror movies"

BRODIE January 03, 2014 | 7:28 PM

SAW should of be 2nd scariest because it's got so much blood and gore.

as140 June 01, 2013 | 3:27 PM

@ Alexa: The first 3 are all from the 70s. I wouldn´t consider them as new.

Alexa October 22, 2012 | 4:15 PM

Yeah, this is a joke, right? None of the classics are on there. Does a movie only make your list if it came out in the last 30 years? You are all so short sighted. Worst list EVER.

Shannon October 17, 2012 | 5:38 AM

The only movie that has ever scared me is Arachnophobia, in as I am insanely arachnophobic. *shudders* And I willingly watched it(tried to anyways.)

Gina Dean October 14, 2012 | 8:00 AM

My all time scariest movie for me was "The Entity". Hands down with it being a true story for a month after watching it I couldn't sleep at all because I thought to myself, "If I think about it it's gonna happen".

Rachel September 19, 2012 | 9:30 PM

Silent Hill, The Last Exorcism, The Grudge, Possession, A Haunting in Conneticut... come on people!

zubair qureshi September 05, 2012 | 3:14 AM

I think SAW series is the best of all time.

selekta see September 02, 2012 | 5:26 AM

Silent Hill...

Tyler August 28, 2012 | 9:40 PM

You forgot about the classics Halloween and Psycho. Duh.

zubaydah August 28, 2012 | 12:07 PM

Two Top Scary Movies Are Candyman And Saw 6

Darsh(RDX) from IND July 10, 2012 | 10:33 AM

Actually this list has some mistakes because these movies like saw,texas chainsaw masacre etc. are not really horror movies, they are only PSYCOLOGICAL TERRIBLE movies So what's about some horror movies like grudge,exorcist,poltergeist etc..?

Darsh from IND(India not Indonesia) July 10, 2012 | 10:20 AM

Hey, what's about the JU-ON(The GRUDGE) movie? And really I want to say that after seeing this movie, I became interested in GHOSTS!!! Try it to see this movie(actually my favourite horror movie) at 12:00 o'clock alone and you can't sleep that night.

S.S July 01, 2012 | 4:43 AM

What about The Grudge???

A. June 28, 2012 | 5:52 PM

But Saw is----. It's not scary. It's disgusting.

Yo Mama June 26, 2012 | 3:38 AM

Any movie staring Jennifer Aniston.

Will June 10, 2012 | 2:49 PM

This list should be retitled... Lamest List EVER!

1iota March 30, 2012 | 11:37 PM

there were episodes of the outer limits that were scarier than most of the movies mentioned here. Suggestions for something that might actually creep you out or scare you (outside of the novel idea of reading a book)... High Tension, Jacobs Ladder, Joshua, Event Horizon, Eraserhead (bc it's just so friggin weird - seriously, if you're doing anything 'mind-altering'... don't watch this), ... The Collector was good, altho again... not so much scary.

Jaylene Hake March 12, 2012 | 1:49 PM

Ha ha... ya guys gotta be kidding me. I first saw "The Silence of the Lambs" when i was twelve. Guess what? It's been four years and I **still** have nightmares that he's under the bed...

Owen March 04, 2012 | 7:14 PM

The women in black and the grudg are freaky

hmh December 27, 2011 | 10:11 PM

Unborn is the scariest movie I have seen . If it doesn't scare you, fine, but you will jump.

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