What makes a frightening movie? Sometimes, it’s moments: A single image, like the blank eyes of the children in the original Village of the Damned or Kathy Bates maniacally smashing James Caan’s leg, or the terror of waiting for that doorknob to turn. Sometimes, it’s suspense: Who really lives in that house up the hill? And sometimes, it’s relentless gore or torture. But a truly great films combines elements and tells a story. A few years ago, Eli Roth’s Hostel was being touted as a great horror film (or criticized as little more than torture porn), but when I saw it I was disappointed. It was a scary idea: Crazies kidnap tourists and allow rich folks to torture them—kind of like The Most Dangerous Game meets Texas Chainsaw. But it didn’t get beyond the idea, and it ended up being a really gory action flick. It was certainly one of the better films of its kind, but it was hardly great. Great horror stays with you. A great horror film has an idea or a theme that inspires other films not just to copy it, but to improve upon it.

The 20 films listed below don’t include any of the 1930s classics like Dracula, Frankenstein, or The Invisible Man. These are all excellent movies that I adore and have watched over and over, but by today’s standards, they just aren’t scary. My kids see them and are almost bored by them. The films on my list are frightening, creepy things that come home with you from the theater and sit under your bed, waiting for you to fall asleep.

So the citerion here is just this: Fear. There’s lots of great horror movies that didn’t make it because . . .

– Suspira and Nosferatu didn’t make it because it’s not American!
– An American Werewolf in London didn’t make it because it was  just too damn funny.
– The Descent didn’t make it because, although it was scary to watch, it didn’t stay with me. It’s hard to be scared by spelunking because, frankly, I’ve never done it and don’t plan to. Kinda like trying to be scared by Jaws in the desert.
– Night of the Hunter didn’t make it because it was unsettling, but not scary.
– Brundlefly didn’t make it because it’s more of a love story than a horror movie.

Which brings us to what did make it. . .

20. Evil Dead II (Sam Raimi, 1982). Evil Dead II is not just one of my favorite horror movies, it’s one of my favorite movies period. I admit, it’s more comedy than horror, but many of the images in it haunted me for weeks after I saw it. I wasn’t a big fan of the first one, although I recognize it as a valuable work, because in my view it didn’t have a center. Great horror should have a thesis, whether it be social commentary or a study of a particular aspect of human nature. Evil Dead II deals with the horror of being alone, and trapped within a body that hates you. As a person with a disability, I can relate. And Bruce Campbell proves himself to be as good a physical comic as John Cleese and an even better scenery chewer than Al Pacino. All around, this incredible movie cemented Sam Raimi as not just one of the best horror directors out there, but one of the best directors, period, going on to show his skills in films like Darkman, The Quick and the Dead (Sharon Stone’s best film), A Simple Plan, and, of course Spideys 1-3.  And he often teams up with Bruce, one of my favorite actors–don’t miss Bruce in Bubba Ho-Tep, a vastly underrated classic.

19. The Hills Have Eyes (Alexandre Aja, 2006). This is a remake of Wes Craven’s groundbreaking 1977 film, reimagined by the men responsible for the French horror film Haute Tension (a truly great, but not American, horror movie). It’s mostly a bunch of scary mutants stalking a family, and in that way it is pretty similar to Texas Chainsaw. It’s also similar in its unflinching brutality. Of all the remakes that have come out in recent years (Prom Night, The Hitcher, House of Usher, The Fog, etc.), this is one of the few that improves on the original. It’s also an example of the rare film that was able to really freak me out, and I’m a jaded horror fan who has seen just about everything.

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18. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Don Siegel, 1956). This may be the least “scary” movie on this list, and I’ve generally gone only with fright as the critierion here—there’s plenty of brilliant horror movies that don’t really scare me, but I love them—yet I had to put Invasion here because the concept of it is so unsettling, and so provocative. How many of you never had the paranoid thought that someone you knew just wasn’t themselves anymore? This is the realization of that fear. Director Don Siegel was later blacklisted as a communist by McCarthy’s House on Unamerican Activities, which is ironic because the film condemns the centralization of power in a majority and encourages individual differences.

17. The Haunting (Robert Wise, 1963). One of the few black and white films that can still create tension and fear in viewers is this filming of Shirley Jackson’s novel, in which the best actor is . . . The house itself. All angles and shadows, hiding places and creaks, Wise created a living organism that stalked its residents. It didn’t hurt that Julie Harris was extraordinary as the survivor of childhood hauntings and Claire Bloom was wonderfully creepy as the ghostbuster who tries to save her.

16. Saw (James Wan, 2002). You can give me crap about going for the torture porn here, but Saw had a lot more to it than pure sadism. The intricate plot actually made sense, and the villain was a completely plausible (albeit insane) puzzle-making madman. One thing you may be surprised to learn: It was written by a woman.  It also gets kudos for not torturing naked women, thus relying not so much on sexual titillation as the depiction of pure, animalistic rage and fear. And, of course, pain. All of the sequels suck, and, worse, they cheapen the power of the original by making it appear formulaic. For some reason, with me the Saw films are made worse by their successors in a way that isn’t the same with Freddy and Michael Meyers. Maybe it’s because there’s not that much to do with Jigsaw—he’s not that interesting. What made Saw so great was the drama between two men, stuck in a room, trying to figure out how far they were willing to go to survive. The other films, by focusing on the gore and the villain, lack that human element.

Saw Theme (remix)-DJ K

15. Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper, 1982). Most haunted house movies leave me cold, with the exceptions of “House,” “The Uninvited,” and this classic. In addition to great acting and a well-done script, there are so many spooky scenes and images here: The clown doll’s face during the storm and little Carol Ann crying out through the house are two that stayed with me for weeks, in addition to the creepy “Come children, all welcome” lady and the gave-in-the-pool. Oh, and the shot of the guy tearing off his own face. I watched this recently with my 7-year-old, and it freaked him out so much . . . That he wants to see it again. Hooper is a horror genius, and the only dude with two films on this list. Other than Hitch.

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14. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960). It actually scared people into taking baths rather than showers. ‘Nuff said.

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13. Dawn of the Dead (Zack Snyder, 2004).
Huh? Putting the remake on the list, but not the original? Sacrilege! The original George Romero Dawn of the Dead is, without a doubt, the most influential zombie film in cinematic history and is a truly great movie. But what it did was move zombies out of the realm of horror and into the realm of action. Romero’s Dawn is all guns and gore, and there’s little in it that I’ve ever found chilling or unsettling. In fact, much of it is pretty funny. The 2004 remake, however, is absolutely terrifying. First, unless you consider 28 Days to be a zombie movie (it isn’t one because, technically, the monsters are normal people infected with a virus, not dead people coming back to life), Snyder’s film is the first time we see zombies with the powers of real people. These guys don’t shamble or moan for brains, they run, claw, punch, and tear. There are so many scary scenes in this movie, but the real power here is in the opening credit montage of news stories about zombies. The film borrows heavily from the original, but has a very different thesis, and goes places that the original film did not dare to tread.

12. Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme, 1991). What’s a cop movie doing here? Simple: If you saw this and said there wasn’t one thing about it that freaked you out, you’re a liar. It could have been just about anything: the flung semen, the fake vagina dance, the lotion, the knowing, measured tones of Hannibal Lecter . . . Something here had to get you where you live. A rare example of a film honored by Oscar and fans of horror alike, this may not be a traditional fright flick, but it was certainly frightening. And like so many other movies on this list, don’t bother with the cheap imitations of the sequels.

11. 28 Days Later (Danny Boyle, 2002). Boyle may be the most versatile of all the directors on this list, capable of making audiences feel nauseous from violence (Shallow Grave (1994)), horrified by unflinching frankness (Trainspotting (1996)), elated and hopeful (Slumdog Millionaire (2008)), bored (The Beach (2000)) and, with 28 Days later, terrified. The only reason this film doesn’t rate higher on this list is because the films above it are just as powerful, but from its spacious, quiet shots of an abandoned London to its depiction of military occupation, Boyle makes us question whether it is better to control anarchy through guns and soldiers, or to accept that sometimes flesh should be consumed. A powerful examination of the proper role of government, coupled with a shattering study of what it means to be alive . . . And dead. The sequel, 28 Weeks Later, is just as good, but is more of a war film than a horror movie.  (Although technicallly not an American film, it’s English speaking and fuck all I want it here.)

10. The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock, 1963). How can I put this film above Psycho? Easy. The Birds made a greater impression on me than any other film on this list. Even in High School, I would rush through when I had to walk under an elevated train because I was nervous about the pigeons tucked into the recesses of the architecture, cooing ominously. Hitchcock’s use of sound in this film was particularly excellent, eschewing music in favor of silence interrupted by pecks and taps and then overcome by screaming.

9. The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980). I have to admit, having read the book, the first time I saw this it didn’t really impress me. But as the weeks went on, and, much later, after I saw it again (and again), I cam to appreciate the Kubrick constantly shifts the focus from the evil of the house, to the insanity of being married to an alcoholic, to the frightening ability of a child to see through all the deception his parents use to keep him from the truth. There are layers to this film that I’m not even sure Stephen King himself intended.

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8. Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979). The coolest looking movie monster ever, and the inspiration (in my book) for the X-Men’s “brood” aliens, the original Alien was one of the earliest sci fi noir films, along with Scott’s other classic, Blade Runner. This film pitted the ultimate human female against the ultimate alien mother. By putting the action in space, utilizing the claustrophobic dark and shadowy interior of a spaceship, it proved that action films could also be well written, suspenseful, and genuinely frightening.

7. The Hitcher (Robert Harmon, 1986). Rutger Hauer’s most terrifying performance. Where everyone cites the dangers of hitchhiking, few imagine that the real danger is in picking one up. And having him turn out to be a stalker. Don’t bother with the remake, stick with this low-key horror flick starring C. Thomas Howell and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Much of it is simply conversation: Tense, terrifying, homoerotic conversation, which builds to increasing mayhem. And besides, sawed off shotguns are always cool.

Hitchhike to Boulder-Vince Herman

6. Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1975). While I can’t imagine that there will be too much argument over the movies above this one, I can see some folks complaining that I ranked this film as scarier than The Shining, Psycho, The Birds, or even Silence of the Lambs. To them I say: This film still scares me. I, like thousands of Americans, am irrationally afraid of what’s swimming around me at the beach. There are a negligible number of shark attacks every year, and yet if you ask people what’s scary about the beach, few people will cite the possibility of being crippled by a crashing wave, skin cancer, stepping on a horseshoe crab, or floating medical waste, all far more common causes of death or serious injury. The genius of this film is that it is little more than a monster movie, only you barely even see the monster and, more importantly, it takes place almost entirely in daylight.

Jaws Theme-Stringcheese Incident

5. The Exorcist (William Friedkin, 1973). Like several other movies on this list, The Exorcist benefitted greatly from its source material, William Peter Blatty’s terrifying novel. The gruesome effects are part of the reason this film continues to thrill (rotating heads and projectile vomit, to name a few), but the fearless and unflinching depiction of a 12-year-old girl possessed by the devil is the reason the film continues to be notorious. A film that was so terrifying to make, the director actually held a real exorcism on the set. Another remarkable aspect of the film is that it takes place almost entirely in one room, yet feels like it is constantly in motion.

4. A Nightmare on Elm Street (Wes Craven, 1984). As between Freddy and Reagan, the 4th and 5th slots are pretty much even. Nightmare edges Exorcist out not because it’s scarier, but because its director is also responsible for some of the scariest films in history—and he’s the first of my three favorite horror directors spotlighted in this list. What Nightmare did better than any other film before it (or since) was incorporate fantasy elements and special effects, such as the phone-with-the-tongue, the upside-down bedroom, the face of Freddie, without becoming campy or sci-fi. The only thing left to say about this movie is that even The New York Times appreciated it, which makes it kind of like the Deep Throat of monster movies. Johnny Depp’s presence is just sprinkles on top here, the true artist is Wes. Here’s my top 5 other Craven films, from best to less best: The Last House on the Left (1972); Scream (1996); The People Under the
Stairs (1991); Scream 2 (1997); The Hills Have Eyes (1977).

And for another sidebar, check out my post ranking all the Nightmare and Halloween sequels, here.

3. Halloween (John Carpenter, 1978). I first saw this movie on television, where it was censored and abridged, and it still scared the pants off me. In particular, the scene where Jamie Lee looks out the window and sees Michael carrying a body up the front steps of a typical suburban porch. This wasn’t gory or shocking, it was simple and straightforward: Here is a force for evil, and it’s walking into a house. It’s this matter-of-fact way of telling a horrifying tale that makes John Carpenter’s simple films so frightening. This was the first “stalker” film, and is often credited as being the father to the single-slasher-splatter genre. While I can’t agree (this view discounts Hitchcock’s Psycho), I do agree that Carpenter’s camerawork and script were nothing short of brilliant—the perfect balance of tension and motion. It’s no coincidence that Carpenter’s resume also includes a bunch of great noir-y/horror/action flicks,
like The Thing (1982), an incredible remake that almost made my top 20 list, as well as, in order of greatness, Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), They Live (1988), Escape from New York (1981), and Big Trouble in Little China (1986). It’s also no coincidence that he’s capable of movies with real emotional depth, like Starman (1984), because in order to truly scare an audience, you have to be able to make them care about the people in the film. (This is why Hostel ultimately is a flat film. It’s also why Texas Chainsaw is even more brilliant—because the victims are, in many cases, jerks, yet we still feel for them.) There’s a reason there were so many sequels to this film. Along with two others on this list, Carpenter is one of my three favorite horror directors of all time. For other recommended horror viewing, check out, in this order, Christine (1983), Prince of Darkness (1987), and the somewhat uneven but conceptually chilling The Fog (1980). And lastly, I want to make sure to note that not every sequel to Halloween sucked wind. Some are pretty good. Here’s my list, from better to bad, of all the sequels.

2. Night of the Living Dead (George A. Romero, 1969). I was eight years old when my dad took me to see this at a movie theater in Tenant’s Harbor, Maine. I don’t know what he was thinking. I made it to the part where the zombie is bashing Margaret’s car door with a brick when my mom took me out to the parking lot, where we sat in the car waiting for my dad to finish watching the movie so we could go home. Then, I slept on the floor of their bedroom for seven days. And I couldn’t wait to be scared again. By far the lowest budgeted movie on this list, Romero created a masterpiece by avoiding special effects or color, using overamplified crickets to hide the bumps and thumps of the boom mike, and not even bothering with a long, drawn out explanation of how the dead had come back. The horror starts in the first few minutes, when a tall but otherwise unremarkable man in a dark suit shambles towards the camera, and it never stops. I’d put
Romero as one of the top three splatter directors in history, based on the sequel to this film, 1978’s Dawn of the Dead, and the two sequels after that, Land of the Dead (2005) and Day of the Dead (1985), as well as a slew of other damn good horror efforts from the well-known Creepshow (1982) to the lesser-known (The Dark Half (1993), Monkey Shines (1988), Martin (1977)). He’s certainly the best director of zombies . . . No one can get a performance out a flesheater like my man George. I didn’t care for last year’s Diary of the Dead—the jittery camerawork made me sick to watch—but I’ve heard there’s another “of the dead” film in the offing this year. Can’t wait.

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1. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Tobe Hooper, 1974). It was incredibly difficult to rank these films, and truly several of them could have switched places on the list depending on my mood when I was writing this. But when it came to number one, there was no doubt. Tobe Hooper’s splatter classic began the rise of popularity in truly terrifying films and foreshadowed the pseudo documentary style (i.e., Blair Witch) and torture porn. Easily as primal as Last House on the Left and as gory as either Dawn of the Dead, Hooper’s genius is evident on every level: The art of the house, with its hanging birdcages and filthy walls; the incredible casting of unknowns with unforgettable faces; the sound effects; the grainy, you-are-there quality of the film. On repeated viewings, I have found myself impressed that Hooper could create a role for a wheelchair-bound cripple that is so . . . mean! And then, just as we realize he’s a nasty s.o.b., Hooper suddenly kills the guy, taking the viewer on a rollercoaster not just of suspense but of sympathy as well. And Leatherface’s first appearance, literally exploding on to the scene, is one of the most terrifying images in movie history. Put that together with the more subtle horror of the dinner scene, in which the viewer feels like he is watching a rape that never actually happens, and the final chainsaw dance, reveling in the grotesque and leaving things unresolved, and you get the scariest movie ever made. Period. There cannot be debate on this point.

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  • Murtaza. Soni

    I love watchin horror movies. I don’t really get scared but I Love them for their pace and the weirdo scenes. Its a great pass time to watch the weirdo scenes.

    In that respect, one movie I would want to add to the list is Wrong Turn. Really amusing.

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  • You have hit on most of the canon here as regards the subject of “scary American” films, and the only true thing in dispute would be the numbering. But what does that matter?

    I would, however, have swapped the Dawns. I believe that the humor in the film is supposed to throw you off for the true horror and pathos that will occur later in the film. You are supposed to begin viewing the living dead as pathetic, shambling shades of their former mall-addicted selves, just as the characters in the film do, to make you forget that they will devour you with the slightest slip-up. Honestly, feels like real life to me, which is even more scary.

    As for The Descent, I would add it to the list. Just because it takes place somewhere that holds no interest to you or while doing something in which you do not participate doesn’t mean it cannot be “scary.” I don’t go on the ocean at all because of Jaws — and have never been on it. I will never find myself in deep outer space, but I can still gather immense chills from Alien, nor will I ever work as an analyst for the FBI, but I can imagine myself down in that dark cell corridor with Lecter. When a film works well is when you are able to identify with one of the main characters and begin to understand what they are feeling in that situation. You project yourself into the situation, and you get wrapped up in it. If you cannot believe that you are there, well then, that film is just not for you. I am not a spelunker nor a woman, but I can easily imagine myself in similar situations where such horrors would be at hand. It all comes down to claustrophobic darkness and the feeling that something is out there. Neil Marshall does this exceedingly well in The Descent, perhaps better than anyone else has in the past 20 years. Frankly, it deserves to be on here.

  • Descent is a great movie, but I guess on balance it just didn’t stick with me the way the 20 on this list did. Maybe I’d put it in the top 25.

  • Steven King didn’t have much to do with The Shining and even resented that version, opting to buy back the rights and making his own version years later. At least he did make his own version – I assume he had to purchase the film rights back from someone. He said Kubrick’s version wasn’t true to his book. Makes King seem rather silly from the vantage of this writer.

  • I know. I actually agree with King, in that the book is very different from the film, but most film adaptations are very different. King took control for a TV miniseries that wasn’t nearly as good as either the movie or the book. . . Most King adaptations suck. Which gives me an idea for another post….

  • JimmyZ

    Two critical adds:


    HIGH TENSION (French)

    Also, The Devil’s Rejects, Wolf Creek and The Ring. And how about the original The Thing? Killer!

  • I mentioned High Tension, but it’s not in English. If I included foreign horror the list would be unweildy. Session 9 wasn’t my kinda film. Ditto Devil’s Rejects, which just seemed kinda dull to me. The Thing was excellent, you’re right, and The Ring was good but not as good as the others on this list.

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  • Anything touched by Rob Zombie immediately stops being scary and just enters absurd gore territory, for me. I actually submitted myself to his remake of Halloween, and was sorely disappointed. Carpenter’s is vastly superior, even if it contains plenty of cheese.

    I’m with you on most of these picks, other than Evil Dead, which makes me laugh more than it makes me jump. But I love Bruce Campbell so I can’t fault you for including it! Though I found High Tension completely ridiculous. Just couldn’t get into that one.

  • Jeremy

    This list is horrible. You seriously have Halloween being scarier than Exorcist? Dawn of the Dead should have been top 10 as well and some of these movies aren’t even scary. House of 1000 Corpses is missing, Hostel is missing, both scarier than Halloween

  • Vikas Jindal

    How about I take all these ghosts and murderers for a ride in my new MUV Mahindra Xylo. Won’t it be one hell of a ride. I am pretty sure about that. My cars so spacious I might even fit all of them in my car at once.

  • sarah

    hey the scariest movie ive ever watched is fearnet or fear. net, ive watched scarier movies but i was too little to remember. ive gotta say a scary movie is the exorcism of emily rose

  • PuzzlePrincess

    SAW is written by Leigh Whannell, who’s NOT.A.WOMAN. Damnit.

  • karie

    that movie wasnt scary at all
    so u can tell the dicortior 2 suck my ass!!!!!!!

  • mike

    poligrest is scary

  • mike

    poligrest is my favrite horror movie i love it

  • todd

    I find it hard to believe “Blair Witch Project” did not make the list. I’ve seen most of the listed films and found this one quite terrifying.

    • Dude, Blair Witch was boorrrrring.

  • John

    Great list, but the only one I disagree with is Dawn of the Dear (2004) In my opinion that movie was hilarious.

  • Jayson

    I agree with the others:


    omg how is it not even on the list, let alone not even #1

    • Because I never saw Session 9. I’ll have to check it out.

  • robert

    The orginal version of the ring far more scary

  • Jay

    Session 9, The Ring and Wolf Creek were all terrible!!! And High Tension was almost completely ruined by it’s crappy, unthoughtout ending.

  • Jay

    Audition was awesome but Japanese. I’d have to say Poltergeist, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Night of The Living Dead are the scariest movies I’ve seen.

  • Dalton

    see im 14 and the exorsist really didnt scare me. im addicted to watching scary movies and i’ve never had a nightmare.. i looked up what was the most scariest movie and it came up with this site. i think im gonna rent the shining tonight i’ve never seen it. a couple of my favorite movies are The Ametyville horror, Jenifer, and american physco. a couple other good ones are children of the corn, the calling and the reaping

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  • omg the thing iZ like sooo non scary!!! lol

  • Scott

    These movies were good, but it seems that the criteria here is to stick with movies that are well-known. Other movies worthy of this list are Dee Snyder’s Strangeland, The Entity, Friday the 13th, and Predator. I think an easy case could be made for some of these replacing some on the list.

    • Actually, the criteria was that they be GOOD movies. Strangeland was a terrible film. It had some interesting images, but it was not a real film. Friday the 13 was certainly well known, as was Predator, so your criticism is odd.

  • vesey

    i would have to say the best of this list was the 1956 Invasion of the Body Snatchers. to me true horror is the subtle and creepy uneasiness and psychological terror so nicely brought out in Invasion. for me gore is’nt horror,it’s just horrible………….

  • Michelle

    Pharanormal Activity is the scariest movie i have ever seen. And I dont freek out in movies, but this is one movie i prob will never watch again!

  • sb

    Last evening I was standing for a while in the darkest corner of my balcony -dumbstruck with my eyes completely gouged out in fear. Just few minutes before, Se7en had ended on my personal 21″ big screen. I was almost to give this superbly twisted creepy psychological slasher stuff the No. 1 spot, if there was not one The Ring.Few months back, I was almost on the verge of destroying the same TV set after that bizarre demon from the hell had been cast with all its Stygian gloom looming large on my blue screen. It was something more than scary. It was eerie to watch that demonic girl Samara Morgan popping out of the well…then coming towards the screen tiptoeing weirdly with that bizarre never-heard-before humming, that too on a TV screen, that means she was coming towards you actually…then crawled out of your set leering through her long black tresses…also that disturbing video tape careening ominously on the screen…down with Hideo Nakata for importing this completely outlandish alien idea of blurring the boundary between real life & reel life -life reeling after death in this new bizarre version of horror movie sub genre.Kubrick’s Shining also comes very close to these two with its famous hallway scene and the twin sisters…ohh, all hell was let loose with that. Never see these movies and let The Tingler go down the spine…never Wait Until Dark. So, you get my list of five. Your text goes here

  • sb

    I watch everybody is busy penning here their list of best scary movies. So, somebody has to list the worst ones. So, here is my list.

    1. The Exorcist: Yes, of course, this excruciatingly nauseating & painful-to-watch movie undeniably bags the credit of being the stupidest stuff of all time with it’s all vulgar on screen portrayal & funny graphics, let alone the funniest sound effects & morbid rank bad acting. What that puking lollipop girl smeared with some blood stain was doing all the time. Actually the scariest thing about this sh**ingly funny movie is that a whole generation bragged it to be one of the scariest movies of all time, let alone that comment in many other blogs by many spin-head gore-champs that it has clearly stood the taste of time as the scariest one. Yes, of course it has… but as the dumbest, funniest & most nauseating movie of all time.Any doubt? Just slough off from the world of bigotry & ask the rest of the world who made films like Suspiria, Ringu, Ju-on, Monihara & so many else.I think this people, themselves need to be exorcised first and feel the scariest movie ever made for them should have been Casper…lol. Anyway, will anybody please come up and rename The Exorcist as Baby’s Shit Out.
    2. Halloween: What that funny guy, Mr. Myers, was doing all the time masquerading & busy in meaningless weird activities that led to a stashed slasher for the dunderhead gore champs. An all time stuff of third class fun. Definitely, it needs a great polishing work by some another Carpenter.
    3. Storm of the Century: Brainstorming of the century that why some people consider this never ending painful & pointless movie as the scariest. Better f**k up & see The Perfect Storm -a much better & much much more serious stuff. Anyway, sacrificing a child… see Sophie’s Choice & go, get what real life horror is.
    4. House of 1000 Corpses: The name must have hinted to the fleapit that had arranged the premier show and some thousand spin-head gore champs who had devoured that shit in that show. Anyway, the name could easily have been ‘1000 corpses & one Zombie’. Give me back my money & time. Anyway, the idea is not also an original, clearly stolen from Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
    5. The Evil Dead: The director dead, the actors dead, the spot boys dead, the cameraman dead, the light man dead and finally we, the ill fated audience dead. Dead & dead drunk with this soporific, pornographic monstrous movie. Omg, omg! It should have been a Rob Moron movie.
    6. Night of the Living Dead: Another all dead and all cock-a-hoop nonsense…a meaningless death orgy. Gosh! Is there nobody worth his salt, who can perish these movies for ever from the history of films & get my crush on him?
    7. Carrie: Sissy, even Jim Carrey is scarier than that lunatic, outrageous, socially outcast poor girl. I feel pity for her. This is a mournful movie at its best, depicting how insane the society is to an individual with slightest weirdness that bars the social order. This is a good mediocre film, but describing it as a horror movie is by itself a horror story.
    8. Poltergeist: It’s hard to believe that the same man, who gave us the gloom portrayal of Nazi Zeitgeist in Schindler’s List, also gave us this freak, even though as a co-author. This is absolutely a crow film…a crow film…and a crow film. The least u say the better.
    9. The Thing: I Just saw this thing wondering why this thing, The Thing, should not be renamed as ‘A Huge Mound of Shit’. When that guy retires and rids us from his carpentry work. This freaky stuff can only attract E.T.s with nuts. Here I go better and read Who Goes There?
    10. Candyman: A good Rosy stuff for the porcelain boys & candy perfume girls. Anyway, the idea behind the purported legend of chanting his name is totally copied from the Persian legend Aladdin. Being a film of zero originality, it shud be perished for one single reason…tampering with a beautiful story The Forbidden by Clive Barker.
    11.Village of the Damned: A Blog shud be tagged as Blog of the Damned if such a silly stuff finds its place there. Dudes, make one point clear to me. Did all those little human looking creatures brush their eyes with toothpaste by mistake…otherwise how their eyeballs were shining so brightly…really a point to ponder? This might be wrong. Then certainly did they have lights fitted in those cavities…lol. At least they don’t need to use torch lights during load shedding. Can I have one of them & save some money?
    12. Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Massacre of history of film making, reel after reel relentlessly with its sub-standard bizarre graphic violence & meaningless carnage. If it’s truly based on the notorious Ed Gein, then I’d definitely see either Psycho or Silence of the Lambs… far more superior in all respects.
    13. Friday the13th. It may rank the thirteenth, the fourteenth, fifteenth, sixteenth…anywhere but shud never be missed out in any list of twenty worst scary movies of all time, a cliché of sex equaling carnage.
    14. A Nightmare on Elm Street: Shit, A Nightmare on Elm…Shit! Being a shitting prototype of the worse Halloween, it seriously puts a question mark on the reputation of Michael Myers being the funniest character of all time… until the emergence of Fred Krueger. It’s a classic example of how a mediocre film maker can transform a superb social subtext for the adolescents into a nonsensical typo of slasher sub genre.
    15.The Descent: Again stuff for the gore champs, with portrayal of grotesque humanoids in funny make-up, even make-up of Mountain of Cannibal God was far more superior. The only good thing about the film is that it proves that not only the Americans, but the British may also fall in the same manner, though fewer times.

    BTW: I really wonder how on earth these aforesaid movies can sit in the same league with The Shining, Salem’s Lot, Silence of Lambs, Ringu etc…gosh! Anyway, friends how about ranking Cast Away as the sixth best scariest one that really cast a spell on us, a psychological fear of loosing the beloved ones, a fear of getting doomed all of a sudden…a superlative treatment definitely.

  • Cassidy

    I think this list is okay, and I agree with a lot of the movies. But you’re missing two extremely terrifying movies that honestly scared the hell out of a lot of people: Paranormal Activity and The Ring.

  • Cassidy

    Oh, and Silent Hill. I still can’t sleep from that movie.

  • kiki

    how about blair witch project 1999?

  • ELBSeattle

    Please learn the proper definition and use of the word ‘literally.’ Leatherface did not ‘literally explode on to the scene.’ There cannot be debate on this point.

    • Please learn the proper definition and use of the word, “explode.” To wit: “To burst forth violently or emotionally, esp. with noise, laughter, violent speech.” For that matter, please learn the proper definition and use of the word “literally.” To wit: “In effect; in substance; very nearly; virtually.” For that matter, please learn the proper use of the dictionary. Asshole.

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  • Morley

    Night of the Living Dead came out in ’68 not ’69.


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  • Jamie

    All of the Scream films are awesome! You’d think that after a while that many sequels would begin to suck, but they didn’t! In fact, they got better as they were made! Scream 3 is by far my favorite though!