The Best Scary Movies

October 27th, 2009 at 3:50 pm by under Entertainment

40 Best Scary Movies
(order updated 10/26/12)

Last year, I put out my list, but this year I spent a lot more time analyzing my picks and set a standard for myself on how to judge them.   This list is not just simply the scariest movies, its the best scary movies I have seen.

First of all, that means there’s a list of movies you might think are better that I haven’t seen because I can really only convince myself to see one really scary movie a year… and this year it was “Paranormal Activity”.
Second, to seperate the really good from the just okay, the movies on this list are quality, well made movies and the movie (or a certain part of it) is the kind of frightening, creepy, or scary that stays with you and impacts you: the stuff of adult nightmares.

So here it is (as of 2012), the 40 Best Scary Movies (that I’ve seen):
"The Ring" poster courtesy DreamWorks"The Shining" poster courtesy Warner Brothers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. “The Ring” (2002)
2. “The Shining” (1980)
3. “The Exorcist” (1973)
4. “Halloween” (1978)
5. “Psycho” (1960)
6. “Paranormal Activity” (2009)
7. “Saw” (2004)
8. “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (1974)
9. “The Others” (2001)
10. “The Grudge” (2004)

11. “Amityville Horror” (1979)
12. “Night of the Living Dead” (1968)
13. “Fright Night” (1985)
14. “The Omen” (1976)
15. “Alien” (1979)
16. “Carrie” (1976)
17. “Poltergeist” (1982)
18. “The Blair Witch Project” (1999)
19. “The Sixth Sense” (1999)
20. “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991)

21. “Misery” (1990)
22. “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (1978)
23. “The Birds” (1963)
24. “House on Haunted Hill” (1999)
25. “Stir of Echoes” (1999)
26. “Funny Games” (2008)
27. “Shutter Island” (2010)
28. “The Thing” (1982)
29. “Identity” (2003)
30. “Open Water” (2003)

31. “Gremlins” (1984)
32. “The Mothman Prophecies” (2002)
33. “Dark Water” (2005)
34. “Sinister” (2012)
35. “House of Wax” (2005)
36. “Vacancy” (2007)
37. “Surveillance” (2008)
38. “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984)
39. “The Happening” (2008)
40. “Jaws” (1975)

Honorable mentions:

“Joy Ride” (2001)
“Super 8″ (2011)
“Arachnophobia” (1990)
“Final Destination 2″ (2006)
“Scream” (1996)
“Seven” (1995)
“The Number 23″ (2007)
“Fright Night” (2011) (2011)
“The Eye” (2008)
“The Invasion” (2007)
“Surveillance” (2009)

You can vote for your favorites for Top 50 Scary Movies of All Time on the interactive poll !!

See more of my movie lists in Laff’s Lists

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One Response to “The Best Scary Movies”

  1. Travis says:

    How is it that The Strangers does not make either of these 2 lists thats insane. Imagine being in your home just sitting there watching tv and unknown to you there’s some random guy that just pops his head out of the darkness and terrorizes you wow insane it’s not mentioned. Also The Descent should have been there as well!

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