10 Scariest Movies Ever

When it comes to horror, there are many genres. Personally, I lean toward the psychological thriller. Monsters from the deep or giant apes are not for me. Aliens from space? No thanks. But draw me into the sociopath's lair and I'm one happy moviegoer. I love a good cat-and-mouse between sickos and the good guys who dare climb up into their heads. I love the mystery of not quite knowing if something "could" happen or "did" happen -- that makes it all the more frightening. Most of all, I love surprise endings!

And so, without further prologue, I give you Mighty Mom's top 10 scariest movies. I've listed them in REVERSE order of my own personal preference.

#10. Misery (1990)

When fans turn fanatic, watch out. Stephen King's fertile imagination has spawned many movies. What I like about "Misery" is that it's so real, and the action is so contained, that it could easily be a play.

Directed by Rob Reiner. Starring James Caan and Kathy Bates.

Plot summary: Famous romance novelist Paul Sheldon (Caan) drives off the edge of a Colorado road during a blizzard, suffers two broken legs, and is rescued by his ''number one fan,'' Annie Wilkes (Bates), a repressed psychopathic ex-nurse who straps Paul into bed and makes him her patient ...and her prisoner. Entertainment Weekly says, "Bates gives Annie an underlying homicidal gleam. She has a gift for playing cheerily hostile, paranoid misfits."

MM comments: Even if you're used to writing on deadline, I hope you never experience the life-or-death pressure of writing for a "boss" as cruely demanding as Annie Wilkes!

#9. Se7en (1995)

 
 

Gluttony. Greed. Sloth. Pride.

Lust. Envy. Wrath.

These sins redefine "deadly."

Starring Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kevin Spacey.

Plot summary: Detective William Sommerset (Freeman), one week left before retirement, is assigned a new partner in the form of Detective David Mills (Pitt). The duo are on the trail of a demented serial killer, one who is killing people according to the punishments of the Seven Deadly Sins. Although shown after-the-fact, there is no doubt about the torture and depravity associated with these murders. The perpetrator gets extra points for attention-to-gory-detail.

MM comments: You wanna talk about surprise endings!? This one will knock your block off!

#8. Strangeland (1998)

 

A piercing little cult film

Also known as "Dee Snider's Strangeland"

Directed by John Pieplow. Writer, star and co-producer is Dee Snider, lead singer of the heavy-metal band Twisted Sister. Actors: Dee Snider as Captain Howdy, Kevin Gage, Brett Harrelson, Elizabeth Pena, Robert Englund (of Freddy Kruger/Nightmare on Elm Street fame), Linda Cardellini and Amy Smart.

Plot summary: Another Colorado town. 15-year-old Genevieve Gage and her best friend Tiana Moore spend a lot of time surfing the Internet and sending messages to strangers in chat rooms. Upon meeting a "student" who goes by the screen name of Captain Howdy, Genevieve and Tiana decide to attend a party at Captain Howdy's house. Tiana's tortured body is found in a car's trunk, her mouth stitched shut. Genevieve is held captive with other teens by the schizophrenic Captain Howdy. He's into collecting his "chat room friends" and adorning them with body art that includes tattooing, piercing, branding, and scarification.

MM comments: I honestly don't recall anything about the plot. The naked torture victims and close-ups of human body parts being pierced by large spikes gives me shivers, tho. Another moral of this story: like bipolars, schizophrenics like Captain Howdy should stay on their meds! And teens should be leery that not all "friends" are really friendly!

#7. The Haunting (1963)

It wants ME... the house wants MEEEEE

Based on the book by Shirley Jackson, this gothic B/W film is directed by Robert Wise. The star is definitely the haunted mansion, Hill House. And since this is 1963, the special effects are effective, not overdone.

Human stars: Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson and Russ Tamblyn (father of Amber Tambyln).

Plot summary: Dr. Markway, doing research to prove the existence of ghosts, investigates Hill House, a large, eerie mansion with a lurid history of violent death and insanity. With him are the skeptical young Luke, who stands to inherit the house, the mysterious and clairvoyant Theodora and the insecure, timid Eleanor (Julie Harris -- in a defining role). As time goes by it becomes obvious that they have gotten more than they bargained for as the ghostly presence in the house manifests itself in horrific and deadly ways.

MM comments: I remember first watching this with my mother sometime in the 1960s or early 1970s. It left an indelible impression on me then. Further viewings have not disappointed. Would definitely not be the same in color.

#6. The Shining (1980)

Writer's Block Turns Deadly

Another Stephen King favorite. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duval, Danny Lloyd and Scatman Crothers.

Plot Summary: Novelist Jack Torrance take a job as a winter caretaker of the isolated (also Colorado if I'm not mistaken!) Overlook Hotel. Jack brings his wife Wendy and his son Danny, who has a mysterious power known as "The Shining" that shows him things from the past and future. As the long winter sets in, horrific visions of past misdeeds perpetrated at the Overlook become commonplace. Jack descends into insanity and turns on his family.

MM comments: Who is the villain in this story? Is it the haunted hotel? Is it sensory deprivation? Or is it the maddening nature of writing itself? Be careful hubbers. If you find yourself typing "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" over and over and over, step away from any sharp tools and get professional help immediately.

#5. The Ring (2002)

Don't watch the video. Don't answer the phone...

Directed by Gore Verbinski.

Starring Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, David Dorfman, Brian Cox, Jane Alexander, Amber Tamblyn

Plot summary: Skeptical journalist Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) goes to the Pacific Northwest to investigate the mysterious death of her niece and three friends, who all died on the same day at the same time- 10:00 PM exactly 1 week after watching a mysterious video. Rachel finds pictures of the cabin where her niece and her friends had stayed a week before their deaths. Rachel goes to the cabin and finds a videotape there. The videotape is linked to a string of suicides at a horse ranch. Needless to say, she can't resist watching it, thus setting off the death clock for herself. With one week to live, Rachel races against time to find out the secret of Anna Morgan and her creepy daughter Samara.

MM comments: The suicide-by-electrocution scene really stunned me. The niece whose hair turned stark white was pretty unexpected, too. But there are creepy scenes and good tension throughout -- up to the very last.

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#4. Manhunter (1986)

You DON'T Want this Tooth Fairy to Visit!

Directed by Michael Mann. Starring William L. Petersen (of CSI fame), Kim Greist, Joan Allen, Brian Cox, Dennis Farina

Plot summary: Red Dragon, the Thomas Harris novel that introduced serial killer Hannibal Lecter to the world, was adapted for the screen by Michael Mann as "Manhunter." Criminal profiler Will Graham (Petersen) has an uncanny ability to think like the killers he tracks. Will has been in retirement since catching Hannibal "the Cannibal" Lecter (Brian Cox). Being inside that particular deranged mind caused Will to have a nervous breakdown. Will's boss Jack Crawford (Dennis Farina) visits Will at his home on the beach (Florida) , showing him pictures from a family murder scene and asking for his help in catching a new killer they have dubbed "the Tooth Fairy" (Tom Noonan).

MM comments: I read the book first. Usually that leads to disappointment with the film version. But I LOVE this movie. What I find most insidious is that if a demented serial killer targets your family, you have no idea -- until it's too late.

#3. Taking Lives (2004)

A lethal form of identity theft

Directed by D.J. Caruso. Stars Angelina Jolie, Ethan Hawke, Kiefer Sutherland, Gena Rowlands

Plot summary: Yep. Another FBI profiler, this time a profilerette. Special Agent Illeana Scott (AJ) steps in to get inside the head of a cunning serial killer in Montreal. She theorizes that the chameleon-like killer is "life-jacking" - assuming the lives and identities of his victims. Is the killer in plain sight? Could he really be that bold and cunning???

MM comments: I won't reveal the trick ending, but let me say that there are twists, turns and double-crosses in this film to keep you guessing till the end.

#2. Rebecca (1940)

Stay far away from Manderley!

I'm as big a fan of "Psycho" as the next horror junkie, but my pick goes to this lesser-known Hitchcock film. Starring Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier (no one does "brooding" like Sir Laurence), Judith Anderson and Nigel Bruce.

Plot summary: "Rebecca" s a compelling mystery/haunting ghost story about a tortured romance, a literal translation of Daphne du Maurier's 1938 gothic novel of the same name, in the tradition of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. The film follows the tragic courtship, marriage and relationship of a naïve, plain young woman (Fontaine) to an aristocratic, moody and mysterious widower (Olivier) who lives in an estate called Manderley. The shy bride experiences fear, pain and doubt when psychologically dominated by the 'presence' (and memories) of her new husband's deceased first wife (named Rebecca, but never seen on screen). She is also tormented by Rebecca's sinsister housekeeper (played by Anderson). Only by film's end, with the flaming destruction of the estate, do the real character and secrets of Rebecca's death become clear.

MM comments: I'm surpised more people don't know about this movie. If you prefer gothic to gore, this is a gotta see!

Rebecca received 11 Academy Award nominations. It won Hitchcock his first and only Best Picture Oscar, his Best Picture win. The film also won an Academy Award for Cinematography (George Barnes), and was nominated in nine other categories, including Best Actor (Olivier), Best Actress (Fontaine), Best Supporting Actress (Judith Anderson with her sole career nomination), Best Director (Hitchcock's first nomination in this category), Best Screenplay, Best B/W Interior Decoration, Best Original Score (Franz Waxman), Best Film Editing, and Best Special Effects.

And Last but Certainly not Least...

#1. Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Super FBI Agent Clarice Starling rules

Based on the novel by Thomas Harris. Directed by Jonathan Demme. Starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scot Glenn, Anthony Heald and Ted Levine (who is now in the series "Monk").

Earned Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenplay

Plot summary: Serial killer Buffalo Bill is kidnapping, murdering and skinning the hides off young women across the midwest. Young FBI agent Clarice Starling is assigned to the case by her boss/mentor Jack Crawford. Brave Clarice attempts to gain insight into the twisted mind of the killer by interviewing Hannibal "the Cannibal" Lecter. As she matches wits with Lecter -who has the darkest of all minds- and follows his clues, Clarice solves the case in a stunning denouement.

MM comments: From the moment I first saw the preview posters in theatres I HAD to know: Why does the woman have a butterfly over her mouth? What can butterflies possibly have to do with silencing lambs?

You'll never listen to the song "American Girl" or look at sewing or poodles the same way again!

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t.keeley 7 years ago from Seattle, WA

LOL, MM. I'm sorry, Se7en sucked. It was far from scary. The rest are decent picks, Silence of the Lambs IMHO was by far the scariest. I prefer the Saw series and the two Hostel flicks...those were bad. Texas Chainsaw Massacre (all three) were pretty intense too :)

Good picks madame. Just not in line with my tastes :P


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tristaprez 7 years ago from Portland OR

Try watching the original Japanese version of The Ring, it beats the American version tenfold, sam with The Grudge. Great list! I'd have to go w/ the first Halloween, Phantasm, the first 3 Elm Street movies, and Audition.


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

I was freaked out when my brother got the Evil Dead Video about a decade back when my parents had gone to attend a wedding. For couple of weeks I was scared and scolded my brother for bringing such a movie.


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Len Cannon 7 years ago from Brooklyn, NY

I think Rebecca is a great choice. It is inifintely watchable, and an interesting look at where Hitchcock was moving towards (and away from, eventually).


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christine almaraz 7 years ago from colorado springs

WHERE IS THE EXORCIST? EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE SEEN SO MUCH MORE BLOOD AND GORE WITH HORROR FILMS, THIS ONE STILL STANDS AS ONE OF THE SCARIEST FILMS OF ALL TIMES. ITS GOT PSYCHOLOGY, RELIGION, FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN AND DOWN RIGHT INTIMIDATION AS A CONCEPT! GOOD VS. EVIL, THE ULTIMATE CONFLICT! yOUR LIST IS GOOD AND I LIKE ALL THE FILMS YOU HAVE LISTED BUT... AS A GROWN ADULT WITH THREE KIDS, I STILL WOULDN'T WATCH IT IN THE DARK, ALONE. COULD YOU?


Andrew Hawkley 7 years ago

The Excorcist was just funny. Stephen King's IT was the most frightening thing I've seen. I didn't find either version of The Ring particularly frightening. The Hong Kong/Thai film The Eye has a similar plot to The Ring but is the second most frightening thing I've seen.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

As you can all see from each other's comments -- taste is very, very personal. I very much appreciate the input, fellow hubbers!

I deliberately stayed away from slasher flicks where the targets are teens. Not my fave (not that they're not totally scary. Michael Myers is a real nutjob).

I didn't include The Exorcist because it contains too much "possession" instead of just sicko psychopaths. Perhaps we need a separate list that includes that category. I love the Omens (all of them, but esp. the original). I used to like the name Damien until that movie! Then there's voodoo possession movies, too. Hmmm.

Texas Chain Saw Massacre is right up there, tkeeley. I vaguely remember the original, but went to see the remake not long ago (the one with Jessica Biel). Now THAT is one gross/scary/creepy movie. Thumbs up!

Also like The Hills Have Eyes -- original and remake.


pgrundy 7 years ago

Great hub! We picked many of the same movies, but some on your list I haven't heard of--like Manhunter and Strangeland. I don't think I can handle Strangeland but Manhunter I will definitely check out. I like The Ring too--I've heard it is based on a Japanese film that is even scarier, and that so is The Grudge. Someday, when I'm up to it, I'm going to find the Japanese versions of both and watch them.

Finally got my version of this hub up so check it out--lots of overlap. I'll tell you what, it was difficult for me. I realized while writing it that I like bad horror movies precisely because they are reassuring, and it was hard to look at what really scares me. Thanks for the challenge! It was educational and fun. We should do it more often!


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CJStone 7 years ago from Whitstable, UK

A-ha, Mighty Mom, I just put a comment on Pam Grudy's hub in which I recommended Manhunter, and here it is on your hub. Great minds eh? I'll have to check out some of your other recommendations. I like the sound of Strangeland.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

I'm not at all surprised our lists overlap, Pam! We are kindred spirits, I do believe. I will check your hub out this afternoon. Alas, "real" (paid) work calls me this am. And I also agree this hub was difficult. Let's think of our next hubber-to-hubber challenge. But I think we need to recover from this one first. Whew!

CJ -- Yes, Pam and I challenged each other to writing this hub. I am not surprised we came up with similar lists. And I'm delighted to find a fellow Manhunter fan! Have you seen the remake with Edward Norton as Will? It's good, too.

You must be a sick man, Mr. Stone. Strangeland is definitely B-movie level, but the concept with the stitching people's mouths together. Well, I would hate to have my FINGERS stitched together. LOL! Other MM faves that I can recommend: Jeepers Creepers. Children of the Corn.


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Constant Walker 7 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

Fun stuff, MM. Dontcha love Halloween?! I'm surprised you overlooked Ghost Story. It's an oldie, but definitely a creeper.


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christine almaraz 7 years ago from colorado springs

another great one to see that's good durning halloween time is "In The Mouth Of Madness (directed by John Carpenter)"


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Yes! I absolutely adore Halloween. It is my favorite holiday (even more than Christmas!). It's not scary, but I love to get in the mood by watching "Nightmare before Christmas" for atmosphere. CW -- had not heard of Ghost Story until I read about it on PGrundy's hub. CA -- If it's by John Carpenter it's gotta be good! Love the title. I will have to check that one out! Thanks!!


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Trekkiemelissa 7 years ago from Illinois

The Ring, that scares me. The shining on the other hand, didn't scare me one bit. Great Hub.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

A great list. It WAS interesting to see how much your choices overlapped. I have to agree with the Exorcist comment (the positive one, not the guy who said it was just funny - probably wet his pants and had to cover his true emotions), but I understand your reason for not including it. I was also more interested in the psychological thriller, and have to recommend "Wait Until Dark". Alan Arkin and Audrey Hepburn??? Get out of town!

Loved it!


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Constant Walker 7 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

Trekkie, I'm the opposite: The Ring was a snore for me, but The Shining (the original one, that is) totally creeped me out.


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Candace Morgan 7 years ago from New York

oved Love Love scary movies. Thanks.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Thanks,all.Just goes to show one man's shriek is another man's yawn...

Doh on "Wait Until Dark." Thanks, Christoph. There's also that one with Robert Mitchum as a vengeful ex-con who stalks Greg Peck and Lee Remick's family. There is a remake with DeNiro as the tatted up psycho. I'm blanking on the name.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

Cape Fear! They're both good, but I prefer the original.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Thank you kind sir! You are truly a gentlman and a scholar. I should have known that. There is a Cape Fear Cafe in a little town called Duncan's Mills on the Russian River in Sonoma, CA. It's a cute little restaurant, but every time I eat there I wonder if they realize the connection (not like they have photos from the flim on the walls or anything).


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

I also have to agree with the comments about the exorcist, that movie scared the bejesus out of me and I still can't watch it. I remember watching a scary movie as a kid and vowed I would never watch it again, I have never come across it though to get the chance it was called Alice Sweet Alice, I'll never forget that title or the movie. I often wonder if it would still be scary if I watched it today, or if my imagination ran away with me as a kid watching it by myself.


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tristaprez 7 years ago from Portland OR

Alice Sweet Alice is one of my favorite scary movies! I own an old beat up VHS copy and watch it when I want to give myself the shivers. The original The Shining is pure genius, Kubrick is my favorite director. (Though the film can't touch the real fright the book caused me when I read it.)


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

I checked out Alice Sweet Alice and it looks right up my alley! I've got to go see it! The child in the yellow slicker reminds me of "Don't Look Now" with Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie. It's based on a short story by Daphne du Maurier, one of my faves (she also wrote Rebecca, above).

Two others that I really like but haven't seen in years are "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" and "Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte -- both starring Bette Davis.

Tristaprez -- agree with you that reading is always scarier than watching the movie. That's cuz our imaginations fill in the blanks.... Thanks for reminding me!


t3chdude 7 years ago

Nice list, although I don't really agree with several of them but we all have different opinions. As for the Lamb movie, I'd consider it more suspenseful than scary.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hi t3chdude, I'd be very interested to know what you consider scary. I think you're right, tho. SUSPENSEFUL is what I like more than scary. Hold you in suspense to find out what happens, as opposed to jump out of your skin scared. That's a whole nuther kind of movie:-)

Thanks for commenting!


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

MM so what or who is a "nietzche" girl?


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

PP -- What a funny question to pose here on a hub about Halloween flicks. I do remember saying that -- on one of my personal rants (about diapers, life coping skills, something like that). A Nietzsche Girl is a female who subscribes to the old Nietzsche saying, "That which does not kill me only makes me stronger."

Wanna arm wrestle???


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

Yeah why not, anything to make a girl happy?

I'm not sure if I go along with that Quote completely.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

I'm just showing off how incredibly strong I've become from all the near-death experiences I've had in my life. Kidding, really. I'm still waiting for the group shower at Christoph's. Or whatever group game the gang wants to play tonight. Spryte and Shades had a very busy day so not sure they're even around 2night.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

I haven't seen much action from Chris for some time, he might be having puter trouble. I heard somewhere gmom is going away for awhile. spryte was in a good mood on the  forum, beat some poor dude into submission . Actually I thought he gave up too easily, he might be sprytes alter ego?


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO

I like your taste.  Manhunter was a surprise to see on the list.  I like that movie more than the remake Red Dragon. 

Check out my lists on horror:

http://hubpages.com/entertainment/goodhorrormovies...

http://hubpages.com/entertainment/lesser_known_hor...


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Becca the Gypsy 7 years ago from Middle of the States

OMG...2 that got me as a child were The Shinig and The Haunting...my dad was a film inspector for MCA Universal Studios here in Chicago, so I grew up watching movies till my eyes popped out..lol....Great Choices.....

Have you ever seen "Legend of Hell House" with Roddy McDowall? It was made in 1973

That was one that disturbed me as a child....


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

LOL, Becca. Roddy McDowall himself distrubs me:-). Seriously, I am impressed when movies that scared me as a child still scare me as an adult. Thanks for sharing your taste in scary movies! See ya around HP, MM


ColdWarBaby 7 years ago

Count Dracula, BBC, 1977 Louis Jourdan. A very long but extremely faithful depiction of Bram Stokers epic. Jordan’s performance as the count was one of the most frightening performances I’ve ever seen. It was a three part mini series that I was fortunate enough to catch on PBS in its entirety one evening many years ago. I will never forget it.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Francis Ford Coppola, 1992. Gary Oldman gives an exceptional performance as the vampire prince Vlad Tsepesh. Another film that was astoundingly accurate in its adherence to Stoker’s original story.

I know the vampire has been done to death but these two renditions are so far removed from the typical undead flick that there is simply no comparison. The lead actors, especially Oldman, gave stellar and very dramatic performances. The supporting casts and meticulous attention to detail, even in the older BBC rendition, made both films exceptional and exceptionally scary.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hi CWB, I've seen the Gary Oldman Dracula and wholeheartedly agree. It's elegant and understated and just... deliciously creeeeeepy! I will have to check the other one out. Not till after the holidays, tho. December is no time to watch horror flicks (unless they are of the 3 ghosts visiting Scrooge variety!). Thanks! MM


ColdWarBaby 7 years ago

I've just downloaded it from a peer to peer network. Torrents are pretty cool. Maybe I can compress it and email it to you.


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smart cat 7 years ago from Kentucky

The Shining is diffently scarer than The Ring. I agree with the American version is not as scary as the Japanese one of course. Silence of the Lamb shouldn't have been number one. I am always scared of movies about possession such as "The Exorist", "The Omen", and other movies. But your list is still pretty relvant.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Thanks for sharing your taste in scary movies, Smart Cat. I could do a separate list on possession and voodoo movies. That's a different genre, which I agree is very, very good. Amityville Horror is on that list. Basically, I just love horror movies!!!


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

A chilling hair raising list for sure.'Silence Of The Lambs',I refused to eat tongue again at dinner parties after that. That movie really freaked the living daylights out of me.

'The Shining',I hid under a pillow in the axe scene whilst stuffing my mouth with Pretzels.'Misery',omg that woman was a complete physcopath.I would hate to go a round with her.Brilliant actress she is.

'The Ring' yes that caused my sparse little hairs on my arms to greater heights.Very good choice Mighty Mom


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St.James 7 years ago from Lurking Around Florida

Nice list, but I would suggest checking out

Audition

The little girl who lives down the lane

The Hitcher (1986 original version)

Whan a Stranger calls (original 1978)

The Changeling (original 1980)

One Hour Photo

The Others

The Hunger

Momma Mia

In the mouth of madness


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Blondepoet -- I think you and I have a lot in common! We even like the same scary movies! I am laughing at you refusing to eat tongue at dinner parties after watching Silence of the Lambs. I stopped eating tongue when I found out it was ... "tongue" literally:-).

St. James. I will have to check out Audition. The Hitcher should be on there -- you're right. That scene with the french fries in the diner. OMG!!! May have to do another list in time for Halloween next year!

When a Stranger Calls, The Others, The Hunger, all good. I LOVE One Hour Photo -- Robin Williams makes a great psycho. IN the mouth of madness? Never heard of that one but will also check that out.

And Momma Mia -- that frightening? Which part? Is it Pierce Brosnan's voice? :-)


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

MM- I'm not much for "scary" movies, but there is one I saw last year called the Orphanage. Give it about a half hour, and then grab a hold of someone.


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Haha yes,I agree there is a connection there.I was astounded I agreed with every single one.I cant watch all those chainsaw,massacre type movies that make not much sense,just full of blood and guts,they disturb me aghhh.If I want that type of thing I will go work in a butchers lol.

You should check out Christoph Reilly's page when you have a chance haha,the story on how you guys all want to murder him and read the latest comments,that will bring a smile to your face.


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Mighty Mom are you alive. i haven't seen you for awhile.You will be pleased to know I finally finished my story on 'Sexiest Men On Hubpages'. I am going to get killed by a lot of men haha I can just tell.


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artfuldodger 7 years ago from Earth

Children of the Corn. Not because it's particularly scary. But it's a poorly filmed and acted classic.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

I'd have to agree with you on Children of the Corn. Plus, the kids all have Old Testament Biblical names, which makes them all the more creepy.

I will never look at a scythe the same again after watching that movie. I can see we're going to have to do a 10 Ten Scariest Movies Revisited next Halloween! Thanks!!


Adam B 7 years ago

Here are some seriously creepy, f'd up movies that a true horror junkie will love and appreciate. I don't really consider movies like Silence of the Lambs, Manhunter, Taking Lives or Seven to be horror, more like pschological thrillers. But if you like those types you will absolutly love the first one on my list.

1) Antibodies (It is a very well thought out psyuch thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat the entire time. It is in German so you have to read subtitles though)

2) Inside - About a pregnant woman terrorized by a mystery woman with a scissors trying to cut the unborn baby out

3) Cigarette Burns - About a film that makes you go crazy and kill yourself

4) Event Horizon - Chilling movie about a ship that was lost for seven years and reappears with no crue. Where has this ship been? Where is it;s crew? What happened? Very creepy film

5) Clownhouse - Movie about children being stalked and terrorized by clowns. Not a cheese movie like it sounds, it's actually pretty good.

Those were just some lesser known ones. I think the scaries movie of all time is still the Excorsist.


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AshleyVictoria 7 years ago from Los Angeles

Great list - Se7en is one scary movie!!


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JPeaslee 7 years ago

What a great list - I'm going to go add some of these to my Blockbuster queue right away.

I recently watched the new version of The Haunting, which truly scares the muffins out of me. I tried watching the B&W version, but couldn't - B&W is soooo much scarier! I'll try again, though.

ALSO, I have had Manhunter in my room for over a month and have been reluctant to watch it. Now I think I shall!


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Scares the muffins out of you? I've never heard that expression before, but it's wonderful!

I highly recommend Manhunter. And Red Dragon, also. But you might want to make sure you have someone there with you to watch it.

I also totally agree that BW is way scarier than color. That original Haunting is .... creepy on many levels. Thanks for visiting! MM


RN4072 7 years ago

I have to agree that psycho killers are much scarier than monsters or aliens - simply because you never really know what lurks behind those smiling faces...Another reason why I hate clowns. Creepy! I have to agree with Andrew Hawkley's mention of IT. Pennywise is my ultimate boogeyman.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hi RN4072, I never used to think of clowns as scary until I went to a Halloween haunted house. The theme was evil clowns and man, was it FREAKY! Pennywise is the ultimate clown-gone-bad. Also John Wayne Gacey, the serial killer.

I'm going to check out "Clownhouse" suggested above. But not to watch alone:-). Another one that's a scary film starring clowns is called SICK, which stands for Sick Insane Clown Killers. I watched it a few years ago and remember finding it quite .... disturbing (in my book, that's the ultimate compliment!)


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

I will never forget the shining and everytime I see Jack Nicholson it brings a flashaback, and their son saying "redrum","redrum" God that freaks me out. Silence of the lambs is another one, Anthony Hopkins and his cccccccclariceeeeeee, eeewwwwwwww sends chills down my spine...Love the list :)


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gr8archer45 7 years ago from Pakistan

awsum hub, mighty mom! Thanx to u now i hav a few movies at hand to check out at the next sleepover :) I'v yet to see silence of the lambs but the ring is dfntly gud although i agree with t.keely that se7en wasn't too scary. However it is dependant on personal choice ofcourse. The blair witch project realy creeped my out when I saw it, that too in the day time! The house of wax was good too i think..wtg


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

The Ring was terrifying! Misery was excruciatingly terrifying; James Caan and Kathy Bates were frighteningly excellent. I'll never forge one scene in particular, I'm sure you know the one I'm talking about, it was the first shock in the movie. Great list. There are three I haven't seen yet. Now I know if I'm going to or not. ;) Thanks!


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hi Frieda! If you want to watch those other three movies let me know. I'll whip up a batch of popcorn and we can watch em together. Luckily, the ultra scary scenes are just a wee bit less scary after the 1st viewing!

Thanks for visiting. Here's to having #1 Fans... NOT! MM


Chris Friend 7 years ago

My God! No Exorcist. That one is still a shocker and will remain one.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hi Chris Friend. You're right. Exorcist is one disturbing to the core flick. I didn't include it on my list because I tried to keep my list (mostly) to films where the threat is human. I just love psycho films.

I will do another one with films where there are religious overtones. In addition to The Exorcist, I love the Omen and some movies about voodoo demons. Can't think of the names at present, tho!

Thanks for visiting. And the reminder to make a new top 10 list soon! MM


Chris Friend 7 years ago

The Tobe Hooper's Made for TV version of Salem's Lot was pretty good as well. The Nosferatu like vampire's attack in the jail is tremendous.


Chris Friend 7 years ago

Also, the really old film White Zombie was pretty good.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Good one! Anything by Tobe Hooper is right up there on the scare-o-meter! I can picture that vampire right now. BTW, I know Salem's Lot is not Salem, but if you've never been to Salem, MA, it's one spooky city!

White Zombie? Aren't they a metal band:-)?


Chris Friend 7 years ago

Also an excellent l933 Bela Lugosi Horror film with Lugosi as a Voodoo priest. Rob Zombie borrowed the title. Also, the snuff movie scenes in Videodrome creeped me out as well.


Chris Friend 7 years ago

Hi Mighty Mom Probably will write a few reviews here myself. Daughter of Darkness or Curse of Frankenstein. Also, possibly one on the cult favorite Fantastic Planet


Chris Friend 7 years ago

I also really love John Carpenter's version of the Thing. Love the wonderful weird shape-shifting sequences. Many thought it excessive, but I loved it's extreme transformations. Kind of out Cronenberg's Cronenberg.


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chicamom85 7 years ago

There are so many you could go on and on. Very good choices, thanks.

Thanks for visiting my hub


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Laughing Mom 7 years ago

I've only seen 5 of these movies, but then I am not a fan of scarey movies--even the predictable ones.  I don't do well being startled.  Dates used to think it was an easy way to....well, you know...but it didn't take them long to realize they didn't get the response they were looking for.

I still to this day have nightmares about "Children of the Corn".....

But I'd love to go see a good comedy with you!!


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

LOL LM, I'm reading your comment after just reading your hub about your motorcycle accident. You don't do well being startled, eh? I don't know anyone who DOESN'T get nightmares from Children of the Corn:-).

Now, about your idea of watching a comedy. That sounds like a wonderful idea. Right about now it wouldn't even have to be all that funny and you'd think it was -- pain pills have that effect! I'll be right down (up, over -- not sure which direction you live from Sacramento:-). Break out the Jiffy Pop


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Laughing Mom 7 years ago

"He's Just Not That Into You" is out today. But I have a birthday party for my son tonight. I'll pick up the movie and the popcorn, and meet you in the living room at 7 tomorrow night. But I have to warn you, I like a TON of butter and peanut mNm's in my popcorn. If you drive, it'll take you that long to get to Tulsa. I know this because I made the mistake of driving from here to Disneyland and back a couple of years ago with my kids. By the time we hit Arizona, I was remembering why God created airplanes.

And no, I don't do 'startled' well. But shock can be a wonderful thing. And like I said, I actually saw that one coming...... You *do not* want to be around when some funny-guy sends one of those from-the-devil emails where I am supposed to be watching a commercial or finding the differences in the two pictures and that zombie looking thing pops up to scare the heebie-jeebies out of me. I actually passed out once and came to holding onto a police officer. That in itself wasn't all bad, but OMG was I embarrassed!


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Now THAT sounds like a plan! A chick flick, popcorn (what's the point if it's not slathered and well salted?) AND peanut M&Ms. You are definitely my kind of movie partner, LM!

BTW, I haven't seen Mama Mia the movie yet, either. So we could do a double feature (but of course we would need twice the popcorn and M&Ms and probably like a gallon of Diet Coke to wash it down with!)

But why did I have it in my head that you lived in CA? Tulsa? Oy. Well, you can visit with another infamous HP mom: Gwendymom!


andrew666 7 years ago

do you watch horror films at all?okay if you are looking for scary let me help you.I am not basing my opinion offf anything other than simple facts.I am a horror film buff so i can recommend some movies to scare you.check out city of the living dead a.ka into the gates of hell,john carpenters in the mouth of madness,april fools day,jacobs ladder,night of the demons 1,2,3.if you want to see a clip of a bunch of scary movies that might scare you check out terror in the aisles 1 and 2.if you are looking at a more realistic approach check out the stand by stephen king.i am currently writing a horror drama about two zombies in love on here.if anybody has a question on if or not on a horror film write me i will be glad to help you.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hello Andrew666 -- great name, BTW. I'll have no problem remembering that one (might be a tad easier if it was Damien666).

Thanks for expanding my list of scary movies. I tried to keep this hub to a certain "sub-genre" of horror which does not include zombies. I had forgotten about Jacob's Ladder. Good one! Might have to do an update closer to Halloween this year.

Anything by Stephen King is guaranteed to be right up there in the chills dept. I love Pet Semetary and It and Misery and also Delores Claiborne (not a classic horror film but still great).

I'm going to go check out your work and join your fan club so I know when you publish something new, ok? Thanks for visiting. MM


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mythbuster 7 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

The Ring was a very scary movie in my opinion. I think that if ...... oh, hang on a sec' - my phone's ringing. I'll be right back


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Oh No, Mythbuster. Don't answer that call! Uh oh... too late...

Thanks for visiting. MM


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

I haven't seen Talking Lives yet. Kudos on the rest. I've got to get to the video store!


Chris Friend 7 years ago

Not too sure if they are that scary anymore, but I have a real affesction for Hammer Studios Frankenstein Movies. I guess anything based on serial killer Ed Gein is usually scary, because it's about the proverbial ghoul next door. These days life is pretty scary on it's own. But, then again I guess it always was.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hi Chris Friend! What happened to your nice avatar pic?

Good call on the serial killer movies. They are a genre unto themselves. Ed Gein, John Wayne Gacey, Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, The Zodiac Killer (I like the version with Jake Gyllenhall and Chloe Sevigny). Helter Skelter is bar none the most frightening book I ever read and the movie did it justice.

Did you know I lived in New York during the Summer of Sam???


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satomko 7 years ago from Macon, GA

I agree with everything except Strangeland. Those kidnapping and torture scenes just seem like the early lead up to films like Saw or Hostel which I don't think are scary so much as shocking bloodbaths.

I will say the Misery and Manhunter are inspired choices.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hello Satomko. I've never seen Saw or Hostel -- for the very reason you cite, I feared they were just shocking bloodbaths. Strangeland was very powerful for me, I associate it with watching it with my son (he has basically no fear and watches all the new ones like Saw and Hostel as if they're Bambi meets Mr. Rodgers).

I think that like any genre, horror has a lot of sub genres. One person may like slapstick comedy but not like sophisticated, witty comedy. The horror I gravitate toward is (for the most part) psychological rather than special effects or gore fest.

Given the choice, however, reading the book is almost always scarier (holds true of both Misery and Manhunter aka Red Dragon).


Chris Friend 7 years ago

I just saw the excellent Elizabeth Bathory film last night-Countess Dracula. Not quite as good as Daughters of Darkness, which an truly great cult film. But this one was good as well. With opulent sets and costumes. Pretty gory in spots.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Thanks for the recommendation, Chris. For me, the consummate vampire movie will always be "Devil Bat's Daughter." Seriously. I saw this film with my best friend at her house when we were I dunno, somewhere between 7 and 10 years old. It impacted us both greatly. For years neither of us could ever find any trace of the movie -- to the point that we began to think we had dreamed it. That was obviously before the Internet.

Thanks especially for writing about opulent sets and costumes -- that is the kind of detail that I really go for in a film.

Keep on the dark side, dear friend Friend!! MM


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Kosmo 7 years ago from California

I also liked "The Haunting." No ghosts or monsters are seen in the entire movie. Give me a good ghost story any day! However, I'm quite the fan of monsters, sci-fi and otherwise. Human monsters may be the worst, though, of course. Later!


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

The Haunting was just on the other day. Last night I saw one featuring human monsters. It stars Richard Gere and Claire Danes (odd pairing, I know). Called "The Flock." Elements of Silence of the Lambs and Seven and I don't quite know what else. Not the best ever, but worth checking out, I think.

Thanks for sharing the dark side with me! MM


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lafenty 7 years ago from California

I found The Ring quite scary. Also Cape Fear. You have a good list, haven't seen all of them, but have seen some. Who's Afraid of the Dark ( that may not be the right name) with Audrey Hepburn, was a great one from the 60's.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Thanks, lafenty. People either find The Ring stupid or really scary. Cape Fear is absolutely terrifying -- because it could happen. I prefer the original version with Greg Peck as the lawyer and Robert Mitchum as the bad guy. Although DeNiro is pretty evil all tatted up!

The Audrey Hepburn movie I believe is called Wait Until Dark -- she is blind. What a concept. You've given me a great idea for a "by the decades" scary movies hub. Maybe nearer to Halloween time!

Thanks for visiting and commenting. MM


Chris Friend 7 years ago

You know Wait Until Dark was a pretty good one. Marathon Man is not a film one would consider a horror film, but it's very scary indeed. Countess Dracula was a rich period horror film. Full of wonderful sets and costumes. Pretty good even by Hammer's usual rich standards.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

You really know your horror, Mr. Friend! So, I am curious to know what you mean by "pretty good even by Hammer's usual rich standards." What do YOU consider important elements of a good horror film? Who consistently gets it right?


Chris Friend 7 years ago

Call me Chris. Hammer was usually pretty stylish and well produced. But Countess Dracula was even more opulent. To be honest about real horror, something like Texas Chainsaw Massacre is terrifying for it's stark realism is what makes it so frightening. Even though I have a DVD of Suspiria, I felt it was so stylized that it lacked real chills. It's beautiful visually, but doesn't have Chainsaw's chilling pseudo-documentary style. Night of the Living Dead also has a similar style. It's not just gore and splatter, it's the sense that this could be happening someplace at sometime. That's pretty much how I see it. I like the stylish stuff like Hammer Studios work, but the scary stuff is has to be in a real setting.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

I'm with you. The sense that this could be happening someplace at sometime. That makes it really scary in my book. That's why Silence of the Lambs is my #1 all-time favorite scary movie. And Manhunter. Anything with Serial Killers (Ted Bundy -- scary because serial killers are supposed to be ugly social misfits, not good looking! Do you know, to this day I can't look at Mark Harmon without thinking of him playing Ted Bundy!!

Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a good one. I liked the remake. Tobe Hooper?


Chris Friend 7 years ago

Usually the very worst psychopaths are usually good looking charming individuals, not slobbering maniacs that we see in horror films. That's how they trap their victims. Dahmer and Bundy were attractive fellows that certainly not the horror movie image of a serial killer. It makes this all the more creepy, the proverbial ghoul next door. They are all the worst for being so normal in appearance.


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

Now CR!


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1kmjs 7 years ago from Iowa

Oh I'm a fan of you. Great List! Most of the top 10 lists on horror movies are ridiculous. This one had 4 that I completely agree with. When I first saw the shining I was mortified. I'm so glad I saw that at 7, if I waited until 15 or so It wouldn't have impacted me the same. The Exorcist was another. I saw manhunter too, I actually own it. Its decent, I particularly like it for its cheese factor. The ending where inspector grahm kills off the toothfairy is hilarious. Jumping through the glass window with Inna gotta devita playing in the background is priceless. Cheese to the 5th power but absolutely perfect. Nice list!


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petsnakes 7 years ago from United States

Check out Eden Lake. It's a great and twisted movie. One movie I'd say belongs on any top 10 scary/horror movies is Hellraiser part 1. Also Henry Portrait of a serial killer is worth a view if you haven't seen it.


Sidney Rayne 7 years ago

Wow....we could round and round on this one ;)

Nice to see Strangeland get a nod...The Shining (Saw it when I was about 8...so very special film to me)....Silence of The Lambs as well. I will say it is extremely difficult to narrow down a top 10 list with horror movies...it might even be just as difficult to get a top 100.

Definitely agree with the vibe that attracts you to these films...but if you have the patience for subtitles I highly recommend Ringu if you have never seen it...the creepy factor is dialed up so much higher even though The Ring did hold it's own.

As well...if you have not checked out The Devil's Rejects by Rob Zombie...definitely recommend...as well it helps to have seen House of 1000 Corpses prior to viewing "Rejects" for some sense of continuity...but the sequel was definitely a sign of Rob coming into his own as a writer and director..."Rejects" remains one of my favorite movies even outside of the genre.

Good read though!


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Petsnake, I will check out your suggestions. I may have seen Hellraiser. Funny story about "Henry, Portrait of a Serial Killer" is my son has always been the horror movie fanatic. As a young child (well before he should have been watching R rated flicks) he would go to the video store and PLEAD with me to see that movie. I held out as long as I could.

Sidney -- Rob Zombie's a sick dude, isn't he? You and others have given me enough ideas for at least a sequel to this list. Perhaps closer to Halloween.


Sidney Rayne 7 years ago

Hmmm...I wouldn't refer to him as "Sick"...he is essentially very creative and his work in movies is certainly rather graphic at times....but he is no sociopath by any means ;)

Look forward to the sequel...


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Sick is a compliment! You know, the horror movie director equivalent of "phat" :-).


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EdG. 7 years ago

Not a big fan of scary movies. In fact, of this whole list I've only seen The Ring, and that's only because it was on TV and I don't have cable. That being said though, I didn't think it was that scary.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hello EdG. I appreciate you taking the time to visit and comment. Each of us has unique tastes.

By the way, your avatar is intriguing -- and (to me) a bit SCARY! MM


Joe 7 years ago

Any Top 10 Horror Lists that includes Silence Of The Lambs, Alien, Jaws, and The Sixth Sense, movies that aren't really horror, but doesn't include An American Werewolf In London with its most awsome transformation scene ever by far in films, The Changeling 1980 with its non-effect but creepy to the bones chill, In The Mouth Of Madness and its fuck with your mind shit, The Mothman Prophycies based on a true story legend can lick my balls, thank you.


Joe2 7 years ago

I also wanted to say that Roger Ebert and the Chicago times sucks ass and knows shit about horror films. Do us a favor, don't give us your view on horror films if like Ebert you're looking for a clean horror movie, it's kind of like watching porn with all the sex scene deleted. Also, fuck AFI, out of 100 greatest movies of all time, only 5 horror, most of the rest sucks and most of those 5 horror films sucks also. lol


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hello Joe2, Thanks for commenting. Sounds like you have some strong views on horror films. I don't pay attention to reviews -- except perhaps as to the technical aspects of how "good" a movie is. This list is very strictly movies I personally found SCARY. Not intended to be "horror" movies and in fact, (I thought) clearly labeled as in the genre of psychological thrillers.

I'd be very interested to read a hub of the films you would rate as your top 10 faves.

BTW, Mothman Prophesies is awesome. Thanks for the reminder on that one. Maybe in my Scariest Movies II hub around Halloween I'll include it. THANK YOU! MM


Joe3 7 years ago

Thank You Mighty Mom. I find in general that psychological horror and traditional classic horror to be alot scarier than modern day CGI and Slashers for that they rely on eerie music, suspense, shock images, etc. I also find that the era between early 70s till like mid-80s had the best horror movies ever. I'm also a fan of few Japanese and Italian Horror films, E.G. The Grudge, The Ring, and Dario Argento's Suspiria. Thanks.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

We agree on the psychological horror. To me, if it could really happen, if it shows the dark side of man's (usually man) psyche, it's much more terrifying than slasher movies. Those I don't like at all.

Would love to know what films you include in your "Classic horror" genre.

So where is your avatar and get going on that hub, sir!

(seriously -- if you write one or a couple, we can link to each other's hubs if you like). MM

I am also glad you find The Ring scary. Less the 2nd and 3rd times I watched it, but WOW!


Joe 7 years ago

Ok Mighty Mom, I like classic horror that didn't withdrew from the traditional horror style, E.G. like the ones I mentioned The Changeling with George C.Scott and truly underrated unlike the overrated Amitiville Horror that had one of the weakest acting except for Brolin who was at best ok. Creepy and spooky without effect, also original Night Of THe Living Dead, THe Howling, though some ppl argue that it did withdrew from traditional horror style. I'm not a big fan of vampires though, cause they LITERALLY suck, though I do admire the goth they hold. Mightymom, I find Bella Lagosi to be the best Dracula, I don't how about you guys, but he had the looks. I didn't really care much for Christopher Lee, though most ppl would probably argue he's better. TKS


Joe 7 years ago

my top 10 horror flicks

10. The Exorcist.

9. Fallen.

8. The Mothman Prohycies.

7. Candyman.

6. White Noise.

5. The Ring.

4. The Grudge.

3. An American Werewolf In London.

2. The Changeling.

1. In The Mouth Of Madness.

Honorable Mentions: Raising Cain, The Howling, Suspiria, Night Of The Living Dead 1968 original, Evil Dead 2, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween, and The Shining.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

LOL Joe -- How many of you are there? Joe, Joe 2, Joe 3 -- all you? Or am I being bombarded by Joes who like horror movies? I don't really mind the attention!

I am so with you on Amityville Horror. I cannot stand that movie.

I like your top 10 list! Totally forgot about Candyman -- that's a GREAT movie! Not sure if I have seen "Fallen" or "In the Mouth of Madness" but will check them out.

Did you like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake? I did!

How about "The Hills Have Eyes." That's pretty creepy.

Now you are putting me in the mood for a good, old fashioned fright fest! Thanks for turning me on to some new ones. MM


Joe 7 years ago

Hi Mighty Mom lol, it's the same Joe, I haven't seen the remake of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, I honestly can't stand most remakes they make these days of older films. They did one for Dawn Of The Dead, I didn't like it, I would like to check out the original though. They made one for the Amitiville, a movie that wasn't crying out for a sequel anyway, lol. tks


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hello, Hey Joe! You are funny and make me smile. Thank you for discussing horror movies with me. There is nothing, and I do mean NOTHING like the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Tobey Hooper is a genius. BUT, when my son (the real horror movie buff in the family -- used to be, not so much now that he's actually 17 and can see these R rated films legitimately) dragged me to the remake, I thought, "This is gonna be lame."

It was GREAT. Rent it or Netflix it or wait for it to come on TV. But def see it -- and please let me know what you think. Cheers. Happy horror viewing! MM


Joe 7 years ago

Cool, TKS


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Sexy jonty 7 years ago from India

Very well written hub .....

very much informative ......

Thank you very much for your great hub, for good advice, good wishes and support. Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us.

My vote to THE RING


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hello Sexy Jonty -- Thank you so much. The Ring is right up there among the scariest movies I've ever seen, for sure.


Joe 7 years ago

Mighty Mom, my wife knows this movie she seen sometimes in the 80s about people who when they stare at a mirror, something bad happens to them or something. She thinks it's called mirrors, but I'm not sure about the name, if you know the name, please let me know, ty very much.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hi Joe, This might be a good question to post on the Ene tertainment forum. A lot of Hubbers are well versed in movies! The movie that comes to mind from your description is Candyman which is about an urban legend. It features Virginia Madsen. I think it's from the 1980s. Here's a link (I hope). Good luck! MM

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Joe 7 years ago

Hi Mighty Mom. No that's not the one, I've seen Candyman With Virginia Madson. It's number 7 in my list of top 10 scariest movies of all time. The one I'm talking about is few years older. Thanks anyway.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Oops! So it is. I should have looked back up at your list before spouting off. I looked up a horror movie called "Mirrors" and found one from 2008 starring Keifer Sutherland. Nothing about what it was a remake of, tho.

Hope you find it. I just hate when I know I know something and can't remember it or find it. Sucks to be old:-). MM


Don Seesareu 7 years ago

Mighty Mom, my name is Don Seesareu and I'm a producer and movie reviewer. I agree with your picks. I have a suggestion to make, Create a list of Superhero movies and list the reasons why you put them in that list and also put a rating next to the review so that people would know how high up the list that Superhero movie is.


Don Seesareu 7 years ago

If you don't know about comic book movies then I have a list of movies that I created my self and that list is of the worst movies I've ever saw and I put a rating next to each and also I put up a list of the best movies that I've seen and put a rating next to those.

Worse Movies:

10. Blade (1999) 2/10

9. Jason X (2002) 2.5/10

8. City of Angels (1998) 4/10

7. The Marine (2006) 5/10

6. Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973) 2/10

5. The Simpsons Movie (2007) 3/10

4. Ready To Rumble (2000) 2.5/10

3. X-Men 2 (2003) 4.75/10

2. Godzilla (1998)

1. Fantastic Four (2005) 0.5/10

Best Movies:

10. Titanic (1997) 8.5/10

9. X-Men (2000) 8.50/10

8. The Rundown (2003) 8.5/10

7, Jaws (1975) 8/10

6. Star Wars (1977) 9/10

5. Mothra vs. Godzilla 9.5/10

4. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1993) 9/10

3. King Kong (1933) 9/10

2. Godzilla vs. Destoroyah 9.5/10

1. Godzilla (1954) 10/10


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hi Don Seesaureu! I'm delighted (but a bit shocked) that you agree with my picks. That's cool.

I am actually not much of a superhero movie fan. Batman and its many sequels -- ok. Ironman was good, tho. Spiderman? No thanks.

It's still a great idea! Why don't YOU write such a hub? I'll read it! MM


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hi again, Don. Your worst and best movie lists are pretty interesting. I see you are a huge Godzilla fan. He's quite a guy, isn't he? They don't make them any more classic than that.

I personally hated the movie Titanic, btw!

How do feel about The Brady Bunch movie? I just saw it again the other night and as a film made from a TV series I think it's a 10/10. MM


Mr. Seesareu 7 years ago

Mighty Mom. My name is Mr. Seesareu, the brother of Don Seesareu. Have you visted Youtube? There's a wrestling shooter named PSPower and people say that I'm like him because we know shit when we see it. I'm the most hated guy on the internet and do you want to know why that is? That's because I go on these big ass rants about how horrible Jessica Alba is. I actually agree with your choices. I will start a hub dedicated to discussing Jessica Alba's sinking movie career. People who've seen my comments about Mrs. Alba knows that I go on these long pissed off shoots on Jessica Alba. I don't do these shoots for money, I do these shoots on Alba to help open People's eyes about how bad Jessica Alba has gotten. If you're not a fan of Alba, then think you. Know the reason why I'm so pissed in my shoots? The reason is that I was a former Jessica Alba fan and I've seen her progress from good to shitty. If you're familiar with John Cena, then you'll know what I'm talking about. Later Mighty Mom, hope you get this comment soon.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hello Mr. Sessaureu. I'm familiar with frequent ranters on a variety of topics. Can't say I've ever met anyone with a personal pet peeve like yours against Jessica Alba. I think she is very pretty, but that's about the extent of my opinion.

A suggestion: I bet if you put a Jessica Alba rant on the Entertainment Forum you will get some very, very interesting responses. I'm guessing there will be at least a couple of Jessica Alba fans coming to her defense!


Don Seesareu 7 years ago

I'm sorry if I couldn't review your Brady Bunch movie. Um that Film was decent but not a classic by any means in my opinion. I'll give it a 7.5/10. My brother goes off on these rants because he feels that he's doing something good. Contact you next time.


Cody Seesareu 7 years ago

I think that you put the wrong horror movies on your list. But good movies though. I too hate Jessica Alba. I don't make my hate as public as Mr. Seesareu. Don Seesareu will contact you tommorow. Do you think that Jessica Alba sucks as an actress? Just wanting your opinion. Did you see Mr. Seesareu's latest hub "Jessica Alba Is The Worst Actress Of All Time"? Its great. Maybe you should post a comment on there.


Vladimir Seesareu 7 years ago

Mighty Mom, You've dropped the ball on your list. You've selected movies that were crappy. Here are the movies that should've been on the list.

10. Evil Dead

9. Alien

8. Halloween 2

7. Nightmare On Elm Street

6. Freddy vs. Jason

5. The Eye (Jessica Alba film)

4. Idle Hands (Jessica Alba film)

3. Blade

2. Wrong Turn (Eliza Dushku film)

1. Friday The 13th 9: Jason Goes To Hell.

My name is Vladimir Seesareu. I've not done a hub yet but, I'm getting around making one. These one of these films should've been on your list. If you've heard of Don Seesareu, he's reviewed your Brady Bunch movie and made a hub about the best superhero movies that he's seen. Cody Seesareu is making WWE hubs so you might want to check those out as well. I hope you see this soon mighty Mom.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

LOL. Yet another Brother Seesareu! Or maybe you are the father of these prolific movie reviewers? Well, sir, I appreciate your list. Now, if you look carefully at the sub-genre I was writing about, you will see that not all the movies you have suggested even fit the category.

Wrong Turn is a good one.

I suppose one day I could write a list with the classics such as Halloween, Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street. These are all fine films, of course. But I'm really not a huge fan of teen slasher films -- and that's what they are.

I can also see that you and your brother have something of a disagreement when it comes to Ms. Alba.

Thank you for your comments. I will take them under advisement. Have a horrific (and I mean that in only the best possible way!) day, Vladimir! MM


Mr. Seesareu 7 years ago

Vladimir is indeed our brother. I have a movie review show that covers any type of film. My brothers produce the show and I review the movies that our show covers. Our show is an internet show. It's on MoviesOnline.ca and when you see a movie that I reviewed and it has my name on it, click on it. Our show isn't seen by many people that's because people can't find it. If you find MoviesOnline.ca and find My name and a review that I did, then you'll know that I did the review.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Thank you for the clarification, Mr. Seesareu. Are there any more Seesareu brothers (or maybe a sister or two?) I've yet to meet? I want to make sure I'm up-to-date on all the latest reviews! Mm


Mr. Seesareu 7 years ago

Did you go to MoviesOnline to see any of my reviews yet? If you see a movie review with my name next to it, then you'll know that I reviewed it. Yes we do have a sister and her name is Vickie Seesareu. She likes doing movie reviews as well. But she doesn't have a hub up yet. So expect a movie review from her soon.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

No, I haven't had a chance to go read your online reviews yet. I spent some time in the Politics Forum this morning then had to take my 88-year-old mother-in-law to the grocery store. Now I am working. When I take a break I will go and check your your reviews.

Not to be nosy, but Seesareu is an interesting name. Is it Romanian?


romaine_66 7 years ago

I don't know...Most of those movies to me aren't that scary. Of course the Silence of the Lambs was scary, but I can think of 10 other movies just as scary or more scary that on that list.


Joe 7 years ago

Hi Mighty Mom, I meant to ask you, how do you feel about making a more broad list of honorable mentions of other horror movies you enjoyed, if you like that is. I believe the idea is is to broaden the options for people to view other movies. I really think it's a good idea. Of coarse your 10 will remain a top favorite, but I still think it's a good idea, especially that you mentioned that you enjoyed the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the remake too. Let me know what you think, TKS.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hi Romaine 66 -- Taste is very individual. What scares the pants off one person may leave another one yawning. For me, the thing that makes movies scary is the idea that someone real could have perpetrated the horror...

Joe -- I like the idea of making a followup hub of horror movies, maybe a different sub=genre of horror. There have been quite a few excellent suggestions added in the comments. I think I've got some viewing to do! Thanks for the idea. MM


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wsp2469 7 years ago from Alta Loma, Ca

I'm sorry, but your list is not complete. You forgot an often overlooked independent film: "My Wedding Video" starring the woman who would divorce me seven years later because my man-monster was too big for her 3 love holes AND because she thought I was fucking strippers and porn starlets. . .which. . .technically. . .I wasn't. It's the only horror film I've acted in to date. Anytime y'all need to know the truth--that is a male point of view--check out some of my hubs. Nice avatar, by the way! I collect comics when not paying child-support!


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

wsp2469 -- It's so refreshing to read about a couple that actually hold out until the wedding night to consummate their relationship! Otherwise, wouldn't your wife have known about your man-monster prior to the wedding? I hate to sound suspicious (and this is, of course, the female point of view) but I think your wife might have trumped up that charge just to get the divorce:-).

I sense your hubs are not everyday reading, so will go and explore them when I am feeling particularly adventurous.

Meanwhile, thanks for visiting. It's a pleasure to meet you. MM


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wsp2469 7 years ago from Alta Loma, Ca

She WAS a virgin when I first had her but NOT on our wedding night. We lived on opposite coasts so did not see each other often. She said I always made her sore even back then but she figured it was because she was a virgin and because we never saw each other more than once or twice a year until after we got married. She was actually seeing a doctor about the internal bruising and never told me. (She worked for Kaiser so she could do all sorts of medical things that most women could not so easily do.

Some hubs are everyday reading and some are not. To answer your question in my fan mail wsp stands for my initials. 2 is the month I was born and 4 is the day. I was born in the 60s but sixty-NINE just rolled off my fingertips. TWO for "69". A sloppy typo turned into a joke. Cooke2cook, my boss, set me up on hubs and she chose to use wsp2469 my yahoo e-mail. I use more of my actual name on other sites. (In the case of the bulk of my PAID assignments I get no credit at all. . .just cash.)


Joe 7 years ago

I hate the notion that some people have that a horror movie has to be based on a true story in order to be more appreciated. If that's the case, goodfellas and other mob films should be considered the scariest films ever, not that I don't like mob films, cause I do, some of them anyway, but really, sometimes, it's the supernatural and the unknown is what's creepy, greetings to Mighty Mom.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Have to agree with you on that one, Joe. Goodfellas is one of the scariest (but also funniest!) movies ever. The Sopranos is friggin scary beyond belief. And the thing it --that IS real.

I also agree that the supernatural is scary in an eerie way. Like when you are alone in the dark and the skin crawls on your neck. *shiver*.

Guess what you're saying and what I'm saying is there are many different genres of "scary movie" from classic B movie to genuinely grotesque to eerie supernatural to ghosts and goblins and werewolves, vampires and possessed children.

Perhaps there are technical definitions of these -- for me, movies are like art. I may not know much about them, but I know what I like... and don't like!


Joe 7 years ago

Indeed Mighty Mom. I checked a remake of The Wicker Man. My intention was actually to check out the 1973 classic version, and I ended up with the remake with Nicholas Cage. I honestly didn't like it, but I imagine the classic is better, have you seen it?


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Yes, Joe. I have seen both the original and the remake. Nicholas Cage is deff not my favorite actor. But I loved the production values in the remake. Otherwise, I can't honestly say I liked it, either.


Joe 7 years ago

Now I usually can't stand Chuck Norris, but he starred in a horror movie that I've been trying to find the name of and I finally did called Silent Rage from 1982 about an escaped psychopath, and honestly, this film is truly creepy. It's Kung Fu guy vs. Michael Myers without the mask and knife. Check it out.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

I like the title. I love psychopaths. Can't quite picture Chuck Norris playing one, but will give it a whirl.

BTW, Chuck Norris is one of my pet names for my orange tabby cat Gremlin.


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Lissa Lynn 6 years ago from upstate NY

I loved Seven, and Silence of the Lambs is one of the creepiest movies I've ever seen. Great picks. I don't do blood and guts either :/ blech.


Hellwhole 6 years ago

Have you guys seen or even heard of the movies Scream and Scream 2 those were good movies about physcopaths


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Yes, I like Scream. That scary mask and black robe is pretty intense. I think I think of Scream as a comedy. Might be the paradoy I saw tho....

Time to check out Scream again.... Thanks for the reminder. MM


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HC23 6 years ago

Autopsy was one of the scariest movies I have ever seen. And that's a lot coming from me. I get scared of no movie. I find all movies predictable and quite stupid actually, but this one actually had me jumping. It's one of the horrorfest movies from last year. Not for people who hate gore.


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Thanks for the "recommendation" HC23. I am not one who feeds on gore. I like the psychology of the killer rather than the evidence in flesh and blood. But I know some people who would definitely be into Autopsy. Thank you!


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danof89 6 years ago from California

Like the piece. I had something to add, but apparently it's frowned upon if I import my blog to hub pages or vice versa. I spend a lot of time on it and thought I could share back and forth. Alas, I am denied. It would take a lot of time and considerable effort to get my readers to switch over. I hope to write for Hub Pages again soon, but for now, I will just enjoy other's stuff. Thanks for asking me to write my first one. It went over pretty well, but got penalized here. Thanks again.

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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hey there Danof89. Bummer.I am glad you came by to read my hub. Sorry you're having trouble with duplicate content. Could you amend your blog info a bit so it works at HP? Seems a shame to sign up and not publish. I hope you work it out. Happy Halloween. MM


Ariba Shah 6 years ago

Does movies are not scary at all where is the exorcist and grudge?? Slient of the lambs was the gayest movie ever!


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hello Ariba,

I'm not a big fan of the Exorcist, sorry.

The Grudge I haven't seen.

But I stand by Silence of the Lambs. It won Best Picture. But that doesn't make it scary, just a well made and well accepted movie.

Thanks for your comments. MM


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MHilbert 6 years ago

Interesting list. I consider myself a fan of horror movies, but I haven't seen most of the one's you listed so I guess I'll have to go out and rent them! The Shining and Rebecca are definitely two of the scariest I've ever seen. Next would be The Grudge. Drag Me to Hell was really freaky too.


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hi MHilbert. My list isn't necessarily "horror" (meaning gore fest)movies. It's more about psychological fear. That's the thing -- everyone who likes "horror" likes a different kindof horror.

I just saw Rebecca again around Halloween and it was as good as I remembered it. That Mrs. Danvers chick is tweaked.

Drag Me to Hell I will have to put on my Netflix list! Thx. MM


Joe 6 years ago

Are there any horror movies out there more overrated than freaking Jaws, Alien, and Silence Of The Lambs? Now Silence Of The Lambs is a good crime/thriller, but the default isn't horror, neither is Jaws which is a rated PG animal/adventure and Alien which is by default a Sci-fi. Neither are movies like Jurrassic Park, Tremors and Beetlejuice. Now Beetlejuice was alright, but the default was comedy, Tremors and Jurrassic Park, I honestly didn't like.


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Could not agree more, Joe. Jaws ain't horror. Alien I have NEVER liked. I do love Silence of the Lambs but only because I am a fiend for anything with a serial killer in it! I love the psychology of the good (I mean bad) doctor.

Jurassic Park is one of the worst movies ever. Tremors? Are you friggin kidding?

Ok -- so what movies are really, really HORROR movies?


Joe 6 years ago

Hi again Mighty Mom. I like combination of ideas on what makes a horror film great. I agree with you that it's about the suspense, shock and psychological aspect, the music also let's not forget, but I don't mind blood and gore as long as it's not overblown and that there's a shock element to the film. In The next comment, I'll rearrange my favorite horror list Mighty Mom, you remember me for a while back when we were talking about how we both didn't like The Amytiville Horror, so here are my rearranged list


Joe 6 years ago

Top 10 favorite and scariest movies of all time

10.Halloween(A Complete Psychopath is running loose).

9.The Texas Chainsaw Massacre(The slasher that started it all).

8.The Exorcist(The Ultimate demon possessed flick).

7.Fallen(All Devil possessed movies are just plain wrong).

6.Candyman(you will not look at mirrors the same way again).

5.An American Werewolf In London(I don't care what anyone says, no other werewolf movie or/and monster movie comes close, this one says it all) Just stay off the moores and keep clears to the road.

4.White Noise(Michael Keatons gets brutally killed, how often does that happen, creeeeeepy).

3.The Mothman Prophycies(Not only it tries to fuck with your mind, but it fucks with your destiny as well).

2.The Changeling(makes the Shining seems like a nice cute ghost story, two words, spooooky and eeerie).

1.In The Mouth Of Madness(Let's see, everything, demons, witches, monsters, mind fucking, devil stuff, let's just hope that you don't lose your mind after you watch this one.

Peace lol


Joe 6 years ago

Top Favorite and Scariest Movies Of All Time

10.Halloween(A complete psychopath is on the loose).

9.The Texas Chainsaw Massacre(The slasher that started it all).

8.The Exorcist(The ultimate devil possessed movie, try watching it as a kid).

7.Fallen(all evil spirit movies are just plain wrong).

6.Candyman(you will never look at a mirror the same way again).

5.An American Werewolf In London(I don't care what anyone says, no other werewolf/monster movie comes close, this one says it all.

4.White Noise(Mr.Batman Michael Keaton gets brutally killed in this one, how often does that happen?).

3.The Mothman Prophycies(Not only it fucks with your mind, but it also fucks with your destiny).

2.The Changeling(Makes The Shinging seems like a nice bedtime ghost story).

1.In The Mouth Of Madness(Let's see, demons, monsters, the devil himself, mind fucking, disturbing images, you name it, let's just hope that you won't lose your mind after you watch this one).

Peace lol


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hi Joe, I think we have similar taste now that you explain your thinking more! Of your list, I have seen and agree with #10,#9, #6,and #3. I have seen and don't agree with #8 (can't explain why I don't like that movie any more than I can explain why I don't like Star Wars or other things EVERYBODY likes). But I would substitute The Omen and I think that would fit your genre.

#5 An American Werewolf in London I don't think I've ever watched the whole way through. So I should give it another shot.

The others you mention sound right up my alley and I will check them out. But probably not for awhile. As it is getting to be Christmas movie season I leave the psycho killers/devil possessions on the shelf for now! Thanks for the recommendations! Why don't you write a hub about your choices??? MM


Joe 6 years ago

Cool Mighty Mom, lol, I suggest a good Christmas movie then, it's called The Ref, starring Dennis Leary, it's not new, but it's funny as hell, check it out, he plays a burgular, peace


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

Wow, you certainly elicited a lot of responses with this hub. The Shining is probably my favorite of the movies you listed--Nicholson's interactions with the bartender and the others as he was going off the deep end were chilling, culminating in his wife reading what he had been "working" on the entire time. Great film moments.

Because I am afraid of large dogs, Cujo is on my list of scary movies, whether it deserves to be or not. I only watched about ninety seconds on cable one night. That was plenty for me.

Great post, I might have to see if I can make my own list.


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Snake Eyes 6 years ago from Canada

Good list, though I don't think Seven was all that scary. It's kinda like the Pride and Prejudice of the horror world.


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Snake Eyes -- That is a comparison I have never heard and never would have thought of. The Pride and Prejudice of the horror world? No WONDER I liked Seven so much. I LOVE P&P in every incarnation ever made. Yep, I watch movies like a girl:-).


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jellydonut25 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

You left Twilight off the list...the fact that people enjoy those stories is TERRIFYING!!!

Not a bad list, though I personally don't find gory to be the same as scary myself...I prefer stuff like The Ring and Silence of the Lambs where we get loads of atmosphere, good acting and solid writing.

The Shining is a movie that has terrified me for years...it is only at the end that the terror gives way to awe at Jack's amazing acting.


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

LOL jellydonut. You and I are in agreement on the atmosphere, acting and writing. Gory is nt my idea of scary either -- it's just gory.

The Shining -- Jack is da man!

Thanks for stopping by. MM


Joe 6 years ago

Hi Mighty Mom, it's me again, lol. Are you considering making a top 10 worst horror movies? I like the idea of celebrating bad cinema as well, lol. I'm thinking of making a top worst movie list, only problem is, I'm trying to find a place where I can post down the top worst 500 or something. I'm serious, there are that many films I believe out there that suck. The great are few, but the bad ones are everywhere, lol.


Joe 6 years ago

Top 200 Worst Movies +, and yes, EVERY one of them sucks ass

1. Battlefield Earth - (2000) (John Travolta)

2. Showgirls - (1995) (Elizabeth Berkley)

3. Howard The Duck - (1986) (Lea Thompson)

4. Glitter - (2001) (Mariah Carey)

5. Baby Geniuses - (1999) (Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd)

6. Maximum Overdrive - (1986) (Emilio Estevez)

7. Swept Away - (2002) (Madonna)

8. Spice World - (1997) (Spice Girls)

9. Valley Of The Dolls - (1967) (Patty Duke)

10. Ishtar - (1987) (Warren Beatty, Dustin Hoffman)

11. Hudson Hawk - (1991) (Bruce Willis)

12. Leonard Part 6 - (1987) (Bill Cosby)

13. Even Cowgirls Get The Blues - (1993) (Uma Thurman)

14. Wild Wild West - (1999) (Will Smith, Kevin Kline)

15. Gigli - (2003) (Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez)

16. North - (1994) (Elijah Wood)

17. Heavens Gate - (1980) (Kris Kristofferson)

18. Shanghai Surprise - (1986) (Madonna)

19. Cool As Ice - (1991) (Vanilla Ice)

20. Burn Hollywood Burn-An Allan Smithie Film - (1997) (Ryan O'Neal)

21. Grease 2 - (1982) (Maxwell Caulfield, Michelle Pfeiffer)

22. From Justin To Kelly - (2003) (Kelly Clarkson)

23. The Cat In The Hat - (2003) (Mike Myers)

24. The Adventures Of Pluto Nash - (2002) (Eddie Murphy)

25. Striptease - (1996) (Demi Moore)

26. Freddy Got Fingered - (2001) (Tom Green)

27. The Island Of Dr Moreau - (1996) (Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer)

28. Batman & Robin - (1997) (George Clooney)

29. Look Whos Talking Too - (1990) (John Travolta, Kirstie Alley)

30. Harlem Nights - (1989) (Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor)

31. The Conqueror - (1956) (John Wayne, Susan Hayward)

32. Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band - (1978) (Peter Frampton, Bee Gees)

33. Balistic: Ecks Vs Sever - (2002) (Antonio Banderas, Lucy Liu)

34. Adrenalin, Fear The Rush - (1996) (Christopher Lambert)

35. Jason X - (2002) (Kane Hodder, Lisa Ryder)

36. Judge Dread - (1995) (Sylvester Stallone)

37. It's Pat, The Movie - (1994) (Julia Sweeney)

38. Bonfire Of The Vanities - (1990) (Tom Hanks)

39. Pokémon, The First Movie - (1999, Animation)

40. The Forbidden Dance - (1990) (Laura Harring)

41. Popeye - (1980) (Robin Williams)

42. Indecent Proposal - (1993) (Robert Redford, Demi Moore)

43. Red Sonja - (1985) (Brigitte Nielsen)

44. Nothing But Trouble - (1991) (Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd)

45. Godzilla - (1998) (Matthew Broderick)

46. The Scarlet Letter - (1995) (Demi Moore, Gary Oldman)

47. Kangaroo Jack - (2003) (Christopher Walken)

48. Best Of The Best - (1989) (Eric Roberts)

49. Weekend At Bernies 2 - (1993) (Andrew McCarthy)

50. Anaconda - (1997) (Jon Voight, Ice Cube, Jennifer Lopez)

51. Mr Magoo - (1997) (Leslie Nielsen)

52. Over The Top - (1987) (Sylvester Stallone)

53. Theodore Rex - (1995) (Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Roundtree)

54. Armegeddon - (1998) (Bruce Willis)

55. Bio-Dome - (1996) (Pauly Shore)

56. Shining Through - (1992) (Michael Douglas)

57. Fatal Beauty - (1987) (Whoopi Goldberg)

58. Inchon - (1981) (Laurence Olivier, Toshiro Mifune)

59. Jury Duty - (1995) (Pauly Shore)

60. Mary Reilly - (1996) (Julia Roberts)

61. The Postman - (1997) (Kevin Costner)

62. Dungeons & Dragons - (2000) (Jeremy Irons)

63. 8 Million Ways To Die - (1986) (Jeff Bridges)

64. Pearl Harbor - (2001) (Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett)

65. Caddyshack 2 - (1988) (Jackie Mason, Dyan Cannon)

66. Fair Game - (1995) (Cindy Crawford, William Baldwin)

67. Perfect - (1985) (Jamie Lee Curtis, John Travolta)

68. SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2 - (2004) (Jon Voight, Scott Baio)

69. Cool World - (1992) (Kim Basinger, Brad Pitt)

70. Barb Wire - (1996) (Pamela Anderson)

71. Problem Child - (1990) (John Ritter)

72. Pet Sematary 2 - (1992) (Anthony Edwards)

73. 1941 - (1979) (John Belushi, Tim Matheson)

74. Xanadu - (1980) (Olivia Newton-John)

75. Son Of The Pink Panther - (1993) (Roberto Benigni)

76. Son Of The Mask - (2005) (Jamie Kennedy, Alan Cumming)

77. Cop And A Half - (1993) (Burt Reynolds)

78. Bad Boys 2 - (2003) (Will Smith, Martin Lawrence)

79. Mannequin - (1987) (Kim Cattrall, Andrew McCarthy)

80. Blood Sucking Freaks - (1976) (Seamus O'Brien, Viju Krem)

81. Haunted Honeymoon - (1986) (Gene Wilder, Gilda Radner)

82. Surf Ninjas - (1993) (Ernie Reyes Jr., Nicolas Cowan)

83. Dirty Love - (2005) (Jenny McCarthy, Carmen Electra)

84. On Deadly Ground - (1994) (Steven Seagal)

85. Catwoman - (2004) (Halle Berry)

86. The Garbage Pail Kids Movie - (1987) (Mackenzie Astin, Anthony Newley)

87. Drop Dead Fred - (1991) (Phoebe Cates, Rik Mayall)

88. Mac And Me - (1988) (Jonathan Ward)

89. Burglar - (1987) (Whoopi Goldberg, Bob Goldthwait)

90. The Omega Code - (1999) (Casper Van Dien, Michael York)

91. House Of The Dead - (2003) (Jurgen Prochnow)

92. The Other Sister - (1999) (Juliette Lewis, Diane Keaton)

93. Larry The Cable Guy: Health Inspector - (2006) (Larry The Cable Guy)

94. King Kong Lives - (1986) (Linda Hamilton)

95. Sheena - (1984) (Tanya Roberts, Ted Wass)

96. Speed 2, Cruise Control - (1997) (Sandra Bullock, Jason Patric)

97. Four Rooms - (1995) (Madonna)

98. Cyborg - (1989) (Jean-Claude Van Damme)

99. Scooby Doo - (2002) (Sarah Michelle Gellar)

100. Ernest Scared Stupid - (1991) (Jim Varney)

Comedy Movies

Greatest Movies

Cult Movies

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101. Warriors Of Virtue

102. Earthquake

103. Mom And Dad Save The World

104. Jingle All The Way

105. Simon Sez

106. 2001: A Space Travesty

107. Crossroads (The Britney one)

108. Cutthrought Island

109. Little Man

110. Tunnelvision

111. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

112. The Hunter

113. Garfield

114. Supernova

115. Cocktale

116. Kazzam

117. Bless The Child

118. Phat Girlz

119. Dumb And Dumberer

120. The Brown Bunny

121. The Alamo

122. Police Acadamy 2

123. Deuce Bigalo, Male Gigolo

124. Red Dawn

125. The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen

126. Charlies Angels, Full Throttle

127. Juwanna Mann

128. Man In The Iron Mask

129. Alone in the Dark

130. Corky Ramano

131. Masters Of The Universe

132. The Golden Child

133. Chairman Of The Board

134. Car 54 Where Are You?

135. The Jazz Singer (the one with Neil Diamond)

136. Sphere

137. Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot

138. Ghosts Can't Do It

139. Street Fighter

140. Under The Cherry Moon

141. The Master Of Disguise

142. Lust In The Dust

143. Rollerball (remake)

144. No Holds Barred

145. Superman IV

146. Joe Dirt

147. Newsies

148. Color Of Night

149. Next Best Thing

150. Pinocchio (the one with Roberto Benigni)

151. Down To You

152. Wired

153. Cant Stop The Music

154. Highlander 2

155. The Care Bears Movie 2: A New Generation

156. Who's That Girl

157. Christopher Columbus: The Discovery

158. The Crow: City Of Angels

159. Thank God Its Friday

160. Moment By Moment

161. Erik The Viking

162. The Apple

163. Tarzan The Ape Man (the one with Bo Derek)

164. Driven

165. Eddie And The Cruisers II: Eddie Lives!

166. I Spy

167. Rhinestone

168. Mr Nanny

169. Home Alone 3

170. Bolero

171. Half Past Dead

172. Going Overboard

173. The Blue Lagoon

174. Heartbeeps

175. 3000 Miles To Graceland

176. The Tuxedo

177. Chain Reaction

178. Best Defense

179. Inspector Gadget

180. Freejack

181. Last Action Hero

182. Dune

183. Boat Trip

184. The Avengers

185. Krull

186. John Q

187. The Pirate Movie

188. Pet Sematary

189. Christmas With The Kranks

190. Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie

191. 200 Cigarettes

192. Mr Deeds

193. Neighbors

194. Road House

195. The Lonely Lady

196. Toys

197. Dude Where Is My Car

198. Spun

199. Double Take

200. Superman III

Plus all the movies released in 2009

Plus all Steven Seagals Movies if not mentioned in the list

Plus all Vin Disel film that's not mentioned in the list

Plus all Keanu Reeves movies not mentioned in the list

Plus any musical not mentioned in the list

and many more I didn't mention, we're talking at least roughly a couple of thousands movies that really suck


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

LOL Joe. I must confess I've seen only a handful of movies on your list! DOes that mean I have good taste?

Seriously, you should make a hub about this because you would get a lot of people coming by and either agreeing with you or telling you that YOU really suck!

Can't say I disagree on Steven Seagal and Keanu Reeves.

I'm also not a huge Stallone or Ahnie(my govenator) fan.

And Madonna -- did you notice how many on your list have her in them? Coincidence? No, I don't think so.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I feel honored! MM


Joe 6 years ago

You're welcome Mighty Mom. Essentially with this list. You can see that killer majority of the movies I've listed are relatively not old, which proves my point that the classics are alot better. Of coarse, there are old time stinkers, but with the classics, the default was decent. Now the default sucks balls. Sorry, but I just can't think of one movie in 2009 that I liked.


ipodmovies 6 years ago

Saw IV was the scariest I've seen but I heard they are remaking It by Stephen King. That should be pretty scarry also...


ipodmovies 6 years ago

Saw IV was the scariest I've seen but I heard they are remaking It by Stephen King. That should be pretty scarry also...


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jellydonut25 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

I'll say it: I thought Blair Witch Project was SCARY


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Jellydonut25 -- Me too!!!


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healthgoji 6 years ago

Awesome - the Haunting (Hill House) is especially good.


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abchs_princess 6 years ago

I watched 5 from your list :) Thanks for giving me new ideas... By the way, movie "The Ruins" is not bad. But only in case if you did not read that book before :) They changed story a little bit, but anyhow, I think is good!


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Thank you for visiting, healthgoji. And abchs_princess, always on the lookout for new scary (but not gore fest) flicks. Thanks for the suggestion! MM


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adamsch 6 years ago from long island

none of those movies were scarey im sorry scarey is the beast within/the deadly spawn/the gore gore girls/the gates of hell/zombie/the evil dead/trilogy of terror with karen black/behind the door/its alive just to name a few of my faves


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hi adamsch,

I will have to check your titles out. I don't think I've seen any of them but am always on the lookout for new ways to raise the hairs on the back of my neck!


Madman51 6 years ago

Well, Me being an old geezer remembers some of the old Movies like: THE TINGLER with Vincent Price, Both of the Dr Phibes movies, Dementia 13, The Maneater of Hydra. I am kinda partial to the original "Willard" and I am STILL looking for the Original Movie Poster of it with Bruce Davidson on it. The poster also had Ben, Willards Rat friend on his shoulder. Another old fav of mine is an old Karloff movie called: Black Sabbath, a movie with three separate tales: A drop of Water, The Telephone, and The Verdalak, (a certain type of vampire that only drinks the blood of the ones they love...)

Great comments by the way...


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

OMG,THE TINGLER! I don't think I've ever known anyone besides my husband and me who ever saw that movie. It is definitely a classic! How about 13 Ghosts with Yvone DeCarlo (pre Munsters days) as the mom???

You've got some goodies here.Thanks for sharing! MM


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Benz B 6 years ago

Great list. I count the Exorcist as the scariest movie I ever saw.


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hi Benz B.

You're not alone in your pick. I've heard that from many,many people.Maybe it's because I didn't see The Exorcist for years after it came out, but it simply didn't have the to-the-heart chill factor for me.

Rosemary's Baby.. now that's another story.

BTW, I like your taste in rides! Sweet!!!


iPod Movies 6 years ago

Pet Cemetery movie scared the holy crap out of me!


RMcB 6 years ago

i agree texas chainsaw massacre and the saw series were all scary. i had horrible nights after watching those movies.. i salute the writers and the directors of the movies. it really made me shiver.... hope to see more scsrier movies........


iPhone Movies 6 years ago

What is the name of that new movie where they pretend the girl is dead and they are taking her out to bury her and the guy really kills her? Looks scary as hell.


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moondive 6 years ago from Modena,Italy

Great scary movie is deamons from Dario Argento. It is old movie but great!!!


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

I don't know the new movie you're describing but it sure does sound good. Has anyone seen Shutter Island? I am waiting for it to come out on DVD.

Deamons -- I will check it out, Thanks!

BTW, Just saw "The Vanishing" again with Jeff Bridges and Sandra Bullock (two Oscar winners this year but this movie is old) and Keifer Sutherland. It is waaayyy creepy!


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cbris52 6 years ago

Whooo... now the ring was scary... didn't wanna answer my phone for days! Nice hub!


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

LOL. That's a great excuse for not answering the phone -- or watching videos!

There are so many really scary scenes.


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couponalbum 6 years ago from Sunnyvale, CA

hey that's a great list. The Ring was really very scary, but I think its Japanese version The Grudge is even more scary. Joining your fanclub and would like to invite you to join mine. thanks...


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hello couponalbum. I appredicate your visit and input on my list.

Will definitely check you out! MM


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rebu 6 years ago from Coorg,India

Thnx for the list..


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Houa Lor 6 years ago from Minnesota

Well, as you've mentioned, anyone's idea of scary is different from what you've put on the list. However, all saying set aside, I do agree on a few of the movies you've listed. They're not necessarily scary, scary, but it's the things said, the actions behind the words, and the chilling way the actors bring the horror to life. Definitely The Ring was a huge scary one for me. Thanks for sharing.


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Thanks Houa Lor,

Thats the conclusion I have come to. Not everyone likes the same style of clothing, or comedy movies, or food! Why would we expect that people would agree on what they find "scary"? For me, it's ALWAYS something that really could or did happen where the human mind is the evil... that's frightening to me.


The Ring Three 6 years ago

There will be a The Ring Three movie in 2011. I read that at http://ring-three-trailer.blogspot.com/


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Glimmer515 6 years ago from Never Never Land

Where is the Exorcist?? That movie terrifed me when i was younger and I still wont watch it when I am alone now. Very Scary!!


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

I know, I didn't include The Exorcist. I think I will make a list of "religious themed" scary movies. That would be on there, along with The Omen (that one scared me MORE than the Exorcist because I saw the Exorcist long after everyone else so the thrill of expectation wasn't there for me).

Yes, judging by the comments here, a Scariest Movies Ever II is definitely in order!

Thanks for visiting Glimmer 515!


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Gilbert Smith 6 years ago from New Mexico

Pretty good list. Had a few surprises on it, which I like. It's usually just same mainstream hits of the last ten years that we've all seen already.

It's not for everyone, but if you want to see the most deeply disturbing horror film ever made, check out Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. It's probably the most gruesomely realistic film in existence.


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hello Gilbert Smith,

Funny you should mention that one. My son has been a "fan" of horror movies since he was quite young. His dad broke the "R" rating barrier quite early, so of course when he was with me he gravitated towards movies well beyond his emotional age.

We would go to the video store and every time he would ask to see "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer."

I simply could not do it.

He's now 18 and more than likely has seen it.

I have not.

But you've given me an idea for a new "Top 10" list -- movies about serial killers. That way I won't get reamed for leaving out "The Exorcist" from my list!

Thanks for visiting and your comment. MM


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Miss Oppinionated 6 years ago

I've seen the movies you listed. I enjoyed them all but never really considered them scary. You do have good taste in movies though...unlike Joe who really don't know what he is talking about. I watch movies on a daily basis. A day doesn't go by that I am not watching at least 1 to 2 movies because I enjoy them over regular sitcoms. To each his/her though including Joe who don't know much about movies.


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hello Miss Oppinionated. Does quantity of movies viewed make someone a better critic? I'd say YES. Only by watching a whole bunch and having the background to compare and contrast can you really speak knowledgeably.

I've come to believe scary is a broad term and what some people consider "scary" others think is tame.

But thanks for the compliment on my taste! And thanks for visiting. MM


ash 6 years ago

thanks for a great list, Mighty Mom. and i think it's wonderful that a great list has generated a year and a half's chatter! x


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daniele2875 6 years ago

I would have to add on a couple for my list!! Definitely paranormal activity- im the same as you, i LOVE psychological thrillers, but i also love the ghost/spirit type ones, cos that kind of thing can happen which makes it scarier...also Exorcism of Emily Rose, that freaked me out and the remake of Amityville Horror with Melissa George and Ryan Reynold, that surprised me i didn't expect it to be so scary!! I haven't seen all that you've listed, ill have to scope them out at the video store!!


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hi ash, thanks for visiting and for the compliment. Yes, top lists definitely generate comments long after they're published!

Hi daniele2875. I agree with you. Paranormal/ghost/spirit type movies can be really good, too. Perhaps a separate list just for those is in order?

I would def include "The Others" (original with Deborah Kerr and updated with Nicole Kidman). Haven't seen TheExorcis of Emily Rose. I've seen it at Blockbuster but didn't think Hubby would like it...

Will have to check out the remake of Amityville Horror. I've see the original quite a few times. Not sure how I feel about it:-)!


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film critic 6 years ago

I've read your list and most of the comments. I am amazed at the difference of opinions (even considering many did not read the opening paragraph stating the genre.)

Sometimes I think there should be a stated criteria. For example, sheer number of gallons of fake blood does not qualify a movie to be on the list. Or quality of acting is in fact a factor in making it onto the list. I believe that the Saw movies would immediately be disqualified. Then if you add in that if the film relies on souind FX to scare people it doesn't count either, and the quality of the script also counts... you are basically left with the top ten you started with.

Thanks!


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Thank you, film critic! You're so right. People don't read. They jump right into the "What!!??? You mean you didn't include Hostel???!!!" comments.

I know what scares me, and you are right. Scripts do count!


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Seakay 6 years ago from Florida

I don't watch horror flix. I think it's because of a movie I saw when I was younger. Don't remember the name of it but this awful looking thing was killing people by engulfing their head and then you just saw the blood dripping down and they went limp. I was only, like,9 or 10. Very traumatic!


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hi Seakay. Thanks for your comment. Horror flix are not for everyone, that's true. And I can relate to being scared beyond belief at a young age. For me it was Devil Bat's Daughter....


careck 6 years ago

I second the original japanese version of 'The Ring'. When I watched it, the telephone rang late at night, just once (as it sometimes does). It scared the living hell out of me and I couldn't sleep all night! Will never watch it again!


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hello careck. Now THAT is creepy!


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outdoorsguy 6 years ago from Tenn

great list.. though I never found the Ring scary. if it had lived up to the first ten minutes I might have liked it. LOL.

Here's an old b/w one for you. Carnival of souls.

Ive told a ton of people to watch manhunter. Personally I thought the actor playing Hannibal lector was better in Manhunter than in Silence of the lambs.

Legend of hell house is great

the changeling.

Cape Fear

Cold creek manor

for me its not the blood, its the atmosphere, the character motivationis, and surprise.

Halloween was great for that. strangely I meet people who insist it was a gory movie, and I have point out that not once in the movie did you see blood.

one of the creepiest scene's in that movie was when Jamie lee curtis looks out a window and see's Michael Myers standing in the middle of the hanging laundry looking up at her. then vanishes a second later when she looks back out.

or in a later halloween, when all you see is his mask appear slowly out the darkness in a hallway behind an actor. that was about the best part of an other wise stupid movie LOL.

Gore is what is used when the script is weak or they go over the top or the director isn't any good.


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hello outdoorsguy. What a funny (but not scary) coincidence. I recently saw "Carnival of Souls." I had never even heard of it and it is on a compilation DVD of old horror flicks my hubby bought. You're right -- that was the best of the lot.

Cape Fear is another really good one. Robert Mitchum -- cree-py!

Also agree about Halloween. Little Jamie Lee -- wasn't she so cute back when she had hair and wasn't schilling yogurt for your digestive track? LOL

Thanks for the additions. MM


HorrorLuver 6 years ago

The Ring rocked. so did The Ring two.i luv the Exorcist and i like how it has no sicko phychos(except for satan). i think that to many murderers and zombies in horror flicks ruin the fun.they went overboard wit the Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm st. series. same with Halloween. i think it wuz dumb to make sequels of the exorcist. u cant continue a true story with fake storys. my final opinion on horror movies today is that theress to much blood gore its not even scary any more


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hi HorrorLuver. I agree with you. Today's movies in general rely way too much on special effects. That goes not only for horror movies but action and scifi movies, also! Thanks for your comment. MM


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Jim Bryan 6 years ago from Austin, TX

Interesting list, I look forward to seeing more from you.


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Dave Cald 6 years ago

Seven was a great movie. Most scary movies lack any sort of real plot, but Seven was not only scary, but truly a well written movie. There are a few on your list that I havn't seen yet, but they will be going onto my NetFlix list, and I'll be back to let you know what I think.


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Thanks, Dave! It's refreshing to find someone who doesn't take me to task for not including (Insert name of YOUR favorite horror movie here).

I know my taste isn't for blood and gore, but I stand by my picks!

Another recent one that I recommend is called "Orphan." Truly haunting.


sumit 6 years ago

please suggest me guyz which movie i should see other thn exorcist ????????????i want myslef freked outttt badlyyy.i want to dieeee guyss help me lolsss


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bloodstain1000 6 years ago from UK

Loved how you included Strangeland, i hardly ever hear anyone talk about that movie and i thought it was really entertaining, Great list you got there :)


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Whew! I was so afraid when I saw that "bloodstain 1000" had commented on my hub that you were going to be called on the carpet. How lovely to find a fellow Strangeland fan! Thanks for commenting. And although it's a wee bit early, I wish you a haunted Halloween!


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bloodstain1000 6 years ago from UK

LOL, Yeah i really liked that movie, and its not to early as i'm already preparing for my Halloween Horror Movie Marathon! thanks for taking the time to reply and may your Halloween be a scary one :)


tesco 5 years ago

I love that you have Silence of the lambs AND Manhunter on this list- I don't meet a lot of people that know the connection much less know Manhunter.

Great list.

I would have to add Maniac, Halloween, Blair Witch (the first time you see it anyway...) Texas Chainsaw Massacre and last but not least, (haha) Nosferatu. Oh, and maybe the first Hellraiser... and Phantasm.. and I gotta be honest, when I was 14 I saw Nightmare on Elm Street in the theater when it came out and it scared the f*ck out of me!


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Mighty Mom 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Well hello tesco. I am delighted to find a fellow lover of Thomas Harris. I read Red Dragon on vacation and it scared me to death.

Halloween is classic. Blair Witch was intense -- have to see it in the theater (I did and LOVED it). Texas Chainsaw Massacre -- original and the remake both fabulous.

Not sure I've seen Maniac, but will check it out.

And hey -- why don't YOU write a hub about these scary movies? We can link ours together....


tesco 5 years ago

Soon. :)


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Mighty Mom 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Ok then. Get on it and I will be watching out for your list and reviews! BTW, just thought of another two.

Misery and Pet Semetary -- both Stephen King. Both really well done film adaptations of the excellent book.


tesco 5 years ago

I love to read Steven King but I really only like the Shining as a movie- any movie that he actually does just seems too over the top for me. Though I have to admit that the first time I saw Cujo it scared the hell out of me :)

By the way? isn't Misery your first one?


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Mighty Mom 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Duh! Would be good if I read my own hub, wouldn't it:-)?

The Shining is classic.

I also liked Salem's Lot.

And Dolores Claiborne...

Hey -- maybe a hub about Stephen King movies!


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tescosuicide 5 years ago from Philadelphia

Getting closer to actually posting! haha

I'm near the end of majority renovating my laundry room and kitchen so I basically spend whatever free time I have doing that- and reading your posts ;)


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Mighty Mom 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Renovating your laundry room, eh? Now THAT's a good one. Haven't heard that exact excuse before!

Well, whenever the (paranormal) spirit moves you, I will be looking for your hub.

Perhaps you will write one on renovating laundry rooms:-). MM


Samantha 5 years ago

Mighty MOm, Your list was awesome! i feel like we are movie watching twins! I am also a fan of a good pyschological thriller, instead of a gory movie.All of the movies on your list were great in there own respects. However, if i could have tweaked it a bit, this is what i would have put.

10. The Others(with Nicole Kidman)

9. Original Halloween

8.A nightmare on Elm Street( i loved the original, but the new one was so scary!)

7. Pet Semetary( by Stephen King)

6. The Exorcist

5. The hauntng

4. American Pyscho( positivley the most disturbing, disgusting thing i have ever seen. Loved it!)

3. Se7en

2. The Shining

1.The silence of the lambs!

Thats my list, and on almost all the websites i have looked at had those, so i was a little surprised when you had these slighty less known, but in no way inferior. Keep watching great movies!

Samantha


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Mighty Mom 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hi Samantha,

American Psycho is a GREAT film. Thanks for the reminder. I need to see it again.

Pet Semetary is also a great movie but, like The Exorcist, I think belongs in a different category -- or maybe a Scariest Movies II list!

Or YOU could write your own hub with your top 10 list.

BTW The Shining was just on the other day. It's a great psychological film. That writer's block could happen to any of us, ya know? Scary!!


Samantha 5 years ago

Ya, writter's block happens to me all the time!! I only really think that i put the shining up there, was because when i was little, i would get so scared watching it. Same with the Exorcist and Pet Semetary. They definetley have a different category, like classic thrillers, something like that.

But i loved American Pyscho. At first, i was kinda creeped out because of its extreme content, but then i just came to love it!

Anyway, its awesome to meet another mom with an interest in movies!


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Mighty Mom 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Agreed on all counts. My son-- who was asking to see the scariest, goriest movies on the planet when he was like 4, still names Pet Semetary as one of his all-time scariest.

The cat from hell!

You know, after I saw Christian Bale in American Psycho I could never, ever see him in another movie without thinking of him in that role. Kinda like the original "Psycho" became the definitive role for Anthony Perkins.


Janet M. 5 years ago

I haven't read all the comments...so this may have already been listes.. But for psychological horror you've got to see "Session 9". It creeped the curlers out of me...on most horror websites it rates a mention in the top 10. CHeck it out. I'd rather put out a campfire with my face than see it again.


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Mighty Mom 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hello Janet M. Can't say as I've ever heard of Session 9 but will definitely check it out! Your description is ... unique, but encouraging. I must ask, tho. Do you have experience putting campfires out with your face:-)???


jkl 5 years ago

that ws a pretty good top 10 wht bout friday the 13th and halloween 2


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Mighty Mom 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

I like Halloween the original. Can't get any better than that one!

Maybe I will do another list with the "classics" like Friday the 13th....

There is another obscure one that hardly anyone knows about. SICK -- Sick Insane Clown Killers. CHeck it out...


Janet M. 5 years ago

No Mighty Mom...I've never actually but out a campfire with my face...it's just something I'd rather do than see that movie again ;) When you watch it, turn off the lights and get ready. It's strictly psychological...no blood and gore at all...but what a ride.

Also, I have to agree with those people who've said the original "Haunting" (Hill House) is creepy as hell. I remember watching is as a kid and it was SOOOO scarey. The remake was just dumb. Julie Harris was awesome.

I saw the Tingler too...and the Raven..and anything else that Vincent Price did. He was awesome. What did you think of the original "House of Wax"??


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Mighty Mom 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Vincent Price totally rocks as a creepy guy. He can never be anything but creepy!

I was in heaven a couple of weeks ago -- they were playing all the great scary movies for Halloween!

And that includes the original HOUSE OF WAX. Man, is that a good movie! I don't think I will ever go into a house of wax. Ever.

Totally agree with you on The Haunting. Julie Harris -- "It wants ME, the house wants ME!!!!"

I will let you know when I watch Session 9. Gotta be in just the right mood:-).

Thanks for commenting and setting the record straight on the face/campfire issue:-). MM


Joe 5 years ago

Hey Mightymom, how you been? Check out The Others with Nicole Kidman, great horror/mystery haunted house thriller with a twisted ending, it's a little similar to The Changeling. Peace.


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Mighty Mom 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hey Joe,

Seen that one. It's top notch.

Recently saw Orphan. Have you seen that one?

And have been recommended Session 19.

Otherwise, I'm pretty much out of my spooky Halloween movies phase and into Hallmark's countdown to Christmas (imagine a Hallmark Moment lasting for several weeks -- gotta love that, but get out your hankies!).


Janet M. 5 years ago

Session 9 Mighty Mom...not 19. :)


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Mighty Mom 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

*Doh* I was never any good at math! Thanks, Janet M!


Janet M. 5 years ago

Have you ever watched "Ghost Story" with (believe it or not) Fred Astaire? It is a GREAT book by Peter Straub and the movie is really scary and a pretty good adaptation.


Janet M. 5 years ago

My top ten scariest (as opposed to goriest or most violent etc) are:

1. The Exorcist (uncut version)

2. Session 9

3. Event Horizon

4. Paranormal Activity

5. The Fourth Kind

6. A Haunting in Connecticut

7. The Haunting (original)

8. Haunting of Hell House

9. Ghost Story

10.The Ring


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Mighty Mom 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hey Janet,

You know, I'm not sure if I've seen Ghost Story. Fred Astaire must be pretty old in it. The book was written in 1980, apparently. But I will check it out.

I have not seen Paranormal Activity. Have looked at A Haunting in Connecticut many times in the video store (or maybe I'm confusing that with The Haunting of Emily Rose). But appreciate the additions to my "to rent" list! Happy Thanksgiving. Hope you watch something really scary! MM


Janet M 5 years ago

Hey MM

Yeah, Fred Astaire is an old man in the movie. You have a good Thanksgiving too...and I'm going to watch "The Crazies" today...

Regards

Janet


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Mighty Mom 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Well enjoy! We watched "Jane Eyre" last night. Mysterious, beautiful scenery, and very 19th Century England. LOVE IT!


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mcrawford76 5 years ago from Greeley, Colorado

Very good list MM - I haven't seen Rebecca, but I have a hard time watching old black and white movies. A+


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Mighty Mom 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hello mcrawford. If you are not a fan of B/W you would probably have trouble with Rebecca. But it is Hitchcock. Not like Psycho at all. More gothic. Creepy Mrs. Danvers. She gives me nightmares!

Thanks for visiting and the positive comment. MM


Matty 5 years ago

there are no great horror movies. those movies out there are only enough to scare small kids, and barely that even.


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Mighty Mom 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Interesting viewpoint, Matty. My son has been a horror movie fan since he was very small (way too young to be watching R rated films "legally"). They didn't seem to scare him. Scared his mamma tho!

So to each his/her own, I guess.

Thanks for commenting. MM


matt 5 years ago

darkness falls was scary


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Mighty Mom 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Thanks, Matt. I haven't heard of that one.


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Helen Bolam 5 years ago from South Shields

Good list of movies. My two favourite would have to be the shining and Silence of the lambs. Great Hub.


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chaunatye 5 years ago

Oh man every single one of these are AMAZING! I loved Misery, although I have to say IT was my favorite Stephen King movie, and it scarred me for life, to this day Clowns and Spiders are two things that I DO NOT have a tolerance for. So cool that you included Se7en, it was a very disturbing movie and a great pick!


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Mighty Mom 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Helen -- Thanks for visiting. Sorry I didn't see your comment when you wrote it. We definitely have similar taste in fright!

chaunatye -- I hear you on the IT thing. The bigger impact on me was when I read it. OMG, that clown! And the idea of the drain/sewer. Now I'm even scard of THOSE!

Thanks for visiting. It's great to meet someone who shares my view of what's creepy! Cheers, MM


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The Jet 5 years ago from The Bay

Se7en and The Shining definitely the best two films on your list. Memorable indeed.


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tom hellert 5 years ago from home

Mom,

I would have had JAWS on the list but i got a litle scared reading your list-and remembering those films...

even more terrifyin was Justin Beiber never say never-the movie trailer alone made my stomach turn....

although that is less horror and more horrible..

ha\

TH


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Farmer Ted 5 years ago from US

No list of horror movies is complete without "Steel Magnolias." Now, that's terror.


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Mighty Mom 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Farmer Ted,

I laughed out loud. You are so right about that.

"Terms of Endearment" is another one.

And "Mommy Dearest." *shudder*

Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of men.... or women? LOL

Thanks for visiting. MM


I lov misic 5 years ago

Herreees jhooonnyyy

You need

It. Night of the living dead. Tremors. Espeicially Justin Beiber never say never

I've got a cool name for jb justina beaver


john 5 years ago

Silence of the Lambs wasn't scary at all for me, the reason was that I looked up a list of funny movies, and some internet troll said that Silence of the Lambs was the funniest movie ever (obviously to trick people into watching it). So, I watched the whole thing, and kept on thinking that it was a comedy until I read this list here. The only thing I found disgusting was a vague memory of some bathtub, Hannibal was actually kind of cool, and I thought the skin taking serial killer was the funny part. Go figure.


James 5 years ago

The scariest is grudge


Harry Gooder 5 years ago

This is a good list but for me a great psycho horror is scream, Very scary and jumpy!!


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Mighty Mom 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Good addition, Harry Gooder. The original "Scream" is a classic. Thanks for contributing. mm


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FilmRebel 5 years ago from Ohio

nice list i like most of those movies. check out mu hub i just started but i do movie reviews and top ten lists!


Poop 5 years ago

You'r mom is scary


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Mighty Mom 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Haven't heard of that one, Poop.

Thanks for your comment. MM


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Mighty Mom 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Haven't heard of that one, Poop.

Thanks for your comment. MM


synxsys 5 years ago

Hello MM.

Nice compilation.

Just wanted to add this Movie ---> 1408

Since no one has mentioned it yet. Very scary and well made.


bobbyjoe 4 years ago

If you guys want to see a really scary movie check out "rubberr. couldn't sleep for days afterward:)


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Mighty Mom 4 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Rubberr. Never heard of it but with Halloween (the holiday, not the movie) right around the corner, it's time to check into some of these recommendations.

I was checking back through the comments. Was in the video store the other day and saw a movie called "Case 39" I vaguely remembered someone commenting here about a scary movie I had not heard of and thought it had a "9" in the title. Good thing I didn't spring for "Case 39" (Renee Zellwegger should have been my first clue -- how could she EVER be scary!!??)

Anyway, turns out the film I was trying to recall is "Session 9." Which I still have not seen but will go find and look into. Along with "Rubberr" and "Into the Mouth of Madness" and any others fellow PSYCHOLOGICAL horror buffs care to send my way!

Thanks, MM


Proof 4 years ago

I've checked a few of these "Top Ten Scariest Lists"... "The Ring"? really???? how about "The Thing"... silence of the lambs was only scary at one part. seriously boo this list.


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Mighty Mom 4 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hello Proof,

One person's freak-out is another person's yawn. That's why there are all kinds of sub genres of scary movies.

Silence of the Lambs was scary in many, many parts. You are aware it won Best Picture, right?

But I admit, that is my own personal bias. I can watch that movie over and over and still feel the tension.

As I invite others who comment here and have good ideas for other scary movies, please write your own Scariest Movies hub and feel free to link it to mine!

Cheers, MM


Flu-Bird 4 years ago

How about the movie THEM about theose great big ants? and THE BIRDS where SEAGULLS and CROWS and a few SPARROWS become scary and killers


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Mighty Mom 4 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hello Flu-Bird. Good additions, for sure. Makes me think we need a separate "top scariest" list of movies that feature crazed animals. Pet Semetary would go on mine. THe Birds is one of Hitchcok's best. Can never watch it too many times!

Thanks for commenting. Happy scaring. "Tis the season, after all! MM


Daniel 4 years ago

that's nothing...A Serbian Film...the scariest and the sickest film ever made!


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Mighty Mom 4 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Sickest -- IDK if I can stomach that, Daniel-:).

My mother-in-law is 100% Serbian. But she only watches Disney and Hallmark movies...

I will check it out tho.

Thanks for the tip.

MM


Billy 4 years ago

The entity and the haunted


zeus 4 years ago

flipp nuthn beats the last exorcism...gosh we got lucifer involved what cn scare one senseless beta than that...


Richard 4 years ago

This is a documentary: If you have the courage to face reality (i.e., you aren't medicated and don't scream at the sight of a bug), watch the documentary 'Afraid of the Dark.'

topdocumentaryfilms.com/afraid-of-the-dark/

Reality is everyone's nightmares and all the horror movies put together: Watch at own risk. You will never forget.


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Mighty Mom 4 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Thanks for the suggestion. Sounds eye-opening!


shay62 4 years ago

"The Strangers" (2008) with Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman is really scary and "the hills have eyes" .


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Mighty Mom, good list, I have two of my favorites not listed on here.

"Last House on the Left" and "Drink my Blood" (not a vampire movie).

Whoever said you should make a documentary about this is spot on.


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Hackslap 2 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Good list... Although you forgot to mention 'The Grudge' and Exorcist


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Mighty Mom 2 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hi Hackslap.

I have not seen "The Grudge." That is the precursor to "The Ring" right?

The original Japanese version or something?

I deliberately do not include The Exorcist. It's just not on my list because it's one of those movies that "everyone" considers their scariest.

The Amityville Horror is a good one -- if it's important to have a movie that includes Catholic priests.

The Order is also a really good one -- Heath Ledger. Sin Eaters. Wow!

Recently saw "Stigmata." Another goody.

Maybe I should do another list with scary movies that feature Catholicism. LOL

I would put The Exorcist on that list:-)

Thanks for stopping in and commenting! MM

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