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10 Scariest Movies Ever

Updated on June 22, 2010
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Mighty Mom is a keen observer of life. She shares her personal experiences and opinions in helpful and often amusing ways.

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.


#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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      Susan Reid 4 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      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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      Harry 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

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

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      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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      shay62 6 years ago

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

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      Susan Reid 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Thanks for the suggestion. Sounds eye-opening!

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      Richard 6 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.'

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

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      zeus 6 years ago

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

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      Billy 6 years ago

      The entity and the haunted

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      Susan Reid 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      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.


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      Daniel 6 years ago

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

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      Susan Reid 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      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

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      Flu-Bird 6 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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      Susan Reid 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      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

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      Proof 6 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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      Susan Reid 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      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

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      bobbyjoe 6 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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      synxsys 6 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.

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      Susan Reid 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Haven't heard of that one, Poop.

      Thanks for your comment. MM

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      Susan Reid 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Haven't heard of that one, Poop.

      Thanks for your comment. MM

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      Poop 6 years ago

      You'r mom is scary

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      FilmRebel 6 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!

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      Susan Reid 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

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

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      Harry Gooder 6 years ago

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

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      James 6 years ago

      The scariest is grudge

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      john 6 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.

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      I lov misic 6 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

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      Susan Reid 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      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

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      Farmer Ted 7 years ago from US

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

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      tom hellert 7 years ago from home


      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..



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      The Jet 7 years ago from The Bay

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

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      Susan Reid 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      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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      chaunatye 7 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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      Helen Bolam 7 years ago

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

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      Susan Reid 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

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

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      matt 7 years ago

      darkness falls was scary

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      Susan Reid 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      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

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      Matty 7 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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      Susan Reid 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      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

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      Matthew I Crawford 7 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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      Susan Reid 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

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

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      Janet M 7 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...



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      Susan Reid 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      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

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      Janet M. 7 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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      Janet M. 7 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.

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      Susan Reid 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

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

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      Janet M. 7 years ago

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

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      Susan Reid 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      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!).

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      Joe 7 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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      Susan Reid 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      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

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      Janet M. 7 years ago

      No Mighty Mom...I've never actually but out a campfire with my'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 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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      Susan Reid 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      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...

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      jkl 7 years ago

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

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      Susan Reid 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      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:-)???

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      Janet M. 7 years ago

      I haven't read all the 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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      Susan Reid 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      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.

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      Samantha 7 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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      Susan Reid 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      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!!

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      Samantha 7 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!


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      Susan Reid 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      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

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      tescosuicide 7 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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      Susan Reid 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      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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      tesco 7 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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      Susan Reid 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      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.

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      tesco 7 years ago

      Soon. :)

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      Susan Reid 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      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....

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      tesco 7 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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      bloodstain1000 7 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 :)

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      Susan Reid 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      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 7 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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      sumit 7 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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      Susan Reid 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      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.

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      Dave Cald 7 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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      Jim Bryan 7 years ago from Austin, TX

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

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      Susan Reid 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      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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      HorrorLuver 7 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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      Susan Reid 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      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

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      outdoorsguy 7 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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      Susan Reid 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hello careck. Now THAT is creepy!

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      careck 7 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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      Susan Reid 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      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....

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      Seakay 7 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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      Susan Reid 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      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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      film critic 7 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.


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      Susan Reid 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      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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      daniele2875 7 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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      ash 7 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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      Susan Reid 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      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

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      Miss Oppinionated 8 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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      Susan Reid 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      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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      Gilbert Smith 8 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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      Susan Reid 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      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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      Glimmer515 8 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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      The Ring Three 8 years ago

      There will be a The Ring Three movie in 2011. I read that at

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      Susan Reid 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      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.

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      Houa Lor 8 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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      rebu 8 years ago from Coorg,India

      Thnx for the list..

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      Susan Reid 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

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

      Will definitely check you out! MM

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      couponalbum 8 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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      Susan Reid 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      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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      cbris52 8 years ago

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


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