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List of Scary Movies - Really Scary Movies, Scary Books, Scary Videos

Updated on August 18, 2016
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Lela earned a B.A. degree in Journalism from Sam Houston University in Huntsville, TX. She has been writing for the online world for years.

Lightning Strikes the Movie Screen

The Exorcist Movie
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Do you love Scary Movies?

I love scary movies and scary books. Sometimes I can't decide which is better - the book or the movie!

What's the scariest movie you've ever seen? What's the scariest book you've ever read? Are they the same?

Are the demons inside us the most scary thing? Is our fear of the unknown too frightening to contemplate? Are human monsters or alien monsters the scariest? Why do we enjoy being scared?

I know it's a while until Halloween, the scariest movie watching time of the year, so bookmark this hub for when you get ready to pick out the next scary book or movie you want to watch.

Was the Exorcist Movie or Book the Scariest?

I've got a weird story about this one. When the movie first came out, a friend and I tried to go to the local Drive-In to see it. You remember those, don't you?

We had just pulled in and set up our speaker in the window and the movie was about to start. Lightning struck the big outdoor screen - I kid you not! Everyone had to leave. We got our money back, but we decided that this was some kind of omen warning us NOT to see this movie.

Of course it was such a big hit movie and everyone was talking about it, so my friend and I tried again to see it, this time at an indoor theater. The film broke about a quarter of the way into the movie! This was 1971 when movies were on those big reels. Another omen?

I found the book in the library and stayed up for two nights reading the book which scared the daylights out of me. So my opinion was that the book was better, but I did eventually see the movie and it was wonderful. LInda Blair was incredible!

Years later the best man at my wedding actually dated Linda! She seemed nice enough. I wonder whatever happened to her?

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty 1971

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Alien the Movie
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Alien - In space no one can hear you scream!

This movie scared me so bad that I was literally shaking. I think it was because of the heavy bass soundtrack that was specially formulated to scare people. It was a hot, hot day in Houston, but I had chill bumps for days.

When that dude was eating spaghetti and the alien chewed his way out of his chest, I think my own chest exploded. Then when the thing kept changing and getting bigger and bigger and faster and faster and meaner and meaner, well, bitch was the perfect word uttered by Sigourney Weaver when she blasted the thing into space. OMG, I swear this is the scariest movie ever. Of course now everyone knows the plot and the famous lines and scenes, but if you have never seen this movie - you are in for a scary treat!

Alien with Sigourney Weaver

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Cloverfield the Movie
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Cloverfield - The Thing That Invaded New York City!

This movie was hard to watch. But it was a scary movie that seemed so real! Told from the perspective of a hand held video camera, the shots were amazing and made you feel like you were there.

Tantalizing views of the monster interspersed with a love story in the background. "I had a good day", she said. Not so, for the rest of the party!

Tense action sequences that left us breathless. Great monster movie. Really! If you didn't go see this in the theater, then rent it ASAP! Or Buy it! You'll want to watch it more than once.

Best Monster Movie Ever!

Cloverfield - Did you believe?

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The Silence of the Lambs

Thomas Harris wrote several crime horror scary books, but this one got famous. The books are well written and extreme glimpses into the psyche of human monsters.

In The Silence of the Lambs, we all found ourselves holding our breath for longer than we ever thought possible. When Jodie Foster is in the basement and the killer is stalking her with the night vision goggles, it is impossible to breathe normally. There is an audible collective gasp during this sequence that comes from everyone in the house.

Buffalo Bill and Hannibal the Cannibal are two of the coldest, cruelest serial killers ever.They show us just how warped the human mind can get. Harris describes the tortured brain at the extreme level. No one does it better.

Books to read, but keep your lights on!

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Top 10 list of scary movies

Scary movie ratings are subjective. What scares the pants off of one person, can make another yawn. Here is my own favorite list of scary movies. Don't forget their scary book counterparts. I really wish I had more time to read and I do love the horror, psychological thriller genre, but watching scary movies is a good alternative.

  1. Jaws - Read the book and never go swimming again!
  2. Halloween - It's a tradition in scary movies
  3. Night of the Living Dead - the title says it all
  4. Nightmare on Elm Street - Don't go to sleep
  5. Psycho - Don't take a shower
  6. Texas Chain Saw Massacre - Campy, funny, scary
  7. Carrie - Strange uses for blood from a pig
  8. The Blair Witch Project - Never go camping again
  9. Jeepers Creepers - Where'd You Get Those Peepers!
  10. Saw - Learn how to make decisions quickly

But wait, there's more!

  • Misery - I'm you're biggest fan!
  • Rosemary's Baby - Sleeping with the devil?
  • Pet Sematary - Watch out for big trucks
  • It - Another Stephen King smash horror hit
  • The Birds - from the master - Alfred Hitchcock
  • Seven - Deadly sins
  • Frankenstein - So many versions, so little time
  • Dracula - How many ways to drink blood?
  • The Amityville Horror - Creepy old house
  • Poltergeist - Another creepy house
  • The Shining - A big creepy old hotel
  • Paranormal Activity - I wouldn't stay in that house past night 3

© 2010 Lela

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    Robert Sacchi 8 days ago

    You have a point many movies are gory rather than scary.

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    Lela 9 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Friday the 13th was pretty scary. I think the movie watching crowd got tired of all the sequels. It didn't really scare me though. I put it in the category of slasher movies. These seem a bit contrived of too much blood and guts. But I did think Jeepers Creepers was the best of the slasher movies and totally scary! There are so many others that we could list in this category though. Get Out is a new one of that scared me psychologically. These psycho movies are my favorites.

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    Robert Sacchi 9 days ago

    A good list of scary movies. Many of these movies really scared a lot of people, even people you wouldn't think would scare easily, when they came out. It would be interesting, albeit difficult, to get a group of people who never saw some of the scary movies from the 20th century to see what they think of them. Any reason, pun intended, Friday the 13th didn't make the cut?

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    Raevyn14 5 years ago from Tecumseh, Oklahoma

    They are pretty scary movies, I recently found out that Alien is based on a book, all the creatures from the movies are based on a book... Even the newborn alien.

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    Lela 6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    I think it's great fun to watch scary movies in October!

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    Arlynne 6 years ago from Florida, USA

    I love this hub! I love to watch scary movies. Some of my favorites are Friday the 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Jurrasic Park, The Exorcist and a lot more..LOL! =D I love all the movies that you listed above.

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    Motown2Chitown 6 years ago

    This was great! Some of my faves were mentioned, some weren't. I personally find movies scarier as far as horror goes. I can always set down a book when the imagery is becoming too much for me. Sometimes the movie imagery is both more vivid than I may have expected and impossible to forget once I've seen it. I'll add to this list - A Haunting in Connecticut, House on Haunted Hill (the newer one w/Geoffrey Rush), The Exorcism of Emily Rose, and Fourth Kind. The Truth About Angels and Demons is pretty good too...but I admit that's half attributable to the fact that it stars a half naked Karl Urban!

    I know you mentioned House on Haunted Hill, but I think it's worth mentioning twice! ;)

    In order, the types of scary movies I find scariest are:

    Supernatural (demons inside or out)

    Alien (hey, anything really is possible)

    Psycho thrillers (the human mind is a very scary place)

    Speaking of Supernatural and Linda Blair, she did a guest spot on the TV show (Supernatural) as a police officer. She looks damn good!

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Oh good! So you have read that one! I am going to download it today on my iPad - love reading books this way now. Plus I can save my gas money - the closest book store is 10 - 15 miles away! I still go once a week when Maddy has tumbling practice - it's a good way to spend the time while waiting. They don't want the parents to stay - apparently some of them have gotten out of hand while watching their children! Gosh - I think you said it somewhere on hub pages before - sometimes it only takes one bad apple to spoil the whole tree!

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    Lela 6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    61 hours is one of the scariest! The fight scene at the end is horror-liscious!

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Haha! Someone told me about a site like that - but didn't remember the name! Our library here - it's not very big. It's sort of a half library - I haven't read a book since I got hooked on this hub pages - it is like a library of info!

    I already picked a Lee Child's book - 61 hours looks really good! It looks like a good fight or flight situation:-). Oooh I can't wait!

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    Lela 6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Have you tried paperback Here's the link

    Also, don't forget your library!

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Im glad you said that! I have not read any of Lee Child's books. Books are so expensive I tend to stick with writers that I know instead of branching out more. I have held his books in my hands - just to put them back because I didn't want to spend if they weren't good. I bet if you like them I will too though:-) how could I not??

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    Lela 6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Try reading Lee Child books about Jack Reacher. He's a scary dude.

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    I don't remember that one - but I do love scary movies and books. I was fascinated by Stephen King's Tallisman? And I have read all his books that I can. Dean Koontz can really write good ones too!

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    Lela 6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    I remember a movie that really creeped me out - Rebecca by Daphne DuMarier. I read the book too. Long ago.

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    I remember taking my moms copy of "The Shining" when I was in maybe 8th grade - creeped me out! I loved it - I also got caught!

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    Lela 7 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    I like the ones where the popcorn goes flying!

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    Bevz 7 years ago

    Hey! I too love scary movies but when I watch em I kinda get scared... Brave at first, wimpy next!! Anyway, in my opinion, the best and most scariest scary movies are the ones which are true or based on fact! I don't know why but if you know it's true then you get more scared cos you can actually imagine it happening whilst if you know it's not true, you can just mock it... For example, Scream, at first that movie just made me laugh cos I know that it's not real whilst something true can scare me more!

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    Lela 7 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Thanks MM! The exorcist is my number one also. It really is scary scary.

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    Mmiller_89 7 years ago from Germany

    Paranormal Activity has to be the scariest movie I've seen in a long time. It didn't rely on people dieing every five minutes to keep the intensity up. The big creepy factor was that nothing happened for long stretches of time while you just sat and waited for the climax. The ending made it hard to sleep for a few days as well, too bad number 2 wasn't nearly as good. Excellect list Austinstar, I voted for The Exorcist.

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    Lela 7 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    A lion may be your totem guide, Dchosen! Thanks for stopping by.

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    Dchosen_01 7 years ago

    I think books are more scary than movies. I do not know for others but my practical experience says it. When reading any horror book it brings our the most horror creative picture out of me to visualize and after a scene, I find myself sweating heavily. But as for the movie, I get the glimpse and it passes away.

    So most a times, I prefer reading the horror books if I really want to get scared, except for two movies,(the SAW collections and one movie about lions in africa, where a guy's family visited him- His second wife and two children{a teenage girl and a young boy}) I still dream of lions till today after watching it some years back.

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    theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

    ooooh I vote for Amityville horror and The Shining! They just don't make scary movies like they used to! They are so predictable now. Great collection here!

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    Lela 7 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    I read Ghost Story by Straub. It was a good one. There are some Dean Koontz books that are pretty scary too.

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    Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

    The Exorcist was WAY scary! The scariest book I've ever read is Ghost Story, by Peter Straub!

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    TattooVirgin 7 years ago

    Yea I agree Jeepers Creepers was hands down the scariest it was so well blended with reality and yet twisted at unexpected twist and turns... JUST creepy.

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    Lela 7 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Oh, there are so many that will be left off of any list. I didn't even mention 13 Ghosts, House on Haunted Hill, The Pit and the Pendulum. The list goes on and on and on...

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    outdoorsguy 7 years ago from Tenn

    Hmmmm I was teethed on scary movies. LOL

    Exorcist is in the top five for me.

    how about some oldies....

    Legend of Hell house.

    The Changling


    Ill leave it there LOL

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    daisyjae 7 years ago from Canada

    I'm too much of a chicken to watch scary movies! I have seen the exorcist and silence of the lambs though.

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    Glimmer515 7 years ago from Never Never Land

    Well if you love horror movies you have probably already eacross a few of my HUBS, but exorcist was by far the scariest movie ever! It still scares me at my age!

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    Pachuca213 7 years ago

    I have to say honestly the scariest movie I ever saw was that Jeepers Creepers the original one because it was strange of a creature and the whole storyline was weird....

    other than that my ultimate SCARY MOVIE is PSYCHO because I love Alfred Hitchcock,,he didn't need to show gore to scare the audience because we use our imagination.