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Top 10 scariest horror films of all time.

Updated on May 11, 2012

While there have been dozens upon dozens of horror films every year, most horror movies fall flat on their face due to their reliance on suspense, fitting a cliché, or terrible, terrible acting. Fortunately, out of the piles of horrid scary movies are movies that will leave you tossing and turning at night, and filling your sleep with nightmares of their horror flick.

This horror movies list consists of the most frightening, bloodcurdling and horrific horror movies. This is my top 10 scariest movies of all time list.

#10 Thankskilling

Any horror film that starts off with a busty, naked broad running and tripping through a forest is bound for success. The premise of this horror film is a turkey that comes back to life to kill a bunch of horny teenagers for absolutely no reason. But this is no ordinary homicidal turkey, ladies and gentlemen. This turkey possesses the capability to wield weapons, speak sophisticated one liners like "You just got stuffed!" and is a master of disguise— at one point in the movie he carves this chick's dad's face off, wears it, and fools everyone!

Though, what assures this movie's place in the top ten scariest movies of all time—besides the plot and turkey's witty one liners—is the ground-breaking CGI that creates some of the goriest scenes and the most realistic looking turkey of all time. Because of these two factors, this film is without doubt, one of the scariest movies ever.

#9 Night of the Killer Lamp

If Thankskilling was just too much for your mind to comprehend, then this next horror film will go far, far over your head. So, there's this Killer Lamp, seems normal, right? But get this...this lamp has the capacity to melt phones, throw pet birds into the toaster, flash on and off very quickly, and draw flies from the abyss to itself.

According to the lore, this lamp is possessed by Satan or whatever, and is a member of the Amtiyvile Horror spin-offs. Though the odds are stacked against it because many horror films that are sequels have the tendency to be blatantly terrible—but not this film. The concept of a Satanic lamp would give even the most rugged, seasoned, and undaunted of all people the chills. It's kind of old though.

*note* when researching this spectacle, I came across these A.V club guys who disagree with the overwhelmingly paramount number of people who believe this film is horrifying. The only logical explanation I can think of for this is that they are all Navy Seals and have went on numerous covert missions against killer lamps.

#8 Leprechaun 4: In Space

Next on the horror movies list is Leprechaun 4: In Space. If your unfamiliar with the Leprechaun series then I don't advise watching this one first, as there is a lot of intricate plot build-up prior to this in the other first three movies. What happens is Leprechaun wants to become king, so he kidnaps a sexy princess. Unfortunately, a squad of futuristic marines kills him before he can carry out his dubious plot to become king. However, one of these marines desires to, well, excrete bodily fluids on the presumably dead Leprechaun, forgetting that Leprechaun spirits have the ability to travel up through your bodily stream and burst out of you at a later time, kind of like Alien.

What makes this one of the scariest movies ever though is the fact that we can truly emphasis with the cast, as I'm fairly certain we've all had to deal with an evil Leprechaun trying to kill us whilst we are aboard a spaceship because said Leprechaun wants revenge and our boss is some crazy guy and we don't really know why we work for him. This horror movie hits so close to home, it can make you check your back every time you're traveling through space.

#7 The Human Centipede 2

Holy S#&%!

#6 2012 Zombie Apocalypse

The whole 'end of the world in 2012' thing is so 2010, but this movie has reinvigorated my fear of the Mayan calender. With compelling dialogue, CGI that rivals Avatar, and the fresh concept of 'zombies', this scary movie takes you on a horror ride to hell, and it's a one way trip.

After looking into just who made this horror film masterpiece, I discovered that it was made by the Asylum Projects, who also made Battle for Los Angeles—no not the one you're thinking of with the marines and the aliens who at first are really, really hard to kill, like it takes several clips of an assault rifle point blank and a grenade to kill, and then as the story progresses become able to be killed by a pistol from an inexperienced shooter—the other one. With such a stellar hit movie under their belt, it didn't surprise me in the slightest that they, and only they, could concoct such a horror film.

#5 Shrooms

While I generally associate phicadelic drugs to walls—and their ability to pierce through the rouse walls create to feign being inaminate—there are no real walls in this movie. If there were walls, and they were breathing, then this would be #1 without doubt, though I couldn't actually watch it because I would probably end up in an asylum.

Anyway, the premise of this film is a band of teenagers who go into a forest to 'trip out'. Little do they know that Shrooms turn people into serial killers who don't know they are serial killers and its effects last for days on end. While some would argue that this movie is just an anti-drug thing, they forget that this movie doesn't have very many walls in it. Oh yeah, there's also supposedly this monster thing, but it turns out to just be in the main character. Spoiler alert.

#4 Juno

This movie taps into the deepest fears of all men of all time—accidental impregnation. While it wasn't meant to be scary, and was actually quite enjoyable, that core concept certainly scared me, as well as its implications.

It also reminded me of my own personal experience with this. You see, while I was in High-school, I had this friend who got a girl pregnant. Pretty much all there is to that story, but nonetheless you can see why it hits so close to home.

#3 Barbie in a Mermaid tale

This is definitely one of the scariest films ever. Nothing scares me more than being quite literally talked to death about clothes and shopping. Well, that's the whole premise to this story. (oh man, as I'm writing this I had watched the Human Centipede 2 again and I'm still feeling hella' strange. I don't know what it is, but there's something about the Martin guy that just, oh man...) Basically a bunch of shallow girls go on some kind of adventure underwater. While I honestly didn't really watch the whole movie, or pay much attention, I'm assuming it was an adventure to the mall for more clothes or something, just a shot in the dark.

#2 The Twilight Saga

Pretty much all of these movies are scary. Nothing scares me more than seeing the vampire and werewolf genres both being completely demolished. I can never look at Dracula the same way again after seeing those movies.

The biggest question in most of your minds right now is probably just why I saw these movies. And I'll tell you. Because those trailers are very misleading, is why. The trailers are always comprised of all 15 seconds of action each movie consists of, and leaves out the other hour-or-so of these two six-pack rockin' dudes fighting over some girl. It's like they don't realize that they could quite literally get just about any girl they wanted on the face of the earth.

But anyway, the scariest movie is a movie that scares you and questions your beleifs in equal measure. The Twilight Saga has achieved in this endeavor by horrifying me because I know any future vampire/werewolf films will be compared to it, and because I used to believe these creatures of the night were scary—but no longer.

#1 Attack of the Walls

This movie hasn't been made yet, but I know it will someday. I mean, I'm pretty sure I left a precursor somewhere in this hub about this being #1. Anyway, yep. Nothing on this earth is more frightening than when the walls that constantly surround you on a day to day basis get fed up with our existence and take over the world. I suspect that this movie will be a documentry, because this will very well happen. I'm also not sure if I—or anyone else—would be alive to see this movie, but I'm kind of glad for that because I wouldn't see it anyway because it would be so scary.


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      6 years ago

      Ha ha...very funny.. juno is the scariest, by far. I'm following you. You sound like a nut, and need therapy. Or maybe very misunderstood. So, I am going to make sure you, you don't snap.

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      Steve Orion 

      6 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      As you should know, anyone who has done enough shrooms has seen attack of the walls. A good list, though, with some horrible recommendations, well done!

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      6 years ago

      Laughed my ass off with this one:)

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      DS Duby 

      6 years ago from United States, Illinois

      I watched Thankskilling the other day, I don't know why, or how I made it through the whole thing but when the turkey did the leather face thing with the cops skin I spit Pepsi out my nose lol. Just thought I'd share that. Lol

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      self absorbed 

      6 years ago from Canada

      "Leprechaun spirits have the ability to travel up through your bodily stream and burst out of you at a later time" pfft everyone knows this, that Marine got what he deserved.

      Awesome hub, voted up, awesome and shared!

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      6 years ago

      Infinite mind. Good

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      John Walton 

      6 years ago from Indiana

      @jonsswagger1978: Thanks for the vote!^^

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      John Walton 

      6 years ago from Indiana

      @ DS Duby: I'm glad you enjoyed it! On a side note—the devils rejects IS scary.

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      6 years ago from Birmingham Alabama

      Hilarious my friend, simply hilarious. Voted up.

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      DS Duby 

      6 years ago from United States, Illinois

      LMFAO this just made my top 10 funniest hubs list. I came here expecting to see the likes of the devils rejects and the original exorcist, so yeah, you managed to get several WTF and LOL thoughts from me. great job You get an awesome thumbs up for your sarcastic rendition of horror.

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      John Walton 

      6 years ago from Indiana

      Alas, I had completely forgot about the nation-wide blockbuster Trolls! Thanks for the vote and share, always appreciated!

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      6 years ago from Golden, CO

      LMFAO. I hope that someone does not notice that you have your tongue in your cheek and watches Thankskilling. It is one of the worst and stupidest movies ever made (and I love Godzilla Movies). In closing, you should add Trolls to your list. That movie has the most mind-blowing special effects ever (created with green jello)! I voted your Hub up and shared it.


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