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The 3 creepiest horror movies of all time

Updated on January 26, 2015

My personal picks for the all-time creepiest horror movies

I really enjoy a good horror movie, but a few years ago I was watching a couple of movies every night for weeks straight, and I finally figured out what, exactly, it is that I really enjoy about the movies: the creepy moments. It's those times when your hair stands on end, not the splatter or gore/slasher type horror stuff (although all of those things have their place in a good creepy movie too).

Lake Mungo

This movie really took me by surprise. I wasn't necessarily expecting much... what I got was the tiny hairs on the back of my neck standing up. As the story of a 16 year old girl's death unfolds, we're led to believe that there has been a pretty elaborate hoax suggesting the girl (Alice) is a ghost, or undead in some way, but then some really heebie-jeebie stuff starts happening. I won't spoil it here if you haven't seen it yet, but yeah, this one was really creepy. The story goes from genuine, old fashioned, goosehair creepiness, questionable temporal drifting (time travel), and possibly demonic, possibly ghostly apparitions. Without going into spoilers, I'll stop there and say: watch this film. You won't be disappointed.

Session 9

Love love LOVE this movie. David Caruso plays a relatively minor role along with a young Josh Lucas. They're part of a hazmat team that goes in to tear a bunch of asbestos out of an old mental hospital, which is definitely creepy in and of itself. However, things get insanely ceepifying when one of the guys on the crew discovers really old reel-to-reel recordings of one of the patients. Have fun not sleeping for a few weeks. Seriously.

The Orphanage (O Orfanato)

Could there be anything more creepy than a horror movie set in a former orphanage for handicapped children? Yep, there sure can, and writer Sergio G. Sanchez makes sure you stay creeped out from moment one until the last. Seriously, handicapped children who become ghosts?

In addition to being ultra-creepy, O Orfanato is extremely beautifully shot. It's a period piece, too, which manages to turn the scare factor up just one additional notch. Really enjoyable view.

Your favorites

So, these are my favorite genuinely scary movies. What are your favorite creepy movies? I love hearing from people about horror movies that give you the willies, and I'll definitely check them out if I haven't seen the movie before! If it doesn't make the hair on the back of your neck stand up, I don't want to hear about it.

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