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Top 25 Horror Movies Of All Time

Updated on June 1, 2011

Are you a fan of horror?

Horror films are unsettling movies that strive to elicit the emotions of fear, disgust and horror from viewers. They often feature scenes that startle the viewer through the means of macabre and the supernatural, thus frequently overlapping with the fantasy and science fiction genres. Horrors also frequently overlap with the thriller genre.

Horror films deal with the viewer's nightmares, hidden worst fears, revulsions and terror of the unknown. Although a good deal of it is about the supernatural, if some films contain a plot about morbidity, serial killers, a disease/virus outbreak and surrealism, they may be termed "horror."

Plots written within the horror genre often involve the intrusion of an evil force, event, or personage, commonly of supernatural origin, into the everyday world. Themes or elements often prevalent in typical horror films include ghosts, torture, gore, werewolves, ancient curses, satanism, demons, vicious animals, vampires, cannibals, haunted houses, zombies and masked serial killers. Conversely, stories of the supernatural are not necessarily always a horror movie as well.

Check out this list of the top 25 horror movies of all time, and hey, you can watch them as well, right here!

Rosemary's Baby (1968) - Scariest Horror Movies Of All Time

Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Rosemary's Baby (1968)

A brooding, macabre film, filled with the sense of unthinkable danger. Strangely enough it also has an eerie sense of humor almost until the end. It is a creepy film and a crawly film, and a film filled with things that go bump in the night. It is very good...much more than just a suspense story; the brilliance of the film comes more from Polanski's direction, and from a series of genuinely inspired performances, than from the original story . . .

The best thing that can be said about the film, I think, is that it works. Polanski has taken a most difficult situation and made it believable, right up to the end. In this sense, he even outdoes Hitchcock.

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Paranormal Activity (2007) - Scariest Horror Movies Of All Time

Paranormal Activity is a 2007 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Oren Peli. The film centers on a young couple, Katie and Micah, who are haunted by a supernatural presence in their home. It is presented in the style of "found footage," from a camera set up by the couple in an attempt to photograph what is haunting them.

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Year: 2007

Starring: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs, Amber Armstrong, Ashley Palmer

Director: Oren Peli

Screenwriter: Oren Peli

The Blair Witch Project (1999) - Scariest Horror Movies Of All Time

The Blair Witch Project (1999)
The Blair Witch Project (1999)

The Blair Witch Project is a 1999 American horror film; the narrative is presented as a documentary pieced together from amateur footage, filmed in real time.

The film relates the story of three young student filmmakers who hike into the Black Hills near Burkittsville, Maryland to film a documentary about a local legend known as the Blair Witch, and subsequently go missing. The viewers are told that the three were never seen again, although their video and sound equipment (along with most of the footage they shot) was discovered a year later. This "recovered footage" is presented as the film the viewer is watching.

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Year: 1999

Starring: Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

Director: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez

Screenwriter: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez

Drag Me to Hell (2009) - Scariest Horror Movies Of All Time

Drag Me to Hell (2009)
Drag Me to Hell (2009)

Drag Me to Hell is a 2009 American horror film, directed by Sam Raimi, with a screenplay by Sam Raimi and Ivan Raimi. The plot revolves around loan officer Christine Brown (Alison Lohman), who tries to impress her boss by refusing to extend a loan to a gypsy woman by the name of Mrs. Ganush (Lorna Raver). In retaliation, Ganush places a curse on Christine which, after three days of escalating torment, will plunge her into the depths of Hell to burn for eternity.

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Year: 2009

Starring: KAlison Lohman, Justin Long, Lorna Raver, David Paymer, Dileep Rao

Director: Sam Raimi

Screenwriter: Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi

Shutter (2004) - Scariest Horror Movies Of All Time

Shutter (2004)
Shutter (2004)

Shutter is a 2004 Thai horror film by Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom; starring Ananda Everingham, Natthaweeranuch Thongmee, and Achita Sikamana. It focuses on mysterious images seen in developed pictures.

After celebrating at a drinking party with his close friends, Tun, a photographer, and his girlfriend, Jane, get into a car accident. Jane hits a young woman. With much fear and bewilderment, Tun prohibits her from getting out of the car: they drive away, leaving the poor girl lying in the road.

Tun begins to discover mysterious white shadows and what appear to be faces in his photographs. A suspicious Jane thinks these images may be the ghost of the girl they hit on the road. Tun, who has been experiencing severe neck pains since the accident, visits a specialist. While a nurse attempts to measure his weight, to his dismay, he weighs approximately 120 kilograms. While collecting his medication via the counter, he hears a woman's voice that accuses him of being a liar and he runs away, traumatized. Unconvinced of the existence of the supernatural, Tun dismisses the idea of being haunted although his friends are also being disturbed by this mysterious girl...

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The Exorcist (1973) - Scariest Horror Movies Of All Time

The Exorcist (1973)
The Exorcist (1973)

The Exorcist is a 1973 American horror film directed by William Friedkin, adapted from the 1971 novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty and based on the exorcism case of Robbie Mannheim, dealing with the demonic possession of a young girl and her mother's desperate attempts to win back her daughter through an exorcism conducted by two priests.

A visiting actress in Washington, D.C., notices dramatic and dangerous changes in the behavior and physical make-up of her 12-year-old daughter. Meanwhile, a young priest at nearby Georgetown University begins to doubt his faith while dealing with his mother's terminal sickness. And, book-ending the story, a frail, elderly priest recognizes the necessity for a show-down with an old demonic enemy.

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Year: 1973

Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Max von Sydow, Jason Miller, Lee J. Cobb, Mercedes McCambridge

Director: William Friedkin

Screenwriter: William Peter Blatty

Halloween (1978) - Scariest Horror Movies Of All Time

Halloween (1978)
Halloween (1978)

Halloween is a 1978 American independent horror film directed, produced, and scored by John Carpenter, co-written with Debra Hill, and starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut and the first installment in the Halloween franchise. The film is set in the fictional midwestern town of Haddonfield, Illinois.

On Halloween, six year old Michael Myers murders his older sister by stabbing her with a kitchen knife. Fifteen years later, he escapes from a psychiatric hospital, returns home, and stalks teenager Laurie Strode and her friends. Michael's psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis suspects Michael's intentions, and follows him to Haddonfield to try to prevent him from killing.

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28 Days Later... (2002) - Scariest Horror Movies Of All Time

28 Days Later... (2002)
28 Days Later... (2002)

28 Days Later is a 2002 British zombie horror film directed by Danny Boyle.

British animal liberation activists break into a laboratory and are caught by a scientist while trying to free some chimpanzees being used for medical research. Despite the scientist's warnings that the chimps are infected with a disease (which he calls "Rage"), the activists free a chimp, which immediately attacks and infects the group.

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The Ring (2002) - Scariest Horror Movies Of All Time

The Ring (2002)
The Ring (2002)

The Ring is a 2002 American psychological horror film directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Naomi Watts and Martin Henderson. It is an American remake of the 1998 Japanese horror film Ring.

Both films are based on Kôji Suzuki's novel Ring and focus on a mysterious cursed videotape which contains a seemingly random series of disturbing images. After watching the tape, the viewer receives a phone call in which a girl's voice announces that the viewer will die in seven days. The film was a critical and commercial success.

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The Grudge 2 (2006) - Scariest Horror Movies Of All Time

The Grudge 2 (2006)
The Grudge 2 (2006)

Allison (Arielle Kebbel) is a new student at the international high school in Tokyo, where she meets popular students Vanessa (Teresa Palmer) and Miyuki (Misako Uno). They take Allison to the Saeki House to play a prank on her. Miyuki sees the bath where Toshio was drowned; something stirs. The two girls tell Allison of the Saeki murders and then convince her to enter the closet Kayako and Toshio's bodies were stored in. Allison enters; the girls close the door. After Allison screams, the girls are unable to open the door. Allison is unable to exit the closet until she sees Toshio and then the ghost of Kayako emerging from the attic. However, in a flashback, it is revealed Allison in fact saw Aubrey's ghost as opposed to Kayako's.

100 Feet (2008) - Scariest Horror Movies Of All Time

100 Feet (2008)
100 Feet (2008)

The film begins with Marnie Watson (Famke Jannsen) being driven home in a police car. She stands outside for a few seconds before going in to the house. Shanks (Bobby Cannavale), the cop escorting her and the former partner of her husband who was a also cop, tells her not to get used to fresh air. He lets her in to the hall, and Shanks tears off the police crime scene tape that had been left there. After they get inside, someone comes to fit her ankle bracelet, and they tell her she cannot move more than 100 feet (30 m) from the detector in the hallway. Shanks treats Marnie quite badly, telling her she will remain in the house until her sentence is up. He tells her to clean up some blood from the wall, and that she will have lots of time to think about what she did. Marnie argues with him, telling him that if the police had taken her crime reports seriously, her husband would still be alive today.

Later that day, Marnie takes all of her husband's pictures, and belongings, and puts them in her basement, where the detector goes off. She then paints over the blood in the wall. She calls the power company about having her power restored, and they tell her they cannot make it until Monday, so she has to light some candles. Later that night, she is in bed and hears footsteps, but it turns out to be a cat.

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100 Feet (2008)
100 Feet (2008)

Year: 2008

Starring: Famke Janssen, Bobby Cannavale, Ed Westwick, Michael Paré, John Fallon, Patricia Charbonneau, Kevin Geer, Evelyne Kandech, Kembe Sorel, Tibor Pálffy

Director: Eric Red

Screenwriter: Eric Red

The Omen (1976) - Scariest Horror Movies Of All Time

The Omen (1976)
The Omen (1976)

The newborn son of Robert Thorn and his wife, Katherine, dies shortly after birth in Rome. Robert is coerced by Father Spiletto into substituting for the dead child an orphan whose mother died at the same moment, without telling Katherine. Out of concern for his wife's mental well-being, Robert agrees. They name the child Damien. Soon after, Robert is named U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain.

While posted in Fulham, England, Robert is plagued by several mysterious events. At Damien's birthday party, his nanny hangs herself and a new nanny, Mrs. Baylock, suddenly arrives to replace her. Father Brennan knows about Damien's origins and warns Robert that his wife is pregnant and that Damien will kill the unborn child. The priest subsequently dies when a lightning rod falls on him and impales him through the side of his neck. Katherine tells Robert that she is pregnant but miscarries when she is knocked off a balcony by Damien.

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Poltergeist (1982) - Scariest Horror Movies Of All Time

Poltergeist (1982)
Poltergeist (1982)

Poltergeist is an American horror film, directed by Tobe Hooper, produced by Steven Spielberg, and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on June 4, 1982. It is the first and most successful of the Poltergeist film trilogy, and was nominated for three Academy Awards.

Steve and Diane Freeling, and their children Dana, Robbie, and Carol Anne, are living a quiet life in a California suburb, when a group of seemingly benign ghosts begin communicating with five-year-old Carol Anne through the static on the family's television sets. A number of other bizarre occurrences follow, including an earthquake that only the Freelings feel, glasses and utensils that spontaneously break or bend, and the ominous announcement by Carol Anne that the ghosts are there with them. Diane begins to realize the presence of beings in her home, which fascinates her. But when she brings these things to Steven's attention, he is disturbed and worried.

One night, during a rainstorm, a gnarled tree comes to life and grabs Robbie through his bedroom window. However, this is merely a distraction used by the ghosts to get Carol Anne's parents to leave her unattended. While Diane and Steven rescue Robbie, Carol Anne is sucked through a portal in her closet. The horrified Freelings realize she has been taken after they begin to hear her communicating through a television set...

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The Shining (1980) - Scariest Horror Movies Of All Time

The Shining (1980)
The Shining (1980)

The Shining is a 1980 psychological horror film directed by Stanley Kubrick, co-written with novelist Diane Johnson, and starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, and Danny Lloyd. The film is based on the novel of the same name, by Stephen King, about a writer with a wife and young son who accepts the job of off-season caretaker at an isolated hotel. The son, who possesses psychic abilities, is able to see things in the future or past, such as the ghosts in the hotel. Soon after moving in, and after a paralyzing winter storm that leaves the family snowbound, the father becomes influenced by the supernatural presence in the haunted hotel; he descends into madness and attempts to kill his wife and son.

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The Ring Two (2005) - Scariest Horror Movies Of All Time

The Ring Two (2005)
The Ring Two (2005)

Approximately six months after the events of the first movie, Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) and her son Aidan (David Dorfman) have moved from Seattle to the quiet coastal community of Astoria, Oregon. Rachel begins a new job at the Daily Astorian, a local newspaper, working for Max Rourke (Simon Baker). Before long, there is news of a teenage homicide in town. Rachel investigates, finding the dead boy's face shows a deformed expression of horror just like the previous victims of Samara Morgan's cursed tape. Upon finding the boy's corpse, she also has a vision of Samara grabbing her and declaring "I found you." After that she goes to the police station in order to talk to the girl who witnessed the boy's death and after persuading the girl to tell her she finds out where the tape is. She takes the tape deep into the woods and burns it...

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The Changeling (1980) - Scariest Horror Movies Of All Time

The Changeling (1980)
The Changeling (1980)

The Changeling (released as Changeling in Italy) is a 1980 horror film directed by Peter Medak and starring George C. Scott and Trish Van Devere (Scott's real-life wife). The story is based upon events experienced by writer Russell Hunter while he was living in the Henry Treat Rogers Mansion of Denver, Colorado.

Scott stars as Dr. John Russell, a composer living in New York City, who moves cross-country to Washington state following the tragic deaths of his wife and daughter in a traffic accident while on a winter vacation in upstate New York. In suburban Seattle, Russell rents a large, old, and eerie-looking Victorian-era mansion and begins piecing his life back together.

However, Dr. Russell soon discovers that he has unexpected company in his new home when a poltergeist, the ghost of a murdered child, haunts the house. It shatters windows, abruptly opens and shuts doors, and manifests itself during a séance. Russell investigates and finds that the mystery is linked to a powerful local family, the heir of whom is a wealthy United States Senator.

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Grindhouse (2007) - Scariest Horror Movies Of All Time

Grindhouse (2007)
Grindhouse (2007)

Grindhouse is a 2007 horror/exploitation film co-written, produced, and directed by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. The film is a double feature consisting of two feature-length segments, the Rodriguez-directed Planet Terror and Tarantino-directed Death Proof, and bookended by fictional trailers for upcoming attractions, advertisements, and in-theater announcements.

Planet Terror

In a rural town in Texas, go-go dancer Cherry Darling (Rose McGowan) decides to quit her low-paying job and find another use for her numerous "useless" talents. She runs into mysterious ex-boyfriend El Wray (Freddy Rodriguez) at the Bone Shack, a restaurant owned by J.T. Hague (Jeff Fahey). Meanwhile, a group of military officials, led by the demented Lt. Muldoon (Bruce Willis), are making a business transaction with a scientist named Abby (Naveen Andrews) for mass quantities of a deadly biochemical agent known as DC2 (codename "Project Terror"). Muldoon learns that Abby has an extra supply on hand and attempts to take him hostage. Abby intentionally releases the gas into the air...

Death Proof

Three friends — Arlene, Shanna, and radio disc jockey "Jungle" Julia Lucai — spend a night in Austin, Texas celebrating Julia's birthday, unknowingly followed by a mysterious man in a souped-up 1971 Chevy Nova. The man, Stuntman Mike, stalks the young women with his "death proof car", eventually killing all three. Fourteen months later, Stuntman Mike, now in Tennessee and driving a 1969 Dodge Charger, tails another group of young women — Lee (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Abernathy, Kim, and stuntwoman Zoë — a group of women working below the line in Hollywood, whose Stock 1970 Dodge Challenger proves a worthy adversary.

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Misery (1990) - Scariest Horror Movies Of All Time

Misery (1990)
Misery (1990)

Misery is a 1990 American psychological horror thriller film, based on Stephen King's 1987 novel of the same name. Directed by Rob Reiner, the film received critical acclaim for Kathy Bates' performance as the psychopathic Annie Wilkes.

Famed novelist Paul Sheldon is the author of romance novels involving the character Misery Chastain. After finishing the manuscript of his latest novel, he departs from Silver Creek, Colorado to New York, but he is caught in a blizzard and his car goes off the road. He is rescued by nurse Annie Wilkes and brought to her remote home. Both of Paul's legs are broken, and he has a dislocated shoulder, leaving him bedridden and largely unable to move. Annie claims she is his number one fan, and goes on and on about how she cherishes Paul and his novels. To her delight, Paul lets her read his new novel but she later admits that she disagrees with its use of profanity. While she is feeding him, she loses her temper and spills soup onto him, but regains control and apologizes calmly...

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The Wicker Man (1973) - Scariest Horror Movies Of All Time

The Wicker Man (1973)
The Wicker Man (1973)

Police Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward) is sent an anonymous letter recommending that he investigate the disappearance of a young girl, Rowan Morrison, on the remote Hebridean island of Summerisle (a fictional island apparently inspired by the real-life Summer Isles of the Inner Hebrides).

The (real) Summer Isles from Ben Mòr Coigach. He flies to the island and during his investigations discovers that the entire population participates in a Celtic neopaganism cult, believing in re-incarnation, worshipping the sun and engaging in fertility rituals and sexual magic in order to appease immanent natural forces.

Howie, a celibate devout Christian, becomes increasingly disturbed by the islanders' behaviour. In the original uncut version of the film, he witnesses couples copulating in the churchyard, in addition to finding a naked woman sobbing on a grave. He angrily threatens to involve the authorities after discovering the schoolmistress (Diane Cilento) is teaching young girls about the phallic importance of the maypole. Amulets such as the hag stone, toad stone, and snail stone, and the supposed cure of the whooping cough by placing a toad in a child's mouth, closely resemble descriptions found in the book Animal Simples.

Saw (2004) - Scariest Horror Movies Of All Time

Saw (2004)
Saw (2004)

Saw is a 2004 American-Australian horror film directed by James Wan and starring Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Michael Emerson and Ken Leung. The plot of the film was conceived of by James Wan, while Whannell wrote the screenplay. It is the first installment of the Saw film series.

The film's story revolves around two men who are chained in a dilapidated industrial bathroom and are each given instructions via a microcassette recorder on how to escape. One is told he must escape the bathroom, while the other is told to kill him before a certain time, or his family will die. Meanwhile, police detectives investigate and attempt to apprehend the mastermind behind the "game."

Inside (2007) - Scariest Horror Movies Of All Time

Inside (2007)
Inside (2007)

Inside (à l'intérieur) is a 2007 French horror film directed by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, starring Alysson Paradis and Béatrice Dalle. It was written by co-director Alexandre Bustillo, and is the first film from either director. It concerns the attack and home-invasion of a young pregnant woman by a mysterious stranger who seeks to take her unborn baby.

The film opens with a shot of a baby in utero with the mother's voice soothing it. The baby recoils as if struck. Expectant mother Sarah (Paradis) has been in a car accident, and her husband has been killed. Months later on Christmas Eve, Sarah is making final preparations for her delivery the following day. Still reeling from her husband's death, Sarah is now moody and depressed.

That evening, a mysterious woman (Dalle) arrives at Sarah's door asking to use the telephone to call for help. Sarah lies that her husband is sleeping and she does not want to be disturbed, but the woman tells her that she knows that he is dead. When the visitor persists on coming in, Sarah, a professional photographer, attempts to take her photo through a window and telephones the police. When they arrive, the woman has already vanished. The police assure Sarah that she will be fine, but arrange to have a patrol car visit throughout the night....

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) - Scariest Horror Movies Of All Time

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

A Nightmare on Elm Street is a 1984 American slasher film directed and written by Wes Craven, and the first film of the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. The film features John Saxon, Heather Langenkamp, Ronee Blakley, Amanda Wyss, Jsu Garcia, Robert Englund, and Johnny Depp in his feature film debut. Set in the fictional Midwestern town of Springwood, Ohio, the plot revolves around several teenagers who, if they fall asleep, will be killed by Fred Krueger in their dreams, thus causing their deaths in reality. The teenagers are unaware of the cause of this strange phenomenon, but their parents hold a dark secret from long ago.

Tina Gray (Amanda Wyss) has a dream in which she is stalked through a dark boiler room by a mutilated figure with distinctive razor-sharp knives attached to the fingers on his right hand. Just as he catches her, however, she wakes up screaming, only to discover four razor cuts in her nightdress identical to the cuts in her dream.

The next day, she finds out that her friend Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) experienced a similar dream involving the same sinister figure, but Nancy is convinced that all is well. That night, Tina, Nancy, and her boyfriend Glen Lantz (Johnny Depp) have a sleep-over to make the distraught Tina feel better, as she is still troubled by her nightmare. Tina's rebellious boyfriend, Rod Lane (Nick Corri), crashes the party. He and Tina have sex in her mother's bedroom. However, Tina has another nightmare, and this time the killer catches her. Rod wakes up to find Tina being slashed by invisible knives, then dragged up the wall and across the ceiling. Rod screams for her, and she falls on the bed, now killed. Rod is accused of the murder, and he flees the house only to be caught and thrown in jail.

Cannibal Holocaust (1980) - Scariest Horror Movies Of All Time

Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Cannibal Holocaust is a 1980 Italian film directed by Ruggero Deodato from a screenplay by Gianfranco Clerici. Filmed in the Amazon Rainforest and dealing with indigenous tribes, it was cast mostly with United States actors and filmed in English to achieve wider distribution. Francesca Ciardi and Luca Barbareschi were among the leads as native Italian speakers to qualify the film as European for distribution on the Continent.

The film begins with a television documentary about a missing United States film crew, who disappeared on an expedition to the Amazon Basin to make a documentary about indigenous cannibal tribes. The team was Alan Yates, the director; Faye Daniels, his girlfriend and script girl; and two cameramen, Jack Anders and Mark Tomaso. Harold Monroe, a New York University anthropologist, has agreed to lead a rescue team and flies to the Amazon to meet his guides, Chaco and his assistant Miguel. The group has a Yacumo hostage captured by the military, and is used to help them negotiate with the natives. The team arranges his release in exchange for being taken to the Yacumo village...

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) - Scariest Horror Movies Of All Time

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is a 1974 American independent horror film directed by Tobe Hooper and written by Hooper and Kim Henkel. The film stars Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow, and Gunnar Hansen, who portray Sally Hardesty, the Hitchhiker, the proprietor, and Leatherface, respectively. The film follows a group of friends who fall victim to a family of cannibals while on their way to visit an old homestead. Although The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was marketed as a true story to attract a wider audience, as well as to provide subtle commentary on the political climate at the time, the overall premise is entirely fictional. The main antagonist, Leatherface (Hansen), and minor plot details were inspired from real-life serial killer Ed Gein.

Sally Hardesty (Marilyn Burns) and her brother, Franklin (Paul A. Partain), travel with three friends—Jerry (Allen Danziger), Kirk (William Vail), and Pam (Teri McMinn)—to a cemetery where the grave of the Hardestys' grandfather is located. Their aim is to investigate reports of vandalism and corpse defilement. Afterward, they decide to visit an old Hardesty family homestead. On the way there they pick up a hitchhiker (Edwin Neal). He behaves bizarrely, and slashes himself and Franklin with a straight razor before the group forces him out of the van. They stop at a gas station to refuel, but the proprietor (Jim Siedow) tells them that the pumps are empty. They continue to the homestead, intending to return to the gas station once the fuel has been delivered. When they arrive, Franklin tells Kirk and Pam about a local swimming hole, and the couple head off to find it. Instead, they stumble upon a nearby house; Kirk calls out, asking for gas, while Pam waits on the front steps...

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The Haunting (1963) - Scariest Horror Movies Of All Time

The Haunting (1963)
The Haunting (1963)

Eleanor Lance, Theodora, and Luke Sanderson accompany Dr. John Markway during an investigation into the paranormal. Markway believes that an old mansion with a sinister past called Hill House will provide him with the proof he seeks of the existence of the supernatural. Luke is the next in line to inherit the house, and is volunteered by the current owner to join Markway both as a skeptic and overseer. Eleanor and Theodora are the only responders to an invitation Markway sent out to various people who had come in contact with the supernatural at some point in their lives. After the four meet up in Hill House, strange things begin to happen, most of which seem centered on Eleanor. Eleanor finds that she is both frightened of, and enjoys the attention the house affords her, and becomes drawn deeper and deeper in by the forces within the house.

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      SamiPearl 3 years ago

      Several of those weren't actually scary IMO. I'd add the original Evil Dead, Friday the 13th, and the 4th Kind.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Cool Lens, these are great movies

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      Misery LM 4 years ago

      I read the book and this is the best I ever read. Now i've to watch the movie. Misery is really one amazing story.

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      WriterDave 5 years ago

      Great list! There are some great movies here.

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      RaZoRLeGaCy 5 years ago

      I missed only 2 of these horror movies. LoL

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      dvdmoviereviews 5 years ago

      very very cool lens

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      TEAhug 5 years ago

      I liked that Cannibal Holocaust made this list, awesome movie. Sweet Lens.

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      gideon43 6 years ago

      Superb Lens. Some great choices. Check out my own lens

      https://hubpages.com/entertainment/25greatesthorro...

      We agree on a few, disagree on others but always nice to compare lists'

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      ajw0148 6 years ago

      Favorited! This lens is awesome! You really put a lot of interesting choices up here. I would have to agree that most of these films are in my top 50 horror films list. Thanks for giving me some great ideas for making lenses!

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      tpw1977 6 years ago

      Brilliant lens, I'm always looking for good horror films to watch and this lens has provided a few that I haven't seen. Thanks ;-)