Different people have different tastes. Their likes differ in the types of cuisine, music and films they enjoy. For instance, one person might like comedies, while another drama. You might enjoy a night watching a family film or cuddling up to a romantic satire. But no matter your preference, there is no denying one thing. If a film is scary, it is usually scary to all, whether they like it or not. To experience exhilarating terror, try watching one of these scariest movies of all times.
12 Scariest Horror Movies of All Time
The Shining (1980)
Based on a Stephen King novel, one of the best horror authors of all time, The Shining is about a father who goes mad while working at an isolated lodge. Trapped by a winter storm, he turns to violence and terrorizes his family. The psychological thriller takes fear to a whole new level when his psychic son witnesses the evils of the past, present and future and reveals the blooding past of the ghosts who haunt them.
The Exorcist (1973)
Considered by many one of the scariest horror movies of all times, The Exorcist took terror to new heights when released. So troubling were the scripts, the producers hired a psychiatrist to counsel the child star who portrayed the main character. The storyline involves a woman actress whose 12-year-old daughter is possessed by a head-turning, vomit-projecting demon. The priest meant to save the child must deal with his own guilt revolving around his dying mother, which the demon relentlessly torments him with.
Amityville Horror (1979)
Based on true accounts of a terrorized family, the story takes place in a large coastal home on Long Island. A newly-formed family moves into the house, at first thrilled to have found such a gem for such a great price. Strange things start to happen, driving the father mad and causing the mother and children to fear for their lives. To make matters worse, the family priest can’t stand being in the house because the terrorizing spirits make him sick. It seems the evil history of the house has caught up with the present.
The Conjuring (2013)
A young family moves into a farm home in the state of Rhode Island. Unbeknownst to them, the house is the residence to evil spirits looking for someone to cling onto. Strange and bizarre occurrences cause the family to call in paranormal investigators, who uncover the truth of the evil surrounding them. Much to their dismay, no matter where the family goes, the evil spirits follow. Perhaps the film is one of the scariest horror movies of all time because it won’t let go, just like the evil clinging to them.
Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Freddy Kruger, an evil undead serial killer, has become one of the most feared horror figures in film history. Plaguing his victims in their sleep, Kruger terrorizes them to the point they die in real life. No matter how hard they try, it is virtually impossible to escape him. Everyone eventually gets exhausted, causing them to sleep, even if for only seconds. But this is all the time Kruger, his hands covered in bloody blades, needs to haunt you forever.
Child’s Play (1988)
Every child has a favorite toy, but what do you do when the toy is possessed by an evil murderer? This is the dilemma in Child’s Play, a story about a boy and his doll Chucky. Chucky, a popular and mass-produced toy, is the only thing in sight when a killer needs to hide his soul from the police. Given to the young boy as a gift from his mother, the doll commits terror and murder. When the young boy spills the truth of the horrors committed by Chucky, no one believes him until the terror has already taken hold.
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
What would you do if you thought your unborn baby was the child of the devil? Would you think you were going mad? Rosemary is convinced that her elderly neighbors are after her unborn baby, so they can use it to commit unthinkable acts. Her husband, an aspiring actor, acts as if she has gone crazy. Unknown to her, until it is way too late, he’s part of the plan. Eerie sounds effects, strange music and occasional glimpses of the devil’s eyes keep viewers on edge and make this film one of the scariest horror movies ever. Even though produced in the late 60’s, this film still brings chills to those who watch it today.
Jeepers Creepers (2001)
A brother and sister are driving home for spring break and suddenly realize they are traveling on the same road as the couple who were viciously murdered only years before. As the realization hits, an old clunky truck loudly comes barreling behind them, nearly pushing them off the road. Curiosity gets the best of them, as they later see the truck pull away from an odd looking building. Inside, they find unimaginable terrors and become undeniable obsessions of an evil being.
A dog is a boy’s best friend, right? Maybe at the start of the story, but definitely not at the end. Cujo, a friendly Saint-Bernard, is the only friend of a young boy whose life is in turmoil. His mother and father are fighting due to the wife’s extramarital affairs. While the father is away, she takes the family car to the shop, only to find Cujo has turned rabid and killed everyone around. Trapped in the car in the middle of summer, she has to find a way to save her five-year-old son from the smoldering heat and the wild beast determined to kill them.
Pet Sematary (1989)
It’s a dangerous thing, a young family living by a road frequently traveled by fast driving semi-trailers. Add in a mysterious nearby cemetery hidden away in the woods, and you have the making for one of the scariest horror movies ever inspired by Stephen King. When the family cat gets run over, a neighbor confides in the husband about the powers of the cemetery and how it brings things back to life. However, there is a stern warning that the things that come back bring evil back with them.
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
A low-budget film success, The Blair Witch Project is one of the scariest horror movies ever made, causing millions to lose sleep after watching it. The storyline is simple – three students go in the woods to uncover the story of the Blair Witch, only to disappear and never be seen again. A year goes by, and by chance their footage is found and compiled into a film. Strange sightings, hanging wooden figures, eerie noises, flashing lights and the bloody handprints of children cause your imagination to go wild.
Fifteen years earlier, a small town is tainted by the stabbing murder of a teenage girl by her 6-year-old brother. The boy is institutionalized, only to escape and terrorize once again. An innocent babysitter begins to notice strange things happening around her and as Halloween night transcends, she discovers those she cares about most are being murdered all around her. The only one who believes her tale is the murderer’s psychiatrist, but even he can’t stop the horror.