57 of the scariest horror movies of all time (2022)

Maybe your Halloween plans include hosting a massive costume bash with plenty of witches brew for your guests. Or maybe you plan on chilling at home and enjoying a family-friendly Halloween movie with the kids.

But if you're a thrill seeker, then there's no better time than now to watch some of the scariest movies of all time, streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video and beyond.

Chances are, just hearing the title "The Exorcist" and "The Conjuring" can bring on chills. But what actually makes a good horror film? “Usually, a good horror film has a deeply felt fear at its core,” David E. Tolchinsky, professor of Radio-TV-Film at Northwestern University, told TODAY via email.

“That fear might be universal,” Tolchinsky said, like how "Strangers" plays on the idea of a home invasion. Or, the fear can be specific to a time and culture, or riff on disasters like disease war or environmental changes.

“Sometimes good horror films aren’t scary when you watch them, but they stay with you for a long time and scare you in your dreams,” he added.

So, if you’re good and ready to have the daylights scared out of you (awake or in your nightmares, your choice), we’ve compiled the ultimate, scary horror movie list, and it's sure to send chills down your spine.

'The Exorcist' (1973)

Made nearly 50 years ago, "The Exorcist" still holds up and remains one of the scariest movies of all time. It's film that you can't unsee once you've seen it —including Regan's (Linda Blair) 180-degree head turn. Truly terrifying, the plot revolves around a young girl who becomes possessed by an evil demon.

'Night of the Living Dead' (1968)

The flesh-eating zombie movie that launched a thousand imitations, George Romeo's "Night of the Living Dead" remains just as gruesome and unsettling as it was back in 1968. The original black-and-white version remains the best, so don't settle for anything else.

'Hereditary' (2018)

If you've ever enjoyed sticking your head out the window while riding in a car, you will absolutely never do it again after watching "Hereditary." Starring Toni Collette and Gabriel Byrne, this horror movie is beyond disturbing. But it also gets at universal themes, like what we inherit from our family and parts our ourselves we can't run away from.

'The Witch' (2015)

In 17th-century New England, a Puritan family settles on an isolated patch of land near a forest inhabited by a witch. An infant goes missing. Then, the family's eldest daughter, Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy) starts acting ... strange. This takes the whole Hansel-and-Gretel thing to a new level.

'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre' (1974)

Don't even think about eating before watching this gruesome '70s horror movie about a family that makes a career out of carving strangers up with a chainsaw. "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" is a staple in the slasher horror genre, so prepare yourself before meeting the villain called "Leatherface."

'Midsommer' (2019)

During the eternal daylight of Sweden's summer season, a small village celebrates its once-every-90-years summer festival. A group of vacationing friends travel to the town to participate only to find out that the festival activities are more grisly than they could have ever imagined.

'The Cabin in the Woods' (2011)

A friends' getaway to a remote cabin in the woods turns into a nightmare after it becomes overrun with killer zombies. To make matters worse, it's all part of a sinister science experiment controlled by an underground laboratory.

'Us' (2019)

A relaxing beach trip turns into the fight of their lives after an unsuspecting family is stalked by murderous versions of themselves. This Jordan Peele film is a masterclass in suspense and mystery. Who are the tethered? What do they want? What do they say about human nature? These are the questions you'll be chewing on. And you'll never listen to the Beach Boys "Good Vibrations" the same way again. Promise.

'Hellraiser' (1987)

With tons of truly horrifying imagery and torture, this '80s horror film is about a puzzle box that unleashes a group of demons looking for blood and flesh sacrifices.

'Saw' (2004)

Two men wake up imprisoned in a strange bathroom, a dead body between them, and no idea how they got there. It's all part of the Jigsaw Serial Killer's sadistic plan that involves – yep, you guessed it – the grisly use of a hacksaw.

'Evil Dead' (1981)

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There are no holds barred in this '80s horror classic. Chock full of completely gory, gruesome scenes, the plot revolves around a group of friends who plan a retreat at a remote cabin in the Tennessee woods and, as so often happens in horror movies, they accidentally wake the dead while they're at it.

'An American Werewolf in London' (1981)

A backpacking trip in Britain gets, uh, hairy after two Americans are attacked by an unidentifiable creature while walking at night. During a full moon. One dies, the other is injured, and instead of getting better, he discovers a whole new set of problems. “An American Werewolf in London” is the first film to win an Oscar for “Best Make-up,” a category created the same year the movie was released.

'The Conjuring' (2013)

"The Conjuring" is based on the real-life work of Ed and Lorraine Warren. Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson play the paranormal investigators in this movie — and in all its many sequels, including an entire spin-off about a demonic doll.

'A Nightmare on Elm Street' (1984)

Along with "Halloween" and "Friday the 13th," "Nightmare on Elm Street" is a seminal addition to the slasher film genre. Freddie Krueger, the series' razor-blade-gloved murderer, is a horror icon. This is a must for anyone looking to check off all the horror movie classics.

'The Ring' (2002)

If you watch it, you're dead within seven days. Journalist Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) seeks to understand why when her niece and three friends die mysteriously after viewing the "cursed" videotape. Of course, she watches it, then must beat the clock in order to survive. It's worth watching both the American remake and the 1998 Japanese original.

'It' (2017)

This Stephen King movie (adapted from the book by the same name), is a PSA on why to never, ever allow your paper boat to be swept into a storm drain. Every 27 years, It emerges to prey on the people of Derry, Maine. The most recent "It" adaptation divides King's long novel into two parts: One following a group of middle schoolers taking down the monster, and another when they're adults summoned back to do it all over again.

'The Fly' (1986)

Years before Jeff Goldblum played a mathematician in "Jurassic Park," he played a scientist in "The Fly" who inadvertently swaps DNA with a fly and, in extremely gruesome detail, becomes one.

'Insidious' (2010)

After moving into a new house, the Lambert family's oldest son, Dalton, suffers a fall that leaves him in a coma. In the months that follow, supernatural events begin to occur. Despite moving houses again, the family's troubles persist until a ghost hunter figures out that Dalton is captive in an alternate realm called "The Further."

'Child's Play' (1988)

It goes without saying that dolls with knives are unsettling —and "Chucky" sets the mold. Chucky is a red-headed toy possessed by a serial killer on a mission to murder everyone it encounters.

'Sinister' (2012)

Writer Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke) and his young family move into a new house, but only Ellison knows that it's the scene of a ghastly murder. Horrible things happen after he discovers a box of snuff films in the attic and Ellison soon realizes his family is caught in a "sinister" plan.

'The Blair Witch Project' (1999)

Three film students traipse out into the Maryland woods looking for a mythical witch and find way more than they bargained for. Meta and scary, "The Blair Witch Project" is a horror-film must. An indie film, "The Blair Witch Project" cost only $60,000 to produce and went on to earn nearly $250 million at the box office.

'Cloverfield' (2008)

Filmed cinéma vérité style, this "found-footage" movie chronicles a group of friends and their desperate attempt to stay alive after an alien-like monster attacks New York City.

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'10 Cloverfield Lane' (2016)

The unofficial sequel to "Cloverfield," this follow-up features John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as survivors of the alien apocalypse, trapped together in an underground bunker. A tense psychological thriller, the film will keep you guessing right up until the end.

'The Haunting' (1999)

"The Haunting" follows a group of insomniacs who stay at a spooky old mansion as part of a sleep study. When the lights turn off, that's when they realize they're not alone in the mansion.

'Paranormal Activity' (2007)

Another horror movie filmed in a "found footage" style, "Paranormal Activity" is about Micah and Katie, a husband and wife who find themselves at the mercy of a demon who stalks them as they sleep.

'Friday the 13th' (1980)

Kill, kill, kill ... now, now, now. An evil serial killer wearing a hockey mask is murdering the counselors at Camp Crystal Lake, one by one. Is it the ghost of Jason, a young boy who drowned in the lake years before? Or something much worse? This 1980 film features Kevin Bacon as a young camp counselor prior to his breakout role as "Ren" in the movie "Footloose."

'Friday the 13th Part 2' (1981)

The second movie in the "Friday the 13th" franchise ends up being nearly as fun as the first when sole-surviving camp counselor, Alice, returns to Camp Crystal Lake only to find out that the murdering is far from over.

'War of the Worlds' (2005)

What begins as a freaky lightening storm turns out to be the end of the world in this sci-fi horror film, which features alien octopods rising from the ground and using human blood to fertilize the earth ... and Tom Cruise in a starring role.

'The Babadook' (2014)

After reading a terrifying bedtime story about a boogie monster named "Mister Babadook," a son and his mother discover that he's real – and living in their house.

'Scream' (1996)

Wes Craven, writer and director of "A Nightmare on Elm Street," directs this 1996 horror film that parodies other horror films. Playing off slasher film tropes (think "Halloween" and "Friday the 13th), "Scream" pokes fun at the genre, while still being a worthy contender.

'The Thing' (1982)

If you're planning a trip to Antarctica, "The Thing" is sure to make you reconsider. An old-school classic, this scary horror movie stars Kurt Russell as MacReady, an arctic researcher trapped with a killer alien able to disguise itself as his teammates.

'The Shining' (1980)

All work and no play makes Jack (Jack Nicholson) a dull boy and, unfortunately, it also puts him in an extremely bad mood. Maybe it's the work — or maybe it's the spirits at the Overlook Hotel, where Jack and his family are staying over the course of a long winter. Stanley Kubrick's 1980 take on Stephen King's book "The Shining" is both thought-provoking and scary.

'The Lost Boys' (1987)

There's only one problem with living in the California beach town of Santa Carla – all the damn vampires. Campy, scary and gory, "The Lost Boys" is a classic.

'A Quiet Place' (2018)

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What's worse than aliens taking over the world? Aliens with super-sonic hearing that take over the world, then killing anything that makes a sound. This is unfortunate for Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and Lee Abbott (John Krasinski) who must protect their young family – and keep them extremely quiet – if they hope to survive.

'Alien' (1979)

In space, no one can hear you scream — and everyone's screaming, like a lot in this sci-fi horror movie that stars Sigourney Weaver as Ripley, an astronaut battling a shape-shifting stowaway.

'Salem's Lot' (1979)

A two-part miniseries released in the '70s, "Salem's Lot" is based on the Stephen King novel by the same name and is available to stream on Amazon. Despite being a bit dated, it still packs some super-serious scares in this tale of a small New England town overrun by vampires.

‘Get Out’ (2017)

Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) is heading to meet his girlfriend Rose's (Allison Williams) parents for the first time. And if he's being honest, things feel kind of weird. This groundbreaking Jordan Peele movie, which is also a commentary on race in the U.S., is a good reminder of why you should always listen to that little warning voice in your head telling you something's wrong, before it's too late.

'The Amityville Horror' (1979)

Before putting a deposit down on your dream house, make sure there isn't a massive fly infestation or pig with glowing eyes floating outside your bedroom window. More important, however, double check with the realtor that no mass murders have occurred there that'll lead to evil spirits stalking your family, as what happens in "The Amityville Horror," inspired by a real crime.

'The Mothman Prophecies' (2002)

This slow-burn horror movie, starring Richard Gere and Laura Linney, isn't full of gore or jump-scares. Instead, it's a psychological thriller that promises to haunt you for days, maybe weeks, after watching it.

'What Lies Beneath' (2000)

Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer star as a husband and wife who own a very nice lakeside cottage. Too bad it's haunted – or at least Pfieffer thinks it is. Apparitions appear and supernatural events occur, but only when she's by herself. Are they real or is it all in her head?

'Psycho' (1960)

After absconding with $40,000, an embezzling woman books a room at a motel managed by a guy with significant mommy issues. Alfred Hitchcook's "Psycho" defines the horror movie genre along with rendering showers unsafe for the rest of all time.

"The Sixth Sense" (1999)

Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) sees dead people. A lot of them, actually. That's when child psychologist, Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) intervenes to help. If the twist hasn't been spoiled for you, watch it before it is.

'Signs' (2002)

Turns out farms can be surprisingly scary places, especially when uninvited visitors hide among the corn stalks and your baby monitor picks up transmissions from outer space. This M. Night Shyamalan film is a terse, sci-fi thriller.

'World War Z' (2013)

From start to finish, it's nonstop action in this epic battle between the dead and undead. Brad Pitt stars as a United Nations investigator who must figure out how to stop the zombie apocalypse before it's too late.

'Fright Night' (1985)

What's the deal with Charley's (William Ragsdale) creepy new neighbors? They keep strange hours and own a coffin for starters. Beyond that, a lot of women are turning up dead in mysterious ways. Are his neighbors — gasp — vampires? Charley enlists the help of a vampire hunter to find out.

'Poltergeist' (1982)

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All is well with the Freeling family, until youngest daughter, Carol Anne, starts a conversation with a blank TV screen. In this movie written by Steven Spielberg, the Freelings rely on each other to survive their newly-haunted house.

'The Omen' (1976)

Is it a girl, a boy or the antichrist? Unfortunately, for Robert and Katherine Thorn (Gregory Peck and Lee Remick), the result is not the one they're hoping for Born with the devil's "666" on his head, it seems the couple's adopted son isn't just difficult, but comes to them straight from hell.

'The Descent' (2005)

A group of women head to the Appalachian Mountains to go cave-diving and end up trapped inside a cave after it collapses. As they try and navigate their escape, they discover that they're not alone down there. The movie is chilly, and not only because it's set in a cave.

'Candyman' (1992)

Within the mythology of this movie, saying the name "Candyman" five times while looking in a mirror unleashes a throat-slashing monster. Still, everyone does it anyway to find out if the urban legend is real, including research student, Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen), who finds out the hard way that it is. "Candyman" was remade in 2021.

'The Purge' (2013)

America is a crime-free utopia thanks to once-a-year "purge" that allows people to commit any and all crimes (including murder) during a 12-hour grace period known as "the purge." Ethan Hawke stars as a wealthy businessman who must protect his family when their security measures fail.

'28 Days Later' (2002)

After a chimp carrying a deadly virus is freed from an experimental lab, the world pretty much dies off in 28 days, except a handful of survivors, including Cillian Murphy ("Peaky Blinders"). Along the lines of the "Walking Dead" or "I am Legend," it's kill or be killed in this zombie flick.

'The Ritual' (2017)

When one of their friends is murdered in a robbery, a group of men take a hiking trip to Sweden in his honor. Things deteriorate after they become lost in the woods and realize they're being hunted by a sadistic cult seeking human sacrifices.

'Fresh' (2022)

This recent release stars Daisy Edgar Jones as Noa, a young woman trying to navigate the dating scene. After finally meeting the perfect guy, she discovers he wants something more from her than just a relationship. He wants her flesh. Heads up, the "ew" factor is off the charts with this one.

'The Strangers' (2008)

After attending a wedding, a couple stays at a remote vacation home which turns nightmarish when they're assaulted by a trio of strangers bent on murder and mayhem. "The Strangers" plays on the palpable fear of a home invasion.

'The Haunting in Connecticut' (2009)

Problems arise after a family moves to a Victorian home that once served as a funeral parlor. From ghostly apparitions to unexplained injuries, things unravel as supernatural forces take over.

'The Black Phone' (2021)

Finney (Mason Thames), a 13-year-old boy, is abducted by “The Grabber,” a crazed child-killer (Ethan Hawke), who locks him in a basement with a mysterious black phone. Even though it’s disconnected, the phone rings and Finney discovers that all its callers are all unearthly.

'Hush' (2016)

A bought with bacterial meningitis leaves Maddie (Kate Siegel) deaf and mute at the age of 13. After penning a successful novel, Maddie leaves New York City for a desolate cabin in the woods where she’s stalked by a masked killer bent on making her his next victim.

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FAQs

What is the #1 scariest horror movie? ›

1. The Exorcist (1973) You may not agree that The Exorcist is the scariest movie ever, but it probably also isn't much of a surprise to see it at the top of our list — with a whopping 19% of all the votes cast.

What is scientifically the scariest movie? ›

These are the Scariest Movies EVER according to Science
  • “Host”, 2020.
  • “Sinister”, 2012.
  • “Insidious”, 2010.
  • “The Conjuring”, 2013.
  • “Hereditary”, 2018.
  • “Terrified”, 2017.
  • “It Follows”, 2014.
  • “A Quiet Place Part II”, 2021.
5 Oct 2021

What scary movie is based on a true story? ›

The Amityville Horror (1979)

Arguably the most famous horror film based on horrifying, allegedly real events, The Amityville Horror has spent more than four decades giving audiences a permanent case of night terrors with the story of a young couple and their house in Amityville, New York haunted by violent spirits.

Is the ring scary? ›

Parents need to know that The Ring is a 2002 remake of a Japanese film that is very, very scary. Four people and a horse die on-screen, with the potential for many more untimely demises throughout.

How scary is it follow? ›

It Follows is not an overtly scary movie. It's a slowburner, and the emphasis on mood over jump scares makes it all the more terrifying. The acting is spot-on, the cinematography is glorious, the pacing is perfect - it's a breath of fresh air into the horror genre that has been on life-support for a while now.

How scary is the black phone? ›

The Black Phone has some jump scares that work to shock the audience, but the true horror lies in the trauma that is conveyed through the relatable characters. This is an intelligent thriller that takes its time to establish its narrative and tension. While the jump scares are present, they are few and far between.

Is black phone based on a true story? ›

Joe Hill's Short Story Used a Serial Killer for Inspiration

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Hill explained that, though his story took inspiration from real serial killers of the era, The Black Phone is not based on an actual case.

What movie has the most jump scares on Netflix? ›

Horror Movies on Netflix Full of Jump Scares
  • 1). The Babadook (2014)
  • 2). The Conjuring (2013)
  • 3). Hush (2016)
  • 4). Creep (2014)
  • 5). V/H/S/2 (VHS 2) (2013)
  • 6). Last Shift (2014)
  • 7). Viral (2016)
  • 8). Demonic (2015)

What is the scariest thing to watch? ›

These 30 spooky movies make the perfect case for a fright-night with your gang:
  1. The Exorcist collection (US), 1973 – 2005. ...
  2. The Ju-On series (Japan), 1998 – 2015. ...
  3. The Ringu trilogy (Japan), 1998 – 2000. ...
  4. 1408 (US), 2007. ...
  5. A Tale Of Two Sisters (South Korea), 2003. ...
  6. Shutter (Thailand), 2004. ...
  7. The Conjuring series (US), 2013 – 2016.
13 Mar 2015

Is Veronica the most scariest movie? ›

Netflix has dropped a new Spanish horror movie, Veronica, which has been described as the “scariest movie ever”– and viewers are going mad for it. The movie was put online earlier this week (February 26), and people have taken to Twitter to warn fellow users about their nail-biting viewing experience.

What movie does Stephen King think is the scariest? ›

Believe it or not, Stephen King does get scared, and he isn't afraid to admit when something gets under his skin. He famously referred to "The Babadook" as "deeply disturbing and highly recommended," noting that audiences don't watch the film so much as experience it.

What Sinister is the scariest? ›

As reported by Bloody Disgusting, the Science of Scare project announced the winner of scariest horror flick of the year, with 2020's Host taking the title. It narrowly took the crown over Sinister, which found itself in 2nd place.

What made Sinister so scary? ›

There's enough true crime with Ellison Oswald's books, the video tapes, the police detective, and Ellison's murder board to engage the true crime junkie, while the demonic nature of Mr. Boogie and the strange curse he's laid on the children of the different murdered families provides the perfect paranormal scare.

Which is the No 1 horror movie 2020? ›

91% Critics Consensus: The Dark and the Wicked delivers on its title with an unsettling horror story whose deep dread and bleak outlook further compound its effective jolts.

What is the number 1 scariest movie 2020? ›

1. Possessor: Uncut. Possessor, Brandon Cronenberg's second feature, does what all great horror movies should: it haunts, with both its images and narrative takeaways staying with you long after the credits roll.

Is Netflix Fear Street scary? ›

Fear Street is Netflix's biggest horror gambit to date — a gambit that, in some alternate universe, would have played itself out on the big screen. An interconnected story told across three films, Leigh Janiak's trilogy adapted R.L. Stine's young-adult book series into tongue-in-cheek slashers with style to burn.

Who is Michael Myers based on? ›

'Michael Myers' was the real-life name of the head of the now dissolved British company Miracle Films. Myers, after meeting producer Irwin Yablans, distributed John Carpenter's previous film Assault on Precinct 13 in England in 1977. His name was chosen as a tribute to this success.

Is Pennywise real? ›

Pennywise is not real, no, and neither is It (although they are technically the same thing.) According to data analytics company SEMrush, It was the second most Googled film by audiences, meaning many have wondered whether the movie has truth behind it.

Was Chucky Based on a true story? ›

While Chucky, the killer doll from the Child's Play franchise, isn't a real life individual, he is actually inspired by an alleged true story. The real events that helped inspire what would become the story for Child's Play begin with the tale of Robert the Doll.

What age is appropriate for? ›

Great film, but not for kids under 13

It's very gory and contains adult language.

Is it follow movie about STD? ›

Yet David Robert Mitchell's film has virtually nothing to say about life with an STD. Rather, it's one giant metaphor for the horrifying aftermath of sexual assault and a denunciation of victim-blaming.

What time period follows? ›

The film has no time period. This is probably the most easily recognized clue because of one thing that's blatantly pointed out to us: the infamous clamshell e-reader.

What is the creature from It Follows? ›

The Entity, or It, is the name given to the otherwise unnamed main antagonist in the 2014 horror film, It Follows. It is a supernatural being that incessantly pursues its victims at a walking pace.

What is an R rated film? ›

Restricted: R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.

Is black phone kid friendly? ›

For the most part, we suggest sticking with the 17 and up age rating for The Black Phone. The combined movie content with the theme of young children being abducted, death, torture, language, and bloody scenes make this one a truly scary movie.

Is The Black Phone 18+? ›

MPAA. Rated R for violence, bloody images, language and some drug use.

Will there be a black phone 2? ›

Currently, there is no confirmation on a sequel or prequel of The Black Phone, however, it is certainly of interest to audiences and those involved in the making. Derrickson had even teased this idea prior to the release of the first movie. “It's something I'm very open to.

Why did The Grabber hide his face? ›

A few scenes in The Black Phone suggest yet another motivation for his mask: he uses it to hide from himself out of shame for his actions. The Black Phone is ostensibly all about The Grabber's sins haunting him in the form of the ghosts of his prior victims.

What did The Grabber do to his victims? ›

For reasons unknown, the Grabber abducts young boys and imprisons them in his basement unbeknownst to his brother. He would eventually kill the boys and bury the bodies in a house across the street. He had killed a total of five children, with Finney Blake's friends Bruce and Robin being his latest victims.

Who is the best movie in the world? ›

IMDb Top 250 Movies
  1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) 9.2.
  2. The Godfather (1972) 9.2.
  3. The Dark Knight (2008) 9.0.
  4. The Godfather Part II (1974) 9.0.
  5. 12 Angry Men (1957) 8.9.
  6. Schindler's List (1993) 8.9.
  7. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) 8.9.
  8. Pulp Fiction (1994) 8.8.

Who makes the most money on a film? ›

Let's take a look at five of them.
  • Executive Producer. Top of the list is the executive producer – the person who controls the entire project. ...
  • Director. ...
  • Screenwriter. ...
  • Editor. ...
  • Other opportunities. ...
  • Media Schools.

What is the most viewed movie in 2022? ›

  • Jurassic World Dominion. Movie | United States | 06/01/2022 | Science Fiction | Dinosaurs. ...
  • Thor: Love and Thunder. Movie | United States | 07/06/2022 | Superhero | Marvel. ...
  • Thor: Love and Thunder. ...
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. ...
  • Beast. ...
  • Jurassic World Dominion. ...
  • DC League of Super-Pets. ...
  • Ticket to Paradise.

Is Sinister the scariest movie ever? ›

A 2020 study conducted by Broadband Choices named Sinister the scariest movie ever made. The study sampled 50 of the highest rated horror movies ever made based on reception on sites like IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes and Reddit, and then measured study participants' heart rates while watching the sampled films.

Is The Exorcist the scariest movie ever? ›

Now almost 50 years old, The Exorcist continues to terrify audiences. Indeed, out of a list of 101 movies, in 2013 IMDb rated it the number one scariest movie ever. In 2020, Rotten Tomatoes put it in the top spot, too.

How scary is The Conjuring? ›

Parents need to know that The Conjuring is a truly scary horror movie that's based on a true story about a haunted house, a demon possession, and an exorcism. It's more frightening than gory; no characters die (except a dog), and not much blood is shown, except during an intense demon-possession scene at the climax.

Is Annabelle scary? ›

Parents need to know that Annabelle is a prequel to the horror movie The Conjuring, about a possessed doll. There's lots of bloody horror, splattering blood, and scary images, plus some jump-shock moments, shooting, fighting, and dead bodies. A pregnant woman and, later, a small child are in jeopardy.

Is it 2 scarier than 1? ›

Peter Sciretta of Slashfilm is calling this second film "probably scarier than chapter one -- more Pennywise imagery to haunt your dreams." But he also found it less charming than the first, and overlong. #ITChapterTwo is probably scarier than chapter one - more Pennywise imagery to haunt your dreams.

Why are Japanese horror movies scarier? ›

This is the type of fear that quietly builds up, creating an impending sense of intangible doom. Many Japanese people feel that the image of a ghost just standing nearby, doing nothing, is much more fear-inducing than other images. That's why these types of scenes are often used in Japanese horror.

Which was scarier conjuring or Sinister? ›

Of the ones tested here, Sinister topped the ranking, beating out the others in the top five: Insidious, The Conjuring, Hereditary, and Paranormal Activity.

Is The Exorcist ok for a 12 year old? ›

Parents need to know that The Exorcist is a mature horror film, not aimed at (or paced for) kids. No rock-music soundtracks or look-out-the-killer-is-behind-you scares, but rather an awful sense of corruption as demonic possession takes over an adolescent girl like a loathsome progressive disease.

Is the ring scary? ›

Parents need to know that The Ring is a 2002 remake of a Japanese film that is very, very scary. Four people and a horse die on-screen, with the potential for many more untimely demises throughout.

Is the nun scary? ›

While the premise of The Nun, the latest entry in the quickly-expanding Conjuring Cinematic Universe, might sound like a joke, but it's actually pretty solid gross-out horror film, even if it's short on legitimate scares.

Is The Conjuring 18+? ›

How old do you have to be to watch The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It? You have to be 17 to watch any R-rated movie alone in theaters. If you're underage and want to watch The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It at your local AMC, you'll have to get an adult to take you.

What age is appropriate for? ›

Great film, but not for kids under 13

It's very gory and contains adult language.

How scary is the black phone? ›

The Black Phone has some jump scares that work to shock the audience, but the true horror lies in the trauma that is conveyed through the relatable characters. This is an intelligent thriller that takes its time to establish its narrative and tension. While the jump scares are present, they are few and far between.

How old is Chucky? ›

In Chucky, flashbacks (which are expanded upon to include a birthday party) put Charles Lee Ray around 8 years old in 1965. As such, the character was born in 1957 and is subsequently 31 at the time of his original human death.

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It's good for ages 14+

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The themes cited for the 15 rating is strong gory violence, threat, and bad language. CHUCKY 2019 RELEASE DATE: WHEN IS THE NEW CHILD'S PLAY MOVIE OUT? In the USA, the Motion Picture Association of America rated Child's Play R for bloody horror, violence, and language throughout.

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