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The 13 Scariest Movies Ever!

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Honorable mentions and what qualified.

Movie goers love to be frightened, and all of these made many of us jump! Whether on Earth or in outer space, the movies that made it here made us shrink or scream.

These are not necessarily the best horror movies, but the scariest. This list is more about the chills you get and not what's in the bargain bin at second hand stores!

First, the honorable mentions.

I hated to leave off movies like an -American Werewolf in London- As an enormous and fierce beast rips through England, a young American has a terrifying experience filled with nightmares. Ghost Story(1979), Final Destination,Texas Chainsaw...,Jaws, Dawn of the Dead, Sleepaway Camp 1982- Though she was 12 when they shot this, Felissa Rose was excellent in this. Please go to my list: The 13 best Slashers of all time for the full write up and psych profile. and a few others were very hard to leave off. But that's how lists of the best of all times are! The Terminator also came close. Very little is scarier than an unstoppable force on a mission.

October is here and Halloween is near!

13. The Blair Witch Project- This was terrifying, especially for those who saw it before the news broke out that this was not a project, but a staged and rehearsed movie. It was still frightening and made me jump several times, and when it was over, I locked the doors. Though the ending wasn't necessarily a surprise or shocking, it was absolutely horrifying! This has one of the creepiest endings ever.

A deleted scene from the 1931 version.

Don't go camping on the 13th!

The Disturbing Dozen!

12. The Thing- (1982) Kurt Russell, Keith David, Wilfred Brimley and the rest were excellent as they are attacked by a strange alien force. This was creepy and unpredictable. Some of the scenes broke new ground and were terrifying. I could have lived without the prequel...and just about everything starring Joel Edgerton. However this 80's classic will never be out done by c.g.i.! The Thing from Another World 1951, was great but not nearly as scary.

11. The Omen!- The acting in the original was just as awesome as the suspense and terror were! The little boy seemed so innocent and gentle, when in reality he was.... well you know!

10. Candyman- The part that Tony Todd was born for! The sequel was terrible but everything about the first one, was terrifying! This one was deeper than slashers and you really have to pay attention to the unfolding plot and build up to the finale. The ghoul in this one wasn't just relentless, he was clever and always one step ahead! I loved this one!

9. Halloween- Michael Meyers is born to be bad. Many of the sequels were flops, but Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence, made us believe in this awful nightmare with the terrifying music.

8. The Exorcist- The Evil One destroys beauty everywhere It goes! Linda Blair was too beautiful to play this role, but she was still outstanding, and ... possessing! (bad joke)

7. The Ring- The lonely Samara was an unloved girl who was murdered by her own family. Nope, she has not forgotten! A new family is....well....something she will kill for! This is the newest movie on my list.

6. Frankenstein- When Boris Karloff brought this freak of nature to life, the creep ran wild and terrorized a countryside. It was one of the scariest and most suspenseful scenes ever, when the monster first came out of the lab, and turned around.

5. Alien- A terrifying force waits for a mining crew in the far reaches of outer space. They first see it when it explodes from a crew member's abdomen! This scared all watchers, as no movie like this had ever been released before 1979. F.Y.I., sadly, Prometheus stunk!

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4. The Shining- Here's Johnny! Jack Nicholson was terrifying in this one. When he passes away, he will be remembered for this role and The Joker more than the rest.

3. Friday the 13th- A terrorizing murderer had a face that only a mother could love. Before Jason changed American movie theaters like no other killer, his mother changed camping forever! Like mother, like son. A young Kevin Bacon bought it in this one before anyone even knew who he was.

What was so creepy wasn't the murder scenes, it was when Jason's spirit possessed her. That is when she had this creepy, terrifying voice, and look on her face. This was horror at a much different level!

2. A Nightmare on Elm Street- Freddie was a disgusting, evil murderer and that was before he was burned to death and became the demon of nightmares on your street!

And now for number one!

Two legends team up in this psychological masterpiece!

1. Psycho- Speaking of some one who had "mommy issues" Norman wants you to meet his.This movie was a double edged sword with a double sided killer waiting for all of us to check in to the Bates Motel.Hollywood would never be the same after Alfred Hitchcock put his stamp on it!


For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Who was the killer in the original Friday the 13th?
    • Michael Meyers
    • Jason
    • Pamela Voorhees
    • Raulf the psycho
  2. What was used for blood in the original "Psycho shower scene"?
    • Katsup
    • Chocolate Syrup
    • Tomato Paste
    • Cow Blood
  3. Who was Dr. Frankenstein's first hunchbacked assistant in the 1931 movie?
    • Fritz
    • Sam
    • Pete
    • Igor
  4. Who never played Frankenstein's Monster?
    • Bela Lugossi
    • Lon Chaney Jr.
    • Peter Lorre
    • Robert De niro
  5. Freddie Kruegger's mother was a ?
    • Nun
    • Police Officer
    • Stripper
    • Social Worker
  6. Before becoming a Ghost, what was The Candyman?
    • A preacher man
    • An artist
    • A slave
    • A honey bee farmer
  7. What movie had the Alien explode out of John Hurt again?
    • Alien Resurrection
    • Alien vs Preditor
    • Spaceballs
    • Ice Pirates

Answer Key

  1. Pamela Voorhees
  2. Chocolate Syrup
  3. Fritz
  4. Peter Lorre
  5. Nun
  6. An artist
  7. Spaceballs

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MikeSyrSutton (author) from An uncharted galaxy on November 23, 2013:

Thanks T!

TCM almost made it.

Check out the rest of my horror blogs!

Carlo Giovannetti from Puerto Rico on November 22, 2013:

Interesting list. The one I consider scariest is probably The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, closely followed by The Exorcist. But still, interesting list with some interesting choices.

MikeSyrSutton (author) from An uncharted galaxy on October 18, 2013:

Thanks Bio! I agree about the remakes, especially Fri.13! So many were awful!

Leah Kennedy-Jangraw from Massachusetts on October 18, 2013:

I have respect for you for putting Candyman on this list, I feel like a lot of people think it was not worth seeing but it was good and more importantly scary. Out of Freddy, Jason, and Michael Myers- Michael Myers always scares me the most and I actually enjoy the more recent Halloween movies they made whereas the Freddy and Jason ones are more (unintentionally) funny than scary.

Great list!

MikeSyrSutton (author) from An uncharted galaxy on June 27, 2012:

Thanks Teach! I enjoy reading your comments!

fjpteach from Humble, TX on June 26, 2012:

I think the first Final Destination was pretty scary because it could actually happen! The movie franchise went downhill after that! Great list Mike!

MikeSyrSutton (author) from An uncharted galaxy on September 27, 2011:

Thank you the input every one! I love the feedback.

George Stephens from Colorado on September 27, 2011:

Great list! The nightmare scene in American Werewolf in London gets me every time!

iamalegend from EARTH on September 27, 2011:

my favorite scary movie is 'saw' series

larry dickman on August 09, 2011:

Wow! This was great. You didn't put the cookiee cutter choices in your list. Probably because you put thought into this.Frankenstein, Candyman, and American Werewolf, would have been left out by many.

MikeSyrSutton (author) from An uncharted galaxy on April 18, 2011:

I like a lot of the Vampire and some Zombie movies, but this is a list of the scariest, not the best or creepiest. I just didn't see where Vamp and Zomb. movies make you jump out of the chair you are in.

Dave G on February 19, 2011:

Alien and the Omen freaked me out big time! Good list!

Strategy8 on February 18, 2011:

definitely a solid list... surprised no vampire movies made the list, or zombies (dawn of the dead), but hey, it's not my list, lol... there are so many great horror flicks out there though; past and even some coming out presently, it's almost impossible to satisfy everyone elses opinions... but certainly a lot of greats in there... i'm just really glad that there wasn't a bunch of the "gore" films that are super bloody overkill, but more commical then scary because of it... the shining and exorcism are perfect examples that "more gore" certainly does not necessarily equal more scary...

Lori J Latimer from Central Oregon on February 10, 2011:

Ooo, I love your list of scariest movies. I have seen these. Most of them anyway...the part where I take my hands off my eyes! :0) Good list.

Wealthmadehealthy from Somewhere in the Lone Star State on February 10, 2011:

I saw a few of these. Frankenstein was always a favorite. Tho sometimes scary movies give me nightmares. LOL Good lineup!

MikeSyrSutton (author) from An uncharted galaxy on February 09, 2011:

I liked the Wolfman, and Silence! I just didn't see them as the scariest, maybe among the best, but not the scariest.The Exorcist did make it. I accidently left that spot blank and just went back to add it in.LOL

Thanks for the great input as usual!

Rob from Oviedo, FL on February 09, 2011:

Good list. I agree with the top 9 choices you picked. "Psycho" is an all-time classic. "Franksenstein" is a favorite of mine.

I always saw "Scream" as more of a horror parody. "Final Destination" never impressed me very much. "The Terminator" seems more of an action/sci-film to me, rather than a scary one.

I'd have included "The Exorcist", "Silence of the Lambs" and "the Wolfman".


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