The 25 Best Violent/Scary Horror Movies

This list includes some great violent, gory horror movies if that is your cup of tea. Now, this isn't in order from my favorite to least favorite, it's just a list of the best!
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1.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two siblings visit their grandfather's grave in Texas along with three of their friends and are attacked by a family of cannibalistic psychopaths. (83 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
“ This film started the violent, gory horror genre with realistic blood and incredible suspense. ” - LivMonster22
 
2.
Dead Alive (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A young man's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors. (104 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ You have to have a strong stomach for this one. There might be some parts that are more cheesy than others, but stick through it because the ending sequence is just sick! ” - LivMonster22
 
3.
The Evil Dead (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons. (85 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ Bruce Campbell slaying possessed people? Yes, please. This movie has plenty of satisfying blood and gore that makes you cringe and smile at how creatively gross it is the same time. ” - LivMonster22
 
4.
Army of Darkness (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A man is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must battle an army of the dead and retrieve the Necronomicon so he can return home. (81 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ A little more campy than "The Evil Dead" but Bruce Campbell now has a chainsaw as an appendage! ” - LivMonster22
 
5.
The Exorcist (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When a preteen girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. (122 mins.)
“ Classic. You want to watch the one that was remastered for 2000 called "the version you've never seen" because it has some scenes in it that will make you gasp it is so frightening. ” - LivMonster22
 
6.
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Two teenage couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers. (89 mins.)
Director: Rob Zombie
“ Rob Zombie is very creative when it comes to gore and shock-value. This film has a 1970s feel to it - leaves you with an aftertaste of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (1974) and "The Hills Have Eyes" (1977). ” - LivMonster22
 
7.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. While the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep. (91 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
“ Another classic. This film mixes the unknown of your subconscious with the reality of the world around you - death by dreams! Extremely violent and creatively creepy. ” - LivMonster22
 
8.
Slither (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A small town is taken over by an alien plague, turning residents into zombies and all forms of mutant monsters. (95 mins.)
Director: James Gunn
“ A little campy but very creepy and violent. This movie will make you say, "ew, ew, ew!!" ” - LivMonster22
 
9.
Scream (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Sidney, attempting to cope with her mother's mysterious murder, and her horror movie-obsessed friends are stalked by an unknown killer who seems to have a hard time letting the past go. (111 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
“ Teen scream classic - ghost-face slicing and dicing people without discrimination. Plenty of blood and mystery in this one. ” - LivMonster22
 
10.
Alien (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as distress call, their landing on the source planet finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform. Continuing their journey back to Earth with the attacked crew having recovered and the critter deceased, they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ The killer isn't human in this one. "Alien" has suspense, violence and grotesque images throughout the film as well as a high death toll. ” - LivMonster22
 
11.
Friday the 13th (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A group of camp counselors is stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which, years before, was the site of a child's drowning. (95 mins.)
“ If you've never seen this movie and you enjoy crazy twists and lots of blood and violence then you will enjoy this film. A classic that turned into a lame franchise - but at least we'll always have this one! ” - LivMonster22
 
12.
Halloween (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
On Halloween night of 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers stabbed his sister to death. After sitting in a mental hospital for 15 years, Myers escapes and returns to Haddonfield to kill. (91 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ This movie is a classic - a little less violent than our jaded 2011 desensitized minds view now - but in the late 1970s this was scary as hell and it really still is. ” - LivMonster22
 
13.
Fright Night (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When a teenager learns that his next door neighbour is a vampire, no one will believe him. (106 mins.)
Director: Tom Holland
“ There is a scene in this movie when someone is changing into a werewolf/vampire thing and it is dreadfully scary. ” - LivMonster22
 
14.
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists. (97 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ The dream-sequences in this movie are terrifying. It will make you jump and put a knot in your stomach. This film also has the BEST werewolf transformation I'd say in all of cinema. ” - LivMonster22
 
15.
Saw (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Two strangers awaken in a room with no recollection of how they got there or why, and soon discover they are pawns in a deadly game perpetrated by a notorious serial killer. (103 mins.)
Director: James Wan
“ Creative violence is a must and this movie has a ton of it. ” - LivMonster22
 
16.
Se7en (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi. (127 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ This movie is truly horrifying and displays the inner mind of a serial killer. Scary, violent, gory at times and really suspenseful. ” - LivMonster22
 
17.
The Last House on the Left (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Two teenage girls head to a rock concert for one's birthday. While trying to score marijuana in the city, they are kidnapped by a gang of psychotic convicts. (84 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
“ I sneakily watched this film when I was 11-years-old just because it was R-rated and I wasn't allowed to watch it and it made me never want to sneak out of the house as a teen. Ever. Violent, scary and shocking at times, this film will put a knot in your stomach and a bad taste in your mouth... while scaring the *beep* out of you. ” - LivMonster22
 
18.
Jeepers Creepers (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A brother and sister driving home through isolated countryside for spring break encounter a flesh-eating creature which is on the last day of its ritualistic eating spree. (90 mins.)
Director: Victor Salva
“ I must warn you - this is a "Creature Feature" and not a "Slasher" or Serial killer film. Eating human parts to make it stronger - sick right? It's great. ” - LivMonster22
 
19.
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall. (101 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
“ Gotta love disgusting, rotting, violent zombies! This movie is one of the good "of the dead" movies. The old one is great too. ” - LivMonster22
 
20.
Final Destination (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
After a teenager has a terrifying vision of him and his friends dying in a plane crash, he prevents the accident only to have Death hunt them down, one by one. (98 mins.)
Director: James Wong
“ If violent, creative deaths are what you are looking for, then this is the film for you. It unfortunately leaves you watching where you step and looking around you in your environment to see if there's anything that could kill you or set off a chain reaction to kill you. ” - LivMonster22
 
21.
28 Days Later... (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary. (113 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
“ RUNNING zombies that have a virus! This movie is scary as hell. Anything blood-thirsty, running at you with a disease is something to be afraid of. Saw this when I was 13 - still one of my favorites. ” - LivMonster22
 
22.
Creepshow (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An anthology which tells five terrifying tales based on the E.C. horror comic books of the 1950s. (120 mins.)
“ An anthology of horror. This will keep you up at night. ” - LivMonster22
 
23.
The Descent (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators. (99 mins.)
Director: Neil Marshall
“ Spelunking gone horribly wrong... this movie is scary and abject as hell. Some didn't like it but I thought the monsters were gruesome and the way it was shot made it extremely suspenseful. ” - LivMonster22
 
24.
The Descent: Part 2 (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Refusing to believe her story about cave-dwelling monsters, the sole survivor of a spelunking exploration gone horribly wrong is forced to follow the authorities back into the caves where something awaits. (94 mins.)
Director: Jon Harris
“ A continuation of the first one with the same characters that survived in the last one and everything. It's not like how some movies have a "part two" and it's nothing like the first one- this one is like an extension of the first film. ” - LivMonster22
 
25.
Trick 'r Treat (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Five interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband; and a mean old man meets his match with a demonic, supernatural trick-or-treater. (82 mins.)
“ Creepy horror anthology with stories all built into the story-line. Very creepy and the little Sam fellow is quite frightening. ” - LivMonster22