50 Scariest Horror Movies

im a male college student, been watching lots of horror movies lately, here are my picks of the scariest ones. I classify scary by the movie's ability to creep me out even after its over.

***not in any particular order***
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1.
The Grudge (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
An American nurse living and working in Tokyo is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse, one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim. (91 mins.)
Director: Takashi Shimizu
“ great creepy atmosphere, and some of the killings were very suspenseful. i realize this movie becomes more of a comedy after its first viewing, but for first-timers, its definitely scary as hell. ” - ticalisoul
 
2.
The Ring (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it. (115 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
“ one of the few american remakes that can hold its own. some very intense and creepy scenes. ” - ticalisoul
 
3.
Dead Silence (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A young widower returns to his hometown to search for answers to his wife's murder, which may be linked to the ghost of a murdered ventriloquist. (89 mins.)
Director: James Wan
“ dummies coming alive. enough said. ” - ticalisoul
 
4.
Paranormal Activity (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence. (86 mins.)
Director: Oren Peli
“ this movie had a lot of hype when it first came out. i know that when i watched it in a crowded theater, i still managed to scream out loud during several scenes. ” - ticalisoul
 
5.
Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
After experiencing what they think are a series of "break-ins", a family sets up security cameras around their home, only to realize that the events unfolding before them are more sinister than they seem. (91 mins.)
Director: Tod Williams
“ just as scary as the first one, although the ending kinda trailed off a little bit ” - ticalisoul
 
6.
The Abandoned (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
An adopted woman returns to her home country and the family home that she never knew and must face the mystery that lies there. (99 mins.)
Director: Nacho Cerdà
“ part of the "after dark 8 films to die for" series, and the only one that scared the living *beep* out of me ” - ticalisoul
 
7.
Reincarnation (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A Japanese actress begins having strange visions and experiences after landing a role in a horror film about a real-life murder spree that took place over forty years ago. (96 mins.)
Director: Takashi Shimizu
“ a very good japanese horror movie. there were some standard cliches, but theres more than enough scary scenes to make up for it. ” - ticalisoul
 
8.
Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides. (92 mins.)
Director: Takashi Shimizu
“ scarier than the american remake, this movie and ringu propelled j-horrors into the limelight, a must-see ” - ticalisoul
 
9.
The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A lawyer takes on a negligent homicide case involving a priest who performed an exorcism on a young girl. (119 mins.)
“ movies about exorcisms tend to leave a lasting impression on me, this movie is one of the better ones in the genre ” - ticalisoul
 
10.
Four Horror Tales - Hidden Floor (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A woman investigates a series of bizarre deaths in her new apartment building. (100 mins.)
Director: Il-soon Kwon
“ a story about a ghost woman with long hair. sounds generic, but this movie had its share of jump scares ” - ticalisoul
 
11.
Shutter (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young photographer and his girlfriend discover mysterious shadows in their photographs after a tragic accident. They soon learn that you can not escape your past. (97 mins.)
“ scariest thai horror, hands down. the ending gave me chills. ” - ticalisoul
 
12.
Alone (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Deceased Siamese twin returns to haunt surviving sister (105 mins.)
“ same director as "shutter", so the style is very similar. not quite as scary, but its still up there. ” - ticalisoul
 
13.
The Eye (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A blind girl gets a cornea transplant so that she would be able to see again. However, she got more than what she bargained for when she realized she could even see ghosts. (99 mins.)
“ lots of jump scares, definitely one of the best chinese horrors, and trust me, there aren't that many. ” - ticalisoul
 
14.
The Orphanage (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend. (105 mins.)
Director: J.A. Bayona
 
15.
Mirrors (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
An ex-cop and his family are the target of an evil force that is using mirrors as a gateway into their home. (110 mins.)
Director: Alexandre Aja
 
16.
The Ring Two (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Six months after the incidents involving the lethal videotape, new clues prove that there is a new evil lurking in the darkness. (110 mins.)
Director: Hideo Nakata
 
17.
Insidious (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further. (103 mins.)
Director: James Wan
 
18.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A boy who communicates with spirits that don't know they're dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist. (107 mins.)
 
19.
The Others (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted. (101 mins.)
 
20.
Drag Me to Hell (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point. (99 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
 
21.
Devil (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A group of people are trapped in an elevator and the Devil is mysteriously amongst them. (80 mins.)
 
22.
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
 
23.
Ringu (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Ruthlessly murdered by her father, the ghost of a seer's daughter kills all those who watch a weird video after 7 days; unless the viewer finds the escape clause. (96 mins.)
Director: Hideo Nakata
 
24.
Dark Water (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A mother and her 6 year old daughter move into a creepy apartment whose every surface is permeated by water. (101 mins.)
Director: Hideo Nakata
 
25.
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
 
26.
The Exorcist (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. (122 mins.)
 
27.
[Rec] (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying. (78 mins.)
 
28.
The Shining (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. (146 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
29.
A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family. (115 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
 
30.
One Missed Call (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
People mysteriously start receiving voicemail messages from their future selves, in the form of the sound of them reacting to their own violent deaths. (112 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
31.
The Thing (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
It's the first week of winter in 1982. An American Research Base is greeted by an alien force, that can assimilate anything it touches. It's up to the members to stay alive, and be sure of who is human, and who has become one of the Things. (109 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
32.
Child's Play (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A single mother gives her son a much sought after doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer. (87 mins.)
Director: Tom Holland
 
33.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
The spectre of a dead child rapist haunts the children of the parents who murdered him, stalking and killing them in their dreams. (95 mins.)
Director: Samuel Bayer
 
34.
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
 
35.
White Noise (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
An architect's desire to speak with his wife from beyond the grave, becomes an obsession with supernatural repercussions. (101 mins.)
Director: Geoffrey Sax
 
36.
The Unborn (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
After waking up in a hospital to discover that she has been pregnant for ten weeks, a drug addict begins to experience vivid hallucinations. (108 mins.)
 
37.
Into the Mirror (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An ex-cop, now working as a security guard in a shopping mall, tries to uncover the secret behind a series of mysterious deaths linked to mirrors. (113 mins.)
Director: Sung-ho Kim
 
38.
The Messengers (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
An ominous darkness invades a seemingly serene sunflower farm in North Dakota, and the Solomon family is torn apart by suspicion, mayhem and murder. (90 mins.)
 
39.
Pulse (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Two groups of people discover evidence that suggests spirits may be trying to invade the human world through the Internet. (118 mins.)
 
40.
Resident Evil (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A special military unit fights a powerful, out-of-control supercomputer and hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh-eating creatures after a laboratory accident. (100 mins.)
 
41.
Silent Hill (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A woman goes in search for her daughter within the confines of a strange, desolate town called Silent Hill. (125 mins.)
Director: Christophe Gans
 
42.
The Amityville Horror (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Newlyweds are terrorized by demonic forces after moving into a large house that was the site of a grisly mass murder a year before. (90 mins.)
Director: Andrew Douglas
 
43.
Session 9 (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Tensions rise within an asbestos cleaning crew as they work in an abandoned mental hospital with a horrific past that seems to be coming back. (100 mins.)
Director: Brad Anderson
 
44.
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
 
45.
It (1990 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In 1960, seven outcast kids known as "The Loser Club" fight an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown. Thirty years later, they reunite to stop the demon once and for all when it returns to their hometown. (192 mins.)
 
46.
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
 
47.
The House of the Devil (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
During a night of 1983 with full lunar eclipse, Samantha Hughes takes a babysitting job surrounded by mysterious circumstances before she finds out her client's terrifying secret. (95 mins.)
Director: Ti West
 
48.
Halloween (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
After being committed for 17 years, Michael Myers, now a grown man and still very dangerous, escapes from the mental institution (where he was committed as a 10 year old) and he immediately returns to Haddonfield, where he wants to find his baby sister, Laurie. Anyone who crosses his path is in mortal danger. (109 mins.)
Director: Rob Zombie
 
49.
The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A suburban American family is being stalked by a group of psychotic people who live in the desert, far away from civilization. (107 mins.)
Director: Alexandre Aja
 
50.
Sinister (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Washed-up true-crime writer Ellison Oswalt finds a box of super 8 home movies that suggest the murder he is currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose work dates back to the 1960s. (110 mins.)