Really Scary Horror Films From The Last 40 Years

I've seen a LOT of horror films so I think it takes a lot to scare me silly. These are my picks for some of the scariest films I've seen in the last 40 years. These are in no particular order.
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1.
Inside (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Four months after the death of her husband, a woman on the brink of motherhood is tormented in her home by a strange woman who wants her unborn baby. (82 mins.)
 
2.
The Omen (1976)
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Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the Antichrist? The Devil's own son? (111 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
 
3.
Baby Blues (2008 Video)
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On a secluded family farm, a mother suffers a psychotic break due to postpartum depression, forcing the eldest son to protect his siblings from the mother they have always known and loved. (85 mins.)
“ One of the few films I've ever seen I will not watch again for any reason. ” - ladymzlee
 
4.
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
 
5.
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 and brutalized by a gang of psychotic convicts. (84 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
 
6.
Tenebre (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An American writer in Rome is stalked by a serial killer bent on harassing him while killing all people associated with his work on his latest book. (101 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
 
7.
Salem's Lot (1979 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A novelist and a young horror fan attempt to save a small New England town which has been invaded by vampires. (184 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
 
8.
Candyman (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The Candyman, a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, is accidentally summoned to reality by a skeptic grad student researching the monster's myth. (99 mins.)
Director: Bernard Rose
 
9.
Them (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Lucas and Clementine live peacefully in their isolated country house, but one night they wake up to strange noise... they're not alone... and a group of hooded assailants begin to terrorize them throughout the night. (77 mins.)
 
10.
The Exorcist III (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A police lieutenant uncovers more than he bargained for as his investigation of a series of murders, which have all the hallmarks of the deceased 'Gemini' serial killer, lead him to question the patients of a psychiatric ward. (110 mins.)
 
11.
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
 
12.
Event Horizon (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned...with someone or something new on-board. (96 mins.)
Director: Paul Anderson
“ This one was a complete surprise for me because I'm not a fan of sci-fi at all. It was basically a horror film on a space ship. ” - ladymzlee
 
13.
City of the Living Dead (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A reporter and a psychic race to close the Gates of Hell after the suicide of a clergyman caused them to open, allowing the dead to rise from their graves. (93 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
 
14.
High Tension (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Best friends Marie and Alexia decide to spend a quiet weekend at Alexia's parents' secluded farmhouse. But on the night of their arrival, the girls' idyllic getaway turns into an endless night of horror. (91 mins.)
Director: Alexandre Aja
 
15.
Shuttle (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A late night airport shuttle ride home descends into darkness. (107 mins.)
Director: Edward Anderson
“ Stayed on my mind for days after viewing. The film is not too far from reality. ” - ladymzlee
 
16.
The Kiss (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
When Felice and Hillary were children, they were separated to live with other people. Felice went off... (101 mins.)
Director: Pen Densham
“ Scary film I saw in my teens. ” - ladymzlee
 
17.
Mausoleum (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
Traumatized by her mother's death, young Susan is becoming possessed by the same demon that possessed her mother before she died... (96 mins.)
Director: Michael Dugan
 
18.
Frontier(s) (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A gang of young thieves flee Paris during the violent aftermath of a political election, only to hole up at an Inn run by neo-Nazis. (108 mins.)
Director: Xavier Gens
“ Yeah I know, this one is on everyone's list LOL ” - ladymzlee
 
19.
Funny Games (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two violent young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic "games" with one another for their own amusement. (108 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
 
20.
10 to Midnight (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A LAPD detective is on the trail of a very handsome young man who had been seducing and slashing many young women to death. (101 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
“ Not really a horror flick but scary nonetheless. ” - ladymzlee
 
21.
Orphan (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A husband and wife who recently lost their baby adopt a nine year-old girl who is not nearly as innocent as she claims to be. (123 mins.)
 
22.
Cujo (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Cujo, a friendly St. Bernard, contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town. (93 mins.)
Director: Lewis Teague
“ Great film adaptation ” - ladymzlee
 
23.
It (1990 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In 1960, seven pre-teen outcasts 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.)
 
24.
Phantasm (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A teenage boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps a lethal arsenal of terrible weapons with him. (88 mins.)
Director: Don Coscarelli
 
25.
Crawlspace (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A man who runs an apartment house for women is the demented son of a Nazi surgeon who has the house equipped with secret passageways, hidden rooms and torture and murder devices. (80 mins.)
“ Klaus Kinski OWNS ” - ladymzlee
 
26.
The Crazies (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
About the inhabitants of a small Iowa town suddenly plagued by insanity and then death after a mysterious toxin contaminates their water supply. (101 mins.)
Director: Breck Eisner
“ Remake done right. ” - ladymzlee
 
27.
The Crazies (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
The military attempts to contain a manmade combat virus that causes death and permanent insanity in those infected, as it overtakes a small Pennsylvania town. (103 mins.)
“ Still love the original ” - ladymzlee
 
28.
The Brood (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, amidst a series of brutal murders. (92 mins.)
 
29.
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
 
30.
Magic (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A ventriloquist is at the mercy of his vicious dummy while he tries to renew a romance with his high school sweetheart. (107 mins.)
“ A young Anthony Hopkins ” - ladymzlee
 
31.
One Hour Photo (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A mentally unstable photo developer begins to attack a middle-class family after his obsession with them becomes more sick and disturbing than any of them could imagine. (96 mins.)
Director: Mark Romanek
“ Another one that's not really horror but really scary nonetheless. ” - ladymzlee
 
32.
The Sentinel (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Not ready for marriage, a fashion model moves into an unbelievably nice Brooklyn Heights apartment, where scary occurrences turn into a much more frightening turn of events. (92 mins.)
Director: Michael Winner
 
33.
The Strangers (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A young couple staying in an isolated vacation home are terrorized by three unknown assailants. (86 mins.)
Director: Bryan Bertino
 
34.
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young couple move into an apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life. (137 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
35.
Wolf Creek (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Three backpackers stranded in the Australian outback are befriended by a local who turns out to be a sadistic psychopath and will plunge them into a hellish nightmare of insufferable torture. (99 mins.)
Director: Greg Mclean
 
36.
The Howling (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
After a bizarre and near fatal encounter with a serial killer, a television newswoman is sent to a remote mountain resort whose residents may not be what they seem. (91 mins.)
Director: Joe Dante
 
37.
Children of the Corn (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A young couple is trapped in a remote town where a dangerous religious cult of children believe everyone over the age of 18 must be killed. (92 mins.)
Director: Fritz Kiersch
 
38.
God Told Me To (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A New York detective investigates a series of murders committed by random New Yorkers who claim that "God told them to." (91 mins.)
Director: Larry Cohen
 
39.
Sleepaway Camp (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Angela Baker, a traumatized and very shy young girl, is sent to summer camp with her cousin. Shortly after her arrival, anyone with sinister or less than honorable intentions gets their comeuppance. (84 mins.)
Director: Robert Hiltzik