50 Scariest Movies Ever Made: 2014 Edition

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1. The Innocents (1961)

Not Rated | 100 min | Horror

7.9
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A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.

Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins, Michael Redgrave

Votes: 21,661

2. The Tenant (1976)

R | 126 min | Drama, Thriller

7.8
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A bureaucrat rents a Paris apartment where he finds himself drawn into a rabbit hole of dangerous paranoia.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Roman Polanski, Isabelle Adjani, Melvyn Douglas, Jo Van Fleet

Votes: 31,104 | Gross: $1.92M

3. The Haunting (1963)

G | 112 min | Horror

7.6
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74 Metascore

A scientist doing research on the paranormal invites two women to a haunted mansion. One of the participants soon starts losing her mind.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn

Votes: 28,925 | Gross: $2.62M

4. Curse of the Demon (1957)

Approved | 95 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

7.6
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American professor John Holden arrives in London for a parapsychology conference, only to find himself investigating the mysterious actions of Devil-worshiper Julian Karswell.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis, Maurice Denham

Votes: 9,398

5. Scream of Fear (1961)

Approved | 81 min | Horror, Thriller

7.4
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A wheelchair-bound young woman returns to her father's estate after ten years, and although she's told he's away, she keeps seeing his dead body on the estate.

Director: Seth Holt | Stars: Susan Strasberg, Ann Todd, Ronald Lewis, Christopher Lee

Votes: 2,776

6. The Woman in Black (1989 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Horror, Mystery

7.3
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When a friendless old widow dies in the seaside town of Crythin, a young solicitor is sent by his firm to settle the estate. The lawyer finds the townspeople reluctant to talk about or go ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Wise | Stars: Adrian Rawlins, Bernard Hepton, David Daker, Pauline Moran

Votes: 3,954

7. The Changeling (1980)

R | 107 min | Horror

7.3
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A man staying at a secluded historical mansion finds himself being haunted by the presence of a spectre.

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas, Jean Marsh

Votes: 24,005

8. Them! (1954)

Approved | 94 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

7.3
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The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters that threaten civilization.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon, James Arness

Votes: 16,486

9. Black Christmas (1974)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.2
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During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon

Votes: 24,783 | Gross: $4.05M

10. Carnival of Souls (1962)

PG | 78 min | Horror, Mystery

7.2
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After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival.

Director: Herk Harvey | Stars: Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger, Art Ellison

Votes: 15,585

11. Dressed to Kill (1980)

R | 105 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.1
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74 Metascore

A mysterious blonde woman kills one of a psychiatrist's patients, and then goes after the high-class call girl who witnessed the murder.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen, Keith Gordon

Votes: 27,282 | Gross: $31.90M

12. The Devil Rides Out (1968)

G | 95 min | Horror

7.0
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Devil worshipers plan to convert two new victims.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Christopher Lee, Charles Gray, Nike Arrighi, Leon Greene

Votes: 6,005

13. Bad Ronald (1974 TV Movie)

Unrated | 74 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

7.0
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A perverted teenage boy who lives in the walls of a house finds the house sold to a family after his mother dies, and he falls for one of the new residents.

Director: Buzz Kulik | Stars: Scott Jacoby, Pippa Scott, John Larch, Dabney Coleman

Votes: 1,519

14. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (1973 TV Movie)

Unrated | 74 min | Horror

6.9
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A young couple inherits an old mansion inhabited by small demon-like creatures who are determined to make the wife one of their own.

Director: John Newland | Stars: Kim Darby, Jim Hutton, Barbara Anderson, William Demarest

Votes: 2,795

15. Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror

6.9
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In a small Southern town, a wrongfully-killed man exacts revenge on those who murdered him from beyond the grave.

Director: Frank De Felitta | Stars: Charles Durning, Robert F. Lyons, Claude Earl Jones, Lane Smith

Votes: 4,029

16. The Legend of Hell House (1973)

PG | 95 min | Horror

6.8
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Physicist Lionel Barrett and his wife lead a team of mediums into the Belasco House, which is supposedly haunted by the victims of its late owner, a six-foot-five serial killer.

Director: John Hough | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Gayle Hunnicutt, Pamela Franklin, Clive Revill

Votes: 10,222

17. The Brood (1979)

R | 92 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.9
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A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, amidst a series of brutal murders.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle, Henry Beckman

Votes: 20,489

18. Trilogy of Terror (1975 TV Movie)

Unrated | 72 min | Horror, Thriller

6.8
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Three bizarre horror stories all of which star Karen Black in four different roles playing tormented women.

Director: Dan Curtis | Stars: Karen Black, Robert Burton, John Karlen, George Gaynes

Votes: 4,336

19. Long Weekend (1978)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.7
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When a suburban couple go camping for the weekend at a remote beach, they discover that nature isn't in an accommodating mood.

Director: Colin Eggleston | Stars: John Hargreaves, Briony Behets, Mike McEwen, Roy Day

Votes: 2,954

20. Salem's Lot (1979 TV Movie)

PG | 187 min | Horror

6.8
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A novelist and a young horror fan attempt to save a small New England town which has been invaded by vampires.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: David Soul, James Mason, Lance Kerwin, Bonnie Bedelia

Votes: 16,734

21. Don't Go to Sleep (1982 TV Movie)

93 min | Horror, Mystery

6.8
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A young girl begins seeing the ghost of her sister who died in an accident a year earlier.

Director: Richard Lang | Stars: Dennis Weaver, Valerie Harper, Robin Ignico, Kristin Cumming

Votes: 907

22. Gin gwai (2002)

R | 99 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

6.7
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66 Metascore

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.

Directors: Danny Pang, Oxide Chun Pang | Stars: Angelica Lee, Chutcha Rujinanon, Lawrence Chou, Jinda Duangtoy

Votes: 25,966 | Gross: $0.50M

23. Prince of Darkness (1987)

R | 102 min | Horror

6.7
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50 Metascore

A research team finds a mysterious cylinder in a deserted church. If opened, it could mean the end of the world.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Lisa Blount, Jameson Parker, Victor Wong

Votes: 28,758 | Gross: $14.18M

24. Kairo (2001)

R | 119 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.6
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70 Metascore

Two groups of people discover evidence that suggests spirits may be trying to invade the human world through the Internet.

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa | Stars: Haruhiko Katô, Kumiko Asô, Koyuki, Kurume Arisaka

Votes: 13,188 | Gross: $0.05M

25. When a Stranger Calls (1979)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

6.6
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A psychopathic killer terrorizes a babysitter, then returns seven years later to menace her again.

Director: Fred Walton | Stars: Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Rutanya Alda, Carmen Argenziano

Votes: 7,550 | Gross: $21.41M

26. The Entity (1982)

R | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Horror

6.6
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Supposedly based partially on a true story, a woman is tormented and sexually molested by an invisible demon.

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Barbara Hershey, Ron Silver, David Labiosa, George Coe

Votes: 12,234 | Gross: $13.28M

27. White of the Eye (1987)

R | 110 min | Horror, Thriller

6.3
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In a wealthy and isolated desert community, a sound expert is targeted as the prime suspect of a series of brutal murders of local suburban housewives who were attacked and mutilated in ... See full summary »

Director: Donald Cammell | Stars: David Keith, Cathy Moriarty, Alan Rosenberg, Art Evans

Votes: 1,409 | Gross: $0.23M

28. Them (2006)

R | 77 min | Horror, Thriller

6.5
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60 Metascore

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.

Directors: David Moreau, Xavier Palud | Stars: Olivia Bonamy, Michaël Cohen, Adriana Mocca, Maria Roman

Votes: 26,233

29. Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971)

PG-13 | 89 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.5
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A recently institutionalized woman has bizarre experiences after moving into a supposedly haunted country farmhouse and fears she may be losing her sanity once again.

Director: John D. Hancock | Stars: Zohra Lampert, Barton Heyman, Kevin O'Connor, Gretchen Corbett

Votes: 5,755

30. Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)

PG | 101 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.5
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44 Metascore

Four horror and science fiction segments, directed by four famous directors, each of them being a new version of a classic story from Rod Serling's landmark television series.

Directors: Joe Dante, John Landis, George Miller, Steven Spielberg | Stars: Dan Aykroyd, Albert Brooks, Vic Morrow, Doug McGrath

Votes: 28,177 | Gross: $29.50M

31. Burnt Offerings (1976)

PG | 116 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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A family moves into an old, haunted house that regenerates itself by feeding off of the life forces of its injured occupants.

Director: Dan Curtis | Stars: Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Burgess Meredith, Eileen Heckart

Votes: 7,591

32. The Haunted (1991 TV Movie)

Unrated | 100 min | Horror

6.5
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When the Smurl family moves into a duplex, they find out its haunted.

Director: Robert Mandel | Stars: Sally Kirkland, Jeffrey DeMunn, Louise Latham, George Wallace

Votes: 1,424

33. The Sentinel (1977)

R | 92 min | Horror

6.4
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Not ready for marriage, a fashion model moves into an unbelievably cheap Brooklyn Heights apartment, where weird occurrences turn into a much more frightening turn of events.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Cristina Raines, Ava Gardner, Chris Sarandon, Martin Balsam

Votes: 7,254

34. Expulsion of the Devil (1973)

90 min | Drama, Horror

6.2
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A married couple purchases an abandoned house in the countryside. Soon they witness strange apparitions and events. Their son and moreover their prepubescent daughter are haunted by a poltergeist.

Director: Juan Luis Buñuel | Stars: Françoise Fabian, Jean-Marc Bory, Jean-Pierre Darras, Claude Dauphin

Votes: 172

35. Tourist Trap (1979)

PG | 90 min | Horror

6.2
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A group of young friends stranded at a secluded roadside museum are stalked by a masked assailant who uses his telekenetic powers to control the attraction's mannequins.

Director: David Schmoeller | Stars: Chuck Connors, Jocelyn Jones, Jon Van Ness, Robin Sherwood

Votes: 5,567

36. The Exorcist III (1990)

R | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.3
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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, leads him to question the patients of a psychiatric ward.

Director: William Peter Blatty | Stars: George C. Scott, Ed Flanders, Brad Dourif, Jason Miller

Votes: 19,795 | Gross: $26.10M

37. Sole Survivor (1984)

R | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

6.2
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A lone survivor of a plane crash is haunted by a feeling unworthy of survival. Dead people start coming after her to collect her.

Director: Thom Eberhardt | Stars: Anita Skinner, Kurt Johnson, Robin Davidson, Caren L. Larkey

Votes: 829

38. The Amityville Horror (1979)

R | 117 min | Horror

6.2
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32 Metascore

Newlyweds move into a large house where a mass murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger, Don Stroud

Votes: 30,180 | Gross: $86.43M

39. Sleepaway Camp (1983)

R | 84 min | Horror

6.3
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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.

Director: Robert Hiltzik | Stars: Felissa Rose, Jonathan Tiersten, Karen Fields, Christopher Collet

Votes: 18,992 | Gross: $11.00M

40. The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

6.1
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In 1946, a ranger hunts for a hooded serial killer terrorizing the residents of a small Texas town.

Director: Charles B. Pierce | Stars: Ben Johnson, Andrew Prine, Dawn Wells, Jimmy Clem

Votes: 5,220

41. La casa con la scala nel buio (1983)

Unrated | 108 min | Horror, Mystery

6.0
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A killer stalks a composer staying at a posh Tuscany villa while writing the score to a horror film which has an incriminating clue to the killer's identity.

Director: Lamberto Bava | Stars: Andrea Occhipinti, Anny Papa, Fabiola Toledo, Michele Soavi

Votes: 2,213

42. Black Water (2007)

R | 90 min | Action, Drama, Horror

6.0
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A terrifying tale of survival in the mangrove swamps of Northern Australia

Directors: David Nerlich, Andrew Traucki | Stars: Diana Glenn, Maeve Dermody, Andy Rodoreda, Ben Oxenbould

Votes: 10,766

43. The Pact (II) (2012)

R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.8
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54 Metascore

As a woman struggles to come to grips with her past in the wake of her mother's death and the disappearance of her sister, an unsettling presence emerges in her childhood home.

Director: Nicholas McCarthy | Stars: Caity Lotz, Casper Van Dien, Mark Steger, Agnes Bruckner

Votes: 21,250

44. The Abandoned (2006)

R | 99 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.6
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42 Metascore

An adopted woman returns to her home country and the family home that she never knew and must face the mystery that lies there.

Director: Nacho Cerdà | Stars: Anastasia Hille, Karel Roden, Valentin Goshev, Valentin Ganev

Votes: 11,565 | Gross: $1.26M

45. Curtains (1983)

R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.8
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Six young actresses auditioning for a movie role at a remote mansion are targeted by a mysterious masked murderer.

Director: Richard Ciupka | Stars: John Vernon, Samantha Eggar, Linda Thorson, Anne Ditchburn

Votes: 2,835

46. Deadly Blessing (1981)

R | 100 min | Horror

5.5
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After her husband dies of mysterious circumstances, a widow becomes increasingly paranoid of the neighboring religious community that may have diabolical plans for her.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Maren Jensen, Sharon Stone, Susan Buckner, Jeff East

Votes: 3,863 | Gross: $8.28M

47. Amityville II: The Possession (1982)

R | 104 min | Horror

5.5
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A family moves into their new home, which proves to be evil, resulting in the demonic possession of the teenage son. Only the local priest can save him.

Director: Damiano Damiani | Stars: James Olson, Burt Young, Rutanya Alda, Jack Magner

Votes: 8,303 | Gross: $12.53M

48. The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972)

G | 85 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

4.9
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A documentary-style drama about the "Fouke Monster", a Bigfoot-type creature that has been sighted in and around Fouke, Arkansas since the 1950s.

Director: Charles B. Pierce | Stars: Willie E. Smith, John P. Hixon, Vern Stierman, Chuck Pierce Jr.

Votes: 2,218

49. The Chair (II) (2007)

R | 89 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

4.3
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Danielle, a young psychology student, is trying to rebuild her life when she sublets a century-old Victorian house. Unknowingly, she awakens an evil specter lurking in the dark recesses of ... See full summary »

Director: Brett Sullivan | Stars: Alanna Chisholm, Lauren Roy, Nick Abraham, Paul Soren

Votes: 1,006

50. Dogs (1976)

R | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

4.7
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A pack of dogs go on a killing spree.

Director: Burt Brinckerhoff | Stars: David McCallum, Sandra McCabe, George Wyner, Eric Server

Votes: 443