Top 10 Scariest Movies Of All Time

Grab some popcorn and blankets to cover your eyes with and pick one of these top ten scariest movies of all time!

There's nothing like snuggling up with a loved one, or simply a good friend who doesn't mind having your fingernails claw into their forearm, and watching a scary flick on a Saturday night. Don't bother popping popcorn since your hands will be covering your face the entire movie anyway, or, if you choose to be brave and pop it anyway, be sure and put it down when the scary music starts or you'll likely choke on an unpopped kernel when a cat unexpectedly leaps out from within a trash can. For film fanatics, choosing a top ten list of scary movies is not to be handled lightly, so I went ahead and picked the movies that either a) made me afraid to look into my rearview mirror when driving home from the theater or b) made me drag my mattresses into the living room and sleep with the lights on. I kid you not.

Blair Witch Project

This is one of those movies that film buffs either really loved or really hated. The concept involves three college students filming a documentary in the woods about the legend of the Blair Witch who killed children and adults from the local town of Blair. Its shtick was to advertise as if the documentary was truly discovered, making early viewers wonder if it was fiction or not. What makes this movie tremendous, in my opinion, is its lack of a real "monster." The viewer's interpretation of the evil force is left to her own imagination. Trust me on this one"┬Žif you have an overactive imagination, it works. I felt eerie for days after this movie and, to this day, refuse to go camping.

The Ring

Watch a secret tape, get a phone call where the caller simply says "Seven days" and then hangs up and, voila, exactly seven days later you're dead from the sheer fright of a dead, bloated girl crawling out from your television screen. What could be more frightening than your beloved television turning on you, I ask? The sheer urban legend-esque concept, originally developed in Japan, was enough to frighten most people into jumping out of their chairs when the telephone rang.

Exorcist

You can't tell me that when you hear the opening music to this movie, chills don't run up your spine.There is something about the devil and possession, especially for those people who are religious, that will send the masses scurrying to church the following Sunday. This movie is the ultimate in the force of evil working against the force of good within an innocent child.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

"The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" was able to creep out viewers not only because of the grizzly scenes but also because it claimed to be "inspired by true events." Urban legends abounded after the release of this disturbing movie about vicious chainsaw-wielding inbreeds. People started to believe that this massacre actually took place in a small Texas town. In reality, the movie was very loosely based on the serial killer, Ed Gein.



Halloween

Michael Myers, the butcher- knife-wielding "monster" of Halloween, wears a white mask that would be enough to send me screaming down the street if I ever caught a glimpse of it. His unhurried gait, creepy silence and inability to be killed combined with the unsettling piano score are what make this movie a classic horror film.

An American Werewolf in London

More than likely, this movie about a man who gets attacked by a wolf and turns into a blood-thirsty werewolf, will not make most film buff's top ten lists. But imagine a seven year old watching this movie one night (specifically the scene where the man transforms into the werewolf) while her parents are asleep, and you may understand how this can affect a precious little mind.

Scream

This movie, although more humorous at times than scary, receives a position on this list for its brilliant compilation of overall scary movie themes and "rules."The movie centers on a group of high school friends who are being terrorized by a serial killer who dresses up in long black gown costume and a white screaming mask. This is the ultimate contemporary version of a classic "Whodunit."

Silence of the Lambs

Ed Gein, the serial killer, was also the inspiration for the serial killer named Buffalo Bill in this movie. A rookie FBI agent must ask for the help of a killer behind bars, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, to catch another serial killer on the loose. Her chilly talks with the manipulative Dr. Lecter are what really make the movie.

Jaws

If you were one of the five people in America that thought it was safe to go back into the water after watching this movie about a killer shark, I commend you. For the rest of us, frolicking in the ocean and picnics on the beach have become a thing of the past.

Poltergeist

Once again, our television sets have turned against us in this film about a family that moves into a new home that was "accidentally" built on an ancient Indian burial ground. Objects move across the floor and a little girl gets sucked into a television to help a group of dead religious zealots find "the light."I, myself, took my entire television set OUT of the room after this one.

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