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Halloween is a time for scary movies, even if these movies are not Halloween-related. This list rounds out the 10 scariest movies of all time.
1.“Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (1974) – This is a movie about a chainsaw-wielding cannibal serial killer. The story is well-told, well-acted and well-feared. This movie is all-around shocking, gruesome and unsettling, helping it propel to the top of this list, especially because it is, at least loosely, based on real-life events.
2. “The Thing” (1982) – This movie plays off terror to make it both scary and suspenseful. It is a combination of science fiction, action and horror, detailing the story of a group of scientists in Antarctica who are visited by a shapeshifting alien that takes the shape of those it kills. Hiding among the survivors, “The Thing” is gruesome, harrowing, suspenseful and definitely creepy.
3. “The Blair Witch Project” (1999) – This is another movie that was supposedly based off real-life events, even though it actually wasn’t. The documentary style of the movie, as well as the shaky camera filming, helped support this theory and add to the movie’s overall horror because it makes the movie more real and believable.
4. “The Exorcist” (1973) – The horror is amped up in this movie because the main character is a possessed 12-year-old girl. Audiences watch as a demon possesses her and a priest attempts to perform an exorcism on her. The pure evil in this film that plays on some of society’s most basic fears severely increases the horror level of this movie.
5. “Night of the Living Dead” (1968) – This is a movie about people being eaten by hordes of undead strangers. This movie sets the bar for all zombie movies to come to terrifying audiences.
6. “Halloween” (1978) – Perfect for Halloween, this movie is about an escaped mental patient in a mask killing people on All Hallows’ Eve. “Halloween” earns its spot on this list because it is the epitome of horror movies done right. It even led to several sequels, though none of those outdid the original.
7. “Alien” (1979) – While it is more science fiction than anything, this movie still evokes enough bone-chilling horror to terrify audiences and create a slew of sequels. The true horror of “Alien” comes from both its suspense and the pure terror of the main villain.
8. “The Shining” (1980) – Adapted from Stephen King’s novel of the same name, this movie deserves its spot on this list because of Jack Nicholson’s superb acting. Nicholson plays his role so dark that he adds a true sense of irony to the film.
9. “The Evil Dead” (1981 and 2013) – Both the original and the 2013 remake of this movie are two of the scariest movies of all time. The original movie was so horrific that even the trees were killing people. This movie successfully combines murder and supernatural on a truly terrifying level.
10. “Jaws” (1975) – This is a classic when it comes to scaring audiences. “Jaws” left audiences terrified in record numbers that have made it a classic within the genre of horror movie. While the special effects are nothing compared to today’s standards, this movie never really gets old and has been scaring audiences for generations. Of course, the suspense is a large part behind the scariness of this movie.