In honour of Halloween, I would like to compile my own list of the scariest movies of all time. This list is based on my fairly extensive experience watching scary movies, however I haven’t seen all of the classics. For this list, I will rank them in order of how much they scared me.
1. Event Horizon – A spaceship with the ability to bend space in order to travel disappears and reappears years later. The crew are dead, but something is alive. Liberate tutame ex inferis (save yourself from hell).
Sam Neil is amazing in this, and absolutely terrifying once he loses the plot.
2. The Descent – A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and pursued by a strange breed of predators.
Left both my husband & I with chills, great ending and very well done.
3. The Exorcist – A young girl is possessed, and her mother seeks the help of two priests.
The uncut version of this is much worse, but the scariest bit is the Making Of Documentary.
4. Halloween – 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.
Although the original is a classic, and scary, the remake by Rob Zombie is much worse.
5. A Nightmare On Elm Street – Freddy Krueger returns to revenge his death in the dreams of his killer’s children. This one scores bonus points for being Johnny Depp’s first feature film. Scared me, and that nursery rhyme still freaks me out. One, two, Freddy’s coming for you….
6. 28 Days Later – Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.
Fast moving zombies are always so much more terrifying than slow moving zombies. We have our own ZEP (Zombie Evacuation Plan) for the eventual Zombie Apocalypse (yes, there will be one) and I think we’ll be OK with the slow ones. But these fast ones, yeesh!
7. Saw – With a dead body laying between them, two men wake up in the secure lair of a serial killer who’s been nicknamed “Jigsaw” by the police because of his unusual calling card.
This one had me too scared to watch it for quite a while. When I finally did, yes, it was terrifying! But worse than that, it was gruesome.
8. House of 1000 Corpses – Two teenage couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of serial killers end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers.
Based on the Manson Family, this one scared me so much I actually found it hard to sleep afterwards. It’s always more terrifying when it’s true.
9. Scream – A killer known as “ghost face” begins killing off teenagers, and as the body count begins rising, one girl and her friends must push themselves beyond the boundaries of what they thought themselves capable of in order to survive.
The first time I watched this I was at my friend Jodine’s house for a sleepover. Part way through the movie (at approx 9pm) we screamed, and then her parents made us go get the bins from the top of her long, steep driveway on our own. One of the most terrifying moments of my life!
10. The Grudge – 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.
Weird ghosts, meowing children, what the f**k is going on in this one? Saw it in the cinema and got left by my boyfriend at the time half way through as he went to the bathroom. When he came back he copped a punch in the arm, partly for leaving and partly for terrifying me by sitting down.
11. Silence of the Lambs – A young FBI cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.
This movie did give me chills, it’s true, but I actually rate it as one of my favourite movies as well. It’s got great suspense and deals the best with the character of Hannibal Lecter out of the 3 stories (4 movies) with him in them.
12. Idle Hands – Lazy Anton’s right hand becomes possessed with murderous intent. Idle hands are the devil’s playground.
OK, not at all scary, but I had to throw this one in because it’s one of my favourite movies. It’s hilarious, gruesome, and stars two of my favourite actors of all time, Devon Sawa and Jessica Alba, with Seth Green and Elden Hensen for kicks.
Also, two quick shoutouts. Happy Birthday to my dear friend Vanessa and Happy Anniversary to my husband. Love you!