Looking for the scariest horror movies that will give you nightmares for years to come?
These are the 100 terrifying flicks that every horror fan needs to see at least once!
You might want to break out your nightlight before you start watching!
When it comes to scary movies, there’s definitely no shortage of options.
From vampire flicks to gory films that turn your stomach, from subtle psychological terror to jump scenes that send you flying off your chair, movie producers seem to never run out of new ways to scare us…and we’re happy about that!
Why do we love horror movies so much?
I’m going to let you in on a little secret.
Up until around age 14, I was petrified of horror movies.
If someone in my house was watching one, I had to hide out in a totally different room, preferably on a different floor!
I remember one night my grandmother and one of my aunts were watching Poltergeist.
My other aunt, who also hated scary movies, made me sleep on her floor just because she could hear bits and pieces through the wall!
Then in my teen years, I dated a guy that was all about horror movies.
He not only liked watching them, but he was one of those people who would analyze exactly what made them scary.
I reluctantly watched The Evil Dead with him, and it kicked off my newfound love of all things scary!
You’d think with my anxiety disorder, I’d stay far away from anything as stressful as a horror flick, but it turns out that there are actually a lot of benefits to be terrified!
In fact, a good scare may even boost your immune system!
Who knew, right?
Whether you’re in it for the unexpected benefits or just plain love being scared, with thousands of horror movies out there it’s definitely hard to decide where to start.
The movies on the list below are my picks for the top 100 horror movies of all time.
You’ll notice that there is a mix of very old and relatively new, of psychological horror and the outright terrifying.
I like to mix things up because I feel like if we watch the same type of scary movie over and over (gory flicks, for example) we kind of get immune to the “horror” parts pretty fast.
I hope you enjoy my list!
100 Horror Movies Every Scary Movie Lover Should See
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Unless otherwise noted, I am talking about the original version for movies that have reboots. This list isn’t in a particular order, so dig in where ever you want!
- Rosemary’s Baby
- Let the Right One In
- The Omen
- Night of the Living Dead
- The Conjuring
- Amityville Horror
- The Evil Dead
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers
- The Stand
- Nightmare on Elm Street
- Friday the 13th
- Texas Chainsaw Massacre
- The Exorcist
- The Shining
- Paranormal Activity
- The Howling
- The Fog
- Near Dark
- The Silence of the Lambs
- The Changeling
- Blue Velvet
- The Ring
- The Grudge
- Darkness Falls
- An American Werewolf in London
- The Last House on the Left
- Carnival of Souls
- The Fall of the House of Usher
- Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
- The Wicker Man
- Final Destination
- American Psycho
- The Thing
- From Dusk Til Dawn
- The Watcher in the Woods
- The Others
- Sixth Sense
- Thirteen Ghosts
- Interview with a Vampire
- The Mothman Prophecies
- 28 Days Later
- Rose Red
- The Exorcism of Emily Rose
- A Haunting in Connecticut
- 10 Cloverfield Lane
- Pet Sematary
- Lights Out
- Event Horizon
- The Lost Boys
- Angel Heart
- The Serpent and the Rainbow
- The Hitcher
- The Woman in Black
- Silent Hill
- Let Me In
- Disturbing Behavior
- Snow White: A Tale of Terror
- The Mist
- 30 Days of Night
- I Am Legend
- The Descent
- The Cabin in the Woods
- The Fly
- The Blair Witch Project
- When a Stranger Calls
- The People Under the Stairs
- Session 9
- In the Mouth of Madness
- The Babadook
- It Follows
So, you may be thinking “where are all the sequels?”
I mean, there are like 5,000 Friday the 13th movies, half a dozen Final Destinations (because someone didn’t get the memo that, by definition, there is only ONE final, except when you’re talking about school finals!), and so on.
Just about every movie on this list made after around 1990 has a sequel!
I didn’t include them because, a) with them this would be a list of 5 movies and their sequels and b) I rarely find the second, third, or 15th movie as scary as the original.
Take The Ring for example.
That movie scared me half to death. The Ring 2, on the other hand, didn’t even make me flinch.
It seemed like they took everything that was scary about the first one and just redid it, but threw in a bit more gore and scary background music.
Also, some of these movies may not have a reputation for being terrifying to us now, but they were the epitome of horror during the year they were made!
In 50-100 years from now, people will probably laugh at what we find scary!