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The 11 Scariest Movies of All Time

The 11 Scariest Movies of All Time


All of the following movies are preceded by their dark reputations: they are the goriest, freakiest, and most terrifying horror flicks I could find. They’re sure to get you ready for Halloween!  Watch at your own risk, and be ready for nightmares, because the content of these films tend to linger…



1. Wolf Creek (2005)


This movie will make you never want to take a road trip in Australia. Ever.  It may even make you second-guess your dream to honeymoon there. Supposedly based on true events, some backpackers stranded in the outback fall prey to a serial killer who kidnapped them.


2. Friday the 13th (1980)

This is the film that started the massive Friday the 13th franchise.  Some consider it to be the first true slasher film.  It centers on a group of teenagers who are murdered one-by-one as they attempt to reopen a summer camp.  The villain of the movie is the hockey mask-wearing Jason Voorhees, that we have all learned to fear.

3. Silence of the Lambs (1991)

This infamous thriller stars Jodie Foster as a young FBI agent who must confide in the imprisoned killer Hannibal Lector (Anthony Hopkins is absolutely stellar in this role) in order to bring another serial killer– one who skins his female victims– to justice.

4. The Ring (2002)

The first in the famous series, this cult horror classic follows Naomi Watts’ character, a journalist investigating a disturbing videotape that gives all who watch it only seven days to live.

5. Saw (2004)

Part twisted gore-fest, part psychological thriller, Saw is the first in a series of films surrounding the sadistic ‘Jigsaw,’ who imprisons individuals in his lair and lays out a deadly game for them in which they must follow rules and objectives in order to escape.

6. The Shining (1980)

Jack Nicholson slowly loses his mind and turns into a violent serial killer. His young son is haunted by visions of the past and future, who threatens to take them to an isolated hotel which seems saturated with a malevolent psychological presence.

7. The Exorcist (1973)

This film is almost 40 years old, yet it still has the ability to keep the best of us up for a night or two. That’s saying something.  Filled with disturbing images, this is the story of a possessed young girl, whose mother desperately seeks the help of two priests to save her.

8. When A Stranger Calls (2006)

This movie will speak to all babysitters. It will give you chills down your spine. It is a reminder to all of us babysitters of the time we spent anxiously awaiting for the parents to return. And that small payment of $20 will now have to be spent on therapy.

9. The Omen (1976)

Forget all the stories you heard about the production of this movie; this thriller is scary enough by itself. If creepy children aren’t your thing then avoid this movie. Oh and by the way, if you ever choose to adopt make sure to meet their parents first or see a picture of them.

10. 28 Days Later (2002)

Many movies try to capture what a metropolitan city will look like post apocalypse, yet somehow, they always fail. 28 Days Later, however, is one of the few movies that captures a post-apocalyptic world through terrifying fast zombies.

11. The Sixth Sense (1999)   

There are things far creepier in this world than a young Haley Joel Osment being able to experience the supernatural. In this classic horror film, nothing is more unnerving than when Haley utters the infamous line, “I see dead people.”



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Sarah Touey is a traveler, entrepeneur, and college student. Growing up in Pringle, Pennsylvania Sarah is a graduate of Wyoming Seminary College Prep and is a senior at Le Moyne College. A dual Marketing & Finance Major, Sarah spends her time outside the classroom with her friends, exploring Central New York, and staying an active member of the Le Moyne community. Chapter Lead for Her Campus, Student Coordinator for the Jesuit University Humanitarian Action Network, Class Representative for the Le Moyne Student Programming Board, and Vice President of Amnesty International & Habitat for Humanity. Besides staying active at Le Moyne. Sarah is the Founder & CEO of "GT: The Next Generation of Marketing". Sarah's passions including volunteering, advocacy, and sports. 
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