What makes a movie scary? It’s not just the gory part that scares the hell out of us but a combination of an ominous sound from around the corner, an indiscernible figure in the distance, a sense of impending doom as somebody opens a door along with the gore.
Here are our top picks for the scariest movies ever made, in no particular order.
1.Paranormal Activity (2007)
After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.
2. Funny Games (1997)
Two psychotic young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic “games.”
3. The Exorcist (1973)
An actress notices dangerous changes in the behaviour and physical make-up of her 12-year-old daughter. Meanwhile, a young priest begins to doubt his faith while dealing with his mother’s sickness.
4. Halloween (1978)
On a cold Halloween night in 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers brutally murdered his 17-year-old sister, Judith. He was sentenced and locked away for 15 years. But on October 30, 1978, while being transferred for a court date, a 21-year-old Michael Myers steals a car and escapes Smith’s Grove. He returns to his quiet hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois, where he looks for his next victims.
5. Ring (1998)
A woman and her ex-husband investigate a series of teen deaths caused by a mysterious videotape. Their investigation takes an ugly turn when their own son becomes a victim.
6. Alien (1979)
The crew of a commercial spacecraft finds itself in danger when they discover a signal from an alien spacecraft. To their horror, they are attacked by an alien creature.
7. The Shining (1980)
Jack and his family move into an isolated hotel with a violent past. Living in isolation, Jack begins to lose his sanity, which affects his family members.
8. The Thing (1982)
In remote Antarctica, a group of American research scientists are disturbed at their base camp by a helicopter shooting at a sled dog. When they take in the dog, it brutally attacks both human beings and canines in the camp and they discover that the beast can assume the shape of its victims. A resourceful helicopter pilot (Kurt Russell) and the camp doctor (Richard Dysart) lead the camp crew in a desperate, gory battle against the vicious creature before it picks them all off, one by one.
9. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Sally, Franklin and their three friends run out of gas while driving to their grandfather’s house. One by one they are tormented and killed by a chainsaw-wielding killer and his psychopathic family.
10. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Three students decide to go into the Maryland backwoods to cover the mystery behind the Blair Witch incidents. But when they lose their map, things take an unexpected turn and they never return home.