Scary movies are undeniably the epitome of cinema, and arguably, they make up most of the greatest movies known to man. The Ring, Get Out, The Shining, and It, to name a few, are some of the scariest movies rarely absent from any October movie marathon. With that being said, we rounded up some of the scariest movies of all time, just in time for Halloween.

Whether or not a horror movie was created in the 90s or in the early 2000s, expect to see some titles that will shake your core and have you looking over your shoulder late at night. 

1. The Exorcist (1973)

This list would not be complete without the iconic film, The Exorcist. Truly, this was a masterpiece in the 90s, especially for those who saw it for the first time. As years pass, this movie remains a classic and is still being watched by those who live and breathe the horror genre. 

What really got people talking about The Exorcist was the iconic 360 head spin of Regan as the priest performs an exorcism. So if you fancy exorcism movies that are backed with controversies of causing nausea and fainting to those who view it, then The Exorcist is your best bet. 

2. The Shining

Ever heard of the ever-famous “Here’s Johnny!” line? Well, for those of you who may not know, it came from The Shining. Stephen King is known for his gory, suspenseful, and horror-driven stories, and that was beautifully executed in the film. Those who have watched the film would agree that the build up of suspense had them on the edge of their seats and hiding behind their hands. 

Just as Jack Torrance, played by Jack Nicholson, smashes the door with an axe and peeks his head through the ginormous crack and yells the iconic line, it is enough to send anyone screaming. 

3. Get Out

This scary movie takes a different turn from the conventional ghosts and ghouls, exorcisms, and serial killers in masks. This one hits a bit closer to home as it displays racial metaphors. Truthfully, this makes it all the more nerve wracking since it is something that people can relate to. Get Out is nothing of fiction. 

This is a highly recommended film for anyone who enjoys plot-twists and complex storylines that are guaranteed to make anyone shiver. 

4. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

It may seem cliché, but arguably, seeing people being chased down, followed by gruesome scenes that are accompanied by blood curdling screams, is what makes scary movies scary. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is just that. To make things even more sinister, this is actually (loosely) inspired by true events. 

The events that transpire in this film are eerily similar to the crimes committed by serial killer Ed Gein, who wore the skin of his victims after mercilessly killing them. If you are on the lookout for authentic terror, make sure to not miss this particular film. 

5. It

Clowns are already terrifying as they are, but put them in a Stephen King movie? You are surely in for a treat. It is all about a group of teens who venture into the mysteries of their little town of Derry. Children have been going missing, and it has troubled residents in Derry. As the seven protagonists try to solve the mysteries of their town, they are met with bone-chilling encounters with Pennywise the Clown.  

All It films in existence, be it the 1990, 2017, or 2019 version, have one thing in common—they are all absolutely terrifying. This is especially true for the latter versions of the film, given that CGI now looks more real than ever before. 

6. The Ring (1998)

Surely we are all aware of the Western adaptations of The Ring, but one must not forget where this all originated—the 1998 The Ring film. In contrast to the western cast of the latter adaptations, this film features Asian actors. 

This film is about a cursed video tape that must be passed along to others after viewing it, or else death will soon follow. 

When it comes to determining which film is scarier when comparing the adaptions, the general consensus is mixed. The only way to find out which movie is scarier is to view the films yourselves. 

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