The Conjuring, The Loved Ones, Hush, Color Out of Space, and other films that make up the best top 15 scariest movies ever.
It’s Halloween season, and while you are planning the costumes you would rock, you should also plan movies to watch for the season. So, we have made a list of the scariest movies ever to help you narrow down your search.
Our list isn’t going to contain those horror movies that you might have probably watched and ended up letting you down — we are promising to scare you here.
The best horror movies are the ones that would get your heart racing — and thanks to BroadbandChoices’ “Science of Scare” study, and Reddit, we know exactly which ones they are (and even how fast your heart may race while watching them).
They are arranged in no particular order.
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1. The Lighthouse (2019)
Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson play a pair of 19th-century New England lighthouse keepers stranded on a remote island due to a storm.
2. It Comes at Night (2017)
The movie which makes it to our list of scariest movies is centered on survivalists hunkered down in the woods to avoid a deadly virus.
They take in a family needing help and that uneasy alliance devolves. Just have Ted Lasso on hand for a pick-me-up afterwards.
3. Color Out of Space (2020)
Nicolas Cage goes crazy – not a stretch for him. He stars as a man living an ordinary existence with his wife and two kids when a meteorite lands in his front yard and their minds and bodies are taken over by an alien presence.
4. Hush (2016)
This movie is one of the scariest movies ever. In the movie, Kate Siegel puts a different spin on the usual horror heroine as an author unable to hear or speak but who has plenty of gumption when she’s stalked in her home by a masked killer.
5. I Trapped the Devil (2019)
A Christmas visit between two brothers turns dark and surreal when one says he’s got a man locked in his basement and claims the dude is the devil.
6. The Guest (2014)
In this thriller with a rad ’80s vibe, Dan Stevens stars a charismatic soldier who shows up on a family’s doorstep claiming to be the best friend of their son who died in Afghanistan, and Maika Monroe is the grieving sister who has reason to be skeptical.
7. The Loved Ones (2009)
There are both intriguing character relationships and super-gnarly home medical procedures (lobotomy by electric drill!) to be had when an Australian teenager (Xavier Samuel) turns down the prom proposal of a classmate (Robin McLeavy) and gets an unexpected night to remember.
8. Werewolves Within (2021)
Making to our list of one of the scariest movies ever, Werewolves within stars Sam Richardson who plays a naive but goodhearted forest ranger new to a small Vermont town out to catch a killer (who may or may not be a werewolf) among the various kooky residents.
9. We Are Still Here (2015)
Set in 1970s New England, the spin on the haunted house template centers on a couple who moves to a sleepy hamlet following the death of their college-age son and into a place that still contains the dark, ashen souls of the Dagmar family that lived there and a supernatural force that awakens every 30 years.
10. Annihilation (2018)
This is one heck of a WrestleMania main event: Natalie Portman vs. a mutant bear with a skull head. The nightmarish sci-fi thriller features Portman as part of a science group that investigates a Florida swamp where the fauna has been otherworldly transformed.
11. Fear Street trilogy (2021)
This scary movie is about a bunch of 1990s kids look into a witch’s curse that’s affected their town since the 17th century while also trying to stay alive.
12. The Conjuring (2013)
The fact that paranormal experts Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) are folks who dealt with horrors in real life adds to the fear factor of James Wan’s franchise starter, which focused on a Rhode Island family, their rundown farmhouse and some witchiness.
13. ‘Sinister’ (2012)
Ethan Hawke’s true-crime writer finds a box of Super 8 home movies in his attic, playing them and consequently putting his family in grave danger thanks to the appearance of a Babylonian deity named Bughuul.
14. Inside (2007)
The French fright fest features a very pregnant widow (Alysson Paradis) who sees her home invaded on Christmas Eve by a mysterious woman in black (Beatrice Dalle) dead set on cutting her baby out with some scissors. Buckle up for fiery mayhem and a “birthing” scene that’s hard to even fathom.
15. The Invitation (2016)
Logan Marshall-Green stars as a man invited to a shindig by his ex-wife, the revelry goes awry and you’re left with jaw on the floor by a whopper of a last scene.
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