Who can’t resist a good list? And who can’t resist a good scary movie? (Those answering “No” should just lighten up a bit). Well, a long, long time ago, my good friends and I set out to find the scariest movies ever. We had just left the screening of The Unborn, one of the most disappointing horror films of all time. We thought, “Surely there must be something out there to scare us! But we don’t wanna waste our time looking!” We weren’t necessarily seeking the “best” horror films, but the SCARIEST! We checked hordes of online lists and reviews, and came up with many titles that seemed to continuously pop up. We watched them all, safe behind blankets and pillows, and we all screamed and had a great time. At the end of it all, we developed a rating system (explained below) to incorporate all of our differing opinions, to reach a consensus list. Some things scared me more than others, and some films I’d seen in the past were scarier than those we had just watched. So we also allowed the inclusion of past films. With so many opinions, and so many films viewed between us all, 20 hardly seemed enough, but alas, that was our mission. So, we made an honorable mention as well, to compensate. What I proudly present to you now is the “Top 20 Scariest Movies of All Time (2009)”, as originally written by Matt Sweatt:


At the beginning of this semester, Zach Hooper, Tommy Bond, Brent Snider, Wyatt Keel and I decided to compile a list of movies that we consider to be the scariest of all time. How do we do this you ask? Well, we researched numerous lists of scariest movies on the Internet and watched the scariest 20 movies as a group (that we could find). After many weeks of staying up late watching scary movies and not studying for our tests that we had, we finally completed a consensus of the 20 scariest movies ever. Be forewarned: we are big, brave, muscular guys who are difficult to scare and we were still scared out of our pants by these films. So before watching any of these movies, make sure you are prepared for the fright of your life!

The movies on this list were rated by 8 criterion: Jumpiness, Disturbingness, Cringe Effect, Lasting Fear-Impact, Tenseness, Creepiness, Eeriness, and Film Quality. Note that this list is just a compilation of our opinions. This list also includes movies that were ranked on someone’s top 20 list, but not on another’s list. That being said here is:


1. The Exorcist

2. The Descent

3. The Shining

4. The Blair Witch Project

5. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

6. The Amityville Horror (1979)

7. Scream

8. The Ring

9. The Exorcism of Emily Rose

10. The Others

11. The Sixth Sense

12. The Omen (1976)

13. IT

14. Wolf Creek

15. Signs

16. The Thing

17. The Evil Dead

18. The Wickerman (1975)

19. Poltergeist

20. Pet Sematary

Honorable Mentions Include:

Halloween (2007)
The Amityville Horror (2005)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
Storm of the Century
30 Days of Night
The Birds
The Village
Silent Hill
The Grudge
The Omen (2006)
The Strangers
Nightmare on Elm Street
Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Thanks for reading and good luck getting through these horror flicks!”


Hope you enjoyed it and are ready to start watching! Would I change anything, or add anything? I believe I would include the 3rd installment in the Paranormal Activity franchise, as well as Insidious. What about you? Share your thoughts, let’s debate this sucker! What ARE the TOP 20 SCARIEST FILMS OF ALL TIME!?

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