Greatest Scary Movies and TV shows of All timeby jbrpmd | created - 17 May 2011 | updated - 12 Nov 2011 | Public
A list of the best scary movies and tv shows from different parts of the world
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1. Ringu (1998)
Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Mystery
A reporter and her ex-husband investigate a cursed video tape that is rumored to kill the viewer seven days after watching it.
This original version from Japan is far far better than the Hollywood version, as well as the sequel ringu 2 and ringu 0. This is the movie that made asian horror movies famous worldwide. A really must watch!
2. Scream (1996)
R | 111 min | Horror, Mystery
A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.
Votes: 244,193 | Gross: $103.05M
Who would have guessed that there are 2 killers in this movie....the sequels are also good.... what's exciting in this movies is guessing who's doing these, how many are they, why they do it and who will survive.....This movie also started the style of not showing who the actors/actresses are in the beginning of the movie. usually a famous actress/actor is the victim in the opening scene and survivors are the ones you wouldn't think would make it. :)
3. Saw (2004)
R | 103 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery
Two strangers, who awaken in a room with no recollection of how they got there, soon discover they're pawns in a deadly game perpetrated by a notorious serial killer.
Votes: 332,117 | Gross: $56.00M
When i first saw the preview of this movie i thought was just another low budget film. It was actually disturbing....never thought a movie like this can be made. i think this film is what set a trend to thriller movies nowadays where they put a TWIST at the end. brilliant but crazy!!
4. Drag Me to Hell (2009)
PG-13 | 99 min | Horror, Thriller
A loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point.
Votes: 169,050 | Gross: $42.10M
The best gypsy horror movie ever! The ending was predictable but you never thought that it would happen. It might not be that scary but it has a good story.
5. Pa-siyam (2004)
Horror, Drama, Mystery
After their mother's death, her adult children gather in their family home to respect the funereal rite of Pa-sayim. Although they had originally thought she died of natural causes, thy ... See full summary »
The story was not really one of a kind but what makes this scary is the style where the movie didn't use scary background music, the silence is what makes it eerie. especially the scene where the actor was in his bedroom trying to sleep then suddenly her dead mother was standing behind him, there was dead silence and it feels so real.
6. Friday the 13th (1980)
R | 95 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A group of camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which, years before, was the site of a child's drowning.
Votes: 95,521 | Gross: $39.75M
As a kid i've always been a fan of this scary movie and its sequels Friday the 13th I to VIII, Jason Goes to hell, Jason X, Freddy vs Jason and the Friday the 13th the remake. Although most of the scenes are the same, what's exciting about this movie is to know will they ever beat Jason!
7. A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
The spectre of a dead child rapist haunts the children of the parents who murdered him, stalking and killing them in their dreams.
Votes: 81,310 | Gross: $63.08M
I've watched all the nightmare on elm street movies but it didn't really scare me. This 2010 version is still not really scary but it was improved and I liked the story. It showed how Freddy became what he had become.
8. High Tension (2003)
R | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
Best friends Marie and Alexia decide to spend a quiet weekend at Alexia's parents' secluded farmhouse. But on the night of their arrival, the girls' idyllic getaway turns into an endless night of horror.
Votes: 59,582 | Gross: $3.68M
At first this movie seemed lame. but as the title says it gives high tension of what's about to happen in the movie. It has a psychological twist also seen in a lot of other psychological movies. One of the most suspenseful movies I've watched.
9. Mute Witness (1995)
R | 95 min | Horror, Thriller
A mute makeup artist working on a slasher film being shot in Moscow, is locked in the studio after hours. While there she witnesses a brutal murder, and must escape capture.
Votes: 4,709 | Gross: $1.20M
Another very suspense movie nicely done. I think a remake is being developed this 2011
10. Feng Shui (2004)
117 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A wife must save her family from a curse of a "bagwa" bound to them.
One of the scariest Filipino movies!
11. Gin gwai (2002)
R | 99 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A blind girl gets a cornea transplant so that she would be able to see again. However, she got more than what she bargained for when she realized she could even see ghosts.
Votes: 26,044 | Gross: $0.50M
This Chinese version is better than the Hollywood version. But there is a bit of drama in the end
12. Shutter (II) (2004)
Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A young photographer and his girlfriend discover mysterious shadows in their photographs after a tragic accident. They soon learn that you can not escape your past.
Again this original version which is from Thailand is better and much scarier than the Hollywood version.
13. Devil (2010)
PG-13 | 80 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A group of people are trapped in an elevator and the Devil is mysteriously amongst them.
Votes: 115,010 | Gross: $33.58M
This movie has an unexpected ending. It is one of those "who's doing it?" movies. But it has a good ending and has a very good lesson.
14. Hostel (2005)
R | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Three backpackers head to a Slovak city that promises to meet their hedonistic expectations, with no idea of the hell that awaits them.
Votes: 150,862 | Gross: $47.33M
This movie is full of gore but is has a different style from saw. It has a good plot. This movie made me scared to go to other places which I am not familiar with.
15. I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
R | 101 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
After a nasty accident, four friends begin to drift apart. One year later Julie James gets a anonymous message and then a slicker wearing, hook wielding killer begins to rip apart her life.
Votes: 115,402 | Gross: $72.59M
Another teen slasher movie like Scream. Who's done it, why? It's like a scream movie with a different story. But it's good.
16. Program na winyan akat (2008)
95 min | Horror, Thriller
What kind of scenes in a horror film scares you the most? When a ghost appears totally unexpectedly? When the main character does not see the ghost sneaking up behind him? When at the very ... See full summary »
Another Thai horror movie with unexpected twists, scary scenes.
17. The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)
PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
After a family is forced to relocate for their son's health, they begin experiencing supernatural behavior in their new home, and uncover a sinister history.
Votes: 54,022 | Gross: $55.39M
A really good horror movie. My wife and I watched this a couple of times but we never get bored with this movie. Nice story, creepy revelation in the end. How would you react if you found out that your house has corpses kept inside the walls !!!
18. Gui si (2006)
Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
In Taipei, the crippled scientist Hashimoto uses his invention of "Menger Sponge" to capture the energy of the spirit of a child in an old building. He invites the specialist in reading ... See full summary »
A modern type of horror. What's scary in this movie is when you watch the kid ghost go back to places he usually goes to when he was still alive.
19. Pon (2002)
R | 104 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
After writing a series of articles about pedophilia, the journalist Ji-won receives threatening calls on her cellular and she changes her number. Her close friend Ho-jung and her husband ... See full summary »
Aside from the actress being pretty, this movie has a good story. It's not really different from other ghost movies but if you've watched it on the year it was released, it was pretty scary just Ringu.
20. Kaidan Shin Mimibukuro: Yûrei manshon (2005)
93 min | Horror
Aimi and her father move into an old, apartment building and learn quickly that things are not normal here. The landlord warns Aimi and her father of the curfew. First, all residents must ... See full summary »
This Japanese horror movie has a one of a kind story. Tenants of an apartment cannot leave unless another tenant moves in, or else they will die. They should also be back inside the compound before 12midnight or else they die. This has some great revelations and some scary and heart pounding scenes.
21. The Changeling (1980)
R | 107 min | Horror
A man staying at a secluded historical mansion finds himself being haunted by the presence of a spectre.
If this movie was seen during the 80s it will be really scary but since modern techniques have been developed nowadays many will find this movie just ok. It is brilliant classic horror movie with a good story I must say.
22. Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1990–2000)
TV-Y7 | 30 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
A group of kids get together in the woods, and tell ghost stories.
If you are between ages 5-10 you will definitely like this horror tv show. It would be nice to collect all episodes form all seven seasons.
23. Trick 'r Treat (2007)
R | 82 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Five interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband; and a mean old man meets his match with a demonic, supernatural trick-or-treater.
It has comedy and suspense. It's a nice funny horror movie with a twist.
24. Patayin mo sa sindak si Barbara (1974)
96 min | Horror
There is something strange about this motion picture.
This original version is simpler but more eerie than the 90's remake and definitely better than the teleserye. This movie is so hard to find, All i know is there is a short scene uploaded on youtube. you might wanna check it out.
25. Tumbok (2011)
PG | 92 min | Horror, Thriller
A newlywed couple, Grace and Ronnie, inherit a condominium unit from Ronnie's deceased father. But, as they move into the unit, they are faced with a series of horrific mishaps and misfortunes.
There are only a few Filipino movies that I find scary and this is one of them.
26. Night Visions (2001– )
43 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Night Visions is an anthology series similar to The Twilight Zone - some tales are supernatural, others are just commentaries on twisted human nature. Each hour episode is made up of two half-hour episodes aired back-to-back.
Similar to Tales from the crypt but I find this better, though all stories were good. The episode I like the most "A View Through the window" it has a shocking that left me speechless.
27. Office you gui (2002)
89 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
Investor firm employee Pat (Karen Mok) overhear a group of girls talk about the haunting that takes place each year in their office high-rise, which leads to the deaths of nine people every... See full summary »
This is scary, funny, creepy. Again what makes me like a horror movie are those with unexpected and unpredictable endings. This movie has 3 stories which are connected
28. Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)
R | 92 min | Horror
A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides.
Votes: 34,988 | Gross: $0.33M
This one which is the hollywood version, I must say is actually good. Very similar to the original Japanese version. This movie gives a good scare.
29. Jeepers Creepers (2001)
R | 90 min | Horror, Mystery
A brother and sister driving home through isolated countryside for spring break encounter a flesh-eating creature which is in the midst of its ritualistic eating spree.
Votes: 97,393 | Gross: $37.90M
When I first watched this movie i didn't know that it would be a good one. The style is unique where you have sort of dragging conversation at the start of the movie then it suddenly becomes fast pace. Good to watch.
30. The Descent (2005)
R | 99 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller
A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.
Votes: 172,148 | Gross: $26.02M
This movie is not one of those horror movies with ghosts and bad spirits, but this definitely is scary! Imagine being trapped inside a cave with this unknown creatures. Highly recommended. Watch also The Decent 2, it is a continuation of the 1st movie and is also good.
31. Halloween (2007)
R | 109 min | Horror
After being committed for 17 years, Michael Myers, now a grown man and still very dangerous, escapes from the mental institution and immediately returns to Haddonfield to find his baby sister, Laurie.
Votes: 95,254 | Gross: $58.27M
I much more appreciated the remakes than the original ones. The original ones where all the same just like friday the 13th and nightmare on elm street. The remakes showed the story of Mike Myers become a what he has become.
480 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A television mini-series adaptation of Nightmares and Dreamscapes, Stephen King's collection of short horror stories.
This is a nice collection of weird and creepy stories. Not all stories are scary but most are creepy in their own way. I haven't watched all the episodes but so far the ones I've watched were good. I like the episodes "Crouch end" and "Battleground"
33. Husk (2011)
R | 83 min | Horror, Thriller
A group of friends stranded near a desolate cornfield find shelter in an old farmhouse, though they soon discover the dwelling is the center of a supernatural ritual.
I like this movie. It has a different type of horror.
34. Voices (2007)
R | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
This creepy, supernatural thriller revolves around the paranoid belief that those dearest to you may want you dead.
Not really scary but gory, but I liked the story
35. 13: Game of Death (2006)
R | 114 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
After losing his job, his car and his money, Phuchit, Krissada Sukosol, races against time to complete 13 tasks ordered by an anonymous caller who promised 100,000,000 Thai Baht upon completion.
This is full of suspense. It will make one ask "what will be the next task"? The ending was not really great though, but the whole movie is a roller coaster ride!
36. Final Destination (2000)
R | 98 min | Horror, Thriller
After a teenager has a terrifying vision of him and his friends dying in a plane crash, he prevents the accident only to have Death hunt them down, one by one.
Votes: 198,412 | Gross: $53.33M
All the sequels are great but this first one is still the best.
37. The Faculty (1998)
R | 104 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
Students suspect that their teachers are aliens after bizarre occurrences.
Votes: 98,567 | Gross: $40.06M
One of my favorite movies. Maybe it's just me, but I really wasn't able to guess who the leader of the alien is until the end of the movie.
38. The Amityville Horror (1979)
R | 117 min | Horror
Newlyweds move into a large house where a mass murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away.
Votes: 30,298 | Gross: $86.43M
The stories that we hear about the house and also the book is much scarier than this movie.
39. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family.
I haven't watched in full the remake (The uninvited) of this movie. But I think it's not very different from the original. This movie is dragging in some points but it gives a good scare and also a good ending. Nice to see.
40. The Sixth Sense (1999)
PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A boy who communicates with spirits seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.
Votes: 784,785 | Gross: $293.51M
Who wouldn't know this. Everyone knows how good and scary this movie is.
41. The Others (2001)
PG-13 | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted.
Votes: 296,627 | Gross: $96.52M
A really good movie. It's not just scary but it also has drama and a really shocking ending.
42. The Skeleton Key (2005)
PG-13 | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A hospice nurse working at a spooky New Orleans plantation home finds herself entangled in a mystery involving the house's dark past.
Votes: 95,055 | Gross: $47.81M
So far the best voodoo movie!
43. The Midnight Meat Train (2008)
R | 100 min | Horror, Mystery
A photographer's obsessive pursuit of dark subject matter leads him into the path of a serial killer who stalks late night commuters, ultimately butchering them in the most gruesome ways imaginable.
Votes: 52,594 | Gross: $0.08M
So full of suspense!!!
44. The Lost Boys (1987)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror
After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires.
Votes: 102,910 | Gross: $32.22M
As a kid, this was my favorite vampire movie. All it's sequels "The Lost Boys: The Tribe" and "The Lost Boys: The Thirst" were also great.
45. Child's Play (1988)
R | 87 min | Horror, Thriller
A single mother gives her son a much sought-after doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer.
Votes: 70,132 | Gross: $33.24M
I totally forgot how good this movie is until I watched it again on HBO last night. Not scary, but has a lot of suspense.
46. The Abandoned (2006)
R | 99 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
An adopted woman returns to her home country and the family home that she never knew and must face the mystery that lies there.
Votes: 11,606 | Gross: $1.26M
This Spanish/Russian movie story is somewhat scary just thinking of being in the lead role's situation. She inherited a house in a forest in the remote part of Russia she went there to find out about her family. The setting is creepy, just the thought of being there is really scary. There are events in this movie that I didn't really understand. But it is a nice scare. Don't watch it alone at night.
47. Urban Legend (1998)
R | 99 min | Horror, Mystery
A college student suspects a series of bizarre deaths are connected to certain urban legends.
Votes: 51,698 | Gross: $38.07M
The whole movie wasn't really great. It's just like another teen slasher movie. But what i do like about this movie is the opening scene.
48. Psycho (1960)
R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.
Votes: 483,390 | Gross: $32.00M
I know almost everyone has seen this movie. A very classic slasher movie which I think inspired all the slasher movies of present day.
49. The Exorcist (1973)
R | 122 min | Horror
When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.
Votes: 310,380 | Gross: $232.91M
I really don't like this movie !!! Not scary at all.
50. The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A lawyer takes on a negligent homicide case involving a priest who performed an exorcism on a young girl.
Votes: 105,346 | Gross: $75.07M
I like this movie a lot. The reality expressed by this movie really gives me the shivers. The story is very good.
51. Insidious (I) (2010)
PG-13 | 103 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further.
Votes: 233,248 | Gross: $54.01M
surprising and scary from start to end!