Lingering Fright: 15 Scariest Movies You Will Ever See in Your Life

Are you a sucker for a good scary movie? I am — until I’m not! Some of them are pretty creepy. After someone asked an online horror forum what the scariest films they have ever seen were, these are their top-voted movies. Do you agree?

1. The Ring (2002)

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“It’s the only movie I absolutely refuse to watch ever again,” one viewer declares. “I saw it ONCE as a kid, and I’m 30 now. I still have occasional nightmares about it. Sometimes I’ll be eating, and this movie will pop into my head for NO REASON, and I lose my appetite completely. I’m haunted by it.”

2. The Descent (2005)

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Several critics admit they went into it blind, “I loved that movie because I had no idea it was a horror movie or that there would be anything like what I saw. I just thought it was supposed to be a psychological thriller. Boy, was I wrong! It was all that and more.”

3. White Noise (2005)

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This movie terrified me instantly as a teenager, and I have refused all opportunities to rewatch it at every chance. I WILL not watch this film ever again because, as a young child, I always felt uneasy or afraid of white noise, whether it was audio or visual. A fellow white noise-aphobe shared, “Wasn’t scary when I watched it in the theater but became VERY scary when my car stereo only picked up static the whole ride home.”

4. The Changeling (1980)

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A terrified cineast states, “I was looking for someone to bring this up. Watched it as a kid, and it was the scariest thing I’d ever seen. Thought it couldn’t be that bad and watched it as a teenager and still was pooping my pants. Have yet to watch it as an adult to check again, and I’m 34.”

5. Hereditary (2018)

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“Underrated comment here; the last 10-15 minutes left me scarred,” one horrified viewer exclaims. “Watched it while the wife was out of town at night. Big mistake. She’s the one who protects me from satanic cults.”

6. The Orphanage (2007)

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“This woman moves into this house that used to be an orphanage that she grew up in. Ends up seeing lots of ghosts and hearing things in the walls. Her son goes missing, and she thinks the ghosts took her son, but what really happened is that he went into a crawl space, and she accidentally locked him in, so he died there. At the end of the movie, she takes her own life so she can be with her son and the other ghost kids.”

7. Arachnophobia (1990)

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I am a person who absolutely despises arachnids, so I am all aboard for this next reply, “That film gave me a phobia of the film Arachnophobia. Now I have arachnophobia and Arachnophobia-phobia.” That film was the source of nightmares for a while during my childhood, so much so that I have never watched that movie again.

8. Sinister (2012)

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I am a huge fan of Ethan Hawke, and when I came across Sinister, I figured I was in for a ride; I had no idea the trip this feature was going to take me on. Another film lover elaborates, “There are definitely better movies, but Sinister has always scared the crap out of me. It took me two tries to watch it. It’s the only movie I’ve ever turned off from being so scared.”

9. Kids (1995)

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“Although it’s not necessarily a horror movie, Kids was traumatizing due to my age when it came out,” several viewers declared. “It left me with a pit in my stomach that didn’t subside for weeks.” I have listened to the warnings about this film and have steered clear, and I am positive it’s going to stay that way.

10. Gummo (1997)

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“I would argue Gummo is a masterpiece because it almost perfectly embodies what living in the poor Midwest/south/Appalachia is like.” One realist denotes, “Everything from the cheap wood paneling in houses and trailers, shirtless drunk parties where people smash furniture for no reason, and kids playing in junkyards and dumps unsupervised.”

11. The Thing (1982)

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“Ya know it wasn’t just the husky scene that got me.. but it was when they all chased that dude out in the snow, and he just stops and turns around, and his hands are all messed up, and the Thing just let’s out a haunting scream as it burns. That scream made my skin crawl like nothing has ever before! Definitely my all-time favorite.”

12. IT (1990)

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“I saw IT at a friend’s house aged eight, positively terrified of clowns (and tons of other stuff) for years. Saw the remake, and it’s just not scary. It’s great and more thematically on-point, but it feels more like a season of Stranger Things, except for the lady in the painting.” Several critics announce, “She is easily the scariest thing in that whole movie.”

13. Threads (1984)

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“Not necessarily scary, just depressing and soul-crushing,” one individual noted, describing this apocalyptic war drama. “It can happen tomorrow, and there is nothing the individual could ever do except survive and endure the horrors that await. Exceptional film!”

14. It Follows (2014)

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One fearful spectator clarifies, “It’s so scary for me because it’s the movie version of a lot of my nightmares, something chasing me, but I’m always able to barely escape it and keep running. I don’t even like horror, but my niece put it on, and then she understood why I don’t watch horror.”

15. The Shining (1980)

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A horror film critic started off by letting everyone know, “I am not a big fan of scary movies, and it was the first one I ever watched. Truly TERRIFIED me. I got so freaked out toward the end I didn’t even finish it.”

Top 12 Most Racist Disney Classics That Are Better Left in the Vault

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Exploring film history often exposes tales of awe, imagination, and cultural shifts. Did you know that there are racist undertones in many Disney classics? It makes sense as progress evolves throughout the decades, but it’s cringe-watching it now. Here is a look at the most racist Disney films.

12 Worst Movies From the 70s According To IMDb — Do You Agree?

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Return to the revolutionary cinema of the 1970s, where risk-taking experimentation and bold concepts frequently produced unforgettable and forgettable moments. Here is a look at the not-so-great 70s films that didn’t garner high ratings on IMDb.

15 Forgotten Movies From the 90s to Tickle Your Nostalgia Bone

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Are you searching for a little 90s nostalgia that is not on every list? Then, we got you covered. These are several of my favorite forgotten films from the 90s. Do you remember?

22 Popular Films That Completely Traumatized 80s Children, What About You?

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Was there a film(s) that completely traumatized you as a child? I’ll go first, Cujo. I have no idea what my mother was thinking, allowing that film to play in the background of her chores, but I watched it and had nightmares for months. After someone polled an entertainment forum for other traumatic experiences, here is what scared the youth.

25 Memorable Movies That Are So Totally 80s, Do You Remember?

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The 1980s was an iconic decade for film, delivering many unforgettable movies that have stood the test of time. The 80s film scene left an indelible mark on popular culture, from heartwarming comedies to thrilling adventures and rebellious teenage tales. Recently people shared some memorable movies that epitomize the spirit of the 80s.

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