Top 10 Scariest Movies of All Time

Zaina Oweida

There have been countless scary movies over the years. Everyone has a different definition of what is scary. This list is based on a list made by Newsweek. These movies were chosen by their reviews and how the movie was perceived. But without further ado, here are the top ten scariest movies of all time. 

Coming in at number ten is a movie called Sinister. Sinister is about a writer who moves to a house with his family that has a history of gruesome murders. As he furthers his research, his findings become progressively sinister. 

Next, we have number nine: Halloween. This horror classic takes place on a Halloween night in 1963. A child named Michael Myers is locked away and imprisoned for killing his sister. 15 years later he escapes and goes on a killing spree on the scariest night of the year.

  Number 8 is The Exorcist (1973). One of the most popular horror movies of all time. Another classic follows a single mom and her child Reagan who starts to experience signs of possession. A freaked-out mother calls a priest to perform an exorcism. As the ritual goes on the more demonic it gets.

  Number 7: The Grudge (2004). This Japanese film tells the story of the Williams family. They move into a house not knowing the brutal murders that took place there. The family quickly becomes aware of the haunting that fills their new home. 

Number 6: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974). A cult classic film that tells the story of three friends who are tortured and chased by a serial killer with a chainsaw and a mask made of flesh. 

Number 5: Mother! (2017). A story about a couple in a mansion that let a man and his family crash for the night. It turns eerie when her husband is accommodating to everyone but her. 

Number 4: The Ring (2004). Another Japanese film is about a news reporter who finds videotapes filled with terrifying images. Then, there is a phone call stating that they will die in seven days. Now we are getting in the top three scariest movies of all time. 

Number 3: The Blair Witch Project (1999). A low-budget film filmed with a handheld camera about three students who go to the black hills to film a documentary about the legends of the Blair Witch. 

Number 2: Scream (1996). Another very popular horror film is about a high school girl who is getting targeted by a mysterious serial killer. 

Coming in as the number one scariest movie of all time is: Insidious (2010). Insidious is about a family who takes drastic measures when they realize their new home is haunted. Things start to get worse when their son gets possessed by a malevolent entity. 

  Work Cited

Dutton, Jack. “Top 10 Scariest Movies That’ll Give You Nightmares This Halloween.” Newsweek, Newsweek, 28 Oct. 2022,