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22 Horror Movie Trailers That Are Scarier Than Some Entire Horror Movies

Guaranteed heebie-jeebies in three minutes or less.

We recently asked members of our BuzzFeed Community, "What's the scariest horror movie trailer of all time?" and, WHEW BUDDY, they did not disappoint! So here are just a few of the most terrifying pieces of marketing ever to grace our unsuspecting eyeballs:

1. Us (2019)

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"The trailer for this haunts me to this very day. I can hear that song in the bright morning light, and it will still make my skin crawl when I'm trying to sleep at night."


2. Alien (1979)

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20th Century Fox

"The eerie sounds, the spooky atmosphere, the crew visiting the deserted ship...something’s not quite right, but you're unsure of what it is. Then, Ripley is running like hell through the ship and you see a cat with enormous golden eyes...and that big egg. It freaked me out for sure!"


3. The Nun (2018)

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Warner Bros.

"I think this one takes the cake! I don’t get scared by trailers, but I remember hearing about how badly people were reacting to this one. Like, it was a really big deal when it came out."


4. The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

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"That trailer has always scared the crap out of me, especially because the movie is based on true events."


5. The Grudge (2004)

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Columbia Pictures

"My little brother slept in my room for a week after seeing the trailer for this, and I was secretly glad he did — because it haunted me to my core."


6. Hereditary (2018)

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"This is the scariest movie trailer I have ever seen. The fast cuts with the loud music and quick dialogue had my heart racing. Especially the head banging against the ceiling...I'll never be able to get that scene out of my head."


7. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

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New Line Cinema

"Not a particularly great or scary trailer but, for 15-year-old me, it was nightmare-inducing. It felt like Leatherface was chasing you around the theater. It really got under my skin!"


8. It Follows (2014)

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"It captured all the horrifying tension of the movie with minimal context. All those creepy figures following you and not knowing why or how things were going to turn scared me for weeks before we finally went to see the movie."


9. The Strangers (2008)

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Rogue Pictures

"Not a single jump scare, but the moment the man silently walked into the room behind her, I FLIPPED OUT as a kid."


10. Lights Out (2016)

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Warner Bros.

"I still haven't watched the whole movie because the trailer alone scared me so much!"


11. Vacancy (2007)

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"My family did a lot of road trips growing up, so I’ve stayed at a lot of motels like that. The trailer made me realize how vulnerable we were, which was terrifying."


12. The Visit (2015)

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Universal Pictures

"The trailer for this one terrified me because it made the movie look like a lighthearted comedy for the first half of the trailer, then suddenly BOOM — grandma and grandpa want to kill you. The 'Get in the oven' moment? TRAUMATIZING."


13. The Haunting (1999)

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DreamWorks Pictures

"This trailer scared the crap out of me back in the day! Yes, the CGI looks pretty shabby now, but back then it was terrifying! This trailer was scarier than the actual movie!"


14. Sinister (2012)

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Summit Entertainment

"They pretty much gave the entire movie away in the trailer, so a lot of the scares are present there...but it still works!"


15. A Cure for Wellness (2016)

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20th Century Fox

"Aesthetically gorgeous and chilling. It made you think, 'What the heck is going on?!' It was just super well done with great music, and it didn't give too much away."


16. The Conjuring (2013)

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Warner Bros.

"The classic teaser trailer with the clapping game honestly scared me more than the entire rest of the movie did."


17. It Chapter 2 (2019)

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Warner Bros.

"An example of the movie being pretty disappointing, but the trailer being great!"


18. The Fourth Kind (2009)

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Universal Pictures

"The trailer for this was so gosh darn creepy. The thing with the owl had me looking everywhere for owls for weeks."


19. Silent Hill (2006)

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Davis Films

"It gave me nightmares for days, and was a good preview to the actual nightmare that is the entire movie."


20. Insidious (2010)

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"The trailer for the first one — I have slept with the light on ever since."


21. Evil Dead (2013)

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"When she’s peeking out from the door in the floor...that image gave me nightmares."


22. And finally — It's Alive (1974)

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Warner Bros.

"Okay, so it was in the '70s and I was like 4 years old, but I woke up late and went to my parents' room. They were watching TV late at night. I saw a trailer for this and it damaged me permanently. The cradle slowly spun around to reveal a twisted claw, and that has been the centerpiece of many a nightmare of mine. Still, it also fueled my lifelong love of, silver lining?"


Now it's your turn! Can you top these? Share the horror movie trailer you believe is the scariest of all time and a little bit about WHY you think it's so effective in the comments below!

Some entries have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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