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10 Movies That Will Still Give You The Heebie-Jeebies Even If You've Already Seen Them 100 Times

If you love getting goosebumps, these movies were made for you.

When I was 12-years-old, I discovered Creature Feature, a broadcast horror show featuring classic Universal Horror movies like Dracula (1958), Frankenstein (1931), and The Wolf Man (1941) amongst other classic horror flicks not associated with Universal. Ever since then, I've been enthralled with all things spooky.

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It was on Creature Feature that I found the first movie that ever truly terrified me. It was...

1. The Haunting (1963)

Julie Harris entering the gates of hill house where whatever walked there, walked alone
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I stayed up until 2:00 am on a Saturday to watch this movie, and it didn't disappoint. Based on a novel by Shirley Jackson called The Haunting of Hill House and directed by Robert Wise, The Haunting stars Julie Harris as a woman that has an eerie connection to a haunted house. No doubt, many of you have probably seen the 1999 remake or the Netflix series that also were based on the Jackson novel, but I highly encourage that you watch the original.

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2. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Dr. Lecter strapped onto a gurney in a straight jacket and a hockey mask to prevent him from biting
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This movie is one of my all-time faves. I’ve read the novel by Thomas Harris, and I’m here to tell you that the movie is actually better. We all know how that rarely happens, but the actors in this movie made the characters so much more interesting than they were in the book. I loved everything about this movie from start to finish. The ending scene in the basement is one of the most intense and terrifying scenes of any movie, bar none. And we can't forget one of the most iconic last lines: "I do wish we could chat longer, but... I'm having an old friend for dinner.”

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3. The Witch (2015)

Anya in old new England garb and praying to God that the witch doesn't harm her family
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This period piece is truly terrifying in its simplicity. Religion, possession, and the creepiest goat you will ever see come together to create the perfect recipe for an award-winning horror film. And let's face it – you can’t go wrong with an Anya-Joy Taylor movie.

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4. Frailty (2001)

Bill Paxton menacingly wielding a large axe in a spooky barn
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This might be one of the most underrated horror movies of all time. This movie begins when a father tells his two young sons that he's been chosen by God to kill the demons that walk the earth. The problem is, he's the only one that can see the demons. To everyone else, he's killing ordinary people. I promise you that this movie will quickly become one of your favorites. And, yes, it does star a young Matthew McConaughey.

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5. The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2015)

Kiernan looking concerned while talking on the phone
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Alternately titled February, this atmospheric thriller has a lot to take in so you really need to pay attention. It's also one of those movies that's better the second time you watch it. I think this is the reason the reviews are less than stellar. It’s worth watching just to see the sweet and pretty Kiernan Shipka quickly become a disturbing character that's neither sweet nor pretty.

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6. Fallen (1998)

the alleged serial killer sitting in the electric chair and smiling wickedly
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When a cop (played by a young Denzel Washington) says what he thinks are his final goodbyes to a vicious murderer, he soon realizes the murderer is just getting started. You see, the murderer isn’t the flesh and blood man that's being executed; the murderer is an ancient demon that can easily move from person-to-person wreaking havoc on the lives it touches. I thought the director, Gregory Hoblit, did a great job demonstrating this without making it campy. And I'll just say this – time isn’t always on your side when you’re dealing with demons.

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7. Paranormal Activity 1 & 2 (2007 & 2010)

Katie eerily standing over the dead body of her husband
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I’m counting these as one movie because they run parallel as a sequel and prequel. I’ve always felt like the less you see of “the scary thing,” the scarier it is. I think our own imaginations can create something much more terrifying to us as an individual than what a special-effects person can create. These movies prove that point better than most. I found them intense and scary.

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8. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Bette Davis with creepy makeup staring out a window mysteriously
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There’s just something about watching a 50-something woman dressed up in frilly little dresses with overdone makeup and pigtails as she slowly loses her mind. Oh, and also watching this same woman slowly torture her sister to death. This one's a must-watch!

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9. Sinister (2012)

Ethan Hawke staring in horror as he watches a film of a family being hung from a tree
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This movie begins when a true-crime author decides to move his family into a home where horrific murders took place. However, he conveniently forgets to tell them about this tiny detail. As he watches horrific 8mm home movies he finds in the attic, things slowly begin to unravel for his family. Warning: this is not a warm, fuzzy movie.

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10. And lastly, The Descent (2005)

a girl screaming and covered in blood while trying to escape from a cave but being unable to
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There are several reasons this movie made my list. First of all, it takes place deep underground in a cave system. Nope. The group of badass women that are spelunking get lost and can’t find their way out. Nope. There are large biped bat-like creatures that track the girls by sound because they’re blind from living in the cave. Nope. This movie made me very tense, and I realized I was clenching my teeth a lot. Otherwise, they might have chattered. Plus, the cover art is pure genius.

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I hope you all enjoy my suggestions!

A couple honorable mentions include:

Oculus (2013)

Midsommar (2019)

Hereditary (2018)

The Strangers (2008)

The Ring (2002)

The Conjuring (2013)

Get Out (2017)

Shutter Island (2010)

The Sixth Sense (1999)

Did I leave a super-creepy movie off of this list? Be sure to drop it in the comments!

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