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38 Horror Movies Guaranteed To Scare The Shit Out Of You

Talk about nightmare fuel for days.

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We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the scariest movie they've ever seen. Here are the bone-chilling results.

2. The Woman in Black (2012)

CBS Films

"Eleven-year-old me was terrified of mirrors, graves, islands, children, trains, fog, windows, basements, falling asleep, and being alone after watching this movie. This lasted for about two (not really relaxed) years."



6. Poltergeist (1982)


"I was a little kid when I watched it with my oldest sister and her friends. To this day, I still feel like ~something~ is always there, and I have a ridiculous fear of the dark...even though I’m 25. That movie was horrifying to me. I could never, ever watch it again."



7. The Mist (2007)

Dimension Films

"Stephen King can really fray your nerves when he wants to. It’s a good thing I watched it last summer on a clear day because I would have spent the entire ride home feeling paranoid otherwise."

—Dayna Morris, Facebook

8. Halloween (1978)

Falcon International Productions

"The only movie to ever truly scare me is Halloween. And it's because Michael Meyers WILL. NOT. DIE. Michael is just straight up unnerving to me. I couldn't sleep for weeks without panicking in bed. I watched it for the first time almost eight years ago and I'm still not over it."


10. The Strangers (2008)

Vertigo Entertainment

"The Strangers was the first scary movie I ever saw and it traumatized me for a while because of the realistic approach it has. Just think about all the times you're home alone — who knows if someone else knows you're alone too?! All it takes is the right timing for someone to sneak into your backyard the day you forget to lock the back door..."



11. It Follows (2014)

Northern Lights Films

"It Follows has such a subtle creep factor that gets worse and worse over the course of the movie, and by the end of it, I was afraid of a person randomly walking past my car window. It still gives me the creeps every time I think about it."


12. Get Out (2017)

Blumhouse Productions

"Get Out is a masterfully done horror film. It doesn't rely on jump scares — it understands that the scariest thing is someone who looks totally normal and harmless on the outside yet is a nightmarish monster on the inside. The scene where Allison Williams is eating cereal is incredibly pedestrian on the surface, yet so deeply disturbing in the context of the movie. That film shook me to my core."

—Sarah Ochocki, Facebook

13. Creep (2014)

Blumhouse Productions

"Creep is one of the scariest movies I’ve seen. It messed with me for weeks after I watched it. I know found footage is kind of played out, but this one was so good!"


14. The Nightmare (2015)


"The Nightmare absolutely chills me to the bone. Sleep paralysis is very real and thinking about all the people that suffer from it terrifies me. The entire idea of being frozen in bed, vulnerable to anyone and anything, is one of the most horrifying things I can think of."



19. The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

Lakeshore Entertainment

"The scariest movie I've ever seen was The Mothman Prophecies. The atmosphere of dread is so palpable as the unexplained phenomena in the film escalates and gets closer to the main character. The moment when Richard Gere's reflection in the mirror is slightly out of sync is brilliantly creepy. This movie is very well directed, well acted, and well written. Very scary."


22. V/H/S (2012)

Bloody Disgusting

"I started watching it at a group retreat and I had to leave the room less than 10 minutes in. I'm usually fine with scary movies, but something about the grotesque nature of this one was too much for me."



23. Sinister (2012)

Blumhouse Productions

"After watching Sinister, my sister told me there were little ghost children running around my house. I slept in my mom’s bed that night and then had to sleep with my light on for weeks!"


24. Dark Skies (2013)

Blumhouse Productions

"I was 11 and this movie scared the hell out of me. For a good three months, I refused to sleep without my TV on since I legitimately thought I was gonna get abducted by aliens. It’s been almost six years and I still refuse to rewatch it."


26. Stay Alive (2006)

Hollywood Pictures

"I watched it when I was 11 and couldn’t get it out of my head for weeks. I was convinced the Blood Countess was going to kill me with her pruning shears. I haven’t watched it again for fear of reviving the childhood trauma."



27. Insidious (2010)

Blumhouse Productions

"Honestly, it’s so good, but it's one of the few movies that gets me every single time I see it. It plays with your head. I still can’t hear that damn tiptoe song without getting creeped out. And don’t get me started on the trademark demon face behind the dad. I can’t."


30. Candyman (1992)

Propaganda Films

"I saw Candyman when I was like eight. My brother and I would dare each other to say his name five times in the mirror, but we could never make it past four without chickening out."



31. Rosemary's Baby (1968)

Paramount Pictures

"The original Rosemary’s Baby scared me to death. I rented it to watch after the kid I was babysitting fell asleep. I ended up sitting outside of the kid’s room with the phone stretched all the way from the living room so I could talk to my friends until the kid’s parents got back to take me home."


33. Nosferatu (1922)

Prana Film

"The amazing thing about this movie is how terrifying it is with only a musical score and no dialogue. There’s a lot of mystery surrounding the man who played Nosferatu, and the movie being so old only makes it scarier. 15/10. You'll have nightmares for weeks."


34. As Above, So Below (2014)

Legendary Pictures

"It’s a movie that takes place in the catacombs of Paris. It’s terrifying, and the concept of not being able to escape left me anxious for hours after (and that’s really saying something)!"



38. And finally, the Ring (2002)

DreamWorks Pictures

"I saw it for the first time at a slumber party when I was eight, which also happened to be the first time I ever saw a horror movie. I couldn't get the image of Samara crawling out of the TV out of my mind the entire night! I was literally lying in my sleeping bag, in tears, petrified of the film I had just watched. Today it’s one of my favorite horror movies, but then, I was definitely scarred."


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