Movies, like music, are subjective. You like what you like; and when it comes to horror movies different people will jump at different things.
Some people a indifferent to a chainsaw wielding crazy person, but cringe when a doctor pulls out a needle.
With that said, here’s our list of the ten scariest movies.
10. Rec (2007)
“REC” turns on a young TV reporter and her cameraman who cover the night shift at the local fire station. Receiving a call from an old lady trapped in her home, they reach her building to hear horrifying screams – which begin a long nightmare and a uniquely dramatic TV report as a building goes under siege.
9. Alien (1979)
Sigourney Weaver stars in this Ridley Scott classic from the 70’s.
A commercial crew aboard the deep space towing vessel, Nostromo is on its way home when they pick an SOS warning from a distant planet. What they don’t know is that the SOS warning is not like any other ordinary warning call. Picking up the signal, the crew realize that they are not alone on the spaceship when an alien stowaway is on the cargo ship.
8. Halloween (1978)
Jamie Lee Curtis makes her film debut in this John Carpenter slasher movie.
The year is 1963, the night: Halloween. Police are called to 43 Lampkin Ln. only to discover that 15 year old Judith Myers has been stabbed to death, by her 6 year-old brother, Michael. After being institutionalized for 15 years, Myers breaks out on the night before Halloween. No one knows, nor wants to find out, what will happen on October 31st 1978 besides Myers’ psychiatrist, Dr. Loomis. He knows Michael is coming back to Haddonfield, but by the time the town realizes it, it’ll be too late for many people.
7. Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Another slasher film that seemed to dominate the 70’s horror screens.
Five friends visiting their grandfather’s house in the country are hunted and terrorized by a chain-saw wielding killer and his family of grave-robbing cannibals.
6. The Ring (2002)
The Ring is a remake of a Japanese horror classic.
A journalist (Naomi Watts) must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it. With more suspense than blood and gore, this one kept viewers on the edge of their seats.
Following the sequel, The Ring Two in 2005, 2016 will see the third instalment – The Rings.
5. Poltergeist (1982)
The chilling “They’re here” from five year old Carol Ann Freeling is the line most would recognise from this Spielberg classic.
A young family is visited by ghosts in their home. At first the ghosts appear friendly, moving objects around the house to the amusement of everyone, then they turn nasty and begin to terrorise the family before they “kidnap” the youngest daughter.
Heather O’Rouke who played Carol Anne died at the age of 12 of cardiac arrest.
4. Ju-0n (2002)
Ju-on: The Grudge is a Japanese supernatural horror film about a vengeful spirit protecting the house in which she resides. It was actually the third in the Ju-On series, the first two went direct to video.
3. Jaws (1975)
Another Spielberg movie to make the list.
When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief (Roy Scheider), a marine scientist (Richard Dreyfuss) and grizzled fisherman (Robert Shaw) set out to stop it.
2. The Thing (1982)
Kurt Russell leads the cast in this John Carpenter classic about the havoc caused by an alien, uncovered after 100,000 years.
The creature can assimilate anything it touches and as the movie progresses it is unsure who remains human and who has become one of the Things.
1. The Exorcist (1973)
The Exorcist was the first horror film to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar (the eventual winner was The Sting).
It was among a list of “demon child” movies from the sixties and seventies which included The Omen and Rosemary’s Baby.
The Exorcist became one of the highest grossing movies of all time with box office sales of more than $440 million.
The movie centres on a teenage girl, Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair) who becomes possessed by an evil entity.
Based the William Peter Blatty novel of the same name, the story was inspired by true events surrounding the late 1940s exorcism of a boy dubbed “Roland Doe”.