Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR Favorite Scary Movie?

It’s that time of year again… the time when people turn their attention to Horror movies.

Though they’re fun all year round, the holiday of Halloween brings them out in full force. Global horror movie consumption increases thousand fold.

We discussed this topic last year, but it’s worth repeating. What’s your favorite? Do you favor the classics? Maybe low-budget fare is your style… Maybe you’re one of those that stays away from them altogether. There are far too many to list out… the horror genre is far too expansive.

What are YOUR Favorites? Let us know!!

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131 thoughts on “Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR Favorite Scary Movie?

  1. 1. The Exorcist
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    ….everything else is a long way behind but others include:
    The Thing, Witchfinder General, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Rosemary’s Baby, Blair Witch Project, The Shining, The Amityville Horror 1 and 2, Poltergeist, Paranormal Activity, The Macpherson Tapes, Hellraiser…among others….

    • Nice list Dan. LOL. Very Roomy.

      Glad to see you’re on the side of Paranormal Activity and the Blair Witch Project. Those are two divisive ones that I happen to be big fans of. Classics across the board in The Thing, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Rosemary‚Äôs Baby, The Shining, The Amityville Horror, Hellraiser… you’re pretty much listing out my top ten! :D

      Never seen Witchfinder General or the Macpherson Tapes, but if you’re putting them in the same company with those others, I’m betting they’re excellent. :D

  2. I don’t generally get into horror films much, but my favorite has to be The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari which is only really scary if you think about it.
    I don’t know if it necessarily counts as horror per se, but the scariest movie I’ve ever seen is probably Black Swan which really freaked me out. I tend to avoid scary movies though, so it’s not that hard to get picked as the scariest movie I’ve ever seen.

    • Actually, yeah, seeing as the question is “Scary Movies” Black Swan totally counts. A creepy flick, for sure, Hunter.

      I’ve never seen The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, but its been mentioned to me several times (not today)… I’m beginning to feel like a slacker about it! LOL.

  3. I am not the biggest fan of the Horror Genre. I really think most of them are disappointing, but I have a few favorites. “The Sixth Sense” is still a brilliant film in my mind. I had so much hope for M. Night after that. “The Omen” creeps me out to no end. The scene where the maid kills herself at Damian’s party is haunting. I also was a big fan of “The Ring”. On the foreign film side, I really enjoyed both “Let The Right One In” and “The Orphanage”. I also thought the “Let Me In” was a good American remake.

    • Yup. I realized how brilliant “The Sixth Sense” was a couple years back on a rewatch when Cole is in the car talking to his Mom after the bicyclist gets hit. And theyre crying, and he tells her about Grandma, etc…

      I realized. If you stop that movie RIGHT THEN. NO TWIST. Its still a %#$&ing masterpiece. Just the story of the boy struggling with his abilities… and his mom. So good. So so good. And then of course, the greatest twist of all time.

      “Let the Right One In” and “The Orphanage” are both excellent. “The Orphanage” is scheduled for an Americanized remake Rob. Let’s hope its half as good “Let Me In” was.

      Meanwhile… :D

      Look at me, Damien! It’s all for you.

  4. For all the fans of Exorcist, I really highly recommend Exorcist III. To me it is a far better, scarier movie. It’s in my top 5 all time horror films, and Exorcist 1 isn’t.

    Also great scary films: Ringu (The Ring), Let the Right One In (Original Swedish version), Psycho, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978 version scared the crap out of me), Carpenter’s The Thing, and of course the Stephen King flicks: The Shining, Salem’s Lot, Christine, and even It (Pennywise was great)

    Movie I saw way too young and has given me nightmares ever since: The Mummy (1932 Boris Karloff). Yeah, I know, it’s not exactly Watership Down scary, but it got under my skin way too early. To me The Mummy personifies the implacable, unstoppable, pursuer who cant be argued with, fought, or stopped. brrrrrr

    • Lol. Not exactly Watership Down scary. They kiwwed the wabbits… :D

      Exorcist III is some pretty freaky stuff. I don’t want to make it back to back days we battle over horror movies, so I won’t get into the whole is it better than the original thing. I will say its some &$#%ed up stuff, and definitely a scary movie.

      Body Snatchers is great. I like to use the Donald Sutherland scream to combat blasphemy here. :D

  5. I think the Exorcist is a favorite of mine, because of the build-up to seeing it. It created such a stir in the community and in religious sectors, that I was afraid to see it before I got to see it. When I saw it, I remember, studying it in great detail to try and understand why some people were so against showing this Hollywood made film. It struck a nerve, for sure!

    Of course I love The Shining as well.

    • LOL. Gotta give Jack and the Overlook their due!!

      We’re totally on the same page here. I think The Exorcist is probably the greatest, and the scariest, while The Shining may narrowly edge it for my favorite. Love ‘em both.

      I was a little too young to recall any of the Exorcist build up. But I can tell you… I saw the trailer for the Shining in theatres – with the elevators pooring blood – and it FREAKED ME OUT as a little kid!! :D

      Seriously… how can MUSIC be so scary? That tune gives me the willies!!

  6. The Exorcist, Halloween, Seven and 28 Days (fast zombies scare me!!)
    - on a funny note What Lies Beneath gave me nightmares for a week after I saw it even though it’s not scary lol.

  7. My top 5:

    [REC]
    The Exorcist
    Shutter (thai original)
    The Others
    The Ring

    Films like The Shining, The Thing and Poltergeist have been parodied so much that their scary factor has been ruined for me. But The Exorcist has still stood the test of time.

    • LOL. Its hard to argue that when I’ve recently embedded parodies of The Exorcist and the Shining both, here in the last hour or so. I think they do still all satnd the test of time, regardless, even if the capability of frightening a repeat viewer has diminished…

      I saw the remake of Shutter. Its safe to say – without having seen the original – that it didnt hold up. LOL :D

      One of these days I’ll get around to seeing [Rec]. I know I need to. Its very highly spoken of! Thanks for joining in the discussion Ben!

  8. A favorite scary movie for me (though not as scary as several others) is An American Werewolf in London. I just like the story and the creature effects more than any other. Also on my list is The Thing, Hellraiser, & The Prophecy.

    “Beware the moon, David.”
    -Jack (Griffin Dunne) , An American Werewolf in London(1981)

    • Know whats funny? I cant even think of anything else other than this Lucas Disney news… LOL

      American Werewolf is a great film of course. The transformation scene is incredible. I cant believe all the movie magic they used to put that together. Incredible special effects… even today.

  9. Like many above, I’m not one of those major horror fans and, for a straight genre choice, it’s a toss-up between The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Shining. If pushed, I’ll argue that I like The Shining for reasons that go beyond the genre factors and settle on TTCM as my favourite pure horror choice. (It does contain what I’ve thought is the most realistic reaction of someone experiencing “horror” events, i.e. screaming her head off continuously the entire time and wholly losing her mind).

    For a left-field choice I’m going to throw Lynch’s Lost Highway in there, too. By virtue of the reputation of the director, it isn’t normally considered a horror film but Robert Blake’s character is one of the most unsettling things I’ve ever seen on screen.
    “We’ve met before haven’t we?”

    I also adore a great deal of sci-fi horror (The Thing, Alien, early Cronenberg) but I tend to consider them sci-fi films first, horror second, and consider myself very much a sci-fi over horror fan overall.

    • You dont have to justify Texas Chainsaw to me, Dave. That film is freaky as hell. Scares me to death. I get creeped out even thinking about watching it. Thats a top ten horror movie of all time in my book. Easily. Could even be top 5.

      I’ve never seen “Lost Highway”, but I’m with you on the Sci-Fi horror. Its a great mix of genres. I’d throw “Dark City” into that mix, although its a little less horror and a lot more noir…

      • Prioritize Lost Highway, Fog.
        It’s maybe not as accomplished a film as Mulholland Drive but I think it’s incredible nonetheless.

  10. Mostly I refuse to watch horror films. I’m a big ‘fraidy cat. The original version of The Haunting still scares me, and I like it. And I love Something Wicked This Way Comes.

    • I’ve gotten a couple of people today who have said the Naomi :D That they just dont like the scary flicks…

      “Something Wicked” was a cool flick… I remember it well cause I was really into Ray Bradbury and was reading all his stuff when that movie came out. I liked the book better I think, but I still dug that movie!

    • LOL. I’ve never thought of it as artfully made before… :D I’ll have to keep an eye out next time I watch. I havent watched that one since I started blogging….

      It sure as hell IS effective though. That movie is seriously freaky. One of the best, in my book, too.

      • Isn’t Raw Head Rex more like a comedy? !! awful creature fx, I used to be a big Clive Barker fan, way, way back, the Books of Blood were fantasic, his early novels were really creepy, the BoB has several brilliant short stories, The Damnation Game sent shivers down my spine

  11. Tough question. Short answer is “I don’t really know”, but if I start picking out my favorites, you’d have things like The Exorcist, which remains one of the best horror movies ever made even today; The Thing, my love for which I committed to essay format last year; and The Wicker Man, which today unsettles me more than just about any horror movie I’ve ever seen because nothing about it is supernatural. It’s just human and cruel and ignorant and frightening.

  12. Being a veteran Horror film fan since… around age 4 ( my dad used to wake me up for the midnight horror movie when he came back from the pub on a friday night!) I spent many hours staring at shadows in my room, my imagination running into overdrive and scaring the shit out of me in the process!

    Off the Top of my head…

    The Thing
    Alien
    Exorcist
    Exorcist III ( the official follow up)
    The Descent
    The Ring
    Salem’s Lot
    The Shining

    I have the memory of the 1st time I saw Alien etched in my brain, 1982 straight after the World Cup final finished on TV, I can’t say I had nightmares all night, as I never actually went to sleep. so wired and freaked out by any shadow I saw in my room!

    For a short period ( after giving myself an electric shock) I used to suffer from Hallucinations for a time as a kid, where simple things like a 70′s wallpaper pattern ( like the carpet in the Shining) would trip me out and I would disappear into the pattern, shrinking and falling, like a cross between Yellow Submarine, The Incredible Shrinking Man and the trippy bit in 2001, so watching the Shining freaks me out!

    • LOL. Love the little backstory paragraph. Kind of like your “Origin Story” as a horror fan, Nik. :D

      The end paragraph about tripping out staring at the walls is a little scarier though :o !!

      All good flicks. I havent seen Salem’s Lot in the longest time, but I have memories of it being really scary. Must have hit me at the right age.

      Surprised not to see “American Werewolf” on that list!!

      • American Werewolf in London… hmmm not scary to me, in the same way Aliens isn’t scary…
        it’s what you don’t see, the atmosphere, the sound, the creeping tension.
        I forgot to mention Jacob’s Ladder, which a bunch of us watched while tripping on Acid! the scene in the party, where he see’s the demon ….whoooah!
        Salem’s Lot, I remember when it was 1st on tv, my mum was watching it ( I think I had to go to bed) and I crept downstairs and was watching it thru the bannisters on the stairs, and just at the bit where the vampire is sat in the rocking chair, and then open’s his eyes… well I made my mum freak out! The memories may be better than the actual film.

      • I think you’ve shared that Jacob’s Ladder story before because I remember, like, not even being able to believe it. LOL Thats a crazy crazy crazy thing to sign up for! LOL. Would have scarred me for life I thing. That is a SCARY movie man. :D

        Glad you made it through in one piece!!

  13. I think my number one scary movie has to be The Haunting – the original one though and not the remake which was utter rubbish. Love the old black and white movies, they have so much atmosphere. I’m also a big fan of Night Of The Living Dead – they just don’t make them like that anymore!

    • I’m a BIG fan of Night of the Living Dead, too. That movie was a total classic, no doubt. It and its sequel have actually had a decent remake each…

      Unlike “The Haunting”. LOL. Although I’ve never seen the original, I can in fact, confirm that the remake is, as you say “utter rubbish” :D

      Thanks for chiming in on this one Natalie!!

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