With hundreds of thousands of horror movies available on streaming services, it can be tough to know which ones are terrifying and which are not. Horror buffs often struggle to feel absolute terror when we've watched so many scary movies over the years.
A user on a popular online horror forum wonders what other lovers of the genre find to be the most terrifying movies ever. Fans came together in the thread to recommend their favorites.
1. Pet Sematary (1989)
Pet Sematary is a horror film based on a Stephen King novel about a graveyard that brings its' inhabitants back to life after they're buried there. One horror buff says the movie is so scary because of the ghost, Zelda. "Zelda in the original Pet Semetary is terrifying."
2. Goodnight Mommy (2014)
This Australian psychological horror elicits a powerful sense of dread and discomfort throughout the film. When a mother of twins returns home with a bandaged face after reconstructive surgery, her kids start to question her true identity.
3. Rec (2007)
When a late-night TV host and her cameraman visit an apartment building for a big story, the fire department soon secures the building. Unfortunately, the two are locked inside with a dangerous new virus that gives its victims superhuman strength.
4. The Ring (2002)
After watching an infamous tape that claims viewers will die in seven days, a reporter begins to realize there is more truth to the legends than she initially thought. This 2002 movie quickly became a fright night classic because it is so scary.
5. Grave Encounters (2011)
A paranormal investigation team holes up in an abandoned psychiatric hospital only to realize they've made a big mistake. Grave Encounters brings the viewers into the hospital with the characters as a found footage film.
6. Sinister (2012)
When a failing true crime writer is desperate for his next hit book, he and his family move into a presumably haunted house. He soon discovers snuff films of previous families who lived there. Can he write his next bestseller, or will his whole family suffer from his choices?
7. Hereditary (2018)
"Hereditary had a major impact on my emotional well-being. I'm a horror buff, and this is hands down the scariest film I've seen," writes one horror lover. This Ari Aster film follows a family and their grim journey to discover the truth about their mysterious ancestry.
8. Pulse (2001)
This Japanese horror film brings the dark side of the internet to a whole new level. People in Tokyo begin disappearing after a student took their own life, and their spirits gather on the internet to haunt the living.
9. Fire in the Sky (1993)
Fire in the Sky is an alien abduction movie that makes viewers question everything. "It has the scariest alien abduction scene I've ever seen," claims one viewer. "It messed me up as a child."
10. The Descent (2005)
Are you claustrophobic? If you aren't, The Descent might spark a new fear of dark, tight spaces. The movie follows a group of friends who visit some underground caverns for an exciting adventure. But what they find down below is more horrifying than they could imagine.
11. Alien (1979)
Alien is renowned among horror fans for being suspenseful and climactic. A group of space travelers encounters an alien ship on their journey back to Earth and must fight for their lives to make it home safely.
12. A Dark Song (2016)
This grim and emotional horror film is about a mother who desperately wants to contact her deceased son. So she rents out an isolated house and hires a paranormal occultist to help her connect with her late child. Fans of the movie say it provides one of the best creeps in a small space of any horror film out there.
13. Eden Lake (2008)
The scariest aspect of Eden Lake is the realistic and uncomfortable social interactions between the victims and the perpetrators. When a couple visits a lake house for a relaxing vacation, they're approached by a group of young locals who make their stay a living nightmare.
14. Jaws (1975)
Many critics claim that the famous shark horror film Jaws is the scariest out there and for a good reason. "It affected people in real life more than any other horror movie. It changed how people behaved and vacationed forever," one reviewer suggests.
15. The Platform (2019)
In a disturbing prison, inmates are separated into cells placed on top of each other in a massive tower. They are all served the same meal, which descends to each cell through a large hole in the center of the floor. Those at the top feast like kings, while those at the bottom starve.
This thread inspired this post.