My Top 10 Scary Movies

  1. 1.
    The Strangers
    This is probably the scariest movie I've ever seen. I don't really believe in ghosts or demons but I 100% do believe in strangers breaking into your house and torturing you. This is literally my worst nightmare realized. I couldn't sleep for a week.
  2. 2.
    The Cabin in the Woods
    Sometimes you want a straight up old school horror movie where all the women run upstairs and all the non-virgins die. Then sometime you want your horror movie to be a little more self aware. This movie twists the horror movie tropes in the best way possible.
  3. 3.
    Scream
    Read above. This was the first movie I saw that called out all the horror conventions but still managed to use them with a wink. Also one of the first R rated horror movies I was allowed to see. Scream will always be a classic in my book.
  4. 4.
    Poltergeist
    I wasn't allowed to watch R rated movies as a kid so this PG-13 horror trilogy was kind of my jam. A little girl gets sucked into the TV? Yes please. Also how much fun is it to shout "Carol Anne! Come in to the light, Carol Anne!" in a Southern accent?
  5. 5.
    The Descent
    Are you claustrophobic like me? Then you're probably terrified of the idea of getting trapped in an underground cave. But it's not nearly as terrifying as being trapped in an underground cave with albino humanoid creatures that eat human flesh. Remind me never to go spelunking. (JK. I'll remember on my own.)
  6. 6.
    The Shining
    Stephen King may not like this adaptation of his novel, but I'm pretty sure he's the only one. Pretty sure everyone has seen this movie but if you haven't: This movie is creepy af. All work and no play makes Jack anything but a dull boy.
  7. 7.
    Nightmare on Elm Street
    Some people are Jason girls or Michael girls or maybe even Leatherface girls. Not me. I'm Freddy all the way. Some may say that the Nightmare on Elm Street series is too goofy or campy or just plain not scary enough. But for me it'll always be my go to horror series. Plus who can be mad at young Johnny Depp??
  8. 8.
    Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
    This might even hold a bigger piece of my heart than the original, probably because I've seen it a over a dozen times. Somehow there was always an edited version of Dream Warriors playing on late night TV when I was a kid. Just like the other Nightmare on Elm Streets, this one is all about Freddy Kreuger haunting your dreams. But this one takes place at a psychiatric hospital which doubles the creepy factor.
  9. 9.
    Village of the Damned
    What is creepier than creepy children? Literally nothing. One night everyone in a small town blacks out and when they wake up all the women are pregnant. And what's worse, all the children are blonde!!!! (Also they have psychic powers.) But did you hear the part about them all being blonde???
  10. 10.
    Candyman
    I really can't explain this one except that I saw it on TV as a kid and the image of a face covered in bees has never left me. Plus he's basically the black male Bloody Mary and I was OBSESSED with Bloody Mary as a kid.
  11. 11.
    Honorary 11th choice: It
    Okay, sure, technically this is a "miniseries" and technically it's "not very good". But I have two words for you: Scary. Clowns. I defy you to watch this and not be terrified.