There’s scary movies, and then there’s really scary movies. You know, the ones that leave you looking over your shoulder for the next 3 days, and turning all the lights on in the house just in case. The following movies are in the really scary category, so don’t come crying to us when you’re shaking like a leaf on your sofa after you watch them. 

Here are the 5 scariest movies of all time.

Scariest movies of all time

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

This classic gory slasher film is an oldie but a goodie. Loosely based on the real-life crimes of American serial killer Ed Gein, the movie follows the journey of five unfortunate young people who find their way into a house of cannibalist hell. 

The film is so violent that it was banned in numerous countries when it was released. Decades on, the horrors of this unforgettable plot are still as hard to stomach. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre has gained an impressive reputation as one of the best and scariest movies of all time. 

Scariest movies of all time

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Credited with reinvigorating the “found footage” genre of horror movie, The Blair Witch Project is based on the story of three young documentary makers as they investigate the so-called forest-dwelling ‘Blair Witch’. The wobbly footage and low budget feel of the movie add to the authenticity of the plot, making the whole thing seem so real. This scary movie will definitely rid you of any desire to go camping in the woods. 

Scariest movies of all time

The Exorcist (1973)

When The Exorcist was first released almost 50 years ago, it became instantly famous (or perhaps infamous) for the shock, horror and mass hysteria it inspired across the US. From fainting in the cinemas to protests over its controversial themes, this scary movie made a huge impact for good reason. The story of the demon-possessed child and the attempt to rid her of it will stick with you forever. 

Nowadays, some of the special effects may seem a little outdated, but that doesn’t detract from the petrifying storyline that will keep you well away from ouija boards for the rest of your life. 

Scariest movies of all time

The Shining (1980)

If you’re really into horror films, you’ve probably already seen (and been permanently scarred by) The Shining - Jack Nicholson’s apparently improvised “Heeeeeeere’s Johnny” is a difficult image to shake. This classic scary movie takes the traditional haunted house story to the next level, introducing creepy characters, epic set design, and terrifying plot lines you’ll never forget. The Shining is undoubtedly one of the scariest movies of all time. 

Scariest movies of all time

The Descent (2005)

If you’ve ever thought you’d like to try out caving, watching The Descent will change your mind, immediately. Following the plight of six women who find themselves stuck in an unexplored cave system, the movie is terrifyingly dark, claustrophobic, violent and unforgettable. Just wait until you find out the horrors of what actually lurks within those horrifying caves. 

Prepare for a jump scare, or 10. There’s a reason this one is on a list of the ultimate scariest movies of all time. 

These movies, while made across several decades, all share one thing in common: they’ll leave you shaking in your boots. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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