This post is entirely opinion based. The movies listed below are the movies I consider the most scariest, and being that I’ve watched a lot of scary movies, not many have come to terrify me like these. Take a look at my list and see if you agree or disagree. Remember these movies are rated PG-13 and above so if you’re underage, then you may need parental guidance while watching these movies! Feel free to comment your own top seven scariest movies since 2000.
#7: The Descent (2006)
A caving expedition goes wrong as six women become trapped and must fight off flesh eating predators lurking in the darkness. The Descent is unlike the other movies on this list because it isn’t centered around a haunted house or an evil ghost. It’s about the unknown which is even scarier. The claustrophobia that I experienced in this movie made me anxious about going anywhere underground. To be honest, this movie will have you question any cave trips that you might be considering.
#6: The Strangers (2008)
During their honeymoon, a young couple is terrorized by three masked strangers. The reason that the The Strangers made my list is because it hits home. It doesn’t deal with things that are make believe. Instead, The Strangers is able to tap into a real scare and that is the anxiousness that comes with being home alone. This movie is the most realistic on this list and it makes you ask, is someone watching me?
#5: The Conjuring Series (2013-)
Based on the true stories of real life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren as they attempt to assist people who have been plagued by demonic forces. The Conjuring series is focused around a haunted house theme. The thing that makes this series different is its ability to amp up the haunted house tale. The demonic forces in the movies are so scary that they have their own movies like the spin-off, Annabelle (2014). If I had to pick either The Conjuring or The Conjuring 2 (2016), I’d say you’re going to have to be the judge of that.
#4: Insidious Series (2011-)
Centered around the Lambert family who come to realize that the reason that they are being haunted has nothing to do with the house but their own son. Although the third movie in the Insidious series doesn’t revolve around the Lambert family, it is still related to the overall story line. The reason that the Insidious series has made this list is because no matter how many times I’ve watched it, it still scares me every single time.
#3: The Ring (2002)
A videotape that kills its viewer in seven days gets into the hands of a journalist who must figure out the origins of the tape in a week. The Ring is a remake of the Japanese horror film, Ring. What was really frightening about The Ring was that it was so engaging. I couldn’t turn my eyes away from the screen no matter how much I wanted to. And the fact that the ghost comes through the television, that just tops the cake.
#2: The Grudge Series (2004-2009)
Americans in Japan are haunted by a vengeful curse. The Grudge series is an another “J-horror” remake that never ceases to make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. I think that the only reason that this movie is so scary has everything to do with the evil entities. The effect that they had on me made me afraid to turn the lights out at night. To put it simply, this movie will scare the pants off of you.
#1: It Follows (2015)
After a sexual encounter, a teenage girl is pursued by a supernatural entity. It Follows is an indie movie that I was curious about when it was released on DVD and till this day, it continues to be the scariest movie that I’ve ever watched. I’ve only watched it twice because it’s that terrifying. The entity in this movie had me paranoid in real life. It Follows may not be well known, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that it really is horrifying.
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