So like my previous post “7 Most Scariest Movies Since 2000”, this will follow the exact same standards. I judge these movies based on my experiences, and so this post is entirely opinion based. Feel free to comment if you agree or disagree with my list. Remember these movies are rated PG-13 and above so if you’re underage, then you may need parental guidance while watching these movies. You can even comment your own top seven scariest movies before 2000.
#7: Jaws (1975)
A great white shark wreaks havoc on a beach resort. The reason that Jaws made the list was because it was the first horror movie that I ever watched and when I look back on it, it really did freak me out. And the fact that I have a fear of the deep ocean has everything to do with this movie. This movie makes you question what lies beneath the ocean. We’ve only explored only a tiny portion of it so there is no telling what kind of monsters live in the deep. Besides, who isn’t afraid of a shark?
#6: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Teenagers are stalked and killed in their dreams by a serial killer. A Nightmare on Elm Street is a classic. Freddy Krueger is one of the most classic movie killers and one of the most scariest because he doesn’t kill his victims the usual way. He kills them in their dreams which is even scarier. You can’t fall asleep but falling asleep is something that you can’t help but do. Just imagine having to be sleep deprived to avoid a horrific death. Now if that isn’t scary I don’t know what is.
#5: Candyman (1992)
A graduate student encounters the legend of “Candyman” who appears whenever you look in the mirror and call his name five times. Candyman is a movie that brings back childhood memories of being scared in the bathroom. Who hasn’t been just a little hesitant of trying this little trick? Candyman makes you wonder whether urban legends have any truth to them, and it makes you reconsider saying his name for the fifth time.
#4: The Shining (1980)
A writer takes a job as a winter caretaker at a haunted hotel. The Shining is a movie based on the book by Stephen King. I’ve read some of Stephen’s King’s books so I know first hand that they’re scary so it was no doubt that this movie adaptation wasn’t going to be the same. The Shining will not only scare you but it will creep you out. Especially the images of the twins. Yes, the twins will definitely creep you out.
#3: Cujo (1983)
A rabid dog terrorizes a woman and her son who are trapped in a car. The reason Cujo is scary because it could happen in real life. Aren’t we all scared of vicious dogs? Although dogs are man’s best friend, sometimes best friends can turn on you and when they do…it can be one of the most terrifying moments of your life. Cujo does something that most other movies can’t do, and that’s instill real fear in us.
#2: The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Three student filmmakers disappear after filming a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend. The Blair Witch Project is one of the earliest found footage movies. Found footage movies are the ones like Paranormal Activity. The Blair Witch Project is scary because of both the urban legend and the found footage style. The found footage style of the movie is what makes the fear seem real, and the ending will leave you with nightmares.
#1: The Exorcist (1973)
When a young girl is possessed, two priests must save her life through an exorcism. The Exorcist makes number one on my list because it terrified me. After watching this movie, I felt like I had just experienced something extraordinary which is something not a lot of movies have done for me. The image of the possessed girl is horrifying, and throughout the movie you will feel as if you’re watching something that you shouldn’t be watching which is the best part. The Exorcist will make you pray that nothing like that will ever happen to you or someone close to you. Unlike the other movies on this list, The Exorcist is not a movie for the faint of heart.
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