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10 Really Super Scary Movies!

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Sexy nurse costumes and funny politician masks aside, Halloween is a time to revel in all that is drop-dead scary. Some of us may shy away from gore and screaming scary antics throughout the year, but come October 31st, we’re first in line at the grown-up haunted house just for the seasonal thrill of jumping out of our boots. Or snuggled up at home, door locks double- and triple-checked, watching movies that promise to inspire a few heart-jarring nightmares in the nights ahead.

With that in mind, here is a selection of ten films that are really, super scary. It’s hard to say what qualifies as the scariest–some find the supernatural more frightening than realism, for others an escaped psycho trumps a vampire any day. Whatever keeps you up at night, we are sure you’ll find something here. And when you’ve viewed our selection, leave a comment about what movie scares the living daylights out of you.

The Others (2001) Director: Alejandro Amenábar. Otherworldly Nicole Kidman thinks her creepy, creepy house is haunted. Hmmm, what’s going on here? Subtle, surprising, and sooooo eerie. Boo.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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7:09PM PST on Dec 7, 2013

Thank you.

7:08PM PST on Dec 7, 2013

Thank you.

11:14AM PDT on Jun 20, 2013

I'm kind of disappointed 'The Blair Witch Project' isn't on here, I think that's one of my favorite horror movies.

10:06AM PDT on Jun 20, 2013

Thank you.

3:12AM PST on Mar 7, 2013

Horror movies never scare me but I do find them entertaining and creepy.

Well, I do get scared if I watch them with the lights off in the middle of the night when nobody else is in the house and need to go to another room to get something. The trip feels much longer than it actually is since I am constantly looking over my shoulder and making sure I don't look out a window or in a mirror.

12:30AM PST on Mar 3, 2013

JAWS PERIOD!!! Saw it at the Drivein with my girlfriend and never went swimming in the Ocean here in San Diego AGAIN!!! Only up to my ankles!!!

11:33PM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

I love all.thanks.

12:11PM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

The Others: Spooky and rather scary.
The Thing: Haven't watched it yet.
Silence Of The Lambs: Scary? More like boring.
Nosferatu: Never watched it.
The Shining: Insane and creepy masterpiece.
Let The Right One In: Watched one minute of it, seemed awful.
Nightmare On Elm Street: Will never watch it.
Ju-on - The Grudge: Japanese horror movies are not scary.
Alien: Scary? If you say so.
Young Frankestein: Epic and hysterically funny.

There are dozens of movies that are scarier than the ones listed here.

8:42AM PST on Feb 24, 2012

There is a difference between scary/spooky and slasher. There should be separate categories. Although Young Frankenstein is a great movie!

8:34AM PST on Feb 24, 2012

I saw most of these movies, and they all scared me--but in a good way--I watch scary movies to get scared, of course. Nigntmare onElm Street was one I really didn't enjoy, I don't know why.

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