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Top 5 Scariest Movies Ever

“Scary” is an objective adjective – no two individuals are scared by the exact same things. However, in the realm of the horror movie, there are some definite constants; a well acted and directed movie is more scary than its lesser peers. Hence, points should be awarded to exceptional movies. So, keeping this note in mind, here’s a list of the top 5 scariest movies ever witnessed in the world of cinema. But if you disagree, there is always the comment section to make your point.

The lights are turned down for cinema’s most satisfying shocks. But you are forewarned: Do not watch these movies in a dark room alone!

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5. “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” – Tobe Hooper (1974)
Truth is stranger than fiction…. and it tends to be more scarier, too. Modern gore wouldn’t be one and the same without this Hollywood flick which is often imitated. But, these shabby attempts can never surpass the original venture. Texas Chainsaw Massacre has the feel of a grainy, very low-budget documentary. It is based on the terrifying ritual murders committed by real-life serial killer Ed Gein.

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4. “The Silence of the Lambs” – Jonathan Demme (1991) Anthony Hopkins’ portrayal of Dr. Hannibal Lecter is a walking nightmare of depravity – a twisted, sick serial killer that many horror movie buffs hate to love. Because the movie has high quality level in the production (writers, directors and actors), it is marked more as a suspense thriller than a full-blown horror film. Yet, it contains scenes of canonical horror – such as winding passages and dark rooms. Jodie Foster’s role as FBI trainee Clarice Starling appears to be helpless as a lamb, despite Hannibal the Cannibal being safely locked in a maximum-security prison.

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3. “The Body Snatcher” – Robert Wise (1945)
Do you think horror was more scarier when it showed less gore and implied more? The answer to this question resides in The Body Snatcher, which was one of the many horror films produced by Val Lewton during the 1940s. He adapted a story of Robert Louis Stevenson for the movie. This movie stars Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff, horror veterans famously known for their portrayals of Dracula and Frankenstein’s monster.

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2. “ The Ring” – Gore Verbinski (2002)
Very few supernatural movies have really proven to be as unwittingly grounded in the realms of reality as The Ring. This movie has aged into a rare genre of thriller, one with frights that last for years later, but are eventually heightened. With the slow-build physical destruction and a mysterious tape, Verbinski’s box office success seems to be culturally clairvoyant in these disease-stricken times.

And, coming to the prize-winner of the scariest movies ever will be obvious to many horror movies enthusiasts, but that doesn’t make it any less scary or horrifying:

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1. “The Exorcist” – William Friedkin (1973)
A cat unexpectedly jumping from off camera is hair-raising. The terrifying image of Linda Blair’s head twisting with a horrible wide grin on her face will forever remain embedded in the memories of many. Similarly, most of the The Exorcist’s fans will remain haunted. Although, there are not many deaths in the movie, there is an unprecedented level of vulgar language. Profane and controversial, The Exorcist remains the most harrowing movie ever made.

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