One of the scariest movies because: Well… clowns. The latest adaptation of Stephen King’s frightful page-turner surpassed The Exorcist for the highest-grossing R-rated scary movie ever. Remakes often fall short, but this one rebels against that trend. We think this version is absolutely one of the best scary movies of all time.
What the critics say: Even before movie reviews dropped, critic Halleigh Fatouch of Collider tweeted “It’s scary as sh–.” Skarsgard nails Pennywise, she added.
“Beyond killer clowns, It also delves into the grief & anger kids feel when they realize those who should love & protect them do the opposite. These are themes in King’s stories that filmmakers often ignore. But the best adaptations figure out they’re the most vital part.”—Anthony Breznican, EW. This one’s definitely not for children, folks. If you’re looking for some kid-friendly picks, check out the best Halloween movies for kids.
The Exorcist (1973)
One of the scariest movies because: Terrible, terrible things come out of a little girl’s mouth (which happens to be attached to a spinning head, thanks to demonic possession). Audiences were so affected by this fearsome film that some theaters even provided “Exorcist barf bags.”
What the critics say: “The climactic sequences assault the senses and the intellect with pure cinematic terror. “—Variety. Did you ever know The Exorcist was briefly removed from theatres in the United States? Check out these other movies you never knew were banned in the USA.