Ring / “Ringu” (1998)
via amazon.com One of the scariest movies because: It’s about a killer videotape—which doesn’t bode well for the viewer of this unsettling Japanese original. More atmospheric than the American remake, Ring is worth a late-night viewing.
What the critics say: “Ring forces fear into every cut as a psychic telejournalist counts down the hours till a fatal visitation, while making a gung-ho attempt to save her brood.”—Edward Crouse, Village Voice. Did you know that in China Free Willy was called A Very Powerful Whale Runs to Heaven? Here are more English language movies that have hilarious titles in other countries.
via amazon.com One of the scariest movies because: Even though the death traps are beyond gruesome—though, clever in this first Saw film, tortuous in its sequels—what’s scariest is that you just might understand the villain’s twisted motives by the end of the film.
What the critics say: “A messy, gristle-cut B psycho thriller that makes you squirm a few times, but mostly makes you giggle.”—Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
The Orphanage (2007)
via amazon.com One of the scariest movies because: It covers the full horror spectrum with ghost children and a disturbing, possibly murderous old woman.
What the critics say: “A doom-laden Spanish thriller… the atmosphere oozes with anxiety and grief.”—Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer. Ghosts are real; and here’s the scientific explanation behind why you’re afraid of ghosts.