Saw (2004)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.