The Blair Witch Project (1999)
One of the scariest movies because: It’s styled like a documentary, making the terror startlingly plausible.
What the critics say: “The Blair Witch Project leaves its horror to the audience’s imagination, and in doing so creates a truly scary horror film, something akin to a lost art these days.”—Keith Phipps, The A.V. Club
The Haunting (1963)
One of the scariest movies because: The atmosphere is stifling, even if the special effects don’t quite hold up nearly 50 years later.
What the critics say: “[Director Robert] Wise makes the house itself the central character, a beautifully designed and highly atmospheric entity which, despite the often annoyingly angled camerawork, becomes genuinely frightening.”—Time Out London. Don’t miss these 12 best suspense movies with plot twists that will shock you to your core.
One of the scariest movies because: It plays on the ol’ “Bloody Mary” game: After seeing what the murderous spirit in this movie has in store, you simply won’t be able to repeat “Candyman” in front of a mirror. Promise.
What the critics say: “A startlingly effective shocker that gains power upon further, sleepless-night reflection.”—Eric Henderson, Slant. Looking to lighten the mood now? These are the 100 funniest movies of all time.