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Power Rankings: Scariest Movies Ever

Updated: Nov 15, 2020

Why do we enjoy being scared? That's above our pay grade, but if you're looking for that rush, these are the films you'll want to check out to get the most screams per viewing. These are our Power Rankings of the Scariest Movies Ever.


Title: Jaws

Release Date: June 20, 1975


Plot: When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community, it's up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down.


Title: IT

Release Date: September 8, 2017


Plot: In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied kids band together to destroy a shape-shifting monster, which disguises itself as a clown and preys on the children of Derry, their small Maine town.


Title: Insidious

Release Date: April 1, 2011


Plot: A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further.


Title: The Shining

Release Date: June 13, 1980


Plot: A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.


Title: Halloween

Release Date: October 27, 1978


Plot: Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.


Title: A Nightmare on Elm Street

Release Date: November 16, 1984


Plot: The monstrous spirit of a slain child murderer seeks revenge by invading the dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his untimely death.


Title: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Release Date: October 11, 1974


Plot: Two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather's grave in Texas end up falling victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths and must survive the terrors of Leatherface and his family.


Title: The Silence of the Lambs

Release Date: February 14, 1991


Plot: A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.


Title: The Conjuring

Release Date: July 19, 2013


Plot: Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.


Title: The Exorcist

Release Date: December 26, 1973


Plot: When a 12-year-old girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her.

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