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Which of these classic scary movies is your favorite?

Response Percent Votes
40% 174
Nightmare on Elm Street
23% 103
Other — tell us in the comments!
23% 102
Friday the 13th
11% 51
Total 430


Thomas Lubaczewski 7 years ago

The Exorcist, still creeps me out to this day.

kef104 7 years ago

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. This movie is scary on several levels, from its scary to believe someone wrote the script, to its scary to believe someone bankrolled the script, to its scary to believe anyone attempted to act out the script. to .... well you get the point. Having said all that, I love the scuba scene.

kef104 7 years ago

Like Plan 9 from Outer Space, it is available from the Library. It also occasionally makes it to late night TV. I guess you could say it is scary I spent the gas money traveling to the library.

Michelle Derusseau 7 years ago

I feel the same way about Killer Clowns from Outer Space.

Kendall Simmons 7 years ago

Yay...Someone else who loves this movie!!

Cait McKnelly 7 years ago

The first scary movie I ever saw will always be my favorite. I was 8 years old in 1961 when I saw a movie on late night TV in black and white called The Uninvited. ( It was made in 1944 and starred Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey. This is no "shock" movie. There is no blood, the ghosts are unseen and the closest thing to violence is a young girl almost falling off of a cliff into the sea. I've watched in several times since growing up and as an adult and it will always remain my all time favorite "scary" movie. My second favorite "scary" movie is The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock. I honestly don't think film makers today really know how to make a scary movie.

Smarmy_Schoolmarm 7 years ago

I agree with you on both counts. I was an adult the first time I saw The Uninvited and have seen it 5 or 6 times since. It's not scary in the usual sense. I'd call it a Gothic thriller.

The sisters and I ran home from school for weeks after we saw this...tripping over our feet all the way because we were trying to look behind us.

Mike Hoffmann 7 years ago

Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the one with Donald Sutherland.

CreatureComforts 7 years ago

The Exorcist, The Shining, and Amittyville Horror...the old one, not the horrific (in a bad way) Ryan Reynolds revamp.

Practicality 7 years ago

1) Exorcist

2) The Shining

3) Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (The Original) The characters were just plain creepy!

Boosh 7 years ago

Oompa-Loompas scare the crap out of me.

BrianR 7 years ago

House on Haunted Hill w Vincent Price is pretty cool.

The Shining is amazing.

riverdrifter 7 years ago

I thought I was the only fan of House on Haunted Hill. Thumbs up!

mr_right_wing 7 years ago

Yeah....but you take Jack Nicholson out and what have you got?

Mediocrity. (No other mortal could pull off "Here's Johnny!!" like Jack.)

Kinda like that TV remake that was beyond any critical words. To give it an "F" is too high praise.....and 3 nights of it??? That's what I still have nightmares about!!

(Or course you can say this about most Jack Nicholson movies...."One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" without Jack.....huge yawn.)

mr_right_wing 7 years ago

spoon feed you? fine....

take out jack and you've got a mediocre movie at best.

you now need to chew and swallow for your self.

Jeff Cuttell 7 years ago

The Shining Carrie Prince of Darkness Blair Witch Project Exorcist Silence of the Lambs Dressed to Kill The Howling Children of the Corn The Omen

Kendall Simmons 7 years ago

I had forgotten about Carrie! Sissy Spacek was awesome in that movie. I remember being so sad that she killed her teacher, too.

Danielle Brunin 7 years ago

Poltergeist just creeps me the heck out! The scene where the Fred Phelps-looking preacher is singing a hymn and demands to be let in, all the while it is sunny but raining chills It was so surreal. I've never enjoyed rain and sunshine at the same time since seeing that movie.

Kendall Simmons 7 years ago

The Exorcist - far more scary than any of those listed in the poll.

Boosh 7 years ago

The Spiral Staircase for reasons similar to cait48s.

amrose42683 7 years ago

The Haunting (circa 1963) scariest movie I've ever seen. House on Haunted Hill (circa 1959); the new one isn't too bad either Haunting in Connecticut was the best new scary movie I've seen in a long time Amityville Horror (circa 1979) Trilogy of Terror

Ricky_Vaughn 7 years ago

Titles I feel are notable:

The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre Hide and Seek Cape Fear The opening scene in the first Scream is excellent!

RoeDapple 7 years ago

The DNC - I'm still hiding in the bunker!

beatrice 7 years ago

Don't forget to seal it up with plastic and duct tape!

riverdrifter 7 years ago

I gotta agree. Slept through it numerous times.

Mike Hatch 7 years ago

The Exorcist Night of the Living Dead (1968) Carnival of Souls

whats_going_on 7 years ago

See, I fell asleep through night of the living dead...boring.

Eric Beightel 7 years ago

top ten in no particular order (franchises count as one): 1. Exorcist I & III 2. The Shining 3. Helter Skelter 4. The Ring 5. When a Stranger Calls (original)- at least the first 15 minutes 6. Halloween I, III, IV 7. Serpent and the Rainbow 8. Original Amityville Horror 9. Friday the 13th Franchise (excluding the one without Jason and before he goes to NY) 10. Nightmare on Elm Street - only the first one.

beatrice 7 years ago

The original Night of the Living Dead, without question. The original is spooky, creepy, socially concious, and it spawned all the rest of the walking dead coming to eat your flesh type movies.

"They're coming to get you Barbara." Still gives me the creeps.

lilygrace 7 years ago

The Exorcist was the scariest horror film I have ever seen at the time but the book was even better. I never used a Ouiji board, again!

mr_right_wing 7 years ago

With the movie being that scary, I refuse to read the book!!

The movie 'creeped' me out for about a week... The book? Possibly MONTHS????

No thanks! ;o)

kernal 7 years ago

The Manitou. Saw it in a theater in the late '70's.

inklines 7 years ago

The Legend of Bogey Creek. It was presented in a documentary format and to someone as young as I was at the time it seemed very real.

riverdrifter 7 years ago

Psycho. The Dunwich Horror - a movie based on a short story by H. P. Lovecraft. Directed by Roger Corman. B movie that creeps me out bigtime. It's that time of year. If you want to get creeped out, check out a Lovecraft book of short stories. 'The Rats in the Walls' will have you listening for things that go bump in the night.

Corpusrex 7 years ago

Speaking of rats. Willard and Ben. You ain't lived until you see Ernest Borgnine eaten by a swarm of rats.

mr_right_wing 7 years ago

When I first saw the poll; how could "The Exorcist" not be on it!?

Clive Barker's original Hellraiser as well as Wes Craven's Nightmare on Elm Street were excellent....but then when you start making sequels the scariest thing about them is how bad each one gets. Same story with The Exorcist sequels. The slowest deterioration in sequels I've ever seen is The (original) Planet of the Apes series; yes it got bad-but not as fast.

Then, when the studio gets really, really desperate they make "Alien vs. Predator" or "Freddy vs. Jason" Those movies are (unintentionally) entertaining the same way "Abbott & Costello Meet The Mummy" were....

The Shining and The Entity were 'alright' horror movies -- unless you compare them to the original books!!

Watch Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds"

Susan Lee 7 years ago

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (original from 1956 of course) was the first scary movie that literally scared me for years; and I suspect that's where my distaste for watermelons began.

Rosemary's Baby is the scariest movie I have seen in my adult life. shudder.....

Frederic Gutknecht IV 7 years ago


beatrice 7 years ago

A bit too "inconvenient" for you?

Brandon Devlin 7 years ago

Reminds me of "Dawn of the Dead;" just a bit too hokey.

whats_going_on 7 years ago

omg I used to looooooooooooooooove that movie. Forgot all about it

whats_going_on 7 years ago

Nobody is mentioning "It"...probably on my Top 5...ahhhhhhhhhhhh creepy

mr_right_wing 7 years ago

Gee...I figured your favorite 'horror' movie would be along the lines of "Red Dawn" simply because the Russians were not successful in taking over the country you're embarrassed to be a part of. I hear they're making (or made) a new "Red Dawn" maybe this one will have a happy ending for you, and the country you are so ashamed of will be destroyed. A feel-good movie you could cheer for!!

Flap Doodle 7 years ago

Crawl Space with Klaus Kinski. Mega creepy.

Kontum1972 7 years ago

"the flesh-eaters" @ the lakeside drive-in...circa 1960....u were given a little packet of fake blood to drink aka red kool-aid...LoL

Brandon Devlin 7 years ago

"Shaun of the Dead." Discuss. . . LOL

Ricky_Vaughn 7 years ago

Watching Kyle Davies or Brian Bannister pitch...

acg 7 years ago

The Shining was ruined for me. I read the book long before I saw the movie and was just disappointed in what was made from one of the scariest books of all time. Although I LOVE Jack! As for scary movies, when I was 8 I saw When A Stranger Calls. That movie freaked me out so bad. The original The Hitcher was very scary. Movies that have impossible monsters or improbable freaks don't generally scare me as much as creep/gross me out. What scares me are more true to life movies with serial killers and crazy people that do horrible stuff to average folk.

mr_right_wing 7 years ago

Yep....big mistake!

Doing it the opposite way makes the movie version akin to "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure"!!

Oh wait.....Paul Rubens....Pee Wee Herman.....I gotta go turn on more lights!!!!!!

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