October 30, 2018

The Scariest Movies of All Time Ranked in the Ultimate Master List

Where does your favorite rank amongst the scariest movies of all 

It's almost Halloween and you know what that means: Tis the season for every film site on the internet to rank their favorite horror movies of all time. If you're of the few who isn't so hot on subjective opinion, however, we've found just the thing for you.

Last week, Reddit user u/ryno731 went through an extensive research process, compiling a list of over 700(!) horror films and dropping them into one massive, sortable spreadsheet.  The spreadsheet takes horror films scores from various ranking sites including, IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, and MetaCritic, while also letting you sort by their average and total scores. You will truly never need another horror list to help you find the scariest movies of all time again. 

In his Reddit post, u/ryno731 explained his process,  "Top movie lists are subjective but this originally sorts by their average score in those. Anything that didn’t appear on a list was given the highest position +1 so any movies not on a top 100 were ranked 101. A movie that has never shown up on a top list is currently sitting at a 70 and in that case, is sorted by its average review site score."

In a testament to the true greatness of Reddit, another user, u/negative__d, took up the mantle and made a letterboxd list with all the films in order.

"Psycho" Credit: Universal Pictures

The Scariest Movies of All Time Ranked

If you sort by total score, the top ten films are:

  1. The Shining
  2. The Exorcist
  3. Alien
  4. The Thing
  5. Halloween
  6. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  7. Psycho
  8. Night of the Living Dead
  9. Rosemary's Baby
  10. Jaws

"Rosemary's Baby" Credit: Paramount Pictures

In case you were wondering, here are my personal favorites:

  1. The Shining
  2. Psycho
  3. The Thing
  4. Evil Dead 2
  5. Halloween
  6. Alien
  7. Rosemary's Baby
  8. Carrie
  9. Suspiria
  10. An American Werewolf in London

And if you want even more, here are John Carpenter's, Stephen King's, and Guillermo Del Toro's favorites. What are your top ten? List em in the comments below and maybe we'll make a No Film School reader's list of our own!     

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No Nosferatu? :(

October 30, 2018 at 2:13PM

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It's #14!

October 30, 2018 at 2:34PM

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Jon Fusco
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Carrie is an excellent movie I have ever watched. There is a huge suspense in every minute in this movie. Also watched The Thing, Evil Dead 2, Halloween, Alien, Rosemary's Baby movies. They are awesome horror movies. Watch all horror movies free on Android devices using Cyberflix app. Get it from https://alltechriver.com/cyberflix-tv-android-firestick/

November 27, 2018 at 11:43AM

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