This is an alphabetical list of films that I found scary at one time or another. I no longer find a lot of them terribly disturbing, mostly because I’ve watched them so many times over the years, but a few – Night of the Living Dead, The Shining, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – still pack a wallop. I tried to pick films that have more than one frightening moment, or ones with a pervasive atmosphere of dread. What’s scary to one person will not be scary to another person, so I don’t expect you to agree with me on all of them.
Before anyone asks me why I included a film like Faces of Death on this list, let me explain. Faces of Death, as a film, is not scary at all. I included it here because of the aura surrounding the film, which was certainly more powerful years ago, when information about these films was not so readily available. It also helped if you were a child sneaking it between other, less offensive rentals at the video store, and if you were more willing to believe that what you were seeing on the screen was real. Of course, now we know that 90% of the footage in Faces of Death is fake, but the memory of the intense fear I felt as I popped the tape in the VCR remains.Read less