Top 10 Scary Movies of All Time To Watch

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Are you on the lookout for a good cinematic scare? Today we are sharing with you a list of the all-time best horror movies “Top 10 Scary Movies of All Time To Watch” according to their Metacritic score.

Metacritic is one of the most trusted film websites and it’s also one of the most objective ones since it aggregates reviews from different critics and media outlets.

Listed here you will find beloved classics, some movies that might’ve not crossed your radar yet, and also some of the more recent flicks that garnered quite of attention from the critics, as well as from the audience.

Check them all out below and see if you can spot any favorites or any new ones to add on your watch list of “Top 10 Scary Movies of All Time To Watch”.


1. Psycho (1960)

What more can we possibly say about this Hitchcock’s masterpiece? Hailed as one of the greatest films of all time, Psycho set standards for all horror films that ever followed. Anthony Perkins shines in the role of a lifetime as a deranged Norman Bates, owner of a creepy motel. Janeth Leigh acts as Marion Crane, a secretary who stole money from her boss and ran away. She finds solace in Bates motel. Or does she now? 

Also a bit of a fun fact to diffuse the creepiness, Psycho is the first movie in history to feature a shot of toilet being flushed.


2. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Based on Ira Levin’s novel of the same name, Rosemary’s Baby is another popular classic of the horror genre. This is also one of Polanski’s most known films. The notorious director did a great job in adapting the novel for the screen and Mia Farrow’s performance as a disturbed young mother to be is one to remember. Rosemary’s Baby combines the elements of supernatural forces and psychological drama, so it would be also interesting for people who are maybe not the biggest horror fans out there.


3. Werckmeister Harmonies (2000)

A lesser-known film among the mainstream audiences, this Polish powerhouse of a movie is a must-see. Maybe Werckmeister Harmonies doesn’t hold the Metacritic’s “must-see” badge, but the score of 92 speaks for itself. 

What’s it about? Well, not to post any spoilers, but the plot is set in a small town. A circus arrives in town but it is definitely not your regular circus.

This black and white movie is as unsettling as it sounds and is something not to be missed.


4. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

Aliens were always fascinating to film directors, and Don Siegel is not an exception. Invasion of the Body Snatchers brings the story of Dr. Miles J. Bennell (played by Kevin McCarthy) who finds out that people from his town are being abducted and replaced by their lookalike alien entities. How he copes with this knowledge and what he needs to do in order to stop this from happening, find out by watching this classic tale of horror.


5. Repulsion (1965)

Another film by Polanski found its way on to this list. This tale of delusions and mental illness is about Carol, portrayed by Catherine Deneuve. Repulsion tells the story of a girl, who lives with her sister and sister’s boyfriend in the same apartment. She is a bit of a recluse and a “sensitive” person, as her sister describes her. After her sister and boyfriend leave for a holiday, Carol locks herself in the flat and suffers from hallucinations which almost drive her crazy.


6. Son of Saul (2015)

More of a history lesson than a horror film, Son of Saul is a reminder of our turbulent past as a human race. This Hungarian film won numerous accolades including an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. 

Son of Saul brings us the story of Saul, a Hungarian prisoner in a concentration camp. The film spans only throughout two days during which Saul tries to save the body of a boy who he mistook for his son.


7.  Frankenstein (1931)

The title of the oldest film featured on this list goes to Frankenstein from 1931. Do not miss the first movie ever about the world-known Frankenstein’s creature if you are a fan of classic horror tales and particularly of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s book. Did you also know that this is considered to be the first piece of science fiction ever? Another reason to revise this ever-popular story.


8. Eyes Without a Face (1960)

Directed by Georges Franju, Eyes Without a Face (original title: Les yeux sans visage) is a disturbing story of a girl who becomes disfigured after an accident. Her father, a surgeon, desperately seeks a solution on how to retrieve his daughter’s beauty. The measures he undertakes are less than unconventional and rather bizarre. 


9. King Kong (1933)

What is the best horror movies list without a couple of famous film monsters? Frankenstein is one of them, certainly, but the crowd’s favorite turned out to be King Kong as well. If you love blockbusters featuring scary giant beasts, do not miss out on the first King Kong before all the reboots and remakes came to be.


10. Alien (1979)

Iconic Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley secured her spot on this list, as well. This may be Ridley Scott’s most popular film, which also kickstarted the Alien saga. 

What happens when a space crew encounters a very unwelcome alien life form? You probably know the answer, but Alien is still one of the most popular horror films which fans love to revisit over and over again that belongs to Top 10 Scary Movies.

In case you are a big horror fan and you already watched all these movies, check out our Movvio app. There you can find many more horror recommendations and figure out which scary flick to watch next.


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