Both RollingStone.com and IMDb.com provide lists of the best horror movies of all time as voted on by users. RottenTomatoes.com provides a list of the 10 best horror movies of all time selected by critical reviews.
While these "best of" lists are subjective, the movies ?The Shining, ??Poltergeist? and ?The Exorcist? appear on every list. The movies ?Psycho? and ?Alien? are also fan favorites for most frightening horror movie.
?The Exorcist? frequently appears as the scariest movie of all time. At the time of its release in 1973, it was the first in an era of demon possession films. The film remained popular in theaters for months despite incidents of terrified patrons needing medical assistance in the theater and protests by various organizations looking to boycott the film.