Some of the scariest movies ever made are "The Exorcist," "Poltergeist," "Hellraiser," "Halloween" and "The Shining." Some other films that consistently rank among the most frightening include "A Nightmare on Elm Street," "Alien," "The Silence of the Lambs" and "The Thing."
"The Exorcist," released in 1973, terrified audiences with its shocking tale of a young girl possessed by demons. The 1982 film "Poltergeist" explored the paranormal phenomenon of the same name and featured the famous line "they're here." Clive Barker's "Hellraiser" introduced the frightening character Pinhead and spawned multiple sequels. The original John Carpenter film "Halloween," released in 1978, is the quintessential slasher movie. It starred a young Jamie Lee Curtis. In Stanley Kubrick's 1980 horror film "The Shining," Jack Nicholson plays a father who falls into homicidal mania during a stay at an isolated hotel.
Wes Craven's "Nightmare on Elm Street," which debuted in 1984, starred Robert Englund as supernatural murderer Freddy Krueger and also featured a young Johnny Depp. The Ridley Scott film "Alien," known for its mastery of suspense and its frightening alien creatures, stars Sigourney Weaver. "The Silence of The Lambs," released in 1991, stars Jodie Foster as a young FBI agent and Anthony Hopkins as the lecherous cannibal Hannibal Lecter. John Carpenter's "The Thing" stars Kurt Russell as a scientist grappling with murderous shape-shifting alien creatures.