"The Exorcist" is the scariest movie of all time, according to Reader's Digest and Rolling Stone. The 1973 film caused viewers to pass out and vomit during viewings at theaters across the country.
Both Rolling Stone and Reader's Digest chose "The Shining" as the number two scariest movie of all time. Starring Jack Nicholson in the role of Jack Torrence, the film was director Stanley Kubrick's first sell-out after its release in 1980. Jack Nicholson still receives praise decades later for his performance in the film as the terrifying character who attempted to massacre his family.
Rolling Stone chose the Alfred Hitchcock classic, "Psycho" as the third scariest movie of all time. Despite the director's many previous successes, Paramount Studios declined to produce the 1960 film. Hitchcock took matters into his own hands and worked with a television crew instead.
Reader's Digest cites the original "Halloween" from 1974 as its the third scariest movie. Directed by John Carpenter and starring Jamie Lee Curtis, this film is one of the original and best slasher movies. Even reviewers of the film, such as Roger Ebert, claim that seeing this film was a visceral experience where the viewer feels himself in the movie.
Horror movies have been popular since the beginning of cinema. Some of the earliest acclaimed horror movies include "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari," "Nosferatu" and "Frankenstein." Horror movies became very popular in the 1970s, with acclaimed movies such as "Rosemary's Baby," "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Jaws." The success of these movies led to many more acclaimed scary movies in the 1980s, such as "The Evil Dead," "Friday the 13th" and "Poltergeist." Some of these films produced sequels that are also considered among the scariest movies, such as "Bride of Frankenstein" and "Evil Dead II."
The 1990s saw the development of a new type of horror movie, known as "found footage" movies. Found footage movies use a style that makes them look as though they were shot on common devices, such as iPhones and portable cameras. Found footage movies such as "The Blair Witch Project," "Paranormal Activity" and "Cloverfield" also make some lists of the scariest movies ever. As of 2015, the genre is still very popular, producing a number of scary movies every year.