Some of the scariest movies of all time include "Psycho," "Jaws," "The Exorcist" and "The Silence of the Lambs," according to the American Film Institute Other movies on the list include "Alien," "The Birds" and "Rosemary's Baby."
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.