List Horror Movies That Freak You Out :: FilmListography


List Horror Movies  That Freak You Out
courtesy of Film Listography : Your Life In (Play)Lists

Editor’s note: I am a big horror movie fan, so I’m not sure that “freak you out” is the category I want to list. I’m going to stick with listing my favorite horror films. And yeah, since I scare/startle easily, the list probably all freak me out, or give me a “jump scare”, at least at some point.

1. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Written by Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard
Directed by Drew Goddard


I’m so sorry I almost shot you. I probably wouldn’t have.” ~ Dana

Hey, shh, no. I totally get it. I’m sorry I let you get attacked by a werewolf and then ended the world.” ~ Marty

2. Psycho (1960)
Written by Joseph Stefano (screenplay) & Robert Bloch (novel)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock


I think I must have one of those faces you can’t help believing.” ~ Norman Bates

3. The Shining (1980)
Written by Stephen King (novel), Stanley Kubrick & Diane Johnson (screenplay)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick


“God, I’d give anything for a drink. I’d give my goddamned soul for just a glass of beer.”

4. Poltergeist (1982)
Written by Steven Spielberg (story & screenplay) Michael Grais & Mark Victor (screenplay)
Directed by Tobe Hooper


“They’re here.”

5. The Conjuring (2013)
Written by Chad Hayes & Carey Hayes
Directed by James Wan


“Want to play a game of hide and clap?”

6. House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Written by Robb White
Directed by William Castle


Don’t let the ghosts and the ghouls disturb you, love.” ~ Frederick Loren

Darling, the only ghoul in the house is you!” ~ Annabelle Loren

7. The Babadook (2014)
Written& Directed by Jennifer Kent


You can bring me the boy.” ~ The Babadook

8. 28 Days Later (2002)
Written by Alex Garland
Directed by Danny Boyle


“Oh, great, Valium. Not only will we be able to get to sleep, but if we’re attacked in the middle of the night, we won’t even care.” ~ Jim

9. 1408 (2007)
Written by Matt Greenberg, Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski (screenplay) & Stephen King (short story)
Directed by Mikael Håfström


“Even if you leave this room, you can never leave this room!” ~ Room 1408

10. The Final Girls (2015)
Written by M.A. Fortin & Joshua John Miller (screenplay)
Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson


 “They won’t be singing Kumbaya… they’ll be screaming Kumba-no!” ~ Trailer Voice-Over

11. All About Evil (2010)
Written & Directed by  Joshua Grannell


“I’m an extremely busy woman.” ~ Deborah Tennis

12. The Evil Dead (1981)
Written & Directed by Sam Raimi


“Join us!” ~ Voice of Evil Force

13. Insidious (2010)
Written by Leigh Whannell
Directed by James Wan


I don’t think bad wiring is the problem here.” ~ Elise Reiner

14. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Written by Simon Pegg & Edgar Wright
Directed by Edgar Wright


Do you want anything from the shop?” ~ Shaun

“Cornetto.” ~ Ed

15. The Craft (1996)
Written by Peter Filardi (story & screenplay) & Andrew Fleming (screenplay)
Directed by Andrew Fleming


Girls watch out for the weirdos.” ~ Bus Driver

“We are the weirdos, mister.” ~ Nancy

16. Halloween (1978)


It’s Halloween, everyone’s entitled to one good scare.” ~ Sheriff Leigh Brackett

17. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Written by Ira Levin (novel) & Roman Polanski (screenplay)
Directed by Roman Polanski


“We’re your friends, Rosemary. There’s nothing to be scared about. Honest and truly there isn’t!” ~ Mrs. Gilmore

18. The Descent (2005)
Written & Directed by Neil Marshall


“I’m an English teacher, not fucking Tomb Raider.” ~ Beth

19. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
Written by Bram Stoker (novel) & James V. Hart (screenplay)
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola


“I have crossed oceans of time to find you.” ~ Dracula

20. American Mary (2012)
Written & Directed by Jen Soska & Sylvia Soska


I quit med school today, that shouldn’t come as a surprise to you. I’m changing specialties Dr. Grant. Have you ever heard of body modification?” ~ Mary Mason

21. Ghost Ship (2002)
Written by Mark Hanlon & John Pogue
Directed by Steve Beck


“I do know one thing. I’ve seen strange things happen in the strait. But I know something else. Sea gives you an opportunity, you take it.” ~ Murphy

22. Ginger Snaps (2000)
Written by Karen Walton & John Fawcett
Directed by John Fawcett


“You swore we’d go together, one way or another.” ~ Ginger

“When we were eight.” ~ Brigitte

22. Lady in White (1988)
Written Directed by Frank LaLoggia


Help me find her!” ~ Melissa Anne Montgomery

23. Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Written by George A. Romero & James Gunn
Directed by Zack Snyder


“I don’t wanna die here.” ~ Ana

24. Phantasm (1979)
Written & Directed by Don Coscarelli


“You think when you die, you go to heaven. You come to us!” ~ The Tall Man

25. Jeepers Creepers (2001)
Written & Directed by Victor Salva


“You know the part in scary movies when somebody does something really stupid, and everybody hates them for it? This is it.” ~ Trish

26. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Written & Directed by John Landis


“I will not be threatened by a walking meatloaf!” ~ David

27. The Frighteners (1996)
Written Fran Walsh & Peter Jackson
Directed by Peter Jackson


“Get back in the goddamn ground you unorganized grab-asstic gob of teleplasmic shit!” ~ Sergeant Hiles

28. Odd Thomas (2013)
Written Dean R. Koontz (novel) & Stephen Sommers


“That will be a long wait, but I am a patient man, and I have much to do.” ~ Odd Thomas

29. Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (2010)
Written by Tiziano Sclavi (comic), Thomas Dean Donnelly & Joshua Oppenheimer


“See? That’s just what this case needed. A seven-foot tall, flesh-eating zombie. Which begs the question, are there any actual people left in New Orleans?” ~ Dylan Dog

30. Near Dark (1987)
Written by Kathryn Bigelow & Eric Red
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow


“I sure haven’t met any girls like you.” ~ Caleb Colton

“No. No, you sure haven’t.” ~ Mae


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Y-E-S! AND SHIT, I can’t wait for Halloween 2016.
    And this list: a coincidence to our little horror writing tweet-discussion earlier. Love love love.
    I just scrolled through this delightful list and devoured it up. Never saw All About Evil or American Mary. Also bless you for featuring a darling angel at the top of the list so it was the first thing my eyes were graced with-bravo.

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    1. I thought about that as we were talking scary stories/horror, as I’d been putting that list together for the last two days…and OF COURSE that angel had to be first!!!

      All About Evil is low budget and very local San Francicso in references and some of the supporting cast…but its a lot of fun, and I love horror movies set in movie theaters. There’s another that I love, but I cannot for the life of me remember the title…if I remember it I might do an addendum. Also, Final Girls starts in a movie theater, too 🙂


      1. It was a nice coinkydink because after that I wanted M O R E horror stuff to read & then found your post. Perfect timing for me as reader that you’d already had horror on the brain.
        All About Evil looks fun. but weird. but fun. I’m willing to give it a whirl! Yep, if you remember the other movie-theatre-set flick, do tell.
        True-Final Girls with the movie theatre. And Scream 2 beings in one and I wish I could think up more but nothing’s coming except one of the alltime best horror-coms Gremlins with that one scene. I swear there’s a horror movie that focuses on the projector up in the room and maybe it was part of a series and I can’t think of the name of that series of movies. I’ll look later!

        I wish it was October.


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