Best Horror Movies

Some teens just love to be scared. Check out these hand-picked movies and books for some jump-out-of-your-seat moments that steer (mostly) clear of gore. Some of these top-rated titles are more mature than others, so be prepared to discuss the way violence is portrayed. Make sure you read the reviews to help you choose the ones with just the right scream factor for your family -- some of these movies are very, very scary. And if you're looking for something a little tamer for younger kids, try our Scary (but Not TOO Scary!) Halloween Movies list!

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Comic horror classic is still scary; some profanity.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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One of the all-time great haunted house movies.
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(Release Year: 1982)
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Classic Hitchcock horror film still gives the chills.
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(Release Year: 1963)
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Exceptionally simple, smart, scary monster movie.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Great, but sometimes scarier than R-rated horror.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Exceptionally scary flick is too intense for younger teens.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Emotionally resonant horror tale has children in peril.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Classic Hitchcock horror masterpiece still thrills.
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(Release Year: 1960)
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A comedic cult classic with heavy sexual innuendo.
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(Release Year: 1975)
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Terrifying paranormal horror movie based on a true story.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Indie scare fest doesn't need blood and gore to terrify.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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Remake of Japanese horror film is terrifying and creepy.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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Keep children away from this scary classic.
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(Release Year: 1968)
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Spooky horror film about a mother, a son, and an evil book.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Bloody horror remake focuses heavily on bullying, revenge.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Clever but very bloody deconstruction of horror movies.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Superior horror movie has graphic violence, sex.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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Smart, emotional thriller with violence and a creepy cult.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Thriller that made the serial killer a superstar.
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(Release Year: 1991)
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A quality film of suspense and manipulation.
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(Release Year: 1990)
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Oft-copied zombie classic is still intense and gory.
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(Release Year: 1968)
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Kubrick's suspenseful horror classic is violent and dark.
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(Release Year: 1980)
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Edgy, violent horror movie deals with teen cyberbullying.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Vampire remake is much gorier than Twilight.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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Outstanding horror flick has gore, children in peril.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Home invasion movie has intense ideas, strong violence.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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