Best Horror Movies

Some teens just love to be scared. Check out these hand-picked movies (or 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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The Birds Movie Poster Image
Classic Hitchcock horror film still gives the chills.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1963)
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Poltergeist Movie Poster Image
One of the all-time great haunted house movies.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1982)
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Lights Out Movie Poster Image
Exceptionally simple, smart, scary monster movie.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2016)
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The Sixth Sense Movie Poster Image
Great, but sometimes scarier than R-rated horror.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1999)
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Carrie Movie Poster Image
Stephen King's disturbing prom horror classic.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1976)
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Insidious Movie Poster Image
Exceptionally scary flick is too intense for younger teens.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2011)
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It Movie Poster Image
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Terrifying evil clown movie based on Stephen King classic.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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Psycho Movie Poster Image
Classic Hitchcock horror masterpiece still thrills.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1960)
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The Conjuring Movie Poster Image
Terrifying paranormal horror movie based on a true story.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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The Exorcist Movie Poster Image
Trendsetting shocker about a possessed child.
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(Release Year: 1973)
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The Fly Movie Poster Image
Classic '80s horror has some violence, gory moments.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1986)
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Paranormal Activity Movie Poster Image
Indie scare fest doesn't need blood and gore to terrify.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2009)
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The Ring Movie Poster Image
Remake of Japanese horror film is terrifying and creepy.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2002)
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Rosemary's Baby Movie Poster Image
Keep children away from this scary classic.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1968)
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The Autopsy of Jane Doe Movie Poster Image
Great characters, setting in clever but gory horror movie.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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The Babadook Movie Poster Image
Spooky horror film about a mother, a son, and an evil book.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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The Cabin in the Woods Movie Poster Image
Clever but very bloody deconstruction of horror movies.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2012)
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Children of the Corn Movie Poster Image
Classic Stephen King horror, hardly popping.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1984)
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Forgotten Movie Poster Image
Dark, twisty, violent tale of amnesia and murder.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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Get Out Movie Poster Image
Horror-thriller is surprising, shocking, timely, and funny.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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The Gift Movie Poster Image
Superior horror movie has graphic violence, sex.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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Halloween Movie Poster Image
First Michael Myers slasher fest has violence, sex.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1978)
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The Host Movie Poster Image
South Korean creature feature is wild and witty.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2007)
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The Innkeepers Movie Poster Image
Well-crafted haunted hotel movie has drinking, some gore.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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The Invitation Movie Poster Image
Smart, emotional thriller with violence and a creepy cult.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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It Follows Movie Poster Image
Masterful, mature horror movie deals with teen sex.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Misery Movie Poster Image
Gripping tale of manipulation has cursing, violence.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1990)
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Night of the Living Dead Movie Poster Image
'60s zombie classic is still intense and gory.
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(Release Year: 1968)
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A Nightmare on Elm Street Movie Poster Image
First feature for knife-handed horror idol Freddy.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1984)
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Ravenous (Les Affamés) Movie Poster Image
Unique but very bloody, violent take on zombie genre.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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The Shining Movie Poster Image
Kubrick's suspenseful horror classic is violent and dark.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1980)
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The Silence of the Lambs Movie Poster Image
Thriller that made the serial killer a superstar.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1991)
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Unfriended Movie Poster Image
Edgy, violent horror movie deals with teen cyberbullying.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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The Witch Movie Poster Image
Intense, fascinating Puritan horror tale has blood and gore.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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The Evil Dead (1981) Movie Poster Image
Horror masterpiece is gory but silly. For older teens only.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1983)
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It Comes at Night Movie Poster Image
Pessimistic drama/horror blend is dark and unsettling.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Let Me In Movie Poster Image
Vampire remake is much gorier than Twilight.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2010)
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Oculus Movie Poster Image
Outstanding horror flick has gore, children in peril.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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