There are two kinds of people in this world—those who love scary movies, and those who are too chicken to watch them.
But not all horror films are created equal. We’ve rounded up the best, most influential, most pants-peeingly terrifying movies ever. What’s your #1?
30. Nosferatu (1922)
The first (and oldest) film on our list F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu. The loose adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula isn’t exactly scary by modern standards, but it holds an important place in the history of horror cinema. Max Schrek’s performance as Count Orlock, in particular, has stood the test of time.
When Stoker’s heirs successfully sued the film’s production company for copyright infringement, all prints of the film were supposed to be destroyed. Luckily, a few were saved so that we can still enjoy one of the earliest horror movies ever made.
29. The Conjuring (2013)
The Conjuring tells the alleged true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren (played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), the paranormal investigators who were involved in the events behind The Amityville Horror. Here, they’ve moved on to helping another family plagued by supernatural terrors in a seemingly idyllic home.
The moody 70s-inspired cinematography, solid performances, and genuine scares earned The Conjuring a spot on our list.