The 20 Scariest Horror Movies You’ve Never Seen

Every Halloween, people reach for a small, select group of horror films to satisfy their scary-movie craving. Maybe it's one of the canonized classics, like the original versions of Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, or Dawn of the Dead. Perhaps its something from the many slasher-icon franchises that sprung up in the 1980s, when you had a choice of Jasons, Freddys or Chuckys. Or maybe you head straight for the boundary-testers of the 2000s, when the Saw and Hostel movies shoved the genre into torture-porn territory.

Regardless of whether viewers prefer original recipe or extra-crispy, however, folks tend to go for a number of no-brainer titles — the kind of films that even a non-horror fanatic knew about. (Ask the…

  • Audition
  • The Descent
  • Excision
  • Funny Games
  • God Told Me To
  • Dead of Night
  • The House of the Devil
  • I Saw the Devil
  • Inside
  • Kill List
  • Martyrs
  • May
  • The Orphanage
  • Paperhouse
  • Possession
  • Ravenous
  • Severance
  • The Signal
  • Thesis
  • Trouble Every Day