11. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
One of the scariest movies because: Who wants to imagine being eaten by Anthony Hopkins?
What the critics say: “For all the unbridled savagery on display, what is shrewd, significant and finally hopeful about Silence of the Lambs is the way it proves that a movie can be mercilessly scary and mercifully humane at the same time.”—Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
12. Ring / "Ringu" (1998)
One of the scariest movies because: It’s about a killer videotape – which doesn’t bode well for the viewer of this unsettling Japanese original. More atmospheric than the American remake, Ring is worth a late-night viewing.
What the critics say: “Ring forces fear into every cut as a psychic telejournalist counts down the hours till a fatal visitation, while making a gung ho attempt to save her brood.”—Edward Crouse, Village Voice
13. Saw (2004)
One of the scariest movies because: Even though the death traps are beyond gruesome – though, clever in this first Saw film, tortuous in its sequels – what’s scariest is that you just might understand the villain’s twisted motives by the end of the film.
What the critics say: “A messy, gristle-cut B psycho thriller that makes you squirm a few times, but mostly makes you giggle.”—Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly