The line between scary and 'too scary' is a subjective experience, and when it comes to horror movies, a pretty big statement to be banding around. There's always going to be those people that laugh in the face of redneck torture families coming to cut your head off, or sick perverts that don't take the very real threat of demon ghosts coming to murder you seriously at all. It's like they have no respect for anything, jeez.
Well fear not, those that can't handle this rudeness any longer, for here's a list of ten films that will make any movie buff quiver in their boots. From the scariest monsters, to the broodiest atmospheres, to the most grotesque of sequences, these are the films that are testaments to the world of horror - from the big daddies of the genre to more recent spooky additions.
These are the films that are just too scary to get through unless you're hard as nails, with endings that make it all the more difficult to resist the urge to slam the power off button with all the force you can muster. Get your hands up in front of your face, the lightswitch primed and ready, and some nice cat videos up on YouTube to cleanse the palette - you're gonna need them.
10. The Exorcist
The Exorcist is STILL the bar to beat, even 45 years after its first absolutely terrifying release, and remains just as horrible to watch right now as it did back then too.
Telling the story of a young girl that starts acting strangely, and no, I don't mean teenage tantrums or arguing with her parents, but speaking in tongues and f**king levitating of all things - her mother rightly seeks medical help before enlisting the help of a priest. Turns out, she's possessed by some creepy demons, and the church is the only one that can save her immortal soul.
Featuring some of the gnarliest practical film effects that still stand up incredibly today, The Exorcist is both an excellently made film with a gripping story, and a bloody terrifying watch. Now don't go playing with any Ouija boards, if you haven't been told enough.