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50 scariest movies of all time

From 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' to 'The Thing,' the great movies that scare the daylights out of us

By Glenn Kenny

If you're going to watch a scary movie, you might as well make it a good one, right? No. As a matter of fact, you might as well make it a GREAT one. There are thousands of horror movies out there, most of them more bad than good, some of them very good indeed, and some of them very great indeed. And in fact there are a lot more than 50 great horror films out there. But 50 is the number we have to work with, and 50 is what we're going to give you. You might disagree with the rankings, the orders and some of the omissions. But if you don't think that each one of the films that follow is a representative of some form of horror greatness, then ... well, maybe we ought not hang out and watch movies on Halloween! But we're confident that you'll see the value of our choices here.

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