Try not to hide under the covers with these five scary horror movies. There are many sub-genres in the scary horror movie genre. While not for everyone, some people enjoy watching their nightmares come to life. If you’re one of those people, get ready for five scary horror movies that will make your blood chill to ice water.

  1. “The Last House on the Left” (1972). This scary horror movie was written and directed by horror master Wes Craven. The story is based on the Swedish ballad “Tores dotter i Wange." The movie is about normal people being pushed too far and taking revenge and centers around Mari Collingwood (Sandra Peabody) and her friend Phyllis (Lucy Grantham), who get abducted and killed by four violent criminals. The criminals end up at Mari’s parents’ house and when the couple learns the truth they take their revenge. The movie is hardcore by today’s standards with graphic rape scenes and very violent scenes.

  2. “Pet Cemetery” (1989). This scary horror movie is based on a book by Stephen King of the same name. The movie is about the Creed family who move into a new house and shortly after their pet cat dies. A neighbor tells Mr. Creed to bury the cat on a hill behind the local pet cemetery. The cat returns home mysteriously but it’s now vicious. When The Creed’s youngest son has a fatal accident, his father buries him where he did the cat. The results are not what he hoped for.

  3. “Halloween” (1978). This is probably one of Jamie Lee Curtis’ best scary horror movies. John Carpenter is another genius in the horror genre and this is one of his scariest works. This movie gave birth to Michael Myers one of the scariest men in horror movie history. The film has spawned many sequels but most of those fall flat when compared to the first one.

  4. “The Exorcist” (1973). This scarry horror movie is about a teenager who is possessed by a mysterious entity. The mother seeks help of two priest. The best scene of this scary movie, where the girl crab walks backwards down the stairs, was cut from the theatrical version. The scene was included on the director’s cut DVD that was released in 2000.

  5. “The Thing” (1982). This is one of the more under-rated scary horror movies. The film follows a crew stationed in an Antarctic base that is stalked by a shape-shifting alien. There is a lot of suspense and fear over what the alien is. The best scene of the movie is when a guy’s head sprouts insect legs to escape. Be warned, you’re going to want to turn the lights on for this one...and might need therapy later.