These top 10 classic scary movies of all time have spent years putting fear in all age groups from toddlers to the elderly. Scary movies have the ability to take simple objects and situations and make them the scariest to endure in the future. That shock and thrill of fear rippling through the blood stream is the one reason scary movies will continue to be a favorite among us all.

  1. "Psycho" "Psycho" was released in 1960 and directed by Alfred Hitchhock. Marion Crane, played by Janet Leigh, has a frightful experience between stealing from her employer and checking into a scary motel.

  2. "Rosemary's Baby" "Rosemary's Baby" was released in 1968 and directed by Roman Polanski. Rosemary Woodhouse, played by Mia Farrow, was an expecting mother who has the thought that her husband has promised her baby to the crazy neighbors in the apartment complex for human sacrifice.

  3. "Jacobs Ladder" "Jacobs Ladder" was released in 1990 and directed by Adrian Lyne. Jacob Singer, played by Tim Robbins, struggles with the death of his son and first wife, and his tour in Vietnam, and his hold on his sanity.

  4. "Pet Sematary" "Pet Sematary" was released in 1989 and directed by Mary Lambert. In this movie, the Creed family has the loss of a child and brings him back from the dead, in which the child then causes mass destruction.

  5. "The Shining" "The Shining" was released in 1980 and directed by Stanley Kubrick. Jack Torrance, played by Jack Nicholson, is the father who takes his wife, and son to a job being the caretaker of a deserted hotel. The son, who has the ability to see past and present, is able to see the ghost who reside in the hotel while Jack deals with loosing reality and goes insane.

  6. "The Ring" "The Ring" was released in 2002 and directed by Gore Verbinski. In this movie, a cursed videotape causes viewers to get a phone call in which they are told they will die in 7 days.

  7. "Poltergeist" "Poltergeist" was released in 1982 and directed by Tobe Hooper. The Freeling family have a rather quiet life until ghost begin to communicate with their 5 year old daughter, Carol Anne through a snowy TV.

  8. "The Exorcist" "The Exorcist" was released in 1973 and directed by William Freidkin. This movie depicts the trials and tribulations of a mother trying to get her daughter back through an exorcism performed by two priests.

  9. "Halloween" "Halloween" was released in 1978 and directed by John Carpenter. In this movie, Michael Myers, played by Wil Sandin, starts as a 6 year old boy who finds the need to kill those in his life and continues his killing spree for years.

  10. "The Silence of The Lambs" "The Silence of The Lambs" was released in 1991 and directed by Jonathan Demme. Clarice Starling, played by Jodi Foster, seeks advice and help from Hannibal Lecter. Hannibal is a cannibal and serial killer, which is explored in depth in the movie.