Top 10 Scariest Movies That Will Keep You Up at Night

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Alex O'Brien

Alex O'Brien

Last updated:  2021-10-04 08:45:48

You know those moments when all you need is a movie that will send shivers down your spine, but you just can't seem to find anything like that? Sure enough, streaming services have recommendations, and so do the theaters, but sometimes you just don't know if the movie is scary enough. Moreover, there are thousands of movies covering everything from blood baths to paranormal events, so how to make the right decision? So, here are the top ten movies that will definitely keep you up at night. 

10. The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007)

"The Poughkeepsie Tapes" is based on actual killings

What makes this movie scarier than it seems is that hundreds of tapes of murder, rape, and torture are real. Hence, this is a documentary about the murders of a serial killer in Poughkeepsie. The first tape is of his first victim, an eight-year-old girl he rapes and murders, which is quite disturbing. 

Moreover, the killer shows himself in most tapes. He uses sign language to reveal where the bodies are. This movie is frightening and will give you a pretty good scare, as it's all real. Still, if you think you have the stomach for it, you can find it on Paramount Plus and DIRECTV.

9. Inside (2007)

This movie will make you wonder how safe you are in your own home

A mysterious woman shows up at Sarah's door asking for a telephone to call for help on Christmas Eve. Sarah's husband died a few months ago, and she is pregnant. Since Sarah is home alone, she lies to the woman so that she will go away. However, the woman says that she knows her and tries to force her way in.

Furthermore, the intruder torments Sarah the whole night, killing everyone who tries to help her. This movie will keep you up at night thinking if you are safe in your own home. If you wish to have a sleepless night, you can find the movie on Amazon Prime.

8. Trauma (2017)

Party time in the middle of nowhere can be a horrible idea

The plot takes us to Chile back in 1978, where a group of friends goes on a weekend trip to the countryside. They have a great time until they are attacked by a man and his son. That's why they escape and try to find help in the town but without any luck. 

Therefore, they decide to face the foes with some police officers. However, this struggle reveals a deeper and darker story about their enemy. The movie will unquestionably make you think about your safety when you're having fun with friends. So check it out on Amazon Prime.

7. The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014)

After watching "The Taking of Deborah Logan," you might look at elderly people in a different way

The directors of this movie tried to make it look like a documentary and persuade people to think that Deborah is a real person. Fortunately, it's all fake. It all begins as a group of students decides to record the lives of Deborah and her daughter for a school project. 

Soon enough, strange things start happening to Deborah, and she begins acting weird, making it clear that something has taken control of her. Therefore, this movie is exciting and scary at the same time. Hence, if you like the plot, you can watch it on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

6. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

After watching "A Clockwork Orange" you'll think twice about an experimental therapy

A psychopathic delinquent named Alex is imprisoned after getting caught for rape and murder. Therefore, he decided to volunteer for experimental therapy so his sentence would be reduced. As Alex is tied to a chair and injected with drugs, he is forced to watch movies full of violence and sex. 

Two weeks later, they demonstrate Alex's rehabilitation just to realize that the experiments made him ill and mentally unstable. Alex is released from jail later, and he finds out that his life outside doesn't exist. The movie gets so scary and gross at some points, and not everyone can watch it. Yet, if you find it interesting, you can find it on Amazon.

5. Child's Play (1988)

Dolls are cute and fun, but Chucky isn't one of those dolls

This movie might not be really scary until you find out it was based on a true story. A doll named Chucky possessed by the spirit of a serial killer is gifted to a six-year-old boy, Andy, by his mother, Karen. The doll starts killing people, and the only suspect is little Andy. 

Therefore, the boy gets locked up in a psychiatric hospital because of the murders, after which his mom also finds Chucky's dark secret. They manage to defeat Chucky in the end, or do they? You can watch this movie on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

4. High Tension (2003)

Think twice before you open the door to a stranger

It's a movie that starts out with just two girlfriends on their way to one's parents' house but soon takes a turn for the worse. In the middle of the night, a serial killer gives them a knock on the front door, and the dad makes a big mistake by opening it. The murderer kills everyone except the two girls who escape. 

The movie is exciting and a real attention grabber. Hence, everyone who loves horrors will most definitely love it! So if you think this one is right up to your alley, you can watch it on Amazon Prime

3. American Mary (2012)

Would you like to be Mary's patient?

Mary, a young medical student, meets a guy named Billy who asks her to perform emergency surgery on a guy for 5000 dollars. Mary accepts the offer, and it draws her into the world of illegal operations. Later, after being assaulted and raped by her teacher, Mary kidnaps him to practice her surgical moves. 

Therefore, the movie is a bit traumatizing, with a lot of bizarre characters appearing. The body modification scenes require some guts to watch. Some critics say that this is the most original plot, and it can be found on Amazon if this is what you need.

2. Last Shift (2014)

"Last Shift" has it all, police, cult, murder, you name it!

A rookie police officer, Jessica, has to take the last shift at the police station, right before it's permanently closed. However, she's not expecting it to turn into a complete nightmare. That night is full of a series of paranormal events involving a cult led by John Michael Paymon. 

This movie really grabs your attention and makes you stare at the screen, no matter how gross the scene might be. Therefore, if you are into brutal scenes, you can watch the movie on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

1. Megan Is Missing (2011)

Meeting a boy online could be a very, very bad idea

Inspired by a real-life series of child abductions, this movie traumatized many teens and adults. The story is about a girl named Megan and her abduction. Megan, a popular 14-year-old high school student, meets a boy online and decides to meet up with him, which results in her disappearance. 

Later, things get even more complicated, as Megan's best friend Amy also vanishes. The movie shows disturbing pictures of Megan being tortured and assaulted, which may trigger some people. If you are trying to find something that will be stuck in your mind for ages, this movie is what you need. You can find it on YouTube and Amazon Prime.

If you wish to give your friends the creeps, these movies are a must-have for a movie night. They are scary, exciting and they make you think a lot. They will drive shivers down your spine and keep you up at night for days. We hope we helped you find the movie that you needed and that you'll enjoy it! 

What was the creepiest movie you have ever seen? Please write it in the comment section below, as we would like to know what scares you the most!

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