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Crapper’s Delight: These Horror Movies Will Scare Your Pants Off

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    In July of 2013, a horror movie called The Conjuring hit theaters and made away with $42 million in its first weekend — the box office record for an original R-rated horror movie opening. The movie — starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as husband-wife paranormal investigators enlisted by a family to exorcise their haunted farmhouse — was also lauded by critics. The Conjuring scored an 86% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as praise for its smart plot, cinematic beauty, and well-crafted scare-moments that harken back to classic horror films like The Exorcist.

    The key to The Conjuring's tremendous success — and the reason it got a sequel, The Conjuring 2, this summer — is really pretty simple: It scared the shit out of people. And from the paranormal fright-fests and the psychological thrillers to the classics, that's what a good horror movie does. So we decided to round up the best scary movies — i.e. the ones most likely to make you shit your pants.




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    Don't Breathe (2016)
    We'd venture to say that the best horror movies center on a group of naive teenagers who are asking for trouble, and Don't Breathe is one of them. This time it's three thieves who decide to break into the wrong person's house — and, as you can probably predict, things take a wrong (and chilling!) turn.

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    The Grudge (2004)
    This remake of a Japanese film made waves back in 2004 for being truly scary. As in, peek-through-your-eyes kind of scary. The story centers on a curse that happens when a person dies feeling intense anger or sadness. As you can imagine, anyone who encounters that curse is pretty much doomed, as we see with the protagonists, the Saeki family. Things get both weird and creepy with this grudge — resulting in the perfect kind of guilty pleasure horror movie.

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    The Skeleton Key (2016)
    When Kate Hudson's character arrives to help an elderly woman take care of her paralyzed husband, she's given a skeleton key to the house, which opens all of its many rooms — except one. Set in New Orleans, this tale of dark voodoo magic, also starring Joy Bryant, will haunt you long after you've finished watching.

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    10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
    When you think of John Goodman in a movie, you're expecting a film filled with laughs, right? Wrong. One Refinery staffer calls this Goodman-starring film about a woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who gets in a car accident and then becomes convinced the world has ended "the scariest movie she's ever seen." Yikes.

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    Scream (1996)
    It's an accepted fact that 80's babies — and people of all ages, really — have a soft spot for Scream. The small town horror movie is partially horror movie satire, but even with its comedic elements, it's still make-you-jump-scary. And what made this slasher flick an instant cult classic was its lineup of 90's stars: Neve Campbell, Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, and Courteney Cox and David Arquette (whose meeting on set would later lead to a marriage and child). Dig in, enjoy, and try not to shriek too loudly.