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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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    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.

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    The Awakening (2011)
    This is one creepy film, let us tell ya. After World War I, a British ghost expert and writer — Florence, played by Rebecca Hall — receives a visit from Robert (played by The Affair's Dominic West), a teacher at a boys boarding school who wants her to come investigate some suspicious happenings. We'll leave it at that for now as to not spoil anything, but this movie has all the makings of a perfectly eerie film: Dark hallways in a super old building, frightening children, and British accents. Eek!

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    The Cabin In The Woods (2012)
    You've heard this concept before: A group of friends get together for a weekend trip that doesn't end so well. In 2012's Cabin In The Woods, these kids were played by Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Connolly, Jesse Williams, Anna Hutchison, and Fran Kranz, college students headed to a remote cabin where they're met by some unexpected neighbors. This film is actually part comedy, you'll be sure to laugh (who doesn't laugh when Chris Hemsworth is involved?) but there are also plenty of genuine scares, too.

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    28 Days Later (2002)
    Long before The Walking Dead, a horror movie called 28 Days Later tackled a familiar post-apocalyptic question: What would happen if an infectious plague arrived and wiped out the majority of humans on Earth? This horror flick follows a group of people through 28 days of that hypothetical situation, from day 1 — infection — to day 28, which...well, no spoilers here, but let's just say as each day progresses in this film, things get much scarier.