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Here are the 13 scariest movies we’ve ever seen. Nothing graphic follows. For that you’ll have to see the films.

You’ll notice that many of these movies are at least a few years old. Why? A couple reasons. First, one of our criteria for scariest movies is that they really linger — which means giving them time to see if they stay in our heads.

There’s also something to be said for 1970s film stock, which has almost a Pavlovian capacity to scare. And, finally, a lot of modern movies copy older movies, and when you see something the second, third or 100th time, it’s just less scary.

So here are the 13 scariest movies we’ve ever seen.

Last House on the Left (1972)

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Funny Games (2008)

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The Exorcist (1973)

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

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The Human Centipede (2009)

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Jaws (1975)

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Alien (1979)

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Rosemary’s Baby

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The Blair Witch Project

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Terrifier 2

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Candyman (1992)

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Carrie (1976)

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Hostel (2005)

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