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Which Horror Movie Isn't As Scary As Everyone Says? 

Ryan Carlquist
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List Rules Vote up the horror films that made you yawn instead of shriek; vote down those that made you shiver.

Rosemary's Baby, The Exorcist, The Shining: They're all classic films with the sole goal of making the viewer's skin crawl. The most celebrated horror movies don't skimp on scares, but the focus is always on the characters. Horror auteur James Wan once succinctly stated, "If you don’t create characters you care about, then it doesn't matter how great the scares you come up with are, you just don’t care about it." Without good characters, the scares fall flat and a wave of disinterest washes over the audience. But when a film has well-rounded characters with whom the audience can truly sympathize, those same moments can chill them to the bone. 

When we asked the Ranker audience which horror films didn't live up to expectations, several of the responses echoed that same sentiment. However, there are also stone-cold viewers in the comment section who think Hereditary is a leisurely Sunday walk in the park.

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The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Which Horror Movie Isn't As Scary As Everyone Says?
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It is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Which Horror Movie Isn't As Scary As Everyone Says?
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The Conjuring 2: The Enf... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Which Horror Movie Isn't As Scary As Everyone Says?

"The Conjuring 2. Not scary at all. It was actually very predictable to me."

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#124 of 796 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #12 of 113 The Best Intelligent Horror Movies

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Paranormal Activity is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which Horror Movie Isn't As Scary As Everyone Says?

"Paranormal Activity. OMG, that was so awful I threw popcorn at the screen to entertain myself."

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#53 of 796 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #13 of 13 12+ Horror Movie Fan Theories That Make Your Favorites Even Scarier #22 of 113 The Best Intelligent Horror Movies

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The Shining is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Which Horror Movie Isn't As Scary As Everyone Says?

"The Shining, I say this on a personal level lol just because I'd be bored in the hotel and I would be tormenting Johnny hahaha."

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#61 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #1 of 796 The Best Horror Movies Of All Timefeaturing The Making Of 'The Shining' Was A Bigger Nightmare Than The Film's Story

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Pet Sematary is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Which Horror Movie Isn't As Scary As Everyone Says?

"Pet Sematary, the book, freaked me out. The movie was cheesy and awful. Glad I read the book first because the movie would have ruined it."

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#23 of 796 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #151 of 625 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Moviesfeaturing Real Burial Grounds And Locations That Could Have Inspired 'Pet Sematary'

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It is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Which Horror Movie Isn't As Scary As Everyone Says?
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The Grudge is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Which Horror Movie Isn't As Scary As Everyone Says?

"When people were tripping about The Grudge and I was just like uhhhh ok lol."

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#60 of 796 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #1 of 15 Non R-Rated Horror Movies As Scary As Anything #36 of 128 The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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The Exorcism of Emily Ro... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Which Horror Movie Isn't As Scary As Everyone Says?
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It Follows is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which Horror Movie Isn't As Scary As Everyone Says?

"Recently finally watched It Follows and I have never been so disappointed in a movie. Was absolute garbage."

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#53 of 113 The Best Intelligent Horror Movies #9 of 16 The Greatest Horror Films Of The Last 40 Years With Virtually No Violence

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Freddy vs. Jason is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Which Horror Movie Isn't As Scary As Everyone Says?

"Freddy vs. Jason... I laughed continually in the theater because I had just watched The Simpsons 'Tree House of Horror.'" 

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#21 of 99 The Best Horror Movie Sequels #40 of 137 The Goriest Movies Ever Made

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Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Which Horror Movie Isn't As Scary As Everyone Says?
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Hereditary is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which Horror Movie Isn't As Scary As Everyone Says?
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Veronica is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which Horror Movie Isn't As Scary As Everyone Says?
Veronica

"Veronica definitely was a fail on scare factor (typing while drunk and nailing it)."

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The Witch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Which Horror Movie Isn't As Scary As Everyone Says?
The Witch

"[The] Witch from a couple years ago. Total waste of time."