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

Updated July 23, 2019 41.4k votes 4.4k voters 29.0k views15 items

List RulesVote 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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    "The Exorcist. I can't watch it without falling asleep."

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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 original It."

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    The Conjuring 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Which Horror Movie Isn't As Scary As Everyone Says?
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    "The Conjuring 2. Not scary at all. It was actually very predictable to me."

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  • 4
    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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    The Shining is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Which Horror Movie Isn't As Scary As Everyone Says?
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    "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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    Pet Sematary is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Which Horror Movie Isn't As Scary As Everyone Says?
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    "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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    It is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Which Horror Movie Isn't As Scary As Everyone Says?
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    It

    "The new It."

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    The Grudge is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Which Horror Movie Isn't As Scary As Everyone Says?
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    "When people were tripping about The Grudge and I was just like uhhhh ok lol."

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

    "The... [Exorcism] of Emily Rose."

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    It Follows is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which Horror Movie Isn't As Scary As Everyone Says?
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    "Recently finally watched It Follows and I have never been so disappointed in a movie. Was absolute garbage."

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

    "Rosemary's Baby. That movie can cure insomnia."

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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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    "Hereditary. Just a disappointment and DEFINITELY not 'this generation's Exorcist.'"

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    Veronica is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which Horror Movie Isn't As Scary As Everyone Says?
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    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?
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    The Witch

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

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