If you’re looking for the perfect scary movie to watch for Halloween, a UNC Charlotte student has created just the resource for you. Scott Plybon, who is studying for his Master of Science in Information Technology, launched his website Reel Scary on Wednesday, allowing users to rate scary movies and find others that suit their specific tastes.

This isn’t your typical rating system, however. Users don’t rate whether films are good or bad. Rather, they rate the film based on three factors: disturb, gore and suspense, letting visitors find movies that speak to their preferred style of horror.

“I came up with the idea because my wife always tries to get me to watch scary movies by saying that they are not very scary, and I needed a way to determine if a movie was actually scary or not,” said Plybon. “I like scary movies but more tame ones – something likes “Signs,” as opposed to something really scary like “The Ring.”

Ethan Hawke in "Sinister." (Photo courtesy Summit Entertainment/TNS)
Ethan Hawke in “Sinister.” (Photo courtesy Summit Entertainment/TNS)

The homepage has a section for the most popular movies as well as ranking lists for each individual category. For instance, if you’re looking for the most disturbing movie, you’d want the 2008 French film “Martyrs.” If gore is your thing, “Hostel: Part II” takes the top spot. Lastly, for fans of suspense, Ridley Scott’s “Alien” reigns supreme.

If you want a recommendation from Plybon himself, he offers “The Babadook” as a solid choice.

According to Plybon, the website netted about 660,000 page views on just the first day of launch. News of Reel Scary has even spread to outlets like Business Insider and Boing Boing. Suffice it to say launch day went unexpectedly well.

“My day was filled with excitement, stress and trying to keep the site from crashing from all the traffic,” said Plybon. “It’s tough to say if the users will stick around, but I’m hopeful that they will.”

Halloween only comes once a year, and no one wants to be disappointed when they choose a movie to set the mood. Luckily, Reel Scary is here just in time to help you pick the best one for your horror tendencies. You can check it out for yourself at www.reelscary.com.

Jordan Snyder is the Editor-in-Chief for the Niner Times and has been working with the newspaper since October 2013. He is a communications major with a minor in film studies.


  1. The scariest slashed type movie is a close 2 movies.Hellraiser 2 & SAW 3.I would suggest not to eat before either.I like to call Hell raiser 2 as a skinless flick.Saw 3 is just bone crunching,muscle ripping,blood squirting gross!

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