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Top 10 horror movies of all time

Whether it is in a theater with the lights down, or at home curled up on the couch with a significant other, people like to be scared. Even as cinema was just getting its foothold, silent films like ” The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” in 1920 thrilled and scared moviegoers nearly out of their seats. “Talkie” thrillers in the 1930s would follow, with Bela Lugosi’sDracula” and the original “Frankenstein.” Whether you are interested in counting down the top 10 horror movies to watch for Halloween, or just desire a scary movie night, there are several horror movies that are simply the best in the genre.
  • The Exorcist:

Rated the number one movie of all-time in a “Rolling Stone” readers’ poll, “The Exorcist” tops many critic’s lists for best horror movie. A haunting story about demonic possession, Linda Blair’s head turning 360 degrees scared many a moviegoer in 1973. Also starring Ellen Burstyn and Max von Sydow, this movie is best watched with the lights on.
  • Psycho:

Directed by The Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, “Psycho” was shot in black-and-white during the dawn of Technicolor movies to make it slightly less gory. One of the most famous scenes of all time, the infamous shower scene featuring Janet Leigh shocked and scared audiences. Also starring Anthony Perkins and Vera Miles, the story of Norman Bates is an absolute spine-tingler.

  • Alien:

Starring Sigourney Weaver as Ripley, this 1979 sci-fi thriller is on the IMDB’s list of the Top 250 Movies of All Time. With a deadly alien lifeforce striking against every member of the crew, “Alien” breaks out of the sci-fi realm, and is scary enough to keep audiences on the edges of their seats with a tagline like “in space, no one can hear you scream.” 

  •  The Shining:

Made in 1980, hearing the phrase “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” or “redrum” is enough to give viewers a chill down the spine. Directed by Stanley Kubrick, this film highlights the Torrance family as they become caretakers of an isolated hotel during the winter months. Based on a Stephen King novel, this disturbing film is number two on the “Rolling Stone” readers’ poll.

  • Jaws:

Enough to keep some moviegoers out of the ocean for years. “Jaws” is perhaps so frightening because of the possibility of real shark attacks. Directed by Steven Spielberg, this 1975 blockbuster stars Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss, and was the winner of three Academy Awards. A realistic horror flick, this one is not a good choice on a beach vacation.

  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari:

A true masterpiece, this is the original and quintessential horror movie. In addition to that, one of the few to score 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Focused on the murderous mayhem of Dr. Caligari, this silent film is a must-see for anyone that considers themselves a fan of the horror genre.

  • Night of the Living Dead:

The original zombie production, the 1968 production of “Night of the Living Dead” tells the story of a group of frightened people forced to take shelter during a zombiepocalypse. Directed by George Romero, this chilling black-and-white movie has long been a favorite of both fans and critics.

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre:

One of the original slasher movies. This classic horror film, loosely based on serial killer Ed Gein, is gruesome and brutal. Released in 1974, this film directed by Tobe Hooper has plenty of blood and gore. However, with many sequels, the original is by far the best.

  •  The Bride of Frankenstein:

Made in 1935, this sequel to “Frankenstein” is often more of a fan favorite. Starring Boris Karloff and Elsa Lanchester, this film delves more into The Monster’s existence as he takes a partner. With a 100 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. This film is considered one of the best of the early monster movies.
  • Rosemary’s Baby:

Starring Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes. This 1968 film is simple in its production. Yet horrifyingly chilling as young parents begin to fear their unborn child is the spawn of Satan. Directed by Roman Polanski, this was his first American release.

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