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’s “Dracula” 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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