The Halloween Season is the time to let yourself feel some of the old-fashioned, stomach-wrenching fear that only movies can create.
Entertainment Weekly has created their list of the 20 Scariest Movies of All Time. The list consists of modern-day masterpieces of horror. Most of the choices are not “gore” movies- the ones that don’t keep you on the edge of your seat, as much as gross you out with bloody body parts.
The movies absent from the list however, are the old-time horror classics. They may seem tame by today’s standards, but they were the movies that started the entire genre. Here is Entertainment Weekly’s list:
THE SHINING (1980)
THE EXORCIST (1973
THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974)
THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)
THE RING (2002)
ROSEMARY’S BABY (1968)
28 DAYS LATER (2003)
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984)
THE THING (1982)
THE EVIL DEAD (1982)
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968)
THE OMEN (1976)
AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981)
HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER (1990)
The older classic horror films are still fun to watch and many will surprise you with the dramatic way that they build suspense. Sure, the special effects were primitive, but the acting was first rate and the characters were well developed.
THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954)
THE WOLFMAN (1941)
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925)
DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1941)
THE BODY SNATCHER (1945)
THE MUMMY (1959)
Whether you decide to watch a modern horror classic or travel back in time to the classic horror films of the 30’S, 40’s and 50’s, you will be rewarded with a little spine-tingling, and a few goosebumps.
And perhaps, you will return to a time in your childhood, when the worlds of your imagination and the “real world” were not so very far apart. Halloween can do that for you.