Scary movies for Halloween!
Do you like scary movies? These ten horror flicks are the scariest of all time, guaranteed to leave you shaking, sleepless, and utterly creeped out -- just in time for Halloween! We present them here in no particular order, and all are the original versions, not the remakes. Tell us which you think is the scariest movie of all time!
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
You'll have a whole new appreciation for your in-laws after watching the original version of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Featuring a hitch hiker, cannibals and a monster killer -- Leatherface -- the psychological horror starts long before you see the meat hooks. This movie was deemed so gross that it was banned in several counties shortly after its 1974 release.
If the sound of television static totally freaks you out, you likely have Poltergeist to blame. The scariest part -- aside from that awful toy clown that's possessed by the devil -- is that the evil this family faces is faceless.
An innocent child turned evil incarnate? Glowing eyes, bodies in unnatural positions, demonic voices and the stifling environment of a single room all add to the super creepiness of the classic horror flick The Exorcist. If you really want to scare yourself silly, watch the director's cut.
The Blair Witch Project
In another case of never seeing the enemy, The Blair Witch Project scared the poop out of audiences by showing little more than the abject fear of the three main characters. Fun fact: The night we saw this movie, this writer's roommate at the time woke up screaming, "I know why Mike was in the corner!" over and over. The small-yet-terrifying details of this flick will haunt you long after you've turned off your TV.
The Amityville Horror
The fact that The Amityville Horror is based on supposedly true events is one reason why this tale is so terrifying. The fact that the American Dream becomes bastardized by evil is another. An unwitting family moves into a beautiful home where a brutal murder occurred and the previously loving husband and father slowly turns into an axe-wielding psychopath. Always check police records before you buy a house!
Isolation makes the heart grow crazier. Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, The Shining set the standard in psychological horror. Trapped in a haunted hotel, we watch as Jack Torrence is driven to madness. Known for its bizarre imagery and Jack Nicholson's amazing performance ("Here's Johnny!"), The Shining has a lasting effect.
One word: Pinhead. In Hellraiser, a skinless dude with pins holding his face on tries to get his girlfriend (how does he have a girlfriend?) to do unspeakable things, all while being chased by a gang of angry demons. No wonder he's so mad.
Scared of the dark? Claustrophobic? The Descent will be your worst nightmare. Compound those two fears with the possibility of being buried alive and unseen evil, and you can pretty much guarantee you won't sleep for weeks after watching this flick.
Canoeing in the South? No thank you. Deliverance is the sole reason why every man you know turns white as snow when he hears a banjo play. Sexual sadism and human hunting both figure prominently in this tale of four city boys who choose the wrong river to explore.
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Freddy Krueger turns dreams into nightmares — A Nightmare on Elm Street to be exact. How do you catch this killer? You don't. He's a supernatural being that lives in your subconscious. You shouldn't be afraid of the monster under the bed, worry about the one that's in your head.
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