THESE are the top ten scariest movies of all time, according to reviews on the internet.
10. Psycho (1960)
After this 1960 classic, showering instantly became a creepy activity. This Alfred Hitchcock story about a young man’s “relationship” with his mother could recreate new scary movies or make headlines on Jerry Springer . It shouldn’t be a shocker that this classic is both the oldest film on the list as well as the most popular.
9. Alien (1979)
Who hasn’t seen John Hurt’s chest burst open? Who hasn’t seen endless parodies of this scene? The first of many sequels, none came close to matching this amazing story of a crew’s journey in encountering an alien. Ridley Scott provided the platform for Sigourney Weaver’s first film.
8. Jaws (1975)
I used to eat shark until I saw this movie and my surfer co-worker told me it was, simply put, bad karma. I miss shark, but the memories of Steven Spielberg’s first commercial success still haunt me. More than 25 years after the movie, the question remains: What is more haunting -- killer shark attacks or John Williams’ music.
7. The Others (2001)
Nicole Kidman offers one of her greatest performances in this more recent film, as Grace, a mother in post-World War II. At the risk of giving anything away, if you liked Sixth Sense , you will absolulety love this one. Everything from the chilling set to the eerie plot will certainly freak you out. This is one to watch with a lady.
6. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Mia Farrow and Oscar winner Ruth Gorden star in this oldie but goodie. The Roman Polanski box-office hit tells the tale of a wealthy newlywed whose life spirals in a downward cycle as she realizes that she has become the victim of a cult of Devil-worshippers.
5. Halloween (1978)
If Freddy Krueger scared little kids, then John Carpenter’s Michael Myers scared the crap out of adults and kids alike. To this day, Myers and his white, cast-like face with no eyes scares me. This über-scary movie about serial killers has been Xeroxed to death.
4. The Shining (1980)
If you think that Jack Nicholson is scary while watching his beloved Lakers courtside, you ain’t seen nothing yet. I’ll put it to you this way: This creepy performance makes his role as The Joker seem more like Santa. Also of note; the movie was directed by the late-Stanley Kubrick and based on a Stephen King novel.
Again, it doesn’t make those lonely nights any easier, but hey, isn’t that why you have a girlfriend?
3. Seven (1995)
Brad Pitt gets a lot of flack for being too good-looking, but the man can act. Okay, so Legends of the Fall was painful to watch, but give the man credit for his performance in this thriller. And Pitt was only the beginning; the cinematography, lighting... everything about the movie is perfect. This is also the only “scary” movie that I have seen several times. Hey, scare the living daylights out of your date; it only makes the evening go smoother (yes, boys will be boys).
2. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Perhaps the best modern-day thriller, as confirmed by Academy Award-winning performances by Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, as well as going down in history as the first thriller to win a Best Picture Academy Award. Jonathan Demme showcases an FBI agent’s hunt for a serial killer, with the guidance of another serial killer. Not a personal favorite, but a classic.
1. The Exorcist (1973)
There is a reason why they re-released William Friedkin’s movie, by far the scariest one ever made. Just listen to the theme music if you do not believe me. There is something freaky about a child possessed by the devil, right? This one set the stage for The Silence of the Lambs with its own Best Picture nomination.