Originally created October 2009. Updated.
Do you want to be scared? I mean really, really scared! Not just grossed out, but scared out of your wits this Halloween? Well, I’ve just compiled a list of my picks of the scariest films of all time! Feel free to add your favorite Halloween movies!
13. Young Frankenstein (1974) ~ O.K., so it’s not a scary movie, but it is the best parody of Frankenstein ever made! Mel Brooks was a comic genious!
12. Halloween (1979) ~ John Carpenter’s classic of a serial killer harkens back to Psycho. Believe it or not, this movie inspired the WWE’s Undertaker & his brother, Kane!
11. Rosemary’s Baby (1969) ~ The son of Satan born on the upper west side of Manhattan! Roman Polanski uses the mind rather than visuals to shock his audience. Though we don’t see the baby, just the sheer notion is enough to give us the willys!
10. Alien (1979) ~ “In space, no one can really hear you scream!’ That was the moniker for Ridley Scott’s Sci-Fi horror classic that has spawned 5 sequels. Probably the ugliest monster ever created.
9. Night of the Living Dead (1968) ~ My cousin first told me about this film and said he puked his guts out. This is not for the squeamish. It will make you puke after eating! Leave the “Jujubes” at home.
8. Dracula (1935) ~ Of all the creations based on the Bram Stoker classic novel, this is the only version you should see! Bela Lugosi is the real vampire! Everyone else is an imitator.
7. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) ~ Tobe Hooper’s shocking vision. “It’s Beyond Scary! It’s downright disgusting!”
6. Poltergeist (1982) ~ After his success with the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hooper went on to create this unforgettable classic horror film. “Why didn’t they just leave the house? I mean, seriously! If it was me, I would have been gone a long time ago!”
5. Frankenstein (1931) ~ The original! Accept no substitutes! When this film was created, audiences were horrified by the look of the monster. Now with so many remakes, it’s just routine.
4. Drag Me to Hell (2009) – Director Sam Raimi created plenty of horror movies in the past, from Evil Dead to Army of Darkness. This film, about a woman who receives a curse from a scorned gypsy, surprised me with its originality and sheer shock value.
3. Psycho (1960) ~ Alfred Hitchcock’s unforgettable shower scene says it all! No one would be safe taking showers after watching this classic thriller.
2. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) ~ Anthony Hopkins’ cemented his legacy with this classic film about cannibal murder Hanibal Lechter, who gives an FBI agent assistance in finding a serial killer.
1. The Exorcist (1974) – As a kid, just the thought of this film would scare the begeezus out of me. The commercials were scary enough, but my mom would never allow me to see the film, as she knew I would have nightmares for weeks on end. When I became older, I was finally able to see the film in all its glory. At first, the film was a laugh riot, with its display of pea soup, crotch grabbing and sounds that reminded me of the Herculoids. But in later viewings, I became enthralled by the film’s true meaning, the eternal battle of good and evil.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1985) – Freddy Kruger doesn’t really scare, as much as the lines he blubs out when he appears. Only for its unintentionally funny moments!
The Shining (1980) – Stanley Kubrick said he wanted to make the scariest movie ever made. If not scary, downright hammy acting.
The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) – The man in a lizard suit reminds me of the Star Trek episode where lizard taking to Captain Kirk had a bronchial asthma problem (“Arena”).
The Thing (1951) – Did anyone notice James Arness of Gunsmoke in the carrot suit?
The Pit and the Pendulum (1961) – Roger Corman’s production of Edgar Allan Poe’s horror novel featured Vincent Price’s best performance as a lunatic!
Rabid (1977) – My personal favorite David Cronenberg film, with adult film star Marilyn Chambers in the lead role.
Suspiria (1977) – The commercials alone scared the shit out of me! The movie, created by Italian horror director Dario Argento was a different story!
The Beast with Five Fingers (1946) – The film was marketed with the tagline “A sensation of screaming suspense!” Peter Lorre was a gas! Ahead of its time, really!
The Blair Witch Project (1999) ~ “One of the best movie experiments ever made! Take a camera and shoot a couple of days in the woods. Instant money!”