10 Best Scary Films

To be one of the 10 best scary films, a movie must make you believe that it can really happen to you in a personal way. While most horror movies concentrate on blood and guts, the following movies draw you out of your comfort zone and into a realm where you are looking over your shoulder to make sure no one is standing behind you.

  1. "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (1974). The lead character Leatherface is portrayed as a brutal killing machine with little to no intelligence or remorse. The gritty backdrop and the surprise scares along the way make “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” one of the 10 best scary films of all time.

  1. "Halloween" (1978). What can be scarier than Halloween night? The whispering winds, the rustling branches, and the bright moon can give you a scare without “The Shape” roaming around killing everyone around him. This tale of murder begins in Haddonfield, Illinois by “ The Shape”. “Halloween” gets a spot as one of the 10 best scary films because there is no other holiday as frightening as Halloween.

  1. "Nightmare on Elm Street" (1984). Freddy Krueger vows revenge on Elm Street after being convicted of murdering children and then being burned alive by the residents of Elm Street. Freddy catches you when you are most vulnerable, in your sleep; specifically when you are dreaming.

  1. "Friday the 13th" (1980). Deep in the woods of camp Crystal Lake lies a secret only a few people know. In the summer sun of the 1950's a camper names Jason Vorhees drown because a few counselors were making out instead of watching the children, so began the killings of Jason's mother at the inaugural killing spree. She left a trail of death from one end of the woods to the other.

  1. "The Exorcist" (1973). Possessed by a mysterious entity, Regan cusses, turns her head all the way around, and spits up pea soup to show the audience that she isn't messing around. This movie deserves a spot as one of the top 10 best scary movies.

  1. "Night of the Living Dead" (1968). Giving the hero part to a black actor in 1968 was unheard of at that time. George A. Romero had the guts to cast Duane Jones as Ben, an African-American man, as the hero and it all worked out. This was the genesis of the “Zombie Genre” in the film world. Ben wards off an onslaught of flesh eating zombies after finding refuge in an abandoned house. He finds fellow living beings inside and they prepare for war with the undead. “Night of the Living Dead” deserves a top spot in the 10 best scary movies.

  1. "The Thing" (1982). Kurt Russell stars in this Horror/Sci-Fi classic that is set in Antarctica and involves shape shifting aliens that take over a crew of scientists. The alien turns into the people that it kills, so no one is trusted. This was one of the 10 best scary films of all time.

  1. "Frankenstein" (1931). Most people get it wrong when they call Frankenstein's monster the name Frankenstein. The scientist who created the monster was Doctor Frankenstein, and he was a evil man who created a tender, unknowing creature that was turned evil by the people in the village. This is considered a classic in every way, even after seventy nine years it remains top notch.

  1. "The Shining" (1980). Stephen King wrote the book about a writer who takes a job at the Overlook Hotel as the winter caretaker because he thinks the seclusion will give him a chance to write. In reality he is driven insane by the possessions that has a firm hold on the hotel. His wife and kid are pawns in his crazy game of chase throughout the hotel.

  2. "Count Dracula" (1931). Bela Lugosi is the creepy Count Dracula in this tale of murder in the night. Lugosi is rumored to be buried in his Dracula costume as he was so proud of the character and his performance. The movie has held up exceptionally well for a film made almost 80 years ago.

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