Sarah Dobbs and GamesRadar recently posted their choices for The 25 Best Horror Movies to Scare You Senseless. Here are three of my favorites…
12. Carrie (1976)
The movie: Poor old Carrie (Sissy Spacek) is a complete misfit. Her mother’s religious mania keeps her sheltered, confused, and scared, and her schoolmates aren’t much better. Being invited to prom with one of the popular kids looks like Carrie’s ticket to acceptance, but things don’t exactly go to plan and Carrie wreaks spectacular revenge on her tormentors. Brian De Palma expertly crafts a terrifying split-screen finale that shouldn’t work, but acts as a brilliant mood-setter before Carrie’s final walk home to face her mother.
Why it’s scary: There are plenty of high school horrors out there, but few as visceral – or as heart-breaking – as Carrie herself.
10. Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
The movie: The original zombie movie. George Romero basically invented a whole subgenre with this movie, and his slow, shambling, relentless ghouls are still terrifying. As is the idea that, if the dead rise, well have to rely on our neighbours not to get us killed. Yikes.
Why it’s scary: It introduced the world to the idea of undead flesh-eating monsters. Trying to imagine TV and cinema without them? Impossible. The horror genre hasn’t looked back since.
2. The Exorcist (1973)
The movie: After messing with a Ouija board, Regan (Linda Blair) starts acting weirdly. And not just acting weirdly in a normal teenage kind of way: she talks backwards, scuttles around the house like a crab, and does unspeakable things with crucifixes. Her mother calls in a couple of Catholic priests to cast out Regan’s demons, but it won’t be easy.
Why it’s scary: It quite simply has the most evil-soaked atmosphere of any film ever made.
I would have added 28 days later to the overall list. What else?