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- 1. Top 25 scary Halloween movies
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- 2. Psycho (1960)
Starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, Paramount PicturesA young woman steals $40,000 from work and takes off to start a new life. As luck would have it, her rest stop at the Bates Motel is her final one. Much blame and creepiness is experienced before the twist ending. Taking a shower and a mother's love were never seen the same.
- 3. The Omen (1976)
(20th Century Fox)
Starring Gregory Peck and Lee Remick, directed by Richard Donner, 20th Century FoxAn American ambassador learns that his son (which is really not his but one he picked up at the hospital) is the literal antichrist. Naturally, grisly deaths occur. Call Nanny 911!
- 4. The Amityville Horror (1979)
(American International Pictures)
Starring James Brolin, Margot Kidder and Rod Steiger, directed by Stuart Rosenberg, American International PicturesBased on the true story of George Lee and Kathy Lutz, the movie follows their troubled stay at their house in Amityville. Buying the house for a steal in the fall of 1975 because of a multiple murder barely a year before, they move in to experience a series of increasingly disturbing paranormal events. Eventually they flee. George, a land surveyor, probably should of had his license revoked because the house was supposedly built on a tribal burial ground. Memo: Don't build your house on a gravesite.
- 5. The Ring (2002)
Starring Naomi Watts, and Amber Tamblyn, directed by Gore Verbinski, DreamWorks SKGA young reporter investigates mysterious videotape that causes the death of anyone within a week of viewing it. Home viewing should be on DVD only as to avoid the VHS tape curse.
- 6. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Starring Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, and Michael C. Williams, directed by Daniel Myrick, Artisan EntertainmentA "spookimentary" based on footage found a year after the disappearance of three student filmmakers in the woods near Burkittsville, Maryland, this film had people talking about the mystery and getting sick at the dizzy handheld footage.
- 7. The Evil Dead (1981)
(New Line Cinema)
Starring Bruce Campbell and Ellen Sandweiss, written and Directed by Sam Raimi, New Line CinemaHitting the books takes on a whole new meaning for five college friends who travel to a cabin in the woods where they the find a scary book and then play a recording of incantations from the it unleashing demons who possess them one by one.
- 8. The Exorcist (1973)
Starring Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow and Linda Blair, directed by William Friedkin, Based on the novel by William Peter Blatty, Warner Bros.Pea soup never looked so good! (Satan made me say that.) This movie has made the top of many critics' list as the scariest movie of all time. A young girl is possessed by a demon and her mother calls on the help of two priests to save her soul.
- 9. Saw (2004)
(Lions Gate Entertainment)
Starring Cary Elwes and Danny Glover, directed by James Wan, Lions Gate EntertainmentJigsaw, a serial killer who sets up elaborate devices that his victims must figure out or die in, has trapped Dr. Lawrence Gordon in one of his deadly games. Dr. Gordon must figure out a way to get out in time. Hint: Saw.
- 10. The Fog (1980)
(AVCO Embassy Pictures)
Starring Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, John Houseman, Janet Lee and Hal Holbrook, written and Directed by John Carpenter, AVCO Embassy PicturesOnce again, Memo: Don't build over a gravesite. This time it's a small Northern California fishing town that was built over an old leper colony. The town is targeted for revenge by a killer fog containing zombie-ghosts seeking retribution.
- 11. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Starring David Naughton and Griffin Dunne, written and Directed by John Landis, Universal PicturesA Werewolf attacks two American tourists in England. One is killed and the other is mauled. The survivor, David, eventually turns into a Werewolf, wreaks terror and is visited by his gory victims for chats on how to end his curse. The best things about this film were the special effects and the fact it was the "Dr. Pepper" guy who starred in it.
- 12. Halloween (1978)
(Compass International Pictures)
Starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence, directed by John Carpenter, Compass International PicturesThe description doesn't do this film justice. An escaped psychotic murderer goes on a rampage while his doctor chases him through town. Well, maybe it does.
- 13. The Shining (1980)
Starring Jack Nicholson, Shelly Duvall and Scatman Crothers, directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on the novel by Stephen King, Warner Bros.A family spends the winter taking care of an evil hotel that makes the dad crazy, the mom really hysterical and the little boy run around at night in a frozen maze. Growing up, family time was never so fun in my house.
- 14. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
(New Line Cinema)
Starring Johnny Depp and Robert Englund, directed by Wes Craven, New Line CinemaA ghostly child murderer stalks the dreams of the kids of the lynch mob that killed him for killing kids. Ah, the Circle of Life--er, Death.
- 15. Poltergeist (1982)
Starring Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, directed by Tobe Hooper, produced by Steven Speilberg and Frank Marshall, MGMThey're Here! A suburban family is first visited by what appears to be friendly ghosts. Before anyone can say Casper, things turn nasty with a pool full of corpses, an evil tree and one of the nastiest stuffed toy clowns you'll ever meet.
- 16. Friday the 13th (1980)
Starring Betsy Palmer and Adrienne King, directed by Sean S. Cunningham, Paramount PicturesA group of young counselors are working to get Camp Crystal Lake up and running for the summer. But someone isn't too happy with the camp and one by one they are knocked off in dramatic gory ways. The big surprise ending was whom the killer turned out to be and introduced the next family member to take up the Camp Crystal cause. Go Team Voorhees!
- 17. Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Starring Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, and Ruth Gordon, directed by Roman Polanski, Paramount PicturesRosemary and Guy Woodhouse move into a New York apartment with a bad reputation. Sounds pretty normal these days but back in the 60s it was a rare occurrence. Soon Rosemary finds out that the tenants, as well as her husband, and probably in that order, are intent on her having a baby. The downside to this bundle of joy is that it is Satan. No happy ending here.
- 18. The Descent (2005)
Starring Shauna Macdonald and Natalie Mendoza, written and Directed by Neil Marshall, LionsgateSix female friends reunite after a tragic accident and end up trapped in a mountain cave because of a collapse. They soon find themselves being attacked by the bloodthirsty creatures (are there any other kind?) that live there. They struggle to survive the creatures and each other. Golden Girls, where are you?
- 19. Children of the Corn (1984)
(New World Pictures)
Starring Peter Horton and Linda Hamilton, directed by Fritz Kiersch, based on the story by Stephen King, New World PicturesAlso known as When Good Vegetables Go Bad. He Who Walks Behind the Rows wants Malachi and you to sit back, relax and be scared by a bunch of creepy kids. They sacrifice the adults of Gatlin, Nebreska to the demon who lives under the corn. A kind doctor and his wife battle the evil force, free the kids and burn corn.
- 20. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
(Walter Reade Organization)
Starring Duane Jones and Judith O'Dea, written and Directed by George A Romero, Walter Reade OrganizationA group of people hides from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse. Cue the farm jokes now.
- 21. Carrie (1976)
Starring Sissy Spacek, Amy Irving, Nancy Allen and John Travola, directed by Brian DePalma, based on the novel by Stephen King, United ArtistsAn unpopular and picked on girl with telekinetic powers gets pushed too far on prom night and becomes a rage-filled killing machine. Nerds everywhere rejoice!
- 22. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
(Braynston Distributing (1983 New Line Cinema))
Starring Marilyn Burns and Gunnar Hansen, directed by Tobe Hooper, Braynston Distributing (1983 New Line Cinema)A group of friends are driving on the back roads of Texas when they fall prey to a cannibalistic family, one of which is a leather-masked chainsaw-wielding maniac. This was the film that ended tourism in Texas until everybody figured out it was based on the murderer Ed Gein from Wisconsin. No word on how Wisconsin's tourism industry is doing.
- 23. Dawn of the Dea
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