August 6, 2008

The Best Horror Movies of All Time

These horror movies have that ever-so-important jump-out-of-your-seat, nightmare inducing appeal that we all look for in a scary movie. We’ve chosen some of the most popular horror flicks of the past 40 years to jog your memory with some great classics you may have forgotten and to introduce you to some incredible films you may not have had the chance to see.

1. Night of the Living Dead, directed by George A. Romero, is a classic zombie movie that has single-handedly spawned a multitude of other dead, flesh-eater flicks. Shot in black and white despite the advent of color film in the 1960’s, the film featured mediocre actors and a simple plot, but the theatrics and makeup were remarkable for the time and the fright factor was impressive even by today’s standards. (Night of the Living Dead, 1968)

2. Nightmare on Elm Street, written and directed by Wes Craven, is as a much a psychological thriller as it is a campy teenage slasher film. We all have to sleep sometime and there’s just something about a killer that can only get us in our dreams that’s made this movie worthy of a spot on our list. Freddy Krueger joined Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees as one of the most horrific slasher movie psychos of all time. The acting was rather bland but the premise and theatrics were good. (Nightmare on Elm Street, 1984)

3. Cabin Fever, directed by Eli Roth and starring Ryder Strong, is reminiscent of the naughty-teenagers-getting-their-just-deserves movies of the 1980’s . In an age when the fear of bioterrorism and deadly flesh eating viruses was ever-present, Cabin Fever spoke to our psyche and made us wonder “what-if”. The movie was, at times, light hearted and comical but the overall atmosphere was horrifying. (Cabin Fever, 2003)

4. Psycho, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Anthony Perkins is an intense psychological horror that still manages to make us nervous in the shower. This film went down in history as being one of the first in which a main character was killed in the middle of the movie. When moviegoers first saw Janet Leigh murdered in the shower, they knew this Hitchcock film would break all the rules. It became an instant classic that spawned several sequels but none could measure up to the original. (Psycho, 1960)

5. The Exorcist, based on a novel by William Peter Blatty and starring Linda Blair, sent shivers up the spines of faithful churchgoers and ho-hum heathens alike. The Exorcist follows the demonic possession of a young girl, her mother’s frustrations and fears, and the seemingly fruitless attempts of two priests who try to rid the girl of her demons. The movie is dark and disturbing and a must-see horror movie classic. (The Exorcist, 1973)