Tired of yawning your way through scary movies? Well, you just haven’t watched the right ones. Allow me to help.
Back in 2009, my friends and I published a list, “The Top 20 Scariest Films of All Time”. Our goal in compiling the list was not to judge a film on its cinematic merit, but instead on how the scares affected us mentally, and perhaps even physically. The final list was a result of a combined voting process, so my scariest films may or may not have ended up ranked as highly as I deemed them worthy. But now it’s my turn.
What I present to you is my 2013 List of the Scariest Movies You Need to See! Click the link to enjoy…
Honorable mentions (meaning I simply couldn’t not mention them)
*”Paranormal Activity 3″
Well, that’s all folks! Hope you enjoyed the list, but I hope you enjoy the films even more. And by “enjoy” I mean “have the life scared out of you.”
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Stay scary, my friends.
“Stephen King’s IT”
In 1960, seven outcast kids known as “The Loser Club” fight an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown. 30 years later, they are called back to fight the same clown again. I know I’m gonna receive some flack for picking this 1990 mini-series as number one, but come on people, it’s absolutely terrifying and so incredibly hard to shake. It’s about a clown that eats children, and only the children can see him. Not only that, but Tim Curry practically created the fear of clowns with his chilling performance. The fact that this film still causes me to pause before showering is a testament to its horrifying power.
A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further. So, if you didn’t hate me for my first pick, here’s another opportunity. But this one is absolutely nothing if not scary. This 2010 gem is the most energetic, in-your-face horror film I’ve seen since “The Evil Dead”, and it is much more diverse than anything I’ve ever seen. Scary voices, bumps in the night, disturbing images, jump scares, dreadfulness, mounting suspense and tension, and the bizarre and ghostly are just a handful of the frightening territories into which director James Wan plunges us into. And he never lets us look back.
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. Here we go. Here’s a film that is not only extremely scary, but also incredibly satisfying and lushly cinematic. This one is for all you film snobs. But Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece of horror truly earns its place among these lofty peaks for its outstanding ability to mount dread and tension and suspense, without ever toppling over. Not til it’s ready to topple over, anyways. The climax of this 1980 classic is enough to send you running for cover. Just don’t head for the maze.
“The Amityville Horror”
Newlyweds move into a house where a murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away. The mere thought that this could have actually happened to someone is enough to give you chills, but the 1979 film itself is legendary in its own right. A true haunted house of terrors, this one ups the ante with a disturbing back-story that transitions into the present one. This isn’t about things moving on their own or pianos playing themselves, no, this is ultimately about an evil so powerful it may drive a man to kill his whole family. “For God’s sake, get out!”
A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators. If you’ve never seen (or perhaps never heard of) this British horror, you simply must watch it. From its slam-bang opening to its crushingly powerful ending, Neil Marshall’s 2005 film about cave diving is so much more. Filled with rich characters and a compelling and layered story, this flick is anything but predictable. The horrors in this one came fast and fresh, and sometimes it’s what we can’t see that is the scariest.