Each generation of film makers have created movies that scared the wits out of us! Movies so scary that our eyes can’t ignore and our memories just can’t forget. Whether it be Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film, “Psycho,” or James Wan’s 2004 film, “Saw.” This is a list of the scariest movies of all time, dating back to the early 1960’s to our present 2010. Enjoy!
Psycho, 1960- Alfred Hitchcock blew the world world away and made a huge impact on 60’s horror films forever. Movie theaters and Censors wanted to ban it at the time, due to it’s horrific imagery and disturbing humor. Audiences everywhere loved the killing of the main character halfway through the movie and it’s special effects. Hitchcock created one of the most recognizable names in movie history, Norman Bates. The true message of the film is to show that a monster can lurk and hide behind the sweetest faces.
Night of the Living Dead, 1968- George Romero is also another well-known movie maker of the 60’s. He takes his simple pleasures and sadistic behaviors to a whole new level with, “Night of the Living Dead.” A group of adults are trapped in a farm house because of the flesh-eating zombies that are stalking them. Romero completely gave a whole new meaning of Horror in this day in age because of it’s huge amount of gore and the constant fear and tension it brought to the audience.
The Exorcist, 1973- Critiques and the audiences have labeled this movie as the scariest in the world. William Friedkin’s subject of the paranormal, possession and Satan, disturbed all eyes that set focus on the film. There are multiple special effects that the movie industry has never seen before. This is an adult movie and kids, prepare for nightmares!
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 1974- Tobe Hooper released this movie in hopes to terrorize the audience. He reached his goal by far. Filmed like a documentary, a group of teens on a road trip, take a wrong turn in Texas and run in to the most disturbing family to ever live. They are captured, tortured, killed and eaten by the dysfunctional family. Hooper stayed away from the gore and focused more on the torture scenario and it put the film right where he wanted it. From the beginning of the end, you fear is now chainsaws. The movie is based on the true story of killer Ed Gein.
Halloween, 1978- John Carpenter came fresh out of film school when he made one of the world’s favorite scary movies. It’s enough to look through the eyes of Michael Myers, but the suspense is unbearable. As Michael stalked his sister through out the entire movie, fear overwhelmed for what’s going to happen next, rather than what actually occurred. Being such a small budget film, “Halloween” became a huge hit. Many people tried making horror films similar to this and have had little or no success.
Friday the 13th, 1980- Becoming a huge hit in the 80’s, this film made viewers never want to step foot on a camp ground again. Jason stalked campers and their camp counselors and whoever else stepped foot in his woodsy home. Sean S. Cunningham brought everyone’s worst fear to life in this thriller.
The Shining, 1980- Based on the novel by Stephen King, Stanley Kubrick brings the novel to life and made it just as scary as the imagination of Stephen King. A family heads to an isolated hotel where evil spirits haunt them. Their only son has psychic abilities and can see horrific events from the past and the future. Besides, “Friday the 13th,” this film showed ground-breaking numbers and caused fear of never spending the night in a hotel, especially alone.
Evil Dead, 1981- Directed by Sam Raimi, Evil Dead didn’t make it very big in the charts, but had great reviews by movie critiques and made it well in the box office. Evil Dead is about five friends that travel to a log cabin for a vacation and have no idea the place is possessed by flesh-eating demons. The special effects and blood made the movie what it is.
A Nightmare on Elm Street, 1984- Freddy Krueger became the most feared, gruesome monster since Michael Meyers. Freddy was once known as child murderer and the parents burned him to death as a source of revenge. He comes back in the dreams and nightmares of teenagers. Each nightmare conceived is another piece of Freddy that comes back to life. This is one of Wes Craven’s first films and it became a huge hit the day it was released. After watching this, say goodbye to sleep!
Silence of the Lambs, 1991- The starting of the 90’s era became filled with catchy pop music and teenager icons, but in the movie industry, it was anything but that. Directed by Jonathen Demme, Silence of the Lambs was full of suspense and mystery. An FBI agent confides in a killer to locate a fellow murderer that skins people for his own foolish fantasies. The movie gave everyone who watched it, the chills and no one slept with unlocked doors anymore.
House of 1,000 Corpses, 2003- Rob Zombie brings his music to life with this horror film. Two couples travel the back areas of Texas in search for urban legends and just so happen to end up being prisoners of a creepy, corpse collecting family. This is Rob Zombie’s first film and it blew audiences away with it’s evil atmosphere and odd characters.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Remake), 2003- Horror movies were no match for this remake in the year 2003. It was a huge hit in the box office and became one of the scariest movies in the world. Marcus Nispel remade the original in a way, no one expected. The media and movie critiques were surprised because remakes usually flopped. This became everyone’s favorite Halloween movie. Your fear of chainsaws just got worse!
Saw (Series), 2004- A remarkable movie that no one knew would make huge success. It became so popular that the director decided to make a series about the infamous, “Jigsaw.” The first film starts out with two men locked into a room with no escape. They encounter a surprising twist when their life flashes before their eyes. James Wan made Saw movies from 2004 to 2010 and each one has been a hit and each one bares the secrets of the last.
Halloween (Remake), 2007- Once again, Rob Zombie shocks movie buffs with the incredible remake of the original, “Halloween.” This film shows a more reckless and emotional side of Michael Myers you never seen in the original. The movie is filled with endless violence, blood and gore. Watching the original come to life right before your eyes is more than one can bare.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (Remake), 2010- After the original, 26 years ago, nobody expected to see this coming. Samuel Bayer takes this remake to a whole new level and like the recent remakes, shows a lot more detail to the story. Freddy is more alive than ever and more creepy than what you can remember.