Night of the Living Dead

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Another all-time classic, this movie set the standard for zombie movies way back in 1968, and it holds that standard today. There have been some good zombie movies made fairly recently, but none can have the same impact as Night of the Living Dead. Made in PA, in small towns close to Pittsburgh, this movie made director George A. Romero famous. With very little money, and using local actors, Romero created the zombie movie which all later zombie movies will be compared to. Just a couple of the amazing choices made by Romero: The little girl dies. The hero dies, and harshly. Although somewhat dated, Night of the Living Dead holds up very well even today, it’s genuinely scary.
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Jacob’s Ladder

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If there is a movie that defines creepiness, this is it. Throughout the entire movie there is a sense of dread that just builds up and up until you’re sure the main character is simply insane. But he isn’t, not really. To walk through the plot of this movie would be to ruin it, suffice it to say it’s well worth seeing.
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Carrie

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The ultimate Stephen King movie. This is the first movie based on Stephen King novel, and it’s by far the best. Sissy Spacek and John Travolta are perfect. Piper Laurie, as Carrie’s mother, gives a chilling performance, which was her first movie roll since 1961’s The Hustler. Carrie, an awkward teenager with a mother who is a religious nut, discovers she has telekinetic powers. This movie is a brutal portrayal of high-school politics and director Brian De Palma turns up the tension until there is no choice for Carrie except to use her powers for revenge. Carrie is famous for it’s final scene, which De Palma got by filming a girl walking backwards, then reversing the film.
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Rosemary’s Baby

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Part of the Holy Three, this movie is an all-time great. Directed by Roman Polanski, you will notice more clues and references every time you watch this movie. Newlywed Mia Farrow is delighted to find that she is pregnant, but is troubled by a recent nightmare in which she was raped by what resembled a demon. Unrelenting dread and a repressing atmosphere make this the ultimate conspiracy movie. Everyone is in on it! Everyone! If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and click here.
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The Omen

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Part of the “Holy Three”, the Omen stars Gregory Peck as the step-father of the child of Satan. Obviously an all-time classic, this version is clearly superior to the recent remake. Little Damien (a name which will forever be associated with Satan due to this movie) moves up the chain of his family one by one, over-seeing the death of anyone who can come between him and his plan to rule the world. An excellent cast and amazing cinematography make The Omen one of those movies you can watch over and over again. Very scary, even the score is immediately recognizable as “evil”.

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Alien

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Is this the scariest movie ever made about outer space? Yes. The tagline for the promo: “In space no one can hear you scream.” This is one of those classics that has been ripped off so many times over the years that people forget just how original it was. There are some similarities with Jaws, in that you don’t see the object of the movie very much until the very end. Sigorney Weaver made a ton of money playing the main character, Ripley, in many sequels, but this is the best of a worthy franchise.

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The Exorcist

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This is the one, the horror movie which all other horror movies wish they could be. I saw this for this first time when I was about 12, and I’ve thought about it often ever since. While anyone seeing it for the first time today may feel it’s somewhat dated, it’s still the gold standard. This movie is one of the Holy Three.
I’ve seen this movie countless times, and never once have I been bored for even a minute. I’ve read the book, and I’ve also read a book about the making of the movie. Believe it or not, The Exorcist III is comparable in quality.

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