The Conjuring is set to release this Friday and already people are talking about just how scary it is! The recent contributions to the horror genre have just comprised of psychotic slasher movies that leave you disturbed more than scared. So, we have put together a list of some fab must watch scary movies!
Don't let the number 50 daunt you! This list is a compilation of some of the most awesome horror experiences from Hollywood. From ghosts, demons, witches, haunted houses and zombies to the all time favorite - Satan. Splatter films, found footage films, monster films, exploitation films and giallos. This list has it all!
So, grab your pillow and dim the lights - here are number 25 to 1 must watch Hollywood horror films!
(for part 1 of this, go here: http://www.desimartini.com/news/hollywood/50-must-watch-hollywood-horror-films-part-1/article5642.htm)
25. Peeping Tom (1960)
A psychotic cameraman who films his victims. Never has voyeurism been so violent and scary!
24. The Descent (2005)
This films is best seen without knowing anything about it. Claustrophobia and paranoia create a truly frightening experience
PS: Don’t watch the trailer. It has spoilers.
23. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
A rare mixture of comedy and horror. Also, it's the only werewolf film on our list!
22. Let The Right One In (2008)
This is the story of a little boy who befriends the next door vampire. The creepy child element is eerily fused with the vampire genre with a good story to boot!
21. REC (2007)
REC is a documentary style, found footage Spanish movie whose visuals will scare you shit-less.
A bunch of people get trapped in an apartment that's plagued by a virus which turns you into a cannibalist zombie. This totally justified gore-fest is a must watch for those who think they have guts!
20. The Others (2001)
Spooky movie and spookier Nicole Kidman should be reason enough to watch it.
19. Blair Witch Project (1999)
The mother of the found footage genre which many people thought to be a true story (but it's not). It has successfully scared the living daylights out of the most fearless of men!
18. The Innocents (1961)
Creepy atmosphere and a haunted house - The Innocents is a gothic horror classic.
17. The Birds (1963)
A terrifying film from the master of suspence - Alfred Hitchcock.
16. Silence of the Lambs (1991)
One of those cases where a thriller can be considered as horror solely due to the villian (Hannibal Lecter was scarier than any ghost).
15. Carrie (1976)
There is a lesson to be learnt here - don't bully anyone! (one of the best Stephen King adaptations)
14. Jaws (1975)
The mounting dread created by Jonh Williams' music is enough to call this a scary movie!
13. Evil Dead (1981)
Sam Raimi's low budget classic horror is gore done right!
12. Halloween (1978)
Forget "I Know What You Did Last Summer", director John Carpenter created his vengeful villain, Michael Myers, that defined slasher films!
11. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Dawn of the Dead is synonymous with zombie films.
10. Alien (1979)
"In space, no one can hear you scream" - the tagline itself sends chills down your spine.
9. The Haunting (1963)
What if you were stuck in a house plagued by violent spirits?
8. Suspiria (1977)
A cult classic about a coven of witches, Suspiria is a Giallo horror with eerie music and vivid cinematography.
7. The Ring (2002)
A video tape that kills those who watch it - this film was loved by hardcore horror geeks and mainstream audience alike!
6. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Witches and the Devil are a match made in hell. Roman Polanski's other psychological films, Repulsion and Tenant, are great companion pieces to this film.
5. The Omen (1976)
This horror classic about the birth of the antichrist gets under your skin thanks to a chilling performance by Harvey Stephens and Jerry Goldsmith's Oscar winning music. Listen to Ave Satani below and try to disagree.
4. The Sixth Sense (1999)
We have four words for you: "I see dead people".
3. Psycho (1960)
The horror in Psycho is created by the pure craft of Alfred Hitchcock's genius. The infamous shower scene with Bernard Herrmann's iconic score remains terrifying to this day.
2. The Shining (1980)
Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece is much more than a horror film. Based on a Stephen King novel, it was dissed by the author himself but its reputation amongst audiences has only improved with time.
1. The Exorcist (1973)
The Exorcist is the scariest film ever made. As utterly haunting in memory as it was the first time you saw it. The fact that it is endlessly imitated, referenced and parodied shows its supremacy in horror cinema.