The Birds (1963)amazon.com
One of the scariest movies because: You’ll never quite look at ravens the same way after seeing them descend upon a group of schoolchildren as if they were mealworms.
What the critics say: “Genuinely disturbing thriller classic from the master of suspense.”—Kim Newman, Empire
Alien (1979)via amazon.com
One of the scariest movies because: The suspense mounts until it’s nearly unbearable, and then, finally [spoiler alert!], a bizarre creature rips through a man’s chest. After that, the real horror begins.
What the critics say: “Even with its horrifying villain and scenes of bloody excess, Alien endures as a superior piece of filmmaking, with a pace that’s like watching an art film.”—Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
Coraline (2009)via amazon.com
One of the scariest movies because: It’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing: a disarmingly creepy tale about lost children and an evil witch, whom viewers may find more familiar than the cackling hags of old-fashioned fairy tales.
What the critics say: “There are many scenes and images in Coraline that are likely to scare children. This is not a warning but rather a recommendation… Coraline lingers in an atmosphere that is creepy, wonderfully strange and full of feeling.”—A.O. Scott, The New York Times
Instead of a creepy flick, try watching one of these 12 movies from your childhood that your kids will fall in love with!