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
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!
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
One of the scariest movies because: Who wants to imagine being eaten by Anthony Hopkins?
What the critics say: “For all the unbridled savagery on display, what is shrewd, significant and finally hopeful about Silence of the Lambs is the way it proves that a movie can be mercilessly scary and mercifully humane at the same time.”—Peter Travers, Rolling Stone. The critically acclaimed film won five Oscars in 1992. Here are 11 other surprising films that you forgot won Oscars.