Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (1922)
via amazon.com One of the scariest movies because: The silent film doesn’t have today’s blood ‘n’ guts special effects, but director F. W. Murnau still creates a creepy, nightmarish setting with shadows and tension. Brilliant.
What the critics say: “Remains one of the most poetic of all horror films”—Time Out
via amazon.com One of the scariest movies because: The deaths are grisly, the setting is surreal, and the labyrinthine details of the plot might just have you questioning reality by the end.
What the critics say: “Highly ambitious and cerebral… a veritable nightmare of a movie.”—Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
Black Swan (2010)
via amazon.com One of the scariest movies because: Determined women dance ballet, vigorously, and Winona Ryder gouges her face with a nail file. Black Swan is an award-winning blend of highbrow suspense and horror schlock.
What the critics say: “It’s outlandish and melodramatic and spectacular… a magnificent blend of pop and art cinema.”—Andrew O’Hehir, Salon