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)
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
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
One of the scariest movies because: It’s straight-up exploitation done right: The body count is high, and the evil guys are fearsome both in appearance and demeanor.
What the critics say: “I can’t imagine why anyone would want to make a movie like this, and yet it’s well-made, well-acted, and all too effective.”—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times. These are the 10 most historically inaccurate films you’ll ever see.