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
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)via amazon.com
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
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Hellraiser (1987)via amazon.com
One of the scariest movies because: This murderfest is filled with unsavory characters—humans with dark personalities and darker motives, plus an assortment of bizarre and terrifying beasts. Not for the faint of heart.
What the critics say: “It’s the voluptuous residues of Hellraiser, not a low-voiced dude with a porcupine head, that spark the fear of mortality.”—Eric Henderson, Slant