28 Days Later (2002)via amazon.com
One of the scariest movies because: These zombies are faster than you, plus their brain-eating disease is transmitted via blood. Which flows in excess here, naturally.
What the critics say: “28 Days Later is loaded with terrific images and extraordinary little moments… even as it inexorably deteriorates into Scooby-Doo terrain.”—Andrew O’Hehir, Salon
Carrie (1976)via amazon.com
One of the scariest movies because: Thanks to inspired directing from Brian De Palma, every moment in this film is filled with dread as the story inches toward its big, bloody finish.
What the critics say: “Brian De Palma’s Carrie is an absolutely spellbinding horror movie, with a shock at the end that’s the best thing along those lines since the shark leaped aboard in Jaws.“—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
One of the scariest movies because: It might not seem horrifying on the surface, but director Steven Spielberg revels in layering on pulpy gross-out moments: a feast of monkey brains! bugs crawling everywhere! a shamanic ritual removing a man’s still-beating heart! While not traditional gore or suspense, the yucky bits stay with you after the lights are on.
What the critics say: “There’s no doubt about it—the movie, in addition to being endearingly disgusting, is violent in ways that may scare the wits out of some small patrons.”—Vincent Canby, The New York Times
One of the Indiana Jones movies was just one of the 10 classic movies that didn’t win the Oscar for Best Picture but should have!