The Exorcist (1973)via amazon.com
One of the scariest movies because: Terrible, terrible things come out of a little girl’s mouth (which happens to be attached to a spinning head, thanks to a demonic possession). Audiences were so affected by this fearsome film that some theaters even provided “Exorcist barf bags.”
What the critics say: “The climactic sequences assault the senses and the intellect with pure cinematic terror. “—Variety
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The Shining (1980)via amazon.com
One of the scariest movies because: Jack Nicholson is seriously freaky as crazed novelist Jack Torrance, who [spoiler alert] tries to chop his family to little bits after a particularly stressful winter.
What the critics say: “Scaring the viewer is easy… What is harder is to accentuate the horrifying aspects of things that are familiar… Kubrick isn’t out for screams, but he manages to make his movie thoroughly unnerving by keeping the horror so close to home.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
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Halloween (1978)via amazon.com
One of the scariest movies because: This John Carpenter original is a cold, bloody slasher flick that cuts to the bone; and it’s not afraid to take itself seriously.
What the critics say: “A visceral experience—we aren’t seeing the movie, we’re having it happen to us. It’s frightening.”—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
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