The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
via amazon.com One of the scariest movies because: This recent movie lampoons horror conventions while packing in some thrills of its own—a hulking family of zombies is mostly meant to be funny, but they’re sort of disturbing.
What the critics say: “It is by turns moderately horrifying and wickedly funny, offering more nods and winks than a narcoleptic on jury duty.”—Christopher Orr, The Atlantic. If staying in a haunted cabin is your cup of tea, here are 8 haunted houses you can rent on Airbnb.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
via amazon.com One of the scariest movies because: Adolescence is tough enough without worrying about razor-armed Freddy Krueger killing hormonal teens in their sleep.
What the critics say: “Tailor-made for those who like their gore leavened with thought-provoking ideas—something that is a rarity in this genre.”—James Berardinelli, ReelViews
The Birds (1963)
amazon.com One of the scariest movies because: You’ll never quite look at ravens the same way after seeing them descend upon a group of schoolchildren as if they were mealworms.
What the critics say: “Genuinely disturbing thriller classic from the master of suspense.”—Kim Newman, Empire