Scary movies are a unique brand of cinema. Unlike comedies or dramas, their audience comes in with the intention of being frightened.

The very best horror movies do not just scare their audiences, but find ways to inveigle themselves into the viewers’ psyche and haunt them long after the film has ended.

These are the best horror movies ever made — the ones that we keep coming back to because they’re so scary and good.

I’ve mostly stuck with English-language horror here, but there are more than a few foreign-language classics thrown in for good measure.

I’ve tried to steer clear of sequels (except when I haven’t) and remakes (except when they were better than the original!)

Before we jump in, here’s our video guide to slasher films:

Get out from behind that couch – let’s take a look!

Best Scary Movie

If you’re looking for a good fright, here’s our list of the best scary movies to watch right now.

The Birds (1963)

The Birds is a 1963 American horror-thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, loosely based on the 1952 story of the same name by Daphne du Maurier. It focuses on a series of sudden and unexplained violent bird attacks on the residents of Bodega Bay, California over the course of a few days.

Tippi Hedren and Rod Taylor star, along with Suzanne Pleshette, Jessica Tandy, Veronica Cartwright and Ethel Griffies. The film is known for its use of special effects.

The screenplay by Evan Hunter (using the pseudonym “George Axelrod”) is different from the source material. Hunter also uses an unreliable narrator, a device not present in du Maurier’s story.

Hitchock originally gave the film the working title of The Birds Again, but Paramount Pictures told him to use a more commercial one; he chose The Birds, a title he had been saving for another project.

Production took place in both Bodega Bay and at Universal Studios in Hollywood. The film was shot in darkPre-production began in early 1962, when Hitchcock was two years into his retirement. 

He told reporters that he would soon produce his first film during this time, and Warner Bros.

The Birds [Blu-ray]
  • Factory sealed DVD
  • Tippi Hedren (Actor)
  • Alfred Hitchcock (Director)
  • French, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)

The Evil Dead (1981)

A group of friends travel to an isolated cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.

The Evil Dead (1981) is a horror movie. It was written by Sam Raimi and produced for $375,000. The movie received positive reviews from critics and grossed over $2 million at the box office.

In the summer of 1967, aspiring filmmaker and Michigan State University student Sam Raimi gathered six fellow students for a trip to a deserted cabin in the remote woods near Burkittsville, Maryland.

Once there, they discovered an audio tape recorder with a tape containing some sort of unintelligible cacophony of sound.

While playing it, the wind picked up outside, and lightning struck nearby. To their astonishment, they were inexplicably attacked by demonic forces.

All but one escaped alive; that film student’s head was crushed by a demon when he tried to grab its still-recording hand during his escape.

Raimi and his friends had unwittingly unleashed demons living in the woods by playing the tape on the recorder. The legend of “The Evil Dead” spread rapidly among the students at Michigan State University, and Raimi began developing it into a feature film script.

Evil Dead 1 & 2 Double Feature [Blu-ray]
  • Evil Dead 1 & 2
  • Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Hal Delrich (Actors)
  • Sam Raimi (Director)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

The Blair Witch Project (also known as The Blair Witch Project: The Movie or The Blair Witch Project 1999) is a 1999 American psychological horror film written, directed and edited by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez.

It tells the story of three student filmmakers (Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, and Joshua Leonard) who journey into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to film a documentary about a local legend known as the Blair Witch.

They disappeared, but their footage was discovered a year later. This movie is considered to be the first found-footage movie.

It has been influential in the creation of other films in its genre.

The film is told through documentary-style video footage recorded by the student filmmakers on “analog” Hi8 videocassette tapes. The film’s narrative is presented as found footage from two of the student filmmakers, Heather and Michael, who set out to make a documentary about local folklore called “the Blair Witch”.

As they hike through Burkittsville, Maryland an unexplained phenomenon starts occurring around them; they begin to receive threatening messages on their walkie-talkies and encounter unsettling phenomena that lead them to suspect that an entity known as “the Blair Witch” exists in the area.

Blair Witch Project [Blu-ray]
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

Poltergeist (1982)

 A family whose suburban home is haunted by evil spirits tries to uncover the truth about their predicament and save their young daughter from the clutches of a rapacious ghost.

This terrifying, Oscar-nominated thriller still delivers shocks and chills, even though it’s been almost 30 years since it first scared audiences. The film combines gruesome special effects with a clever story to create something that still feels fresh today.

As you watch little Carol Anne being dragged into a TV set or see skeletons coming out of the closet, it’s hard not to get the creeps. Poltergeist was the first film Steven Spielberg directed after he became a major movie star, but you’d never know it by watching it.

He puts his name on the film only as executive producer; he had nothing to do with the direction or writing of the movie. Spielberg did, however, supervise the special effects, which earned him an Oscar nomination for best visual effects.

The movie made good use of CGI when it came out in 1982, though today its computer effects seem a bit clunky and limited. Still, everything looks much better than in most horror films from that time period.

Poltergeist [Blu-ray]
  • JoBeth Williams (Actor)
  • English, Dutch, Spanish, French, German (Subtitles)
  • Spanish (Publication Language)
  • Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

The Omen (1976)

A diplomat couple adopts the son of their housekeeper after she dies in a mysterious accident. They soon realize that the child is the Antichrist, and must do whatever they can to stop him before it is too late.

A newly appointed Ambassador of Great Britain (Gregory Peck) and his wife (Lee Remick) move into a palatial home in London. Shortly after settling in, they are visited by an old friend who immediately takes a liking to the Ambassador’s young son Damien (Harvey Stephens).

Unfortunately, Damien exhibits some strange behavior and soon begins to display disturbing signs that all may not be as it seems. As time goes on, the Peck’s begin to realize that Damien may be something more than just a normal child.

The Omen is a horror film classic for several reasons. First and foremost, this is one of the most effective films of its genre.

Throughout the entire film there is an aura of dread that permeates every scene; from the moment we see Damien’s mother being crushed by a falling beam to the final shot of Damien as an adult standing outside the window of his mansion with lightning flashing around him. Secondly, this film was directed by Richard Donner.

The Omen [Blu-ray] [1976]
  • Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Turkish (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)


Best Scary Movies

What Are scary movies?

Scary movies can be scary for a lot of reasons. If you are like most people, you probably get scared by the idea of being alone in a dark place, with violent and terrifying things happening around you.


This is what makes scary movies so appealing to many people. They are fun to watch and can give us a small taste of the fear that others feel on a daily basis.

Terrifying movies have been popular since the early days of cinema. The first horror movie ever made was the silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, which was released in 1920 in Germany. It featured a demented scientist who attempted to create an obedient slave using hypnosis and drugs.

Scary movies have become more and more popular over time, thanks to the invention of television and VCR or DVD players.



Freaks (1932)

Tod Browning’s “Freaks” is a horror film, but the genre is the least of its concerns. The film is dominated by its characters, a troupe of famous circus sideshow performers who have been cast as themselves in a fictionalized version of their everyday lives.

Freaks is one of the most powerful and disturbing films ever made, not because it presents scary monsters but because it exposes the real-life human monsters that populate our world.

The film’s freaks have been relegated to “freak shows” by people who are disgusted by them but can’t keep themselves from gawking at them.

The freaks have accepted this social position and even find comfort in it; after all, where else could they find acceptance? They are exploited and abused, but they seem to be able to take it.

It’s only when they discover that they’re going to be discarded to make way for a new attraction (a “normal” little girl) that the film discovers its true subject: human cruelty.

Many of the freaks were born into their circumstances, but others were once just like everyone else until something happened to them — an accident or an illness — that left them with physical or mental deformities.

Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922)

Nosferatu is a silent German Expressionist horror film, directed by F. W. Murnau in 1922. The film stars Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok, and Gustav von Wangenheim as Thomas Hutter, his terrified victim.

Told entirely in flashback, the film is framed by an old man (Hutter) telling the story to his visitors of how he became acquainted with the vampiric Orlok, and how Orlok’s curse was ultimately broken when he was driven away from his castle in the village of Wisborg by “the plague.”

The movie does not show Count Orlok (Schreck) until the end of the movie, when he arrives at the door of Hutter’s house. It only shows Hutter’s imagination: his dreams, his nightmares and his visions.

They include images of rats and bats, which represent Orlok’s army and are also a reference to their vampiric nature.

There are also some religious symbols: a cross, holy water, etc. These were added by Murnau to make the film more interesting for international audiences because they had no connection whatsoever to vampires in Germany.

Nosferatu: Kino Classics 2-Disc Deluxe Remastered Edition [Blu-ray]
  • Max Schreck (Actor)
  • F. W. Murnau (Director)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

The Haunting (1963)

The Haunting (1963) is a very good movie. Having been made in 1963, and being directed by the legendary Robert Wise, it captures the same style of classic horror films such as The Innocents (1961). However, The Haunting is much more sinister than its predecessors and still retains a sense of the unknown that has not been matched to this day.

The film tells the story of a group of five people who have come together to investigate the mysterious Hill House. Dr. Markway, played by Richard Johnson, has been researching paranormal activity for many years and has finally found what he thinks is the perfect location for his studies – Hill House.

He invites four other people with supernatural experiences to join him: Eleanor Lance, played by Julie Harris; Theodora, or Theo as everyone calls her, played by Claire Bloom; Luke Sanderson, played by Russ Tamblyn; and Theodora’s cousin Abigail Abernathy.

Their goal is to spend a good amount of time in Hill House and see if they can find any evidence of spirits or ghosts. Dr. Markway plans to write a book about their findings but they soon discover that Hill House is more than they bargained for and they start experiencing things they know can’t be real.

The Haunting [Blu-ray]
  • Factory sealed DVD
  • Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson (Actors)
  • Robert Wise (Director) - Nelson Gidding (Writer) - Robert Wise (Producer) - Shirley Jackson (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

Audition (1999)

Audition (1999) is a 1999 Japanese horror film directed by Takashi Miike, and written by Daisuke Tengan. The film follows Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi), a widower who holds a fake audition for a film to find an actress who resembles his dead wife.

Takashi Miike’s Audition is a brutal, excruciating, and often unnerving excursion into the human psyche. It deals with a widower who, after two years of marriage, lost his wife due to an illness. He has remained faithful to her memory, refusing to move on with his life until he finds someone who reminds him of her.

This leads him to hold a fake audition for a film where he will search for the one actress that truly reminds him of his late wife. Ryo Ishibashi gives an amazing performance as the widower whose grief has turned him into a mind warped stalker intent on finding the girl that he believes is out there somewhere.

He holds auditions across Japan where he looks for the perfect “replacement” and settles on Asami Katsuragi (Eihi Shiina). Katsuragi comes off as shy and timid as she walks in with all eyes upon her as she enters into this strange setting.

Audition (English Subtitled)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina (Actors)
  • Takashi Miike (Director) - Daisuke Tengan (Writer) - Toyoyuki Yokohama (Producer)
  • (Playback Language)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

In order for a film to be considered for inclusion in the National Film Registry, it must be at least ten years old. Films that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant to American society are selected each year.

The following films were selected by the Library of Congress in 2002.

In the early 1980s, many horror movies began to reflect on the more graphic and violent direction that slasher films had taken in the 1970s. Wes Craven’s New Nightmare was one of these films.

After Craven directed A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), he stated that he wanted to make a film that would be a “tribute” to the original.

The script for A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge was written with this in mind and was originally intended to end with the words, “A Nightmare on Elm Street is dead.” However, when New Line Cinema acquired the rights to produce five more movies after Freddy’s Revenge, they decided that Freddy would return in those sequels.

After a number of unsuccessful sequels and no news of another installment in the series after 1991’s Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, Craven returned to write and direct Wes Craven’s New Nightmare in 1994.

Nightmare On Elm Street 1-7 (Blu-ray)
  • John Saxon, Ronee Blakley, Johnny Depp (Actors)
  • Wes Craven (Director)
  • English, Italian, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

Let the Right One In (2008)

A picture of a young girl standing in the snow, hands covered in blood. This is a story about a vampire, but it’s unlike any you’ve heard before.

From Swedish filmmakers Tomas Alfredson and John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let the Right One In tells the tale of an unusual friendship that forms between Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant), a 12-year-old boy living with his father and stepmother, and Eli (Lina Leandersson) a vampire who has lived for centuries.

Not much is known about Eli – she only moves at night and survives on the blood of animals – but she finds herself drawn to Oskar.

Eli has difficulty relating to other children her age; she’s something of an outcast in her small apartment building. She’s been alive so long that the world has changed around her, leaving both her and Oskar feeling very lonely.

The two form a strong bond that eventually becomes something more than friendship.

Despite Eli’s supernatural nature, Alfredson and Lindqvist treat her just as any other person might be treated: as a 12-year-old girl who likes to play with dolls, listen to music and watch movies.

Let the Right One In
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar (Actors)
  • Tomas Alfredson (Director) - John Ajvide Lindqvist (Writer) - Carl Molinder (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

The Fly (1986)

In the tradition of the great 1950s monster movies comes this scary, suspenseful and exciting sci-fi thriller from writer-director David Cronenberg (Videodrome, The Dead Zone, Scanners).

Jeff Goldblum (“The Big Chill”) stars as Seth Brundle, a brilliant but eccentric scientist whose experiments in teleportation transport him into a web of horror.

Geena Davis plays Veronica Quaife, a magazine reporter who becomes involved with Brundle and bears witness to his transformation into a hideous mutant creature.

There is nothing more terrifying than the concept of something so desired in our lives being taken away. It’s even stronger when it’s something we rely on everyday that we can’t imagine living without.

But what if we could? What if one day we woke up and could no longer use our legs? Or our arms? Our voice? Our eyesight?

One day “I” is gone, but “I” is replaced with something else that’s more powerful than anything we’ve ever experienced before. Something that’s completely alien to us because it’s beyond our reality.

Something that can’t be controlled or held back because it’s so intense and far surpasses any human understanding of the world around us.

The Fly (1986)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz (Actors)
  • David Cronenberg (Director) - David Cronenberg (Writer) - Marc Boyman (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Evil Dead II (1987)

Evil Dead II (also known as Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn and Evil Dead 2) is a 1987 American comedy horror film directed by Sam Raimi. It is the sequel to the 1981 horror film The Evil Dead and the second installment in The Evil Dead franchise.

Tia Carrere plays Linda, Ash’s girlfriend who gets possessed by an evil force after reading from the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis, Bruce Campbell reprises his role as Ashley “Ash” Williams, and Sarah Berry appears as his sister, Cheryl.

Ted Raimi portrays Scott, Ash’s brother, who gets possessed early on in the film. The film was released on March 13, 1987 in 1,090 theaters. It grossed $2.4 million during its opening weekend and went on to earn over $3.5 million during its theatrical run.

The movie was well received by critics and audiences alike who praised it for its humor, acting, dialogue and special effects.

Evil Dead II is particularly notable for featuring state-of-the-art computer-generated imagery work that was cutting edge at the time of the film’s release. Campbell and Raimi made use of a Silicon Graphics workstation to generate the visual effects seen in this sequence.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner (Actors)
  • Jonathan Liebesman (Director) - Josh Appelbaum (Writer) - Michael Bay (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

An American Werewolf in London (1981)

An American Werewolf in London is a 1981 British-American horror comedy film written and directed by John Landis, and starring David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, and Griffin Dunne.

The film tells the story of two young American men, David Kessler and Jack Goodman, attacked by a werewolf on a backpacking holiday in England.

The film received positive reviews from critics and was a commercial success. In addition to being Landis’ most financially successful film as a director, it was notable for its special effects, which are widely acclaimed as groundbreaking.

The film’s R rating meant that it was marketed as a mainstream horror film. It has since become a cult classic.

The film inspired a 2001 semi-sequel (of sorts) called An American Werewolf in Paris. That film stars different actors in the leading roles, but contains significant references to the original and is based on the same screenplay (though the earlier draft did not have a sequel hook).

In 2006, An American Werewolf in London was spoofed in an episode of Family Guy titled “An American Werewolf in Jesus’ Hometown”.

An American Werewolf in London
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Paul Kember, Brian Glover, Griffin Dunne (Actors)
  • John Landis (Director) - John Landis (Writer) - George Folsey Jr. (Producer)
  • Spanish, Italian, English, German, Portuguese (Playback Languages)
  • Spanish, Italian, English, German, Portuguese (Subtitles)

Carrie (1982)

Carrie is a horror movie directed by Brian De Palma and based on the novel Carrie by Stephen King. The film stars Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, Nancy Allen, William Katt, Betty Buckley and John Travolta in his film debut.

Carrie is the fourth adaptation of King’s 1974 novel of the same name; the first was a 1976 television movie starring Sissy Spacek as the title character. A second adaptation was released in 1999 as a cable TV movie starring Angela Bettis in her only film role to date.

An Off-Broadway musical version was also produced in 1988.

The plot revolves around Carrie White (Sissy Spacek), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her domineering, religious mother (Piper Laurie).

In an attempt to make her more socially acceptable, Mrs. White forces her daughter to attend her Junior Prom with her soon-to-be stepsister Sue Snell (Amy Irving).

During the prom, the telekinetic Carrie is humiliated by her peers and has a painful psychic awakening that triggers latent telekinetic powers. She uses these powers to exact revenge on anyone who has ever wronged her—notably the cruel and arrogant Sue Snell.

Carrie (1976)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving (Actors)
  • Brian De Palma (Director) - Lawrence D. Cohen (Writer) - Brian De Palma (Producer)
  • (Playback Language)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

The Innocents (1961)

The Innocents is a 1961 British film directed by Jack Clayton, based on the novel The Turn of the Screw by Henry James.

The plot revolves around the experiences of a young governess for two children at an English country estate. She becomes convinced that the housekeeper and her ex-lover are conspiring to possess and corrupt the children.

There is also a subplot involving a former nanny of the children who had mysteriously died years before. The film was adapted by Truman Capote, John Mortimer, and William Archibald, with music composed by Georges Auric.

The movie stars Deborah Kerr, Pamela Franklin, and Michael Redgrave as Miss Giddens’ employers. It also features Hugh Griffith, Megs Jenkins and Noel Willman. It was filmed in black-and-white at Elstree Studios and in London’s Hampstead Garden Suburb and Buckinghamshire.

The Innocents is widely considered to be a classic of the horror genre. The film has been ranked one of the best horror films ever made.

In June 2011, it was named “the scariest ever” by readers of The Observer newspaper. In 2013 it was named Britain’s scariest movies.

The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, David Strathairn (Actors)
  • N/A (Director) - Frank Marshall (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Don’t Look Now (1973)

Don’t Look Now is a 1973 British-Italian psychological thriller film directed by Nicolas Roeg and starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie.

The screenplay by Allan Scott and Chris Bryant is based on the 1971 novel of the same name by Daphne du Maurier. The score was composed by Pino Donaggio, with additional music by Michael Small.

Tension is created through a series of flashbacks and flashforwards, alternating between the couple’s initial grief and their new life in Venice. The film contains elements of both the giallo and psychological thriller genres, as well as a musical score featuring some unusual instruments, including the glockenspiel, harpsichord and theremin.

The film earned mixed reviews from critics; despite this, Christie’s performance won her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Nicolas Roeg wanted to work with Christie after seeing her performance in Doctor Zhivago (1965). He also saw potential in its source material, having been given the book to read while he was scouting locations for Far from the Madding Crowd (1967). In his biography, Roeg notes that a friend suggested it would make a good film as “a kind of lurid fairy tale”.

Don't Look Now
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland, Hilary Mason (Actors)
  • Nicolas Roeg (Director) - Chris Bryant (Writer) - Peter Katz (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Night of the Living Dead is a 1968 American independent horror film directed by George A. Romero, starring Duane Jones and Judith O’Dea. It was completed on a $114,000 budget and premiered October 1, 1968.

The film became a financial success, grossing $12 million domestically and $18 million internationally.

Description:Night of the Living Dead is a horror film about zombies. It features ghouls who have an insatiable hunger for human flesh and will stop at nothing to get it.

The movie follows a group of people who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse after becoming trapped in the remote woods by nightfall, only to find themselves at the mercy of the hordes of flesh-eating ghouls that eventually surround them.

Night of the Living Dead (1968) is an iconic piece of American cinema that has left its mark on all media since its release in 1968. The film was written by George A. Romero and John Russo and directed by Romero.

It stars Duane Jones as Ben, Judith O’Dea as Barbra, Karl Hardman as Harry Cooper, Marilyn Eastman as Helen Cooper, Keith Wayne as Tom, and Judith Ridley as Judy.

Night of the Living Dead (in Color)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman (Actors)
  • George A. Romero (Director) - George A. Romero (Writer) - Karl Hardman (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Suspiria (1976)

A young American ballet student travels to Germany to perfect her skills, only to find herself drawn into a mysterious world of greed and murder.

Suspiria (1976) is a film directed by Dario Argento. It stars Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini and Flavio Bucci. A young American ballet student travels to Germany to perfect her skills, only to find herself drawn into a mysterious world of greed and murder.

Jessica Harper plays Suzy Bannion, an American ballerina touring Europe with her troupe, the American Ballet Company. In Freiburg she learns that one of the company’s leading dancers has died unexpectedly and that his position will be filled from within their ranks. Susie’s best friend Sara (Stefania Casini) who is also in the company is distraught by this as she had been hoping that the job would be hers.

The troupe arrives at the Markos Dance Academy where they will be performing. The academy is run by Madame Blanc (Joan Bennett) who takes a special interest in Suzy, inviting her to stay in her home while she looks over the facilities.

She also invites Suzy to perform a solo number at an upcoming gala event

  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth (Actors)
  • Luca Guadagnino (Director) - David Kajganich (Writer) - Luca Guadagnino (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Jaws (1975)

Jaws was the first true blockbuster in film history and one of the best-selling soundtracks of all time. Its success spawned three sequels, and cemented Steven Spielberg’s reputation as one of the greatest directors of all time.

When “Jaws” hit theaters on June 20, 1975, it had been in production for almost four years and was behind schedule and over budget by some accounts. The film wasn’t an instant success; it didn’t make back its money until it was re-released a year later. But “Jaws” has left a lasting mark on pop culture that is impossible to deny.

The movie is set in Amity Island, a fictional New England town based on Martha’s Vineyard, off the coast of Massachusetts. Amity is a town that, like many others along the East Coast at the time, relies heavily on its tourist industry.

The director spent much of his childhood summers at a house his parents rented on Martha’s Vineyard; he knew the area well and recognized that it would be an ideal place to shoot the movie.

Jaws became an instant classic thanks to some shrewd marketing moves by Universal Studios. It was one of the first movies to have its logo (the infamous “no-eyed” creature) appear.

  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss (Actors)
  • Steven Spielberg (Director) - Peter Benchley (Writer) - Richard D. Zanuck (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Dawn of the Dead (1974)

Dawn of the Dead (also known as Zombi in Italy) is a 1978 horror film directed by George A. Romero. It was written by Romero during his tenure at the University of Pittsburgh’s Film Department, and was filmed over four months in 1977 in the Pennsylvania suburbs outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

It was commercially distributed by the Ladd Company.

Told through a series of news broadcasts on radio and television, and set five years after the events of Night of the Living Dead, it follows a group of survivors living in a large shopping mall located on the outskirts of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as they try to fight off hordes of hungry zombies.

The film contains strong graphic violence, gore, profanity and horror film stereotypes (such as zombies eating humans), and was made with an estimated budget of only $500,000. It has since become a cult classic and one of the most well-known zombie films along with Night of the Living Dead.

It was filmed under the title Dawn of the Living Dead but released as Zombi internationally to avoid confusion with George A. Romero’s earlier film Night of the Living Dead (1968). The make-up artist Tom Savini credited John Russo for coming up with the name while they were brainstorming title ideas.

Dawn of the Dead - Unrated Director's Cut
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber (Actors)
  • Zack Snyder (Director) - George A. Romero (Writer) - Marc Abraham (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Halloween (1978)

Halloween (1978) is a classic horror movie directed by John Carpenter. The movie stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence.

The plot follows the babysitter Laurie Strode as she tries to survive the night when Michael Myers comes back to kill.

The original screenplay of Halloween was written by Debra Hill, who also produced the film under her pseudonym, and John Carpenter. The film has received huge critical acclaim, with many praising its ability to terrify audiences. 

It is considered to be one of the best films of 1978 and is now considered a horror classic.

The film was shot in twenty-seven days, with a budget of only $300,000. Halloween received positive reviews from critics and went on to become a box office success, grossing over $47 million domestically on a $300,000 budget.

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 93% based on 40 reviews, with an average rating of 8/10.

The site’s critical consensus reads: “One of the most influential — and most imitated — slasher flicks.”

The film was nominated for two Saturn Awards: Best Horror Film and Best Actress (Jamie Lee Curtis). It won one Saturn Award for Best Horror Film.

  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, P.J. Soles (Actors)
  • John Carpenter (Director) - John Carpenter (Writer) - John Carpenter (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Rosemary’s Baby is a 1968 American psychological horror film written and directed by Roman Polanski, based on the bestselling 1967 novel by Ira Levin.

The cast features Mia Farrow as Rosemary Woodhouse, John Cassavetes as her husband Guy, and Ruth Gordon as her eccentric neighbor Minnie Castevet. Roman Polanski produced alongside his wife, Sharon Tate, who was murdered by members of the Manson Family in August 1969.

Told in first-person perspective, Rosemary recounts a string of disturbing incidents to her psychiatrist in an attempt to prove that she and her husband are being summoned to their new home in New York City by unknown forces. The repercussions of these supernatural events lead to dire consequences.

The film was released on December 20, 1968 in the United States by Paramount Pictures. It received positive reviews at the time of its release and was nominated for various awards.

However, it generated controversy upon release due to its subject matter and has since been accused of inspiring several real life killings. In 2010, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”.

Rosemary's Baby
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  • Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon (Actors)
  • Roman Polanski (Director) - Ira Levin (Writer) - William Castle (Producer)
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The Thing (1982)

The Thing is a film about paranoia, mistrust and self-preservation, and it could be argued that these are all characteristics which have prevented it from getting the critical re-evaluation which it deserves.

It’s a movie which has struggled to find an audience beyond its initial release, but thanks to a recent critical reappraisal from outlets like Rotten Tomatoes and an impressive Blu-ray release from Scream Factory, The Thing is finally beginning to find its place in movie history as a classic in its own right.

The story follows a group of American scientists who have set up camp on the Antarctic research facility known as ‘The U.S. Outpost 31’, their purpose being to discover more information about a mysterious alien ship which has crash landed nearby. 

The Thing from Another World
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  • James Arness, Margaret Sheridan, Kenneth Tobey (Actors)
  • Christian Nyby (Director) - Charles Lederer (Writer) - Howard Hawks (Producer)
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Psycho (1960)

Psycho (also known as Psycho) is a 1960 American horror film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock and written by Joseph Stefano. It is based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Robert Bloch.

The film stars Anthony Perkins as the character of Norman Bates, and Janet Leigh as Marion Crane. In the film, Bates, an embittered and isolated man who owns an antique store, kills a local farmer and steals his identity to escape to a new life in the fictional town of Fairvale.

Along the way, he becomes romantically involved with a woman (Leigh), which threatens his plans.

The film was shot on a budget of $800,000 at Hitchock’s usual filming location of Universal Studios in California, over a period of two weeks. After two previews, it had its premiere on July 16, 1960 at the Paramount Theater in Seattle, Washington.

Upon release in the United States on July 19, 1960, Psycho was met with both critical acclaim and box office success.

Hitchcock made extensive use of stark shadows throughout the film and employed the Technicolor process for certain shots for maximum impact. Due to public backlash over its violent content, Hitchcock removed some of the most graphic content from subsequent releases.

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  • Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles (Actors)
  • Alfred Hitchcock (Director) - Joseph Stefano (Writer) - Alfred Hitchcock (Producer)
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Alien (1979)

Ridley Scott’s 1979 masterpiece is a landmark in sci-fi filmmaking. It revolutionized the genre, and with it, the face of cinema.

It’s still-impressive special effects broke new ground in the industry and its underlying themes of fear, dread and isolation are as relevant today as they were 35 years ago.

The years following the end of World War II have been good to Ripley (Sigourney Weaver). After an admittedly rough period when she was unemployed and living hand-to-mouth, she’s now a member of the crew aboard the commercial starship Nostromo.

Her profession is that of cargo-loader; it’s her job to help ferry equipment and supplies back and forth between the ship and various planetside locations. It’s not exactly a dream job, but it pays well, it keeps her busy, Ripley’s enjoying herself, and she has her eye on a future promotion to assistant flight engineer (which would mean more money).

Then one day an unscheduled stop at an isolated planet brings dire consequences for Ripley, her crew mates, and all of mankind. One thing leads to another – or rather, one alien creature leads to another – and things turn ugly quickly. Soon there’s blood everywhere, people are dying.

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  • Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt (Actors)
  • Ridley Scott (Director) - Dan O'Bannon (Writer) - Gordon Carroll (Producer)
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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) Poster – One of the most influential horror films of all time, Tobe Hooper’s masterpiece has achieved an almost mythic status among fans and critics alike.

In 1974, when Steven Spielberg was still trying to establish himself as a director, he recommended Hooper’s film to Universal Studios executives as “the most terrifying film I’ve ever seen.” Now, Universal is re-releasing the movie in a special anniversary edition, with the original theatrical trailer and other extras.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) Poster – One of the most influential horror films of all time, Tobe Hooper’s masterpiece has achieved an almost mythic status among fans and critics alike.

In 1974, when Steven Spielberg was still trying to establish himself as a director, he recommended Hooper’s film to Universal Studios executives as “the most terrifying film I’ve ever seen.” Now, Universal is re-releasing the movie in a special anniversary edition, with the original theatrical trailer and other extras.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Edition
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  • Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain (Actors)
  • Tobe Hooper (Director) - Kim Henkel (Writer) - Tobe Hooper (Producer)
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The Shining (1980)

One of the greatest horror films ever made, The Shining (1980) is a masterpiece of psychological suspense from the legendary director Stanley Kubrick. Jack Nicholson is brilliant as writer and recovering alcoholic Jack Torrance, who takes a job as the off-season caretaker of an isolated hotel that’s rumored to be haunted.

His young family in tow, Jack heads to Colorado, where he finds that both the Overlook Hotel and the snowy landscape outside have a mind of their own.

The Shining was adapted from Stephen King’s 1977 novel by Kubrick and screenwriter Diane Johnson, and it remains one of King’s favorite adaptations of his work. It’s an eerie, riveting film that combines supernatural frights with an uncomfortable psychological tension between Nicholson’s Torrance and Shelley Duvall’s Wendy.

Duvall is especially memorable in one of her first major film roles as the long-suffering wife who refuses to leave her husband despite his descent into madness.

The Overlook Hotel itself is a character unto itself here, with its ghostly inhabitants and mysterious past adding to the growing sense of unease. And there are plenty of genuinely scary moments here: Danny riding his tricycle through the halls of the hotel while possessed by ghosts; Jack hacking at the bathroom door with an axe.

The Shining
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  • Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd (Actors)
  • Stanley Kubrick (Director) - Stanley Kubrick (Writer) - Stanley Kubrick (Producer)
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The Exorcist (1973)

The Exorcist is a 1973 American supernatural horror film directed by William Friedkin and adapted by William Peter Blatty from his 1971 novel of the same name. The film is part of The Exorcist franchise.

Telling the story of 12-year-old Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair), a girl who becomes possessed by a demonic spirit, the film features several disturbing and graphic sequences that have become iconic.

Released by Warner Bros., the film was both commercially successful and highly controversial; it was rated R due to its disturbing content. The film earned six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and won two: Best Sound Mixing – 1st Award Winner (Rudy Behlmer) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Blatty).

The Exorcist was filmed in Washington, D.C., in 1971, but not released theatrically until December 26th 1973.

Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics on its initial release, the film was a massive commercial success grossing $232 million worldwide in theaters against its $2 million budget and becoming the highest-grossing horror film at the time.

It also received a nomination for several awards including ten Saturn Awards (winning one for Best Supporting Actress for Ellen Burstyn) and five BAFTA awards. 

The Exorcist
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  • Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair (Actors)
  • William Friedkin (Director) - William Peter Blatty (Writer) - William Peter Blatty (Producer)
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