As Halloween draws near I thought it would be fun to make a list of the top 5 scariest horror movies to watch for the occasion. I'm not saying these are the best horror movies ever. They're just some of my favorites, and if you're looking for a good scare and a good movie they come highly recommended.
5. An American Werewolf in London John Landis' black horror-comedy is probably my favorite werewolf movie of all time. Not only does it have the best script, atmosphere and pacing, but the transformation scene is a piece of art in of itself. It's also completely terrifying!
4. The Shining This movie was so scary that when I watched it as a kid, I had to turn it off and finish it during the daytime. Stanley Kubrick directs Jack Nicholson in one of the most frightening performances of his career. (Here's Johnny!)
3. Alien It says a lot when the trailer for a movie is scarier than most horror films. What can be said, this was a game-changer. Between one of the first great horror/action movie heroines in Ellen Ripley, and the infamous chest-burster scene, this Ridley Scott film is a classic.
2. Shaun of the Dead My favorite horror comedy mismatch, Shaun of the Dead is absolutely hilarious and frightening all at the same time. I remember watching this in theaters and couldn't believe Simon Pegg and company made a zombie movie so funny. The formula has been borrowed over the years (Zombieland) but this still remains the best zom-com.
1. The Thing Without a doubt, the scariest horror movie I have ever seen. Director John Carpenter creates a dreading tension of paranoia, as scientists in Antarctica turn on each other believing one another to be a shape shifting alien. The audience is just as much in the dark, and this keeps us on our toes. Oh and did I mention that the practical effects used in this movie are some of the best of all time? Because they are.
This are my top picks, what's yours? Comment on what your favorite movie to watch on Halloween is.
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