There are a lot of genres and each has its own plethora of movies, but by far, the most thrills are the attributed to the Horror class. Because the lovers of the scaries run the streets in packs, we decided to add to your viewing pleasure by giving you the top ten of… no, not the Last Decade… The Top Ten Horror Movies Of All Time!
1. Psycho (1960)
Released on the 25th of August in 1960, Psycho was the horror genre’s champion in shining armour. Based on Robert Bloch’s novel and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, Psycho is an essential in every horror fan’s list. It’s the story of a young woman who steals $40,000 from her employer’s client, and subsequently encounters a young motel proprietor too long under the domination of his mother. The trademark stab and blood-curdling scream ensue.
2. Alien (1979)
Written by Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusset and starring Signourney Weaver, Ridley Scott’s Sci-Fi/Horror epic covers the story of a space-mining ship which, while investigating a suspected SOS, lands on a distant planet. The crew discovers some strange creatures and investigates. This movie gave us the green acidic blood, the shell-head, countless sequels, spin-offs and games.
3. The Shining (1980)
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. And Stanley Kubrick translates Stephen King’s Masterpiece onto the big screen with such effortless precision that you believe it when Jack Nicholson delivers that oh so memorable dialogue.
4. Diabolique (1955)
Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, Diabolique is the tale of the wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress who conspire to kill him. After the murder is committed, the headmaster’s body disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women. Starring Simone Signoret, Vera Clouzot and Paul Meurisse, Diabolique is the movie every Crime/Horror film aspires to be.
5. The Thing (1982)
Another Horror/Sci-Fi epic, The Thing, directed by John Carpenter, finds group of scientists in the Antarctic. There they are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills. The Thing was based on the story by John W. Campbell Jr.
6. Nosferatu (1922)
A vampire by the name of Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter’s wife. Directed by F. W. Murnau this silent classic was based on the story “Dracula” and starred Max Schreck, Greta Schroder and Ruth Landshroff.
7. Faust (1926)
God and Satan war over earth; to settle things, they wager on the soul of Faust, a learned and prayerful alchemist. What conspires is what made this film a classic. Another masterpiece by F. W. Murnau, it was based on Johann Wolgang Goethe’s play.
8. The Exorcist (1973)
Arguably the pride of the Horror genre, if nothing else, this movie was an epic because it allegedly killed a man of pure fear when he watched it alone in the theatre. It tells the tale of a teenager who is possessed by a mysterious entity, and how her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her. It was adapted by William Peter Batty from his own novel and directed by William Friedkin.
9. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
A young couple move into a new apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins controlling her life. Directed by Roman Polanski and adapted by him from Ira Levin’s novel, it starred Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes and Ruth Gordon.
10. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
Directed by Robert Wiene and written by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer, it tells the story of Dr. Caligari‘s somnambulist, Cesare, and his deadly predictions. It starred Werner Krauss, Conrad Weidt and Friedrich Feher.