With Halloween just around the corner, we’ve decided to delve into the world of horror and thriller movies to discover just which five we find the scariest movies of all time! Get involved and let us know your opinions in the comments section below.
This Alfred Hitchcock classic has inspired so many others going forward and today we’re currently two seasons in to the prequel series Bates Motel – one of the most interesting series on television. Norman Bates is a man who can snap and zone out at any moment, but those staying in the infamous Motel first created by his mother Norma are blissfully unaware just what he’s capable of. If you’ve not seen the infamous shower scene from this movie, you’re no true fan of horror flicks!
The Exorcist (1973)
Has there ever been a child in a movie as scary as the little girl in The Exorcist? Well perhaps in our next entry, but this movie saw hundreds of movie-goers vomiting and exiting the theatre because they couldn’t cope with the next-level horror that took place on-screen. Extremely sexualised as well as highly violent and abusive, this supernatural one-of-a-kind film has had a huge impact on pop culture and horror outlets of the present day. It even became the first ever horror film to be nominated for Best Picture at The Academy Awards – a huge achievement! A puppet was actually used in the film
The Omen (1976)
First considered one of the best movies released in 1976, The Omen has gone on to win critical acclaim from fans ever since its initial release. One stand-out scene is where a female is manipulated by Damien to willingly and happily hang herself in front of many onlookers at a children’s birthday party. One of Hollywood’s first ever brutally realistic decapitation scenes is also included, and when the time comes for Damien’s father to try and put an end to the horrible goings on that have plagued the family since Damien’s arrival, we begin to question our own moral judgement and wonder if we ourselves would be able to kill a child for the good of humanity. Psychologically, it’s one of the best there is.
The Amityville Horror (1979)
The fact that this film was based on a real-life story means that it was enough to have anybody shaking in their boots, and though the original is of course superior in nearly every way to the modern-day remake, Ryan Reynolds put on a fantastic performance when it was he who took to the forefront as the possessed family-man George. It’s a tale of a family who move into a new home, unaware of the extreme paranormal events they’re going to be facing after a mass murder occurred in the house a year before. Saying much more than that would ruin the many surprises in store, but it’s definitely a fright-fest worth getting invested in!
The Shining (1980)
Jack Nicholson puts on one of his best performances in this adapted film version of Stephen King’s novel of the same name. “Here’s Johnny!” you’ll hear many times on All Hallow’s Eve, and if you’ve always been wondering why, it’s all down to The Shining. With creepy twins, a look at the psychology of those who slowly turn mad and much more, it’s a movie you absolutely have to crack out each and every Halloween, and sometimes every so often in between.