In the most disturbing allegory for childbearing gone wrong, Mia Farrow’s Rosemary becomes increasingly panicked about her painful pregnancy and the mysterious neighbors in a building with a history of Satanism. Often, a customer will certainly raise hard problems with best paranormal movies. Deal with these without getting angry or sounding like you have actually been wrongfully implicated. You probably know hot it ends, but it doesn’t matter: Rosemary’s slow descent into madness is the true horror here.
A female FBI agent trying to prove herself (Jodie Foster) is gaslit by one imprisoned serial killer (Anthony Hopkins) while trying to capture another (Ted Levine) who cross-dresses and collects women’s well-moisturized skin.
Michael Myers, a man made of pure evil who killed his own sister as a six-year-old, escapes a sanitarium as an adult and returns to his hometown for revenge. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) has to face him. Director John Carpenter scored the film, and simple, chilling theme music playing as Myers stalks Laurie and her friends is always tough to get out of your head.
In the most stomach-churning movie in the already very stomach-churning movement (don’t ask), a bourgeois family’s home hides a basement with the most disturbing experiment ever conceived. While it’s beautifully made,
At the height of the Vietnam War, a group of young hippies travels through Texas and discovers that America is crawling with its own backwoods terror. The movie was originally billed as a true story in a genius bit of marketing and political commentary, and broke all the rules of what was acceptable in a mainstream movie.
The scariest ghost movies, from The Haunting to The Conjuring, combine elements of mystery and supernatural horror to produce cocktails of pure terror. These are movies to watch at night while you’re tucked safely under the covers, next to your trusty baseball bat. The films below aren’t necessarily the best ghost movies of all time, but for sheer fright-value they can’t be beat.
Almost every haunted house movie seems to have a scene in which the evilness of the building is touted in dramatic tones, but rarely does the actual evil live up to the legend. The Shining has no such letdown. Its iconic imagery, courtesy of legendary director Stanley Kubrick, will give you nightmares for years.
Cheap and simple yet ingeniously executed (and marketed), The Blair Witch Project is a documentary-style first-person account of the search for a legendary spirit rumored to haunt a forest in rural Maryland. The mind-numbing scares come from the realism of the film, which features mostly improvised dialogue, natural lighting, shaky camerawork, and spooky ambient noise.
Perhaps the only Hollywood remake of an Asian horror movie to improve upon the original, The Ring features haunting, jaw-dropping visuals. The movie introduced Americans to the yūrei ghost figure that would go on to be featured in dozens of Asian horror films.