We’re midway into October, and if you haven’t spent the month watching as many horror movies as possible, I’m not sure what you’ve been doing. Working? Stop it. With Halloween on the horizon, it’s the ideal month to enjoy creepy horror classics.
Today's horror genre has something going for it: they're horrifyingly bad. I mean so bad that they actually become funny. An intruder appearing in the mirror as a character looks away while brushing their teeth just doesn't have the same effect as it once did. Deformed children wearing ragged clothes creeping out of the ground just doesn't cut it, too. Let face it - today's horror genre isn't what it once was.
Say what you will about watching movies that predate your birth, but the bottom line is that these black-and-white movies, including the horror genre, had what it took to keep your attention for the duration of the flick. And you know what? There's something freaky about watching a black-and-white horror flick in the month of October.
That being said, I understand why some folks limit their horror search to post-2000 movies. The thing is the true seldom-seen gems are scattered from the 40s through the 90s. Don’t go searching just yet, though, for I’ve compiled a list of the 13 scariest movies you’ve probably never heard of but need to watch. No particular order here.
13 Carnival of Souls (1952)
A young organist gets in a traumatic car accident and finds herself attracted to an abandoned carnival.
12 Black Christmas (1974)
A sorority house is terrorized by a stranger who makes lewd phone calls.
11 In The Mouth of Madness (1994)
An insurance investigator discovers the power of a horror writer’s books is more than inspirational.
10 Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971)
A woman recently released from an institution moves into a supposedly haunted farmhouse where she fears she may be losing her sanity again.
9 The Sentinel (1977)
A model moves into a Brooklyn Heights apartment where eerie occurrences lead to a twisted turn of events.
8 Night of the Hunter (1955)
A religious nutcase marries a widowed woman whose children are reluctant to tell him where their real father hid the $10,000 he stole.
7 The Woman in Black (1989)
An old widow dies in the seaside town of Crythin and a solicitor is sent by his firm to settle the estate. He ignores townspeople’s reluctance to go near the lifeless home and goes there himself, where he discovers its terrible history.
6 Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
A former child star torments her crippled sister in a deteriorating Hollywood mansion.
5 Dead of Night (1945)
According to IMDB, an architect "senses doom as his half-remembered recurring dream turns into reality." The guests at the country house encourage him to stay as they take turns telling supernatural tales.
4 Sisters (1973)
A journalist witnesses a brutal murder in a neighboring apartment, but police don’t believe the crime took place. She seeks out the truth with the help of a private detective.
3 Magic (1978)
Anthony Hopkins plays a ventriloquist who is at the mercy of his very own dummy. Doesn't sound like a complex plot, yet it does a good job in freaking viewers out.
2 Tourist Trap (1979)
A car breakdown leaves teens stranded near a madman’s mannequin-filled wax museum.
1 The Brood (1979)
A man investigates the techniques a psychologist is using on his institutionalized wife while under the attack of mutated children.
This squad of grotesque little tyrants might be cinema’s most terrifying children. Picture unattended T.J. Maxx kids, only angrier and deformed. The Brood is my favorite Cronenberg film, namely because it scares without being overly gross. It’s still fairly sci-fi, and undeniably disturbing, but it’s more good horror than anything. There really isn't a dull moment, and the end...well, just wait for it.
Sources: www.imdb.com; thoughtcatalog.com
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