In this unflinching Italian study of depravity and fascism, powerful men round up teenage boys and girls and subject them to humiliating sexual acts and torture. It’s full of unsettling images (you could pick any number of particularly terrifying moments), but there’s nothing more disturbing than men laughing at their prisoners’ cries of pain.
Three hot, young, cosmopolitan Aussies tour the beautiful outback until their car breaks down and they find something very ugly.
A preacher/serial killer who has and tattooed on his hands (never a good sign) charms his way into marrying a woman in order to steal a hidden stash of money, and her children have to stop him. The murky black-and-white photography is beautiful and sinister as hell.
Three snarky college students go into the woods in search of a local myth that turns out to be way too real, and only their footage is left behind. Yes, you can blame this movie for every lazy, cheap, and insanely profitable found-footage horror movie that came after it. The lack of a annoys some people,
Hitchcock pretty much created the slasher subgenre—and originated the surprise first-act murder of the star—with the story of a woman (Janet Leigh) on the run who is way too accepting of a dark-haired stranger’s (Anthony Perkins) generosity.
Finding best paranormal movies does not have to be challenging. American tourists looking for help instead find a German surgeon who, yes, definitely gives off Nazi vibes and has plans for them far worse than death. If you haven’t already passed out by the surgery exposition, good luck when you figure out the digestive mechanics of the
Jack Nicholson’s Jack Torrance, a writer with a drinking problem, arrives with his family to become the caretaker of a snowed-in hotel that’s inundated with creepy signs, from his own son muttering over and over, a duo of creepy girls hanging out in the halls, and an elevator gushing with blood. Not to mention the film’s catchphrase: Who says axe-wielding comic actors can’t be terrifying?
Craven was one of a few masters of horror who plumbed the depths of America’s Vietnam War-era cultural divides in this grimy, arty thriller about two teenage girls who encounter escaped prisoners in the big city—and how the tables get violently turned. The torture and abuse in this film make Deliverance look like an after-school special.
The most influential horror movie of all time not only produced flesh-eating gross-out shots that are still more effective than any CGI monstrosity today, but it also cannily tapped into racial and cultural tensions that turn out to be the ultimate horror.
No, not the schlocky Nicolas Cage remake, but the deeply upsetting British original about a police officer who visits a pagan island to investigate the disappearance of a girl and finds that these are not the nice kind of pagans.