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Top 10 scary films ever

In Movies on October 30, 2009 at 10:26

Press release issued by news4media.ie:

 

 

Stanley Kubrick’s classic 1980 movie The Shining has been named the scariest horror film ever, topping a list of 100 scary movies by top film website Totalscifionline.com.

Rosemary’s Baby, by controversial director Roman Polanski came in second place, while British cult classic The Wicker Man, famous for Britt Ekland’s naked dancing, was third.

The Shining stars Jack Nicholson and is based on a story by famous horror writer Stephen King. It tells the story of a frustrated writer who tries to murder his family in the isolated hotel where they are snowed in for the winter.

Though it received mixed reviews on its release in 1980 (and picked up nominations at the ‘alternative Oscars’ the Razzies for Worst Director and Worst Actress), its reputation has grown over the years, as subsequent generations in search of Halloween thrills have been terrified by its dark psychological themes and unforgettable imagery.

“Nearly 30 years after its initial release, The Shining remains an unparalled study in isolation, madness and paranoia,” says Matt McAllister, editor of Totalscifionline.com. “The expansive sets, surreal visuals, and an intense performance from Jack Nicholson add up to a film guaranteed to give viewers a sleepless night.”

Classic imagery and dialogue from The Shining which have entered popular culture include the spooky twin girls in the hotel corridor, the word “redrum” (murder backwards), the repeated phrase “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy,” and Jack Nicholson announcing, “Here’s Johnny!” as he smashes through a door with an axe. In recent years, the film’s classic status has seen it lovingly parodied on shows such as The Simpsons and Family Guy.

Totalscifionline.com Scariest Horror Movies – The Top Ten

1) The Shining (1980)
2) Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
3) The Wicker Man (1973)
4) Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
5) Psycho (1960)
6) Alien (1979)
7) Night of the Living Dead (1968)
8) The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
9) Halloween (1978)
10) Jaws (1977)

To see the full list of 100 scary movies you must see, visit:
http://totalscifionline.com/features/4160-the-100-greatest-horror-movies

 

 

 

Personally, I think The Ring is the scariest. I was on the edge of my seat watching it the cinema. About a week later, I went to the cinema again to watch it, and was equally as scared.

Also, for some reason, I was shitting during The Blair Witch Project. I had heard so much about the movie and it was getting so much publicity as being so scary…i think i was fooled by the hype. For the duration of the film, I was literally chewing the ends of my fingers off, waiting for something to happen….but of course, nothing did happen. Until the end, that is. Then holy God, I jumped out of skin. That shaky camera routine is great for suspense and building of atmosphere. Rubbish film in an overall sense, but it worked on me. I was nervous for the cast all the way through…

Do you agree with the Top 10 above? What was the scariest movie you’ve ever seen?