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Spooky September Challenge: Day Five – Top Ten Spookiest Movies

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Well it’s almost over, but that’s not such a bad thing, because it means we are that much closer to Halloween. (Yay!)

Anyway…

It’s now DAY FIVE of Parajunkee’s Spooky September Challenge and the biggest challenge for today’s prompt is choosing only ten spooky films. Because there are so many, with all different kinds of things that make them terrifying.

Today’s challenge is…

DAY FIVE: Top Ten Spookiest Movies

Anyway… if you’d like to know more about the challenge, just click the link above or either of the graphics and you’ll be taken to the information post.

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My Top 10 Favorite Spooky Films

Yesterday I listed six of my favorite vampire films in honor of that creature of the night. But none of them, aside from Nosferatu, was particularly spooky.

So here, in no particular order, are ten films that managed to scare the heck out of me at one point in time in my life or another.

#1

Night of the Living Dead dir. by George Romero – the black and white just made this film super creepy awesome

#2

The Shining dir. by Stanley Kubrick – the isolated setting, the descent into madness, the echo-y old time-y music, Jack-freaking-Nicholson

#3

Session 9 dir. by Brad Anderson – the setting. And every time I watch it I find it so unbelievably disturbing I’m afraid to turn out the lights after

#4

The Changeling dir. by Peter Medak – I saw this when I was very young and had nightmares about it for ages. The creepy bathtub scene still haunts me

#5

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre dir. by Tobe Hooper – only the original creeps the heck out of me. Because those actors looked like the real deal. Because the story is based on a real guy. Sometimes low budget does it best

#6

Hostel dir. by Eli Roth – I’m not a fan of gore films. I actually get kind of bored by them. Shock value but little scare value. But this film spooked me because it made me think about how twisted people really are and that in real life someone was probably paying big bucks to do exactly what the villains in this film were doing

#7

The Descent dir. by Neil Marshall – it’s more haunting than spooky. There’s this quietness to it. And it’s kind of sad and depressing, too. But it’s definitely chilling

#8

A Nightmare on Elm Street dir. by Wes Craven – the music, the rhyme, the glove. OMG I am already getting spooked. “One, two Freddy’s coming for you”

#9

Halloween dir. by John Carpenter – the quiet, the tension, the build-up, the score, the screams

#10

Jeepers Creepers dir. by Victor Salva – so only the first half and the very last moments spooked me. It had all the makings of a classic horror film before it got a touch ridic. But that ending, with that song, and that thing right there in those very last moments. Haunts me. Still

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I mean of course there are all the classics – Nosferatu, The Exorcist, The Amityville Horror, The Omen, Psycho, The Birds, anything Hitchcock really, The Bad Seed, Friday the 13th, Evil Dead, The Burning, The Thing (the original), Dawn of the Dead, Hellraiser, Rosemary’s Baby, and on and on and on….

What about you?

What are a few of your favorite spooky movies? Do they involve serial killers, ghosts, ghouls, zombies, animals that attack, the undead, aliens, those from beyond? What films give you the biggest thrills and chills? What films feature in your nightmares?

Which scary films round out your top 10?

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