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Old 06-11-17, 11:18 AM
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Esquire : The 50 Scariest Movies of All Time

What, The Human Centipede and no Exorcist?

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The 50 Scariest Movies of All Time
From classic jumps to psychological horror, these films might just keep you awake at night.


1. 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' (1974)
2. 'Martyrs' (2008)
3. 'Halloween' (1978)
4. 'The Silence of the Lambs' (1991)
5. 'Rosemary's Baby' (1968)
6. 'The Wicker Man' (1973)
7. 'The Night of the Living Dead' (1968)
8. 'The Last House on the Left' (1972)
9. 'The Shining' (1980)
10. 'The Human Centipede (First Sequence)' (2009)
11. 'Psycho' (1960)
12. 'The Blair Witch Project' (1999)
13. 'The Night of the Hunter' (1955)
14. 'Wolf Creek' (2005)
15. 'SalÚ' (1975)
16. 'Repulsion' (1965)
17. 'Carrie' (1976)
18. 'Maniac' (1980)
19. 'The Fly' (1986)
20. 'Audition' (1999)
21. 'Carnival of Souls' (1962)
22. 'Cannibal Holocaust' (1980)
23. 'Black Christmas' (1974)
24. 'Eyes Without a Face' (1960)
25. 'Dumplings' (2004)
26. 'The Strangers' (2008)
27. 'Goodnight Mommy' (2014)
28. 'Alien' (1979)
29. 'Get Out' (2017)
30. '28 Days Later' (2002)
31. 'The Others' (2001)
32. 'Freaks' (1932)
33. 'Don't Look Now' (1973)
34. 'The House of the Devil' (2009)
35. 'Frankenstein' (1931)
36. 'Deep Red' (1975)
37. 'Jaws' (1975)
38. 'Let the Right One In' (2008)
39. 'Candyman' (1992)
40. 'When a Stranger Calls' (1979)
41. 'God Told Me To' (1976)
42. 'The Witches' (1990)
43. 'Pulse (Kairo) ' (2001)
44. 'The Lords of Salem' (2012)
45. 'Cabin Fever' (2002)
46. 'Scream' (1996)
47. 'M' (1931)
48. 'Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me' (1992)
49. 'Under the Skin' (2013)
50. 'Blood and Black Lace' (1964)
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Old 06-11-17, 11:37 AM
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Re: Esquire : The 50 Scariest Movies of All Time

I would add:

Dawn of the Dead
Incredible Shrinking Man
The Wolf Man
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Re: Esquire : The 50 Scariest Movies of All Time

The Witches (1990)? Fun movie, but I'm not sure I'd rank it as one of the scariest.
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Re: Esquire : The 50 Scariest Movies of All Time

Some personal favorites :

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
The Vanishing (1988)
Martin (1976)
The Innocents (1961)
Near Dark (1987)
The Changeling (1980)
Onibaba (1964)
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
The Tenant (1976)
The Brood (1979)
Possession (1981)
Vampyr (1932)
Hour of the Wolf (1968)
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Re: Esquire : The 50 Scariest Movies of All Time

There are some titles on that list I would happily replace with Jacob's Ladder.
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Re: Esquire : The 50 Scariest Movies of All Time

Meh, with the exception of unforgivably leaving The Exorcist off the list, it looks just like every other Top ____ Horror movies list ever made.

And while I probably wouldn't put up much of a fight over it's inclusion, Salo has to be the most overrated movie to appear on this list.
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Re: Esquire : The 50 Scariest Movies of All Time

The Haunting (1963) and The Innocents (1961) need to be in the list.
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Re: Esquire : The 50 Scariest Movies of All Time

Originally Posted by Ky-Fi View Post
The Witches (1990)? Fun movie, but I'm not sure I'd rank it as one of the scariest.
It sure scared the bejesus out of me as a kid. If only the folks at Warner Archive would get off their asses and release it on blu-ray.

Anjelica Huston has never looked lovelier.

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Re: Esquire : The 50 Scariest Movies of All Time

The Exorcist was likely consciously left off the list as clickbait fodder. These type of lists on the net are less an honest accounting of actual movies and more about generating controversy for clicks.
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Re: Esquire : The 50 Scariest Movies of All Time

Originally Posted by hbilly View Post
The Haunting (1963) and The Innocents (1961) need to be in the list.
Highly Highly Agree!!
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Re: Esquire : The 50 Scariest Movies of All Time

I think "Bravo's 100 scariest movie moments" was a better list.
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Re: Esquire : The 50 Scariest Movies of All Time

Human Centipede shouldn't be on the list, much less in the top 10. HC2 was much better.
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Missing a lot of good asian horror on the list.

Ringu
A Tale of Two Sisters
One Missed Call
Ju-on The Grudge
Cure
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Originally Posted by TomOpus View Post
Human Centipede shouldn't be on the list, much less in the top 10. HC2 was much better.
I disagree. HC1 is way better.


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Originally Posted by Why So Blu? View Post
I disagree. HC1 is way better.


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Comparing HC1 with HC2 is the same as comparing colon cancer to brain cancer. One is deadlier than the other but both suck.
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Re: Esquire : The 50 Scariest Movies of All Time

I'd add The VVitch.
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I'd add The VVitch.
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Re: Esquire : The 50 Scariest Movies of All Time

MIA:

The Entity.
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Originally Posted by Hazel Motes View Post
MIA:

The Entity.
After over 20 years, I saw it not too long ago and while it does have its moments, I found it kind of silly and exploitative.
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I've rarely found monsters at all frightening, with the possible exception of the zombies in Romero's Living Dead movies, but I do find deranged humans scary (esp. in real life). One of the scariest movies I've seen this year was WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? I first saw it decades ago and don't recall my reaction to it. I was young then, but now I'm older than both Davis and Crawford were when they made that movie and I found Davis truly scary. I think it's because, as an older person, I understand Crawford's vulnerability and helplessness a lot more. It's a fate that looms much larger than it did when I was in my 20s.
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Pretty lame list...

Only about half of the movies on the list are actually "scary." Another quarter or so are solid genre classics (ie, Frankenstein) but in no way classifiable as "scary" let alone of "all time." And more than a couple are just lousy movies period... Cabin Fever, Human Centipede, The Lords of Salem... wtf?
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Pretty lame list...

Only about half of the movies on the list are actually "scary." Another quarter or so are solid genre classics (ie, Frankenstein) but in no way classifiable as "scary" let alone of "all time." And more than a couple are just lousy movies period... Cabin Fever, Human Centipede, The Lords of Salem... wtf?
It looks like the list includes variations of horror such as "psychological" horror. But if that's the case there's no excuse for not including Jacob's Ladder or Session 9 to the list.
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Originally Posted by Why So Blu? View Post
I disagree. HC1 is way better.


"FEEEEEEEEED HER!!!!!"
I disappointed that HC1 wasn't more gratuitous.
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Saw headline, decided I'd read it as long as The Exorcist was at the top of the list. Bye!
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Re: Esquire : The 50 Scariest Movies of All Time

I knew there was a reason I don't read Esquire(.com).
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