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5 Star Horror

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People who added this item 6427 Average listal rating (4452 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.4
The Shining (1980)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick, Stephen King did not like this version of his book (by the same name).

IMO, this movie succeeded on many levels and it is a favorite among fans and non-fans, alike. First, there is brilliant acting from the three main characters. Second, Kubrick engages your senses. From beginning scenes where you see the lusciousness and vivid color of the hotel, then to the utter isolation when the camera draws back from the hotel/landscape in outside scenes. The sound of Danny's big wheel as it goes from carpet to floor, floor to carpet is familiar but disturbing in this situation. And the coldness of the snow is seen both in the terrain and Shelley Duvall's manner and dress.

• Most well-known scene: The axe scene with Nicholson and Duvall.
• Most well-known line: Heeere's Johnny!

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People who added this item 4046 Average listal rating (2667 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8
The Exorcist (1973)
This remains (after over 40 years) my first pick for movies that scare me. I usually watch it as part of my annual Halloween weekend movie binge at the end of October (in a dark room with the tv up loud).

I can't figure out what it is about this particular movie. It's not the head-turning, pea-puking Regan. Maybe it's the priest. Maybe it's the knowledge that this is one of those movies where the set was ... well, weird things happened.

Or maybe, it is the memory of twelve-year-old me bounding up the stairs from the basement family room after my first viewing (all by myself).

No matter, this is one of the most famous of horror movies. Linda Blair will always be remembered for her role and so many disturbing scenes including the ones mentioned above, along with her peeing on the rug in front of houseguests and speaking in tongues. The SFX were and are horrifying.

• Trivia: They say the set was cursed.
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People who added this item 4197 Average listal rating (2884 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.6
Saw (2004)
The Saw series gets too much attention, yet this first one, not enough. In comparison, it isn't the gorefest that the advertising photos would suggest.

This is one of the best slow burners of the genre. The first time I watched, the twist at the end COMPLETELY blew me away. It was so clever.

• Most well-known bad doll: Jigsaw
• Trivia: The doll's name is really Billy.
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People who added this item 4277 Average listal rating (2900 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7.1
The Ring (2002)
The Ring first brought pulling something out of your mouth, in full view and slowly, to screen. Gag.

But it was more than that. The creepy kid factor in this one is full-on. Samara and the well was a force to be reckoned with.

• Most well-known scene: Samara crawling out of the tv.
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People who added this item 2715 Average listal rating (1751 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.4
Carrie (1976)
One name: Sissy Spacek

Without Spacek, I don't know if this would have been the big hit that it still is, today. But it does stand the test of time. The pig's blood all over Carrie as she does her death walk at the prom is unsettling. And most can certainly feel for poor Carrie White and her problematic mother.

• Most well-known scene: The blood pouring all over Carrie's head and the tampon throwing scene.
• Trivia: John Travolta had a role.
• Trivia: This was Stephen King's first book and it almost didn't happen. His wife, Tabby, rescued it from the trash to later be published.
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People who added this item 2828 Average listal rating (1830 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.5
Everyone goes to sleep and everyone has had a nightmare or two. This movie brought Freddy Krueger into being. He is one of the most likable, unlikable villains in horror. You can't help but laugh or be amused at his dark gallows humor. Robert Englund was the perfect fit to play him. And the gloved knife-fingers scratching along walls and pipes nerve-wracking.

• Trivia: Wes Craven was inspired by a news story about kids who had died due to trying not to go to sleep.
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People who added this item 6504 Average listal rating (4567 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.6
Hannibal the Cannibal is such a horrific character. And an elusive one too. The movie builds him up to be so scary but it's Anthony Hopkins that truly makes this character come to life. The tone and pace of how he talks and the calm exterior, especially when he kills.

• Most well-known scene: the officer splayed across the cage.
• Most well-known line: I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti. (Hannibal)
• Most well-known line: It puts the lotion on its skin, or else it gets the hose again. (Buffalo Bill)
• This movie is based on a novel by Thomas Harris.
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People who added this item 4153 Average listal rating (2742 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.5
Psycho (1960)
Starting with embezzlement, this movie moves right into murder with one of the most famous murder scenes of all. And also introduces us to Norman Bates, such a common mommy's boy. The scene where the detective falls backward down the stairs is unexpected and disorienting.

• Most well-known scene: the shower scene.
• Trivia: The movie is based on a novel by Robert Bloch who based his novel on serial killer, Ed Gein.
• Trivia: Janet Leigh (Marion Crane in the movie) is the mother of Jamie Lee Curtis who played in the Halloween movies by John Carpenter.
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People who added this item 4606 Average listal rating (3111 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 8
Jaws (1975)
I will never forget watching this at the movie theater, when I was ten. I was scared but also excited. It was scary and I loved it! I have since, through the years, watched it over 20 times (at least). The first scene set the movie up magnificently for audiences to be scared out of their wits by a great shark.
I still have issues with deep bodies of water (I just don't).

• The girl being jerked under the water. The leg bouncing from the ocean floor. Quint in the mouth of the shark.
• Most well-known line: You're gonna need a bigger boat.
• Trivia: The mechanical shark that played the great white was named Bruce.
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People who added this item 2447 Average listal rating (1668 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7
Halloween (1978)
My all-time favorite scary movie. Always.

I watch this every year on Halloween. It is an absolute classic of the genre. Teens, sex, monster, holiday. It has everything and it didn't need gore for scares. Just a man in a mask.

• Most well-known line: But you can't kill the boogeyman.
• Most well-known line: Was it the boogeyman? As a matter of fact, it was.
• Trivia: The mask was a store bought Captain Kirk mask, altered.
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People who added this item 2549 Average listal rating (1578 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
Satan's baby!! Mia Farrow had a chance to make pixie haircuts popular with her style in this movie but more importantly, pregnant women everywhere could suspect their doctors and neighbors and husbands of plotting against them. Of course, we were all screaming at Rosemary to not drink the nasty-looking smoothies Mrs. Castevet was bringing over.

• Most well-known lines: This isn't a dream!! and What have you done to his eyes?!
• Trivia: The director is Roman Polanski who was married to a pregnant Sharon Tate (Manson victim) at the time.
• Trivia: The movie is based on a novel by Ira Levin.
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People who added this item 1887 Average listal rating (1216 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
Road trips are dangerous and definitely don't pick up the hitchhiker! TCM brought us some memorable characters, most of all Leatherface. Cannibalism is bad enough without a truly demented family that engages in it. Marilyn Burns certainly portrayed the absolute terror of being in the hands of a whacked-out family bent on killing along with a crazy run for escape. Dark humor often came across as chilling. In the hands of anyone else, it would have flopped but Tobe Hooper made it solid gold.

• Most well-known line: The events of that day were to lead to the discovery of one of the most bizarre crimes in the annals of American history, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
• Trivia: Leatherface had more than one mask during the film
• Trivia: The movie was influenced by the true crimes of serial killer, Ed Gein.
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People who added this item 7186 Average listal rating (5118 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.1
This movie has one of the twistiest endings.
The main actors give outstanding performances and I believed everything, was sucked right in, until well...no way!!!
I love this movie for the attention paid to the ghosts and also how tender Cole is.

• Most well-known line: I see dead people.
• Trivia: Haley Joel Osment didn't know he was doing a horror movie.
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People who added this item 2805 Average listal rating (1801 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7
The Birds (1963)
Who would think common birds would be so vicious? This movie again reaffirms that anything in a great amount coming at you is just. too. much. Every time Tippi was attacked it just overwhelmed me and made me want to escape with her.

Most well-known scene: Tippi in the telephone booth.
Trivia: Both mechanical and real birds were used.
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People who added this item 1978 Average listal rating (1267 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.3
Poltergeist (1982)
They're heeeeere!
I think the terror of Poltergeist is the children's terror. Being young and afraid of objects that seem to be something else. And in Poltergeist, they really are. Clowns!

• Most well-known scene: Carol Anne and the tv.
• Trivia: Heather O'Rourke (Carol Anne) among several others has now passed away from untimely deaths.
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People who added this item 1501 Average listal rating (1046 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
The Descent (2005)
Claustrophobia!!!
The whole time I watch this movie, I am bothered by either being underground or in a tight space. Well and then there are the creatures. They are fast and creepy as all get out. And it's dark!

• Trivia: Except for the one husband at the beginning of the movie, there are just girls down in that cave.
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People who added this item 1818 Average listal rating (1193 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 5.9
Hostel (2006)
Eli Roth brought torture porn into the mainstream with this one. And also revived the humans hunting/killing humans storyline with a twist. This is a story that is so easy to fall into as real since we (me) can be afraid of foreign countries and their methods and of overseas travel (proud stay-at-home introvert before the pandemic, thank you). Ankle cutting squeamishness!! People really bonded with Pax and his dilemma.

• Trivia: Eli Roth says it was inspired by a website he saw.
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People who added this item 1563 Average listal rating (1020 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.4
Ch-ch-ch....

The granddaddy of all camp movies! Jason is such a good monster until he isn't. The atmosphere of the camp, locals warning them away, the rain... and then once it starts going bad, it just keeps going. The need for blood and gore was not needed - it was terrifying enough as is. And the last gotcha.

• Personal trivia: I was friends with Betsy Palmer (the mom) on MySpace wayyy back in the day lol.
• Trivia: Before he was famous, "7 Degrees" Kevin Bacon was in this.
• Most well-known scene: The arrow through the throat starring Kevin Bacon.
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People who added this item 1405 Average listal rating (939 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
The Omen (1976)
Possibly where my love-hate affair with creepy kids began. The little boy in this movie is the creepiest and played perfectly especially in the last scene when he smiles.
I also was disturbed by many scenes including when Lee Remick gets tangled in the curtain and the scene in the cemetery with the dogs - yikes.

• Most well-known line: It's all for you, Damien!
• Most well-known scene: The nanny hanging at the birthday party.
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People who added this item 1387 Average listal rating (901 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
John Landis at his goofy, creative doings. I love this movie for the dark humor with dead friend, Jack but obviously, the werewolf transition scene is just so achingly disturbing. I felt like my skin was stretching and for a dental person, the jaw/teeth thing. Ick.

• Most well-known scene: David's transition from human to beast.
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People who added this item 1424 Average listal rating (948 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7
Hellraiser (1987)
The first Hellraiser is excellent with SFX. And... the scariest monsters in the Cenobites, especially Pinhead. But where this movie shines (IMO) is the transformation of Frank with the cooperation of Julia. Those were the craziest scenes to me.

• Most well-known scene: The cenobites (Pinhead) and the hooks.
• Most well-known line: You solved the box, we came.
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People who added this item 1246 Average listal rating (807 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.6
Pet Sematary (1989)
Creepy kid alert!
This is a coming back from the dead that is better than a zombie movie. The death of a child is a hard subject but Stephen King twists it into something even worse. I hated the cat scenes with Church since I am a cat person though. Gage getting run over is rough - he is so cute! Well until he isn't exactly especially when he cuts Judd's ankles.

• Most well-known scene: Gage coming back.
• Most well-known line: First I played with Judd. Then mommy came, and I played with mommy. We played, daddy, we had a awful good time! Now, I want to play with you...
• Stephen King even thinks the ankle cutting scene was squeamish.
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People who added this item 1790 Average listal rating (1120 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.7
This is all on Jennifer Carpenter (before Dexter) who is brilliant as Emily Rose. No head turning or pea-puking but she makes it as hair-raising as Linda Blair did in The Exorcist. Creep me out!

• Jennifer Carpenter did all the contorting body scenes herself with no aid or double. She was really that good.
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People who added this item 1190 Average listal rating (826 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.6
Child's Play (1988)
Creepy doll!!!

Chucky is such a dark-humored little fellow when he is supposed to be a "Good Guy." This is a great story especially for people who are just never sure about their dolls as a child. I always would turn them around while undressing and could not having them looking at me while I slept. I never felt like they watched over me. I can still hear Andy yelling, "Chuckyyyy!!" trying to find him.

• Most well-known line: Hi, I'm Chucky, your friend till the end
• Most well-known scene: Chucky transforms when being threatened to be thrown in the fire.
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People who added this item 850 Average listal rating (559 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 5.7
Cabin Fever (2003)
Cabin in the woods with a toxic disease by Eli Roth. A deadly skin virus jumping from friend to friend that you cannot stop is screamingly unsettling. The tub scene is gross but when Rider Strong "puts down" his girlfriend - ugh! And who could ever forget loveable Dennis?!

• Most well-known scene: Obviously the leg shaving scene.
• Most well-known line: PANCAKES!!!
• Trivia: Eli Roth was inspired by an infection he had when younger.
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It's hard to even describe this movie. It is a slow slow burn but once you get to certain scenes, it's just off the rails craziness. One of those once seen you cannot unsee. Or forget.

• Two words: Piano wire.
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People who added this item 42 Average listal rating (21 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 5.8
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