A musician (David Hemmings) and journalist (Dario Nicoldi) team up with lots of sexual tension to solve the whodunit mystery behind gruesome murders in Rome that involve childhood trauma. While not the scariest movie on this list, its ending will make you question your own perception of what you just saw.

You probably no longer need the warning that opens the pre-Code horror movie, but the adaptation of Mary Shelley’s legendary novel is no less disturbing than it was then— particularly because of Boris Karloff’s simple, understated acting as the monster.

A college student (Jocelin Donahue) reluctantly accepts a babysitting job from a total creep (great character actor Tom Noonan), only to find that everything is wrong in his house. Infused with early ’80s nostalgia (satanic panic, Dee Wallace Stone), the horror comes so quickly you barely have time to process it.

Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland play a couple trying to escape the grief of their young daughter’s accidental death in Venice only to find it haunting them in every corner of the city. Daphne du Maurier’s short story gets the psychological horror treatment it deserved.

We can always learn more regarding best paranormal movies with correct browsing. Browning dared to imagine a revenge fantasy from the perspective of a group of circus and had his career ended, but his masterpiece remains as jaw-dropping and moving as ever. (And it still gets fans shouting at drunk midnight screenings.)

Nicole Kidman lives in a country house shielded from sunlight with her kids, who say they’ve seen ghosts. too, but not quite what you expect. With all due respect to The Sixth Sense, this is the scariest turn-of-the-millennium ghost movie with a twist ending.

Cillian Murphy wakes up fully naked on a hospital bed a month after a virus has infected humanity and finds that all of society has collapsed. Streets are empty, except for the packs of zombies who are more aggro than a mosh pit at a Megadeth concert. When the survivors take shelter in a military compound, and things get even darker than zombies foaming at the mouth.

A young black photographer (Daniel Kaluuya) joins his perky white girlfriend (Allison Williams) for a visit to her Obama-supporting parents’ home and discovers that liberals can’t be trusted any more than Ku Klux Klan members. Its humor aside, the image of a white woman eating Fruit Loops while researching black men’s bodies to hijack is chilling because it’s different only in degree from a million thoughtless comments about the special of black men.

Scott’s horror movie in space created a subgenre of its own, but it’s Sigourney Weaver’s badass performance as Ripley facing off against a parasitic alien life form that makes it just about perfect.

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