No.5 The Omen (1976)
It presents a horrific situation that’s impossible to fathom: How do you deal with your murderous child, even if he is the Antichrist?
No.4 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
It’s straight-up exploitation done right. Absolutely no gore, but it leaves more to the imagination. Women hanging on hooks, chainsaws, and sledge hammers to the skull… sounds good, right?
No.3 The Evil Dead (1981)
It’s so packed with evil that even the trees rip hapless teenagers apart in this flick from Sam Raimi. This film had enough murder and supernatural mayhem to warrant an NC-17 rating.
Because a man running around in a William Shatner mask, wielding a butcher knife, and wreaking havoc on the town is well worth it.
No.1 The Exorcist (1973)
Terrible, terrible things come out of this little girl’s mouth (which happens to be attached to a spinning head, thanks to a demonic possession). Audiences were so affected by this fearsome film that some theaters even provided “Exorcist barf bags.”