No.5 Nosferatu (1922)
The oldest movie on the list is also, in my professional opinion, the scariest. This German gem was released in 1922, which, by all accounts, may be before your great grandfather was a stain on your great-great grandmother’s summer dress. It stars Max Schreck as Count Orlok. It’s frightening in every way possible.
No.4 The Blob (1958)
I know it’s not terribly frightening, but not everything about has to be, right? I love The Blob and you should too unless you’re stupid. The Blob is like the quintessential 1950s film. Plus is starred Steve McQueen, and I don’t mean that douchebag from those stupid Disney Cars movies. McQueen was a real badass motherfucker, right? Anyway… The Blob is essentially this biological thing… frozen. When it thaws out it consumes everything! Like that fat ass at the buffet who piles his plate to the ceiling.
No.3 The Changeling (1980)
I was 5 in 1980 and I was allowed to see The Changeling. Yea, I know, my mom was awesome. The Changeling is a classic ghost story that is sad and terrifying all at the same time. Stephen is the boy you need to watch out for. He’s a rotten little bastard.
No.2 The Thing (1982)
This is probably one of the most unique films on the list because it has been remade several times and each time it’s remade it’s… good! So take your pick of which one you will watch. For me, the obvious choice is John Carpenter’s 1982 version. The newer one also has merit. If you really want to go old school, then the 1951 version is a must. Side note: In the original Halloween this is the movie the kids are watching on Halloween night, so if it’s good enough for them, then fuck yes it’s good enough for you!
No.1 Halloween (1978)
Could there be any other? Michael Myers is the best horror figure of all time. Yes, you can have Jason and Freddy and Pinhead and Leatherface, but Myers stands tall above them. There’s something about those… eyes. No movie marathon on Halloween is complete without Halloween and I don’t mean Rob . I’m talking 1978. I’m talking John Carpenter. I find it awesome that just four years after Halloween he makes The Thing, which the original appeared in Halloween. If you prefer Rob Zombie over Carpenter, that’s your cross to bear, but you still need to punch yourself in the taint.