100 Best Scary Movies: Part Seven
Our list of scary movies moves ever closer to the home stretch with ten more classic movies, including vampires, slashers, two Stephen King films, and Jeff Goldblum. Read on!
It's kind of amazing this movie ever got made in the first place, especially when you consider the pitch: Guy buys a cute little animal that comes with a weird set of arcane rules you need to follow. That creature spawns more creatures that turn into monsters that then spawn hundreds more monsters that rampage through a town on Christmas. But thankfully, it did get made, and became one of the most entertaining horror-comedies ever made.
39. Ju-On (2003)
Part of a wave of excellent horror offerings from Japan, Ju-On is an uncommonly good haunted house movie filled with dark imagery, surprising scenes and quality scares. As with most foreign films that spawn American remakes, skip the remake and see the original!
38. From Dusk Till Dawn
Half crime drama, half horror splatterfest, this odd hybrid manages to work as both. Directed by Robert Rodriguez from a script by Quentin Tarantino, the film features the stylishness and snappy dialogue you'd expect from that collaboration, and injects vampires into the mix in a dead-end roadhouse in the middle of the desert. It's worth watching for the great cast alone, which features Harvey Keitel, Cheech Marin, and special effects legend Tom Savini.
37. From Hell
Based loosely on the graphic novel from Alan Moore, this grim interpretation of the story of Jack the Ripper introduces so many fantastic and unlikely elements that it's surprising that they work so well together. Awash with blood and desperation, this movie is a must-see for fans of trippy historical horror.
Kathy Bates' single-handedly elevates this film into the top 40 with her amazing performance as Annie Wilkes, the insane former nurse turned kidnapper. Based on the book by Stephen King, this is one of only a small handful of adaptations of his work that lives up to the original.
More than any other film (with Trick 'r Treat coming in a close second), Creepshow embodies the kind of experience we work to re-create with One Buck Horror: five awesome stories that chill and delight! Written by Stephen King and directed by George Romero, it's a meeting of horror legends that's at once scary, fun and full of humor.
34. Let the Right One In
Some movies should never be remade. Period. This movie is a textbook example. Where the original Swedish version is a highly nuanced and emotional tale of a young boy who befriends a young-seeming vampire, the remake sacrifices all the substance that made the original great. Skip the remake, brave the subtitles, and watch this film!
33. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
Behind the Mask is set in a world where famous movie slashers are real, and a dedicated fanboy sets out to emulate their accomplishments and make a name for himself through a combination of training and careful planning. Shot partly documentary style, partly cinematic, it's a fun, inventive and scary deconstruction of slasher movies.
32. The Fly (1986)
David Cronenberg is a sick mamma-jamma, and nowhere is that more evident than in his 1986 remake of The Fly. The movie brings you along for Jeff Goldblum's slow transformation from human being into man-fly hybrid in all its disgusting glory. The creature effects are awesome, as is Jeff Goldblum's performance. This one is not to be missed.
31. Sleepy Hollow
A very liberal retelling of the Washington Irving story, this film succeeds by mixing the original legend with stunning imagery, quality kills and a liberal dose of mystery. Directed by Tim Burton, it carries his unique visual sensibilities into the horror realm, combining beauty and terror almost flawlessly.