Okay — it’s almost Halloween, so I should be forgiven for a non-policy posting on the Top Ten Scariest Movies. I’ve picked a sample of top ten listings to check out any unanimity in the selections. Not really, ‘though several films appear on almost every list – Psycho (1960), Night of the Living Dead (1968), Halloween (1978). Most of the scariest are horror or sci-fi films, with lots of gore and special effects, but a significant number of the top ones are psychological thrillers. Here are some links to the lists here, here, here and here.
There’s also a list of the 10 Top Terrifying Non-Horror movies here. Two of my own favorites in that category – but not listed – are Brazil (1985) and Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975).
Here’s my compilation of the 10 scariest:
The Exorcist (1973)
The Shining (1980)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Rosemary’s Baby (1979)
Silence of the Lambs (1991)
With truly scary things happening on Capitol Hill — government takeover of the health care system, attempts to suppress the use of energy through diabolical cap-and-trade schemes, more government controls on private markets together with expansion of government enterprises, and higher and higher taxes to finance the largess — maybe these films won’t seem so scary at all.