Five Classic Horror Movies Guaranteed To Make You Jump

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There has always been something about a scary story that has excited its audience, no matter the medium. No matter if its horror movies, ghost stories, or chilling novels by the likes of Stephen King or Dean Koontz, or the Grimm brothers for that matter, there is something about being scared that people really seem to enjoy a lot.

When it comes to horrors, there are so many types of stories to scare you. Monster stories, gory films, the silly and wacky horrors, psychological thrillers and ghost stories have kept audiences on the edge of their seats.

It is very difficult to compare horror movies because they can be so diverse. After all you can hardly compare The Nightmare on Elm Street with a movie like Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, other than the fact that both may give you a fright. However the following five films are the best examples of different classic horror genres, and are also responsible for inspiring thousands of other films over the years.

The first I have just mentioned, Psycho, perhaps the most eerie of all Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpieces. Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates is absolutely brilliant, and to this day, this classic piece of cinema will scare almost everyone. It is nerve-wracking and the tension is unbearable throughout, and while it may not be as scandalous as it was in 1960, it remains one the iconic horror movies of all time. Who will ever forget that shower scene.

Another oldie is William Friedkin’s The Exorcist, made in 1973, but beware, this oldie is going to make you have sleepless nights. Dealing with the possession of a young girl, and the attempts by priests to rid her of this demon, it is the kind of scary movie that will leave a lasting impression. With stellar performances from Ellyn Burstyn, Max Von Sydow and Linda Blair as the possessed girl, Regan, do not watch this alone.

While not the most traditional of all horror movies, there is no doubt that Steven Spielberg’s Jaws scared more people out of swimming in the sea than anything before it. It also inspired hundreds of other movies with a similar story, of a real life creature demonizing ordinary people. Still to this day almost four decades later, humming a few bars of the theme at the beach will scare enough people to believe a shark is nearby.

When it comes to slasher horror movies, there are many to consider for the top spot, with Friday theThirteenth’s Jason and Elm Street’s Freddie Kruger close contenders. But it is Michael Myers in the 1978 original Halloween that tops the list. Perhaps it was Jamie Lee Curtis’ scream, or Donald Pleasance’s creepy psychiatrist, or the fact that it was directed by a true master of suspense, the one and only John Carpenter. Carpenter’s The Thing and The Fog are two other great scary choices.

Another Steven Spielberg film finishes the list, though this time he was only credited as the producer, though he did cast the movie, direct the actors and do all the storyboards. Toby Hooper was the director though of the classic ghost story, Poltergeist. Starring Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams, this 1982 classic story of a family home haunting remains one of the best ghost horror movies ever made.

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