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Tradition dictates the list today be about movies I find scary.

I'm not the best person for this. I've never been a fan of horror movies, and I hate slasher flicks. I'm annoyed that much of this genre is nothing more than cinematically hiding behind a door, jumping out and screaming. Of course we'll jump and our hearts will race. Pure physical response. So what?

I prefer movies that slowly push you to the edge of the seat and gently twist your body tight with tension. Freddy, Jason, Leatherface and most zombies (except "28 Days Later") fail to do that for me. This list, though, would still frighten me:


10. Dracula (1931): Vampires are the best of all ghouls, "Dracula" is the best of all vampire movies, and Bela Lugosi is the best Dracula. Other good "Count D." movies include the silent "Noseferatu" and the 1979 version with Frank Langella and Laurence Olivier.

9. The Haunting (1963): A classy, non-gory thriller, starring Julie Harris and Claire Bloom, about a group of people who move into Hill House to prove that ghosts do not exist. As a young kid, this was one of the scary flicks I watched more than once.

8. Dead Ringers (1988): Jeremy Irons plays twin gynecologists, who are very, very connected. When one tries to break the bond, things get weird. The scene in which one brother displays gynecological equipment he designed may be the creepiest ever.

7. The Shining (1980): Jack Nicholson is scary as Jack Torrance, a troubled writer who goes a little funny in the isolation of a Colorado resort during the off-season. Stanley Kubrick directed so skillfully that the movie overcomes an annoying Shelley Duvall.

6. Dark City (1997): One of my favorites sci-fi flicks, a group of aliens -- Watchers -- who can change people and the earth to fit their whims. Rufus Sewell, William Hurt and Jennifer Connelly star, along with Richard O'Brien, of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" fame.

5. The Omen (1975): Damien was a creepy little kid and the Revelations/666 stuff was pretty frightening psychological stuff. Gregory Peck was perfect as the father. Didn't care for the sequels, but the original's scene with the Rottweilers was top-notch.

4. Silence of the Lambs (1991): Not only is Hannibal Lecter a creepy piece of work, but what about Buffalo Bill, the killer who does sewing with remains of his victims? The final chase, Clarisse and Buffalo Bill with the night vision goggles in the basement is classic.

3. Alien (1979): Sigourney Weaver, Yaphet Kotto, Tom Skeritt, Harry Dean Stanton, Ian Holm and John Hurt star in Ridley Scott's classic about a stomach-shredding alien. The scenes in the ship's bowels, with the monster nothing but a blip on a screen, are tense.

2. Psycho (1960): Norman Bates and Mother are a seriously scary pair, and Alfred Hitchcock created the modern horror movie with this masterpiece. Sure, the shower scene is famous, but what about the stuffed birds, the "mother-son" dialogue, and the fact that Perkins looked just like someone you see on the street?

1. Exorcist (1973): Maybe it's my Catholic upbringing, but this movie still scares me. It may seem trite by today's buckets-of-blood standards, but it brought demonic possession to the forefront of tons of scary films. The vomiting and head-turning stuff may be funny now, but it wasn't then and Father Karras' mother still isn't.

Enjoy this teasing trailer from "The Exorcist."

Of course we have the "Psycho" shower scene.

Finally, "Here's Johnny."

Source : http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/columns/joe-holleman/lights-out-best-scary-movies/article_668af310-e062-11df-b31f-00127992bc8b.html

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