Scariest Flicks for Halloween

Critics counts down Hollywood's best-liked and most-feared horrors
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2008 12:26 PM CDT
Scariest Flicks for Halloween
Director George A. Romero is flanked by actors portraying zombies as he arrives for the world premiere of his movie 'Land of the Dead', at the Palms Casino Resort June 18, 2005 in Las Vegas.    (Getty Images)

It's Halloween, so grab the popcorn and scare yourself silly. Salon counts down ghoulish classics guaranteed to do the trick.

  • The Exorcist (1973): Despite the years and the hype, this tale of diabolical possession is still Hollywood's most ominous venture into the supernatural.
  • Halloween (1978): The movie that spawned countless psycho-slasher imitations remains the best of its kind.

  • The Shining (1980): That hotel is still the scariest place on Earth no matter how often it gets revisited.
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974): Possibly the scariest movie ever made, until the slaughter starts lunging into slapstick territory.
  • Night of the Living Dead (1968): George Romero's "zombie epiphany" is the unrivaled king of the undead genre.
  Click on the link for the full list and 10 more offbeat picks. (More Halloween stories.)

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