Think about it: we’ve been asking filmmakers to scare us for the last 100 years. Yeah, 100 YEARS. Did you know the first horror movie debuted in 1910? Do you know what it was? It was Edison Studios’ Frankenstein, which revolutionized human horror. Countless movies can terrify you these days, but don’t overlook the classics — here are our favorite horror flicks to watch at home!

The First Slasher: Psycho (1960)

This film might seem a little clichéd, but Alfred Hitchcock really knew how to take an audience by surprise; not only visually, but psychologically. Like when a young secretary on the run steps into a hotel shower, letting the water fall over her. She’s very beautiful. So beautiful that you barely notice something creeping closer through the shower curtain. As your mind begins to wonder who it could be, the shadowy figure tears open the curtain and lunges with a large knife in one fell swoop. The woman screams as the knife plunges into her again and again and discordant violins shriek. She has nowhere to go as her blood drips down the drain and she slowly falls out of the shower, pulling the curtain on top of her with her final breath.

Haunting Your Dreams: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

While this is one of Wes Craven’s most popular movies, it wasn’t his first. By the 80s, the writer and director had discovered that the one place you were truly vulnerable was in your dreams…Like when you’re drifting off in your bathtub after a long day. As your eyes become heavy you feel the water ripple. A hand attached to cold, sharp metal drags you down, as if your tub were a bottomless chasm. You can see the light from the bathroom up above you, but it becomes smaller as you’re pulled down, further and further. You manage to break free just as your lungs feel ready to explode. You finally make it to the surface and gasp for air; clinging to the side to avoid being dragged under again, telling yourself they’ll be no sleeping tonight.

So Real It’s Scary: Paranormal Activity (2007)

Using the “found footage” style of movie hadn’t been used so effectively and terrifyingly since The Blair Witch Project in 1999. And since the spooky stuff was shot from a fixed camera at night, it made the events even more shocking. Events like phantom footsteps. Hearing doors bang shut in the middle of the night. Even finding bizarre footprints leading into your room, but none leading out. Then, one night, you’re awoken in bed to the screams of your significant other. It’s dark, but not so dark that you can’t immediately see them being dragged out of bed by their leg, and that there’s absolutely no one else there. You watch as they’re pulled from the room and down the hallway at lightning speed, until they’re suddenly dropped. They run screaming back into the bedroom and collapse in a hysterical pile, and your mind is still trying to grasp what just happened.

If you thought that was scary, then you should definitely go see the newest installment, Paranormal Activity 4, when it opens this Friday the 19th. You can check out showtimes here, and be sure to check out some of the classics mentioned above at home.

 

Posted by Taylor