Many lists have been compiled for the Scariest Movie of All Time and the same three seem to make it to the top; The Exorcist, Texas Chainsaw Massacre (original Tobe Hooper version) and either The Omen or The Shining make it in the third spot.
With the expedientially large amount of horror being produced in the last decade, it is certain that the younger generation will have a few they’d like to add to the top three but I’d like to add a couple to the list myself. Although it is my personal opinion that The Exorcist is the most horrifying film ever made due to the mental tricks the demon plays on the priests and the sheer evil transformation of an innocent young girl. It is a “smart” horror film. Its clear that the antagonist, the devil, wanted humans to see that they are “ugly and unworthy of a Holy God’s love” when choosing a pretty young girl to be his victim and host. That’s an evil motive if I’ve ever heard one. Most horror films have antagonists who’s motive is merely to kill their victims. In this film, he not only wants you dead, he wants you to suffer physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually…forever. That is why The Exorcist tops my list. I’d like to add to this Rosemary’s Baby and Susperia for top 3 contenders as well. See http://knotmove.com/movie-in-norfolk/best-halloween-movies-best-satanic-cult-film-rosemary-s-baby-watch-rare-1968-original-trailer and knotmove.com/movie-in-norfolk/best-halloween-movies-best-foreign-hor…
The Omen was remade recently and it lacked the sheer creepiness the original movie had; especially the scene of the young Damien riding on his bicycle with the intent of killing his mother to wipe out any sibling that may be a rival to him in the future. Great films should never be remade. No horror remake has ever captured skin crawl factor of its original, stop trying. Get a new idea.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was considered the bloodiest film of all time but with the small budget, the director used very little blood or fx on camera, the blood bath was in the veiwer’s imagination which makes it all the more scary. Our imaginations are far more freaky than anything our eyes could behold on screen. That is the brilliance of this movie. The antagonist doesn’t speak and seems “vacant” and there is no bargaining with him for your life. He is a one-tracked mind blood thirsty killer that lacks any human compassion just as a seasoned butcher would have a lack of feeling for the cow he must butcher. Its scary that any man could be soulless. The most blood curdling scene in the one in which the girl is being hung on the hook. Sound effects got me bad on that one. See video to the left.
Some of the younger generation has sent me the following as contenders for the scariest film of all time; Paranormal Activity, The Ring and Hostel. I would agree these are frightening but I stick by my original choice of The Exorcist for the sheer mental torture it creates and the unrelenting evil its antagonist exibits.
What is your choice for scariest film of all time? Please leave comments below! Thanks and enjoy.
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