Halloween is nearly upon us, which means it’s time to turn down the lights and break out the scariest films of all time for all those horror movie marathons.
While the horror genre has seen a strong resurgence thanks to a new crop of filmmakers that have shunned the torture-horror genre for a return to its roots, there’s still no beating old-school — and there’s no doubt that the period from 1960s to the early 1980s churned out an impressive amount of classic horror films that have stood the test of time.
While there are certainly some modern horror films looming that are likely to overtake some of these features in the future, for now, these ten films remain the staples of a genre that continues to be one of the most popular among movie-goers. Come check out the ten best horror films of all time.
10. The Evil Dead (1981)
The first film by director Sam Raimi, Evil Dead was made by completely unknown and untested filmmakers who managed to create a compelling horror film on a budget of around $350,000. Now considered one of the greatest horror films of all time, Evil Dead has spawned an entire franchise that includes this year’s well-regarded remake.
While the later films in the series pushed firmly into camp genre, Evil Dead remains scary over thirty years later despite the huge constraints the filmmakers were working with. Although the story of five Michigan State University students who inadvertently release demons and spirits from the Book of the Dead may feel goofy at times, there’s no doubt that the film still scares.