American Mensa members test in the 98th percentile or higher on standardized IQ tests. Let’s assume they’re smarter than the average bear. Does this make them good critics of Halloween movies? Read through this list and decide for yourself. Just a note: don’t expect to see Paranormal Activity 3 or Scream anywhere here.
#10: The Birds
Alfred Hitchcock’s, The Birds, featured Tippi Hedren battling a group of angry birds. ANGRY birds..get it??
#9: The Night of the Living Dead
Roger Ebert once wrote about 1968’s The Night of the Living Dead:
The kids in the audience were stunned. There was almost complete silence. The movie had stopped being delightfully scary about halfway through, and had become unexpectedly terrifying.
The first great zombie movie.
#8: Rosemary’s Baby
A mad scientist throws human parts from corpses together to form a super being, Frankestein. The 1931 Frankenstein starred Boris Karloff as the one and only Frankestein.
Halloween started the oblivious teens meeting horrible fate genre. Michael Myers breaks out of an institution on Halloween and it does not end well for people. It cost $300,000 to make this movie and grossed $47 million.
5. The Shining
“Heeeere’s Johnny!” A catchphrase that reached Hollywood immortality. Jack Nicholson stars in The Shining, Stephen King’s story about a haunted hotel. Stephen King was not impressed with the movie though, calling it “a fancy car without an engine.”
Sigourney Weaver goes on a rescue mission to the colony on planet LV-426 in the 1986 movie, Aliens. She runs into a species of aliens there and that’s when the fun begins.
You’ll never look at pig’s blood again. Sissy Spacek gets teased by a group of bullies in Carrie, but she gets her ultimate revenge.
2. A Nightmare on Elm Street
Freddy Krueger hunts people down in their dreams with his gloved-hand full of razor sharp knives. A Nightmare on Elm Street gave the world their first glimpse of Johnny Depp, supposedly chosen by director Wes Craven’s daughters from a group of headshots.
The classic shower scene put Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho at the top of the horror charts. The scene so moved lead actress Janet Leigh that she took baths for the rest of her life.