The seminal horror flick “The Thing” will make it hard to trust your friends. It’s an exploration of paranoia and loneliness set inside of a terrifying scenario. As an alien creature wreaks havoc on a team of researchers in the arctic, it transforms into friends and foes at the drop of a hat, which not only creates some wonderfully disgusting scenes but makes every character fear for his or her life.
In the end, as the survivors fly away in a helicopter, it’s never made clear whether or not the alien menace was actually destroyed. To the characters — and the viewers — it’s all-too-possible for the creature to still be alive.
The Blair Witch Project
Low-or-no-budget horror movies are becoming more and more popular, regardless of their quality. There are plenty of good ones to choose from, but the one that started it all was “The Blair Witch Project,” which still holds the record for high box office based on budget.
As one of the very first found-footage films, it follows a group of students who go looking for the “Blair Witch,” a being of myth and legend. To their horror, they find her and find themselves picked off one-by-one until the final shot reveals that no one is safe.
Alfred Hitchcock's famous horror-thriller “The Birds” fills uncertainty with fear. It is the ending scene that does this best. After surviving a movie's worth of vicious bird attacks, Melanie (Tippi Hedren) is injured and nearly comatose. Mitch (Rod Taylor) has to drive her and a few children to San Francisco. As they drive, birds are everywhere, watching the car roll.
The radio tells them that the attacks are spreading, and the military is even getting involved. The movie comes to a close, and credits roll, leaving us to wonder if the characters will survive when the horror ends and why it started in the first place. Creepy!
The Grindhouse film brings all the action and horror possible. The Tarantino-directed film stars Kurt Russell, as stuntman Mike McKay, and his evil pursuits of murdering young women in staged car accidents in his"death proof" car.
Abernathy (Rosario Dawson), Kim (Tracie Thomas), and Lee (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) try to survive the attack from the homicidal madman in this new wave exploration thriller. If you want to watch a scary movie that's trying to achieve something different while still being scary, this one is for you!
Night of the Living Dead
When you ask someone to tell you what they consider to be the original zombie movie, 9 out of 10 times, they are probably going to say "Night of the Living Dead." The horror classic was directed by George Romero. The zombie thriller was so well received that Romero went on to direct 5 more of them.
The original movie was done in black and white in 1968, and in 1990, Tom Savini debuted a color remake.