We know what you’re thinking — there’s no way a film from 1959 can be scary. When it first came out, the film wasn’t that well-liked by critics, but today it is considered a cult classic. This creature feature is so scary because it tackles the notion of fear itself. The tingler is a virus that preys on those who feel fear.
If watching it today doesn’t give you the desired effect, you should try and watch it the way they did back then. The director installed little buzzers in the theater sits that made viewers feel like the creature was about to get them!
The Sixth Sense
This 1999 masterpiece is a supernatural thriller. It follows a psychologist who has a patient who can talk to the dead. Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment are amazing in their roles. The film is known for its surprising ending, which we assume you already know, but just in case you don't — we won't tell you.
While this flick can't be called gory, it has a lot of jump scares. If you haven't seen it for some reason, you have to, it's a classic.
Director Michael Powell's violent voyeuristic film captures the age-old fear of being watched by a stranger. Mark Lewis, aka "Peeping Tom" gets his fix from filming and then murdering unassuming women in their own homes. Nowadays, where cameras can be found in everyone's pocket at all times, this film is particularly relevant and poignant.
While Powell's work wasn't appreciated at the time of its release, "Peeping Tom" has since cultivated a cult status among movie buffs.
The Devil’s Backbone
Guillermo Del Toro is one of the most underrated directors living today. We know he's admired by many, but we feel like he doesn't get talked about enough. One of his earlier films, a film titled "The Devil's Backbone" is actually the spooky sibling of "Pan's Labyrinth".
Just like Del Toro's most known film, this one is also set in the Spanish Civil war and follows a young child. This helpless child has to comfort a ghost that haunts his orphanage, and nothing is more heartbreaking than the helplessness of children in the face of evil.
When legendary director Martin Scorsese ranks your film as one of the scariest of all time, then you know you've done something right! It's not just Scorsese who was terrorized by Director Robert Wise's "The Haunting." Audiences across the board found the film's paranormal premise to be frightening.
The film keeps you guessing whether what the characters are experiencing is indeed ghostly or concoctions created in their own minds. If you enjoyed the most recent TV show adaption of the story "The Haunting of Hill House" then you're sure to enjoy its predecessor.