best horror flicks

The Houston Chronicle staff list their picks for best horror flicks.

Lana Berkowitz picks “Die, Monster, Die! (1965) / Planet of the Vampires (1965)”
Syd Kearney & Louis B. Parks pick “Alien (1979)”
Andrew Dansby picks, of all things, “Evil Dead 2 (1987)”
Eric Harrison picks “The Sixth Sense (1999)” (with which I agree)
Tracy Scott picks “Audition (1999)” which I’ve never seen
Andy Olin picks “The Shining (1980)”

The Houston Press has this post:

Halloween: The haunting score, the moment
Laurie Strode looks out the window of her high school classroom and
sees Michael Meyers standing in broad daylight staring at her, Donald
Pleasence’s weird little accent, the scene in the closet between Laurie
and Michael. This is a perfect scary movie from start to finish.

Suspiria: When little Suzy Banyon arrives
at a prestigious dancing school, she has no idea what’s in store for
her. Italian director Dario Argento has created a masterpiece of horror
with bizarre camera and lighting effects and an obsession with the
color red. You’ll never walk your dog alone again after this one.

Rosemary’s Baby: Mia Farrow plays the
paranoid pregnant mother of Satan’s spawn with such a mix of fear and
despair it made me want to get my tubes tied. Artsy effects mixed with
a weird theme song (sung by Farrow herself) and Sidney Blackmer and
Ruth Gordon as the nosiest neighbors ever add up to a total frightfest.
This is not a dream, this is really happening!

Scream: Scary and ironic at the same time,
which is a hard one to pull off. Wes Craven filled the movie with so
many inside jokes that horror movie fans needed to watch it at least
three times to catch all the references. Yummy!

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The original, of
course. It’s got odd moments of humor, and Houston’s own Marilyn Burns
as the sole survivor kicks total ass! The blood on her face and body
was really hers as she was filmed being chased through the woods by
Leatherface. She earns every letter of the title Scream Queen. My heart
races just thinking about it.

Which do you think is the scariest movie ever?

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