Tired of the same repetitive horror films of late? Go back to a time when scary movies weren’t just about zombies and possessed dolls. You may not have been born yet when any of the following movies came out, but we’re sure you’ll enjoy watching them!
1. PSYCHO (1960)
Psycho was directed by no other than Alfred Hitchcock. It was adapted from a novel based on the case of Ed Gein, a murderer and graverobber from rural Wisconsin who became the first modern serial killer. After watching this movie, your showers – and hotel visits – will never be the same again. Psycho stars Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, and John Gavin.
2. ROSEMARY’S BABY (1968)
The film is an adaptation of Ira Levin's bestseller novel and its success launched the trend of devil-baby and satanic pregnancy movies in the 70s. Directed by Roman Polanski, Rosemary’s Baby involves a struggling couple: a pregnant Catholic girl played by Mia Farrow and an unemployed actor portrayed by John Cassavetes. They move into an apartment block and are befriended by a Satanist.
3. THE EXORCIST (1973)
You wouldn’t want to watch this film by yourself. Directed by William Friedkin, The Exorcist features a girl who is possessed by a mysterious entity. Her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. When it was first released, the film affected many audiences so strongly that paramedics were called to treat people who fainted or went into hysterics. Watch out for disturbing head turnings and spider walks.
4. THE OMEN (1976)
For some reason, scary children are a trademark of horror and supernatural films. In The Omen, a child is replaced at birth by an American ambassador without the knowledge of his wife – since their own child was stillborn. As the years pass, mysterious deaths start to take place around them and it is eventually revealed that the child, Damien, is the Antichrist. The film stars Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, and Harvey Spencer Stephens. It was directed by Richard Donner.
5. HALLOWEEN (1978)
One of the first slasher films, Halloween tells the story of Michael Myers, a boy who killed his sister when they were children. Years later, Michael escapes from the sanitorium where he is admitted and returns to his hometown to kill again – this time by targeting a teenager and her friends. The film is directed by John Carpenter and Stars Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis.
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