1) The Exorcist (1973)
exorcist.lovethiscitytv Directed by William Friedkin and adapted by William Peter Blatty from his 1971 novel (of the same name); aspects of the novel were inspired by an exorcism performed on a young boy in 1949 by the Jesuit priest, Fr. William S. Bowdern. The Exorcist was released theatrically in the United States by Warner Bros. on December 26, 1973 – 40 years later it still keeps it’s audience on the edge of their seats and raises the hairs on everyone neck when they think about Regan’s ‘spinning’ head and body twisted crawling down the stairs. What the trailer HERE

2) Halloween (1978)
halloween.lovethiscitytv Directed and scored by John Carpenter, co-written with producer Debra Hill – this slasher film was Jamie Lee Curtis’ feature film debut. The 1978 American independent was the first installment in what became the Halloween franchise. The music also brings the film success; it’s impossible to hear that iconic melody and not imagine Michael Myers’ white mask – Watch the trailer HERE

3) Poltergeist (1982)
poltergeist.lovethiscitytv Directed by Tobe Hooper and co-written and produced by Steven Spielberg. The film is set in a California suburb and focuses on a family who is haunted by an angry ghost that abducts the family’s youngest daughter Carol Anne. Static TV’s will always bring to mind the films iconic line – “They’re here.” The Poltergeist franchise was believed to have been cursed due to the deaths of several people associated with the film. Watch the trailer HERE

4) A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
FreddyKrueger.lovethiscitytv American classic slasher film written and directed by Wes Craven, produced by Robert Shaye, the first film of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. This 1984 film was Johnny Depp’s feature film debut. The film is set in Springwood (Ohio) and is about teenagers who are stalked and killed in their dreams by Freddy Krueger. This film was responsible for causing semi-insomnia for many of it’s audience members with the fear of closing their eyes and seeing that frightening, terror-filled burnt face and those gloves with razor-sharp knives embedded in the fingers. Warning “Whatever you do – don’t fall asleep!” – Watch the trailer HERE

5) IT (1990)
it.lovethiscitytv Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace, this horror 1990 miniseries is based on Stephen King’s novel (same name). The story is about an evil demon that transforms into it’s prey’s worst fears; mostly taking the form of a sadistic child-killing clown called “Pennywise the Dancing Clown. The film follow’s seven outcast kids known as the “Loser Club” as they fight Pennywise and are called back 30 years later to fight him again with hopes of destroying him. Clowns have a scary stigma to them, but after watching this film I guarantee you will never reach for a balloon held out by the hand of a clown again! Watch the trailer HERE

6) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
leatherface.texaschainsawmassacre.lovethiscitytv Two siblings travel with three friends to their grandfather’s grave to investigate reports of vandalism and grave robbing, they decide to visit their old family homestead and along the way pick up a hitchhiker that derails their trip. After several odd incidents they end up entering an old house seeking assistance where they get terrorized and killed by leatherface and his family of grave-robbing cannibals. One of the scariest and most famous scenes in this film is when Pam (one of the friends of the siblings) stumbles into a room filled with furniture made from human bones – and as she attempts to flee and gets her feet out the front door she gets caught by Leatherface and pulled back into the house. This film was inspired by the crimes of real-life murderer Ed Gein. Watch the trailer HERE

7) Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
nightofthelivingdead.lovethiscitytv This classic black-and-white americal independent horror film, directed by George A. Romero is believed to be the first film to introduce the idea of the living dead (better known in today’s society as ‘zombies’). The film follows 7 people trapped in a rural farmhouse in Pennsylvania which is attached by zombies. Night of the Living Dead premiered on October 1st, 1968 and was completed on a $114,00 (US) budget and became a financial success grossing $12 millions domestically and $18 millions internationally. Watch the trailer HERE

8) Psycho (1960)
psycho.lovethiscitytv One of Alfred Hitchcock’s most suspensful classic films, Psycho’s screenplay is by Joseph Stefano and was based on the 1959 novel (same name) by Robert Bloch – scary fact, the novel was loosely inspired by murderer Ed Gein which also inspired the 1974 film Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The film is about a secretary who steal money from her employer’s client and goes on the run, checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. Watch the trailer HERE

9) The Omen (1976)
theomen.lovethiscitytv American/British suspense horror film directed by Richard Donner. After U.S. diplomat Robert Thorn’s (Gregory Peck) wife Katherine (Lee Remick) has a stillbirth in a Rome hospital, he is convinced by the hospital chaplain, Father Spiletto (Martin Benson), to secretly ‘adopt’ another child in the hospital whose mother died at the same time. Several horrifying incidents lead to the unveiling of the truth with the child substitution and the dark secrets that surround the anti-christ child. Watch the trailer HERE

10) Carrie (1976)
carrie.lovethiscitytv Directed by Brian De Palma, based on the 1974 novel (same name) by the one and only Stephen King. The film is about a timid 17-year old girl Carrie White (Sissy Spacek) who is outcasted in school and is frequently abused by her religious mother Margaret (Piper Laurie). She discovers she has telekineses and as she is pushed to the limit by a humiliating prank at her school’s prom, she brings terror to all those in attendance and responsible for her humiliation. This film definitely made people more careful when asking girl’s to their school proms. Watch the 1976 trailer HERE. The film has been remade this year, directed by Kimberly Perice and stars Chloe Grace Moretz as Carrie White alongside Julianne Moore as her mother. We recommend to check out the remake of the film to see if they successfully brought to the screen the same horror the 1976 film – Watch the 2013 trailer HERE

By: Gosia Mrugala
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