In honor of Halloween: Is ‘The Haunting’ the greatest horror movie ever?

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  • Tom O’Neil
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    I know that it’s said often, but it bears repeating: One of the most brilliant things about “The Haunting” is that you never see a ghost or space alien or Satan or … but it is terrifying. Film critics love to pick it as their fave and I can see why.

    I recently re-watched “The Exorcist” and, well, frankly, it was good but not as great as I remember it being upon its release.

    I think “Fright Night” is an under-rated classic. And I keep re-watching those hilariously stupid “Scary Movies” on Starz channel …. can’t help it. 

     

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    FilmGuy619
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    Best ghost story? Yes. But I’d say the best horror movie ever is The Shining. 

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    Tom O’Neil
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    Best ghost story? Yes. But I’d say the best horror movie ever is The Shining. 

    yes, come to think of it. You’re right. That’s hard to beat.

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    Baby Clyde
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    Neither of those are a patch on The Innocents.

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    babypook
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    There are some stellar and underappreciated Horror films out there to scare the bejebus out of us.

    Pumpkin Head always does it to me, since it isnt mentioned above.

    I’m willing to bet my skeleton earrings that Troy will have a list longer than the spiderweb on Zellwegger’s career.

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    manakamana
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    I think The Witch is the best modern horror film. As far as all time bests go, I’m personally a sucker for silent German movies like Caligari and Nosferatu. The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre is also a masterpiece, in my opinion.

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    K-Hole
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    It is an impossible and quixotic task to try to choose the “best” film in any genre, but I am gratified that others agree that The Haunting; The Innocents; The Shining; and The Exorcist are among the best horror films. Other personal favorites of mine include Alien; Eyes Without a Face; Psycho; The Silence of the Lambs; and Rosemary’s Baby. I also love horror films directed by Jacques Tourneur.

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    babypook
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    Agreed with all of the above! Has that ever happened to me before around here? Lol.

    Let’s add:

    Haute Tension

    Poltergeist (1982)

    Let The Right One In

    The Dead Zone

    The Wicker Man

    All of the Romero Living Deads, but also “Martin” and  Zack Snyder’s Dawn

    Tobe Hooper’s Chainsaws

    The Fly(s)

    Eraserhead….so freaking bizarre

    All of the original Draculas, The Mummies, Werewolves and Wolfmen

    All of the Re-Animators

    The Vincent Price classics, including Theatre of Blood, House of Wax, etc

    Zombieland, because it’s a favorite

    Life Force (jmho)

    The Hitchcock films

    Eyes Without a Face

    The Aliens (first two anyways)

    So many…loved The Babadook btw….

    And The Evil Dead(s)!

     

     

     

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