With the spooks and ghouls of Halloween approaching, what are the scariest movies that cause you to scream in terror? We offer up a new photo gallery above featuring 13 of the most horrific films and performances recognized by Oscar voters in the past eight decades.
The horror genre is not one that is often remembered by those stingy Academy Awards voters. However, sometimes the movies gain such a foothold on the world stage that even Oscar voters are scared to turn their backs on them.
The opening film in our gallery is “The Silence of the Lambs,” still to this day the only true horror movie to win Best Picture at the Oscars. It was so popular, the 1992 ceremony included host Billy Crystal costumed as Hannibal (the Cannibal) Lecter in his opening number. Anthony Hopkins would go on to win Best Actor for playing that infamous character, and Oscars also went to his leading lady Jodie Foster, director Jonathan Demme, and screenwriter Ted Tally.
Click through all of the photos above to see which 13 films were chosen for our new Halloween gallery. The list goes back to the earliest years of the awards show to 1931 with “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (starring Best Actor winner Frederic March) through the days of Alfred Hitchcock, and even to the recent victory by leading actress Natalie Portman (“Black Swan,” 2010).
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