Whether it’s a psychological thriller or a blood-splashed slasher-fest, we love a good horror movie. We’ve chosen our favourite horror movies for a frightfully fun night in.
Australians have nailed the horror genre, with most based on true events including Picnic at Hanging Rock and Snowtown. Wolf Creek is a true classic, contrasting stunning landscapes with gruesome horror – John Jarratt is brilliant as the backpacker killer with a hauntingly evil laugh.
As if the book wasn’t scary enough, the vision of Linda Blair levitating over her bed, spewing pea soup and turning her head 360 degrees remains a classic horror moment. This 1973 film followed a tormented priest forced to face his own demons as he tried to exorcise the devil from a 12-year-old girl.
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Teen-scream films couldn’t get any respect until Wes Craven introduced us to the dream man of our worst nightmares—Freddy Krueger. One of the most memorable images from this 1984 thriller was seeing a young Johnny Depp sucked through his bed straight to hell.
Which is more horrifying — the shower scene or being introduced to Mama Bates? Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 psychological thriller changed the genre forever and spawned dozens of imitators. Even when you know what’s going to happen, the acting is top notch and confirms Hitchcock is the master of suspense.
The Silence of the Lambs
This 1991 thriller stills has us on the edge of our seats – just try and watch those Buffalo Bill scenes alone in a dark room. Incarcerated serial killer Hannibal Lector (Anthony Hopkins) makes the FBI agent played by Jodie Foster his subject and we can’t stop watching.
There are no witches — or are there? This stylish 1967 film directed by Roman Polanski kept audiences guessing right to the end about which characters were the good guys and which had gone to the devil. The ensemble cast delivers solid acting and the plot will keep you interested to the devilish end. Plus Mia Farrow’s pixie cut was the original crop.
Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film about an unhinged man who terrorises his snowbound family still makes for a scary fun-fest. Jack Nicholson’s unhinged performance is one of his best.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Yes, there’s a more recent version, but the scene in the 1956 original where Dana Wynter falls asleep for a few seconds and awakens as one of the pod people sticks in your brain, especially if you’ve ever worked in an office where you felt like the last body left un-snatched.
Friday the 13th
The teen scream slasher flick that launched way too many sequels was pretty darn scary back in 1980 and can still send a chill up your spine—especially when you drive past a lonely lake.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
If being chased all over Texas by a lunatic in a mask made of human skin wielding a chainsaw can’t scare you, what can? This 1974 cheapie launched dozens of imitators—and millions of nightmares.
What’s your favourite horror movie?