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The Broadside’s top 5 scary movie picks

The Classic Horror

1. The Shining (1980)
Insanity and “cabin fever” take center stage in Stanley Kubrick’s classic film, “The Shining,” starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. A school teacher looking to get time alone and finally finish his novel signs on as the caretaker of a hotel during off-season. As he speedily descends into insanity, his family begins to realize that this empty hotel houses a supernatural presence that wants to kill them.

The Slasher

2. Saw (2004)
At the start of this visceral crime horror starring Cary Elwes and Leigh Whannell, two men wake up in a dirty bathroom chained to pipes. They soon learn they are to be the next victims of the Jigsaw Killer, a psychotic genius who forces his victims to kill each other through “games.” This cringe-worthy film should only be watched by those with strong stomachs.

 

The Monster Movie

3. Alien (1979)
In the future, investigation onboard a derelict spaceship leads to the discovery of a deadly parasite. The investigators, which came in response to a distress signal, find that the last inhabitants were actually trying to warn them to stay away. Full of suspense, this iconic sci-fi horror movie is considered one of director Ridley Scott’s masterpieces and is often called the perfect horror movie.

 

The Suspense Thriller

4. Se7en (1995)
While investigating a string of murders, two detectives find that the killer is following a theme: the Seven Deadly Sins. While the hunt for the killer intensifies, it begins to hit closer to home for one of the detectives and when the killer actually turns himself in, everything begins to unravel. Four words: what’s in the box?
The Survival Horror flick

5. The Descent (2006)
“The Descent” is regarded as one of the best survival horror films. Most of the film takes place inside a vacuous, uncharted cave, which is being explored by a group of thrill-seeking women. You’ll find your muscles tensing as the characters must escape collapsing tunnels and swing across rocky pits to avoid falling to their deaths. If that wasn’t suspenseful enough, the heroines soon become the prey of the bat-like monsters that dwell within the cave.

1. The Shining (1980)
Insanity and “cabin fever” take center stage in Stanley Kubrick’s classic film, “The Shining,” starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. A school teacher looking to get time alone and finally finish his novel signs on as the caretaker of a hotel during off-season. As he speedily descends into insanity, his family begins to realize that this empty hotel houses a supernatural presence that wants to kill them.

The Slasher

2. Saw (2004)
At the start of this visceral crime horror starring Cary Elwes and Leigh Whannell, two men wake up in a dirty bathroom chained to pipes. They soon learn they are to be the next victims of the Jigsaw Killer, a psychotic genius who forces his victims to kill each other through “games.” This cringe-worthy film should only be watched by those with strong stomachs.

 

The Monster Movie

3. Alien (1979)
In the future, investigation onboard a derelict spaceship leads to the discovery of a deadly parasite. The investigators, which came in response to a distress signal, find that the last inhabitants were actually trying to warn them to stay away. Full of suspense, this iconic sci-fi horror movie is considered one of director Ridley Scott’s masterpieces and is often called the perfect horror movie.

 

The Suspense Thriller

4. Se7en (1995)
While investigating a string of murders, two detectives find that the killer is following a theme: the Seven Deadly Sins. While the hunt for the killer intensifies, it begins to hit closer to home for one of the detectives and when the killer actually turns himself in, everything begins to unravel. Four words: what’s in the box?
The Survival Horror flick

5. The Descent (2006)
“The Descent” is regarded as one of the best survival horror films. Most of the film takes place inside a vacuous, uncharted cave, which is being explored by a group of thrill-seeking women. You’ll find your muscles tensing as the characters must escape collapsing tunnels and swing across rocky pits to avoid falling to their deaths. If that wasn’t suspenseful enough, the heroines soon become the prey of the bat-like monsters that dwell within the cave.

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