The Exorcist (1973)

IMDB: 8.0, Rotten Tomatoes: 87%

Speaking of crawls, besides a barrage of nominations and two Academy Award wins, this iconic film on demonic possession takes the prize for most memorable gravity defying stunts. Beware of disfigured little girl crawling on the ceiling.

Rosemary's Baby (1968)

IMDB: 8.0, Rotten Tomatoes: 99%

Yes, starting a family is a nerve-racking thought, it's sometimes even frightening. Especially if you're Rosemary and the baby you're carrying may not be from the guy you were married to or (SPOILER WARNING!) any 'Guy' at all.

The Shining (1980)

IMDB: 8.4, Rotten Tomatoes: 88%

Arguably less ghostly than the other flicks on the list, The Shining documents familial dysfunction like no other when an evil presence drives the father into a murderous rampage. Thank goodness for the psychic son, child services and the cops would have taken too long.

Psycho (1960)

IMDB: 8.5, Rotten Tomatoes: 96%

Hitchcock's critically acclaimed contribution that kicked off silver screen slashers, Psycho teaches us two things: First, embezzlement has dire consequences even if the stolen 'will be returned' and number two, never trust a mama's boy.

A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)

IMDB: 7.5, Rotten Tomatoes: 94%

As far as slasher films go, the cult following of Freddy Krueger - the grotesque villain with claws to rival Wolverine - is hard to beat. He only attacks in your sleep, so snooze at your own risk and don't you dare fall Depp deep asleep. 

The Evil Dead (1981)

IMDB: 7.6, Rotten Tomatoes: 95%

When zombies were actually evil and not just messed up by a dangerous viral outbreak. Also, cabins in the woods are never a good idea. We'd pick chalet by the beach, always. Then again, there are those pesky sharks and killer fish. Never mind, just stay home.

Poltergeist (1982)

IMDB: 7.4, Rotten Tomatoes: 88%

Okay, don't stay home. Quoting IMDB, "Poltergeist: A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts." P.S. Listen to mum, don't sit too close to the TV screen.

 

Tell us which of these seven classics is your favourite! Click to vote:

Poll result

HALLOWEEN CLASSIC MOVIES

The Exorcist
16% The Exorcist
Rosemary's Baby
14% Rosemary's Baby
The Shining
12% The Shining
A Nightmare on Elm Street
17% A Nightmare on Elm Street
Psycho
14% Psycho
The Evil Dead
15% The Evil Dead
Poltergeist
11% Poltergeist

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