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Top 5 horror movies

Some younger movie fans might want to get into these horror films but is clueless on where to start. There are so many out there and so many sub genres that it’s hard to know where to begin. There are several horror films that are classic and ones that even transcend genres and those are the films that are mandatory if one is going to consider themselves a fan of horror. These movies have earned their place in horror history by pushing the envelope, making people scared or even starting their own sub genre. In no particular order, here are 30 must see horror films. Be sure to read part one of this article.

The Exorcist (1973)

One of the scariest movies ever made, period. The Exorcist has so many creepy scenes that it’s hard to keep count. This film made going to sleep at night a real chore because its imagery was so powerful that it was hard to shake.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

A film that preys on its victims when they are most vulnerable, in their dreams. Wes Craven has made many outstanding horror films, but this is one of his best. Mixing dreamlike states with a crazed slasher proves to be a great combo.

Friday the 13th (1980)

Expanding on the slasher genre and giving it a life of its own, Friday the 13th is an immortal classic in the horror field for its creepy characters and its heart pounding ending.

Jaws (1975)

My favorite movie of all time. Jaws mixes lovable characters with a killer shark and plenty of action. This film is one of the greats and holds up impeccably today.

Halloween (1978)

The film that brought the slasher genre to the public, Halloween was actually a rather tame film. There is hardly any blood but since Carpenter is such a master of crafting his scenes, the audience imagines that it is a gory film. Incredible suspense, great music and wonderful acting, Halloween is a classic.