Some of the scariest movies of all time include “Alien,” “The Exorcist” and “The Shining.” All three of these classic horror films rank highly in separate lists published by Rotten Tomatoes and Rolling Stone.
Director Ridley Scott’s 1979 film “Alien” is a unique blend of horror and science-fiction that is celebrated by critics as a landmark work of both genres. This dark, futuristic thriller focuses on a spaceship crew and the predatory alien hiding onboard their ship. H.R. Geiger’s alien design is one of the most iconic and frightening images in science fiction, and the film’s atmospheric horror is still unnerving decades later.
A shocking tale of demonic possession, “The Exorcist” terrified audiences when it was released in 1973, and the film is still disturbing in the 21st century. The film was both revolutionary and highly controversial upon its release, causing some audience members to vomit and event faint. The movie’s many iconic scenes, such as the pea-soup vomiting and the full 360-degree head rotation, are the stuff of horror legend, and “The Exorcist” has influenced countless other demonic possession movies.
Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film “The Shining” was originally viewed as a commercial cash-in by a typically artier director, but the movie’s reputation has grown over the years. Jack Nicholson’s performance as a possessed writer attempting to murder his family is a career highlight, and the film is now one of Kubrick’s most popular works.