Some of the most well-known scary movies of all time are "The Shining," "Alien," "Psycho," "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," "Halloween," "The Exorcist," "Poltergeist," "Night of the Living Dead" and "The Thing." Each of these films has enjoyed widespread recognition and acclaim.
"The Shining," Stanly Kubrick's 1980 film starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall, featured Nicholson as a homicidal maniac and has now become one of Kubrick's most famous cinematic works and one of the most referenced films in popular culture.
Ridley Scott's 1979 classic "Alien," starring Tom Skerrit and Sigourney Weaver, tells the story of a team of astronauts in outer space who are confronted by bloodthirsty creatures, leading to a famous final showdown between Weaver and the creature.
"Psycho," considered one of Alfred Hitchcock's masterpieces, starred Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins. This 1960 classic has become the most famous work of a director who was already praised for his genius even before this film. It was so popular that it inspired three sequels and a modern remake.
The 1974 movie "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," directed by Tobe Hooper and starring Gunnar Hansen and Marilyn Burns, was shot for a mere $300,000 and shocked audiences with its graphic violence, making it an instant classic in the horror genre.