Eleven days after it was originally posted, a list compiled by director Martin Scorsese of what he considers to be the eleven scariest movies of all-time over at the Daily Beast is just now coming to the attention of the online masses.
Unfortunately it's a little too late if you were planning on a Halloween night binge session, but as the temperature outside drops, the sun sets earlier and you begin bundling yourself up inside for the winter, perhaps you'll want to check a few of these out.
The most mainstream on the list are Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, William Friedkin's The Exorcist and Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. Other than that, I'm mildly ashamed to say I've only seen two of the other films, and one of them only recently.
The first is The Haunting, Robert Wise's much loved Hill House story from 1963 that many classify as one of their favorite scary films, the other is The Uninvited, of which I reviewed the brand new Criterion Blu-ray back at the end of October (read that here). Of the rest I will begin adding them to my watch list.
I've included the list below and you can click here to see the list at the Daily Beast as well as read Scorsese's brief thoughts on each.
- The Haunting
- The Isle of the Dead
- The Uninvited
- The Entity
- Dead of Night
- The Changeling
- The Shining
- The Exorcist
- Night of the Demon
- The Innocents