Nothing is more terrifying than sitting in anticipation in the dark waiting for that unexpected jump scare mastered over the decades by directors who have defined the horror genre since the 1920s with spooky monsters, ghoulish demons and scream queens.
Directors like Hitchcock, Craven, and Carpenter have set the standard for the genre as rising horror directors today including Ari Aster and Jordan Peele make their mark on film with their own style of scare tactics.
Some horror films are even considered to be the most iconic movies in cinematic history such as Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1955 arthouse thriller Diabolique, Charles Laughton’s psychological terror The Night of the Hunter, Brian De Palmas’ 1976 Carrie and Tobe Hooper’s slasher classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
We’ve chronicled our picks for Deadlines’ top 50 classic Halloween films that range from comedy camp classics to borderline B-horror and arthouse thrillers.
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