The (Un)lucky 13: #Throwback Horror Classics You Should Be Dying To Watch

Any horror connoisseur knows that seasonal thrillers aren’t what they used to be.  With all of the new mediocre yet still oddly intriguing films, remakes and new plots alike, it’s easy to forget the classics and the best-of-the-best.  These 13 bone-chilling films are just what you need to get yourself into the spirit this Halloweekend:

1. The Birds

Have you ever felt that uneasy feeling like the birds outside your door are waiting for you?  Tippi Hedren knows the feeling better than anyone else in this bizarre, yet oddly realistic, Hitchcock film.

2. The Fall of the House of Usher 

Fiancées, family mansions, and curses galore, you won’t be left wanting more.  This Edgar Allan Poe masterpiece just might make you do some background investigation before saying “I do.”

 

3. Scream

Craving the perfect combination of ‘slasher’ and comedy?  Wes Craven’s Scream will most definitely have you searching Netflix for all of the sequels. 

4. Steven King’s The Shining

All I have to say is… “Here’s Johnny!”

5. Night of the Living Dead

“They’re coming to get you Barbara!” Maybe they’re coming to get you, too.  Yes, you, reading this.  I would suggest you start running now and watch it later…

6. A Nightmare on Elm Street

Are you ready to be afraid of your own dreams?  “1…2… Freddy’s coming for you!” I dare you to watch this movie and not be afraid to fall asleep tonight.

7. Halloween Series

Ah, yes.  The quintessential Halloween horror flick that you just can’t live without every year.   Count your lucky stars you’re not a member of the Myer’s family; we all know how that turns out.

8. Psycho

Hitchcock makes the cut, yet again.  The Bates Motel: you can check-in, but you definitely won’t be checking out.  It is also suggested that you refrain from showering during your stay.

9. Dracula

Wonder when the vampire phenomenon began (HINT: way before the time of Twilight)?  Throw it back and watch the OV, Original Vampire. 

*SPOILER: Vampires don’t actually sparkle when exposed to sunlight

10. Amityville Horror

Loosely based off of the true story of a nightmare for newlyweds, post-Amityville murders, this film depicts what it’s like when you move into a house with a gruesome past.

11. Frankenstein

Crazy scientist combines body parts of various corpses to make a monster?  That certainly sounds like a horror movie to me.  “It’s ALIVE!” 

12. IT

Steven King does it again with his creation of Pennywise the Clown.  Can you even imagine living a life not only bullied, but bullied by a killer demon who takes the shape of a clown?  I think I’ll pass, thank you!

13. Friday the 13th

As a kid, I never wanted to spend my summers at camp.  Camp Crystal Lake certainly didn’t change my mind.  Whatever you do, resist the temptation to take a dip in the lake…