Get into the holiday spirit with these super-scary classics.

By Avery Stone
July 31, 2017
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Looking to scare yourself silly this Halloween? These three films have it all: gorgeous cinematic moments and twists and turns that will make you jump out of your skin. No matter whether you’re watching them for the first—or fifth—time, you’re guaranteed to sleep with one eye open that night.

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Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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What this fine film lacks in make-you-shriek moments, its slow (and terrifying) burn is one for the ages. In fact, there may be nothing scarier than Anthony Hopkins’ eerily restrained portrayal of psychiatrist-turned-psychopath killer Hannibal Lecter. Jodie Foster, as FBI agent-in-training Clarice Starling (who must interview Lecter), is an excellent counterpart to Hopkins.

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The Blair Witch Project (1999)

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Filmed documentary-style (and with a handheld camera), this film follows a group of friends who venture into the Maryland woods in search of the Blair Witch, a local legend—but what they find is, shall we say, all too real. If the forest at night is enough to scare you in the first place, this frightening flick will keep you on your toes through the end.

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The Ring (2002)

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Are you hearing the whispered echo of “seven days,” yet? There’s a reason this film has been parodied until the cows come home: its story—of a mysterious “home movie” that kills its viewers within seven days of watching—has become a cult classic. Naomi Watts stars as a woman who must solve the mystery of the footage (and stop its deadly curse) in time to save her young son, who watches the film accidentally. Equal parts cerebral and suspenseful, this film is not to be missed.