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Best Terrifying Movies

  • The Exorcist

    The Exorcist (R, 1973)

    Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Max von Sydow, Jason Miller, Kitty Winn
    Novelist William Peter Blatty based his best-seller on the last known Catholic-sanctioned exorcism i... read moren the United States. Blatty transformed the little boy in the 1949 incident into a little girl named Regan, played by 14-year-old Linda Blair. Suddenly prone to fits and bizarre behavior, Regan proves quite a handful for her actress-mother, Chris MacNeil (played by Ellen Burstyn, although Blatty reportedly based the character on his next-door neighbor Shirley MacLaine). When Regan gets completely out of hand, Chris calls in young priest Father Karras (Jason Miller), who becomes convinced that the girl is possessed by the Devil and that they must call in an exorcist: namely, Father Merrin (Max von Sydow). His foe proves to be no run-of-the-mill demon, and both the priest and the girl suffer numerous horrors during their struggles. The Exorcist received a theatrical rerelease in 2000, in a special edition that added 11 minutes of footage trimmed from the film's original release and digitally enhanced Chris Newman's Oscar-winning sound work. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
    • moviesbewithyou2
      moviesbewithyou2: . Plus the theme song remains one of the most terrifying of all time.

      It's also very well acted, and apparently got to Linda Blair, as she's sort
      Reviewed 56 days days ago
    • fb544371496
      fb544371496: . This movie is every bit as terrifying as you've heard."
      Reviewed 19 months days ago
    • fb614682813
      fb614682813: . Atmospheric, terrifying and bolstered by a definitive performance by the unparalleled Max Vin Sydow.
      Reviewed 13 months days ago
  • The Blair Witch Project

    The Blair Witch Project (R, 1999)

    Heather Donahue, Michael Williams, Joshua Leonard, Bob Griffith, Jim King
    Combining Hi-8 video with black-and-white 16 mm film, this film presents a raw look at what can happ... read moreen when college students forego common sense and enter the world of voodoo and witchcraft. Presented as a straightforward documentary, the film opens with a title card explaining that in 1994, three students went into the Maryland back woods to do a film project on the Blair Witch incidents. These kids were never seen again, and the film you are about to see is from their recovered equipment, found in the woods a year later. The entire movie documents their adventures leading up to their final minutes. The Blair Witch incident, as we initially learn from the local town elders, is an old legend about a group of witches who tortured and killed several children many years ago. Everyone in town knows the story and they're all sketchy on the details. Out in the woods and away from their parked car (and civilization), what starts as a school exercise turns into a nightmare when the three kids lose their map. Forced to spend extra days finding their way out, the kids then start to hear horrific sounds outside their tents in the pitch-black middle of night. They also find strange artifacts from (what can only be) the Blair Witch, still living in the woods. Frightened, they desperately try to find their way out of the woods, with no luck. Slowly these students start to unravel, knowing they have no way of getting out, no food, and it's getting cold. Each night they are confronted with shrieking and sounds so haunting that they are convinced someone is following them, and they quickly begin to fear for their lives. The film premiered in the midnight movie section at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Chris Gore, Rovi
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      fb1266845217: . The actors do great at portraying people who get stuck in the woods. One of the most terrifying movies I have ever seen. The simplicity of it is so beautiful, even though there's no blo
      Reviewed 12 days days ago
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      fb100000434596561: Well-acted, influential, and sutibly terrifying, BlairWitch is a prime example of what you can do with a low budget and no gore. The effe
      Reviewed 6 months days ago
    • fb100001197406875
      fb100001197406875: . This movie is believable and utterly terrifying making your imagination the true horror of this film.
      Reviewed 8 months days ago