Classic Horror Movies

By Sam Bryer

I’ve watched  many horror movies during my lifetime and when it comes to the numerous new movies that have been released, I’ve come to the conclusion that the classic horror movies win hands down. Take the classic movie “Halloween” for example:

My experience when I watched the film for the first time left me absolutely terrified.  As the movie continued I experienced even more fear because of  the suspense.  The movie also included solid jump scares – defined as the moment when a character thinks they’re safe, only to have a demon appear suddenly behind them.    “Halloween” allows the viewer to immerse themselves into the  story-line of the movie.

According to film critic and screenwriter. C. Robert Cargill if you look at the best horror films,  “the common thread is almost all of them have amazing characters.” From the original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre to Poltergeist, the characters pull the audience in, and the more you care, the more anxious you’ll be that something bad’s going to happen to them.”

Another example of the perfect classic horror movie is the 1968 version of “Night of the Living Dead.”

Night of the Living Dead” is an excellent movie that contains a perfect setting of how a real zombie apocalypse could cause chaos in a decade like the 1960s. The movie was about people being under attack, catching the spirit of paranoia.  Also, the film creates a lot of fear and tension, which are the perfect ingredients for an audience to enjoy. Another reason why this movie works is because “Night of the Living Dead” creates a solid story-line of ordinary people going through many challenges of surviving the zombie ordeal.

These are just two great examples of classic horror movies and what I would consider so much better than today’s horror films.  Other classics include “Rosemary’s Baby,” “Nightmare on Elm Street,”  “The Shining” and “Scream.”  What are some of your all-time favorite horror movies?

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