Spartan Scoop Picks: Top Ten Classic Horror Films*

By Max Dupras

With Halloween coming up, everyone is excited to get on with their Halloween traditions. At least for me, I love a good horror movie to give a fright every year around spooky season. However, sometimes we don’t necessarily need something modern and gratuitous to entertain us. Sometimes we just want to follow through with a good, old-fashioned horror film. There are many classics that always give a good scare for the first time viewer and for the avid horror film buff alike. And who better to list their top ten classic horror films than me: Max Dupras of your Spartan Scoop! 

10. Halloween (1978)

To start off our list, Halloween makes its mark in horror history as one of the most intense slasher films seen on the big screen. Featuring Jamie Lee Curtis, this flick is amazing for the fan of a good fright.

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9. Psycho (1960)

While not your typical horror film, Psycho is a groundbreaking masterpiece nonetheless. Alfred Hitchcock is a mastermind of the thriller and gives a truly mystifying story in the form of this 60’s thriller. 

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8. The Fly (1986)

There are few things more terrifying than the merging of a human and a simple house fly. A young Jeff Goldblum makes his mark in this morbid horror flick.

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7. Poltergeist (1982)

No one is safe from this petrifying film. When supernatural terrors come to haunt the Freelings, all people come to watch the terrors ensue. This film, with haunting dialogue and truly memorable performances, shouldn’t be missed.

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6. The Thing (1982)

This one will make your heart pound right out of your chest! The dazzling visuals and unnerving scenes of transformation make this movie horrifying to view, but a great time to experience.

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5. Carrie (1976)

There is no way to describe how creepy this one is…I almost don’t want to talk about it. Let’s just say this is one for every high school bully to see. Eerie dialogue makes this film a horror staple and a “must” watch around Halloween.

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4. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

The arguable top slasher film of the century, A Nightmare on Elm Street follows one of the most beloved horror icons of all time, Freddy Krueger. This film always gives me the chills with its brilliant “slashing” scenes and the creepy manner of the main antagonist.

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3. Alien (1979)

Science fiction lovers will also fall head over heels for this horror film. It does the job in the effects department, but it also has an all-star cast, starring Sigourney Weaver as main protagonist Ripley. Ridley Scott cements himself as an expert director in this late 70’s sci-fi thriller.

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2. The Exorcist (1973)

The film almost everyone remembers seeing for the first time, The Exorcist is a thrilling and terrifying movie with the imagery to haunt you. Warning: this one requires someone with a strong stomach and nerves of steel to watch. 

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1. The Shining (1980)

Not only is this my favorite horror movie of all time, but it is one of my favorite books, too. This classic is brought to life by an electrifying performance by Jack Nicholson and an amazingly spooky soundtrack. With interesting visual effects and a daring take on the famous Stephen King novel, The Shining is one to remember.

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Happy haunting and happy watching!

* The Spartan Scoop has included the aforementioned films as a personal countdown for reader entertainment only. Always obtain parental permission before viewing. 

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