With Halloween fast approaching, EW is picking the five best films in a variety of different horror movie categories. Each day, we’ll post our top picks from one specific group—say, vampire movies or slasher flicks—and give you the chance to vote on which is your favorite. On Oct. 31, EW will reveal your top choices. Today, we’re talking about ghost movies.
Picture a giant boulder rolling toward you. That’s how fast you have to run through Steven Spielberg’s movies if you want to hit even the high points: Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Schindler’s List… (The low points, like Hook, are also interesting.) This month, the Oscar-winning director, 64, debuts two new movies, The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse. And he just started shooting his next film, Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis.
Five more terrifying films worth letting under your skin.
1. Psycho (1960) Overbearing mommy issues run amok in Hitchcock’s grisly slice of motel life.
2. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) An outbreak of murderous ”pod people” sparks an epidemic of who-can-you- trust paranoia.
3. Poltergeist (1982) The perfect suburban family is torn apart by a television, an evil closet, and, scariest of all, a clown.
With killer-dummy flick Dead Silence hitting theaters March 16, we thought it was time for an animated look at cinema’s creepiest dolls of all time.
POLTERGEIST (1982) Attention homeowners: As soon as you realize that your house is haunted, remove any and all clown dolls. This will prevent a lot of fuss and muss.
DOLLS (1987) An old couple who live in an eerie mansion manufacture toys with a penchant for murder. This is what happens when we don’t encourage the elderly to retire at 65.
ROSEMARY’S BABY (1968) Directed by Roman Polanski
The image that endures is of a platinum-blond picture of innocence silhouetted against a picture tube of pure evil. ”They’re heeeere!” called out 5-year-old Heather O’Rourke as Poltergeist’s Carol Anne Freeling, in an angelic warning about her family’s haunted house. The hit 1982 horror drama launched the career of a remarkably composed young talent — and so it seemed particularly cruel when, just six years later, on Feb.
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