This being Halloween weekend, it's the perfect time to scare the willies out of yourself by watching a truly scary movie.
Here are five guaranteed to terrify, horrify and otherwise make your blood run cold.
1) " The Silence of the Lambs," 1991. This unflinching look at pure evil remains one of the scariest movies of all time, especially the final moments as our heroine Jodie Foster tries to save a serial killer's next victim, and a yappy dog.
2) "Poltergeist," 1982. This film is an example of what happens to one California family living the American dream in a well-manicured, affluent suburb. Problem is, the development was built over a graveyard full of unsettled ghosts intent on getting even with those who would disturb them.
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3) " Night of the Living Dead," 1968. It's the movie that has inspired all zombie movies since. And all these years later, it's still terrifying to watch slow-moving but flesh-hungry zombies satisfy their hunger as they terrorize a group of people trying to survive the night in a Pennsylvania farmhouse.
4) " The Exorcist," (1973). When Satan shows up in the body of a 12-year-old girl, all hell breaks loose, literally, in this disturbing and controversial film that is as viscerally harrowing as any ever made, and with almost no gore.
5) " Halloween," 1978. The original "Halloween" is well worth revisiting, especially at this time of year. Jamie Lee Curtis is the shrieking heroine and babysitter in peril, trying to survive as a psychotic killer terrorizes a seemingly random group of babysitters on Halloween night. Accept no imitations.