25. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
> Directed by: Edgar Wright
> Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield
> Runtime: 99 min.
Edgar Wright’s 2004 film “Shaun of the Dead” is undoubtedly a comedy, yet it doesn’t neglect its zombie movie basis by including scares, violence, and a fair amount of gore. Critics and audiences weren’t the only ones to enjoy the movie. George Romero, who directed the original “Night of the Living Dead” (1968), called the movie “an absolute blast.”
24. Wait Until Dark (1967)
> Directed by: Terence Young
> Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, Richard Crenna
> Runtime: 108 min.
One of the most innovative suspense movies of the 1960s stars Audrey Hepburn as a recently blinded woman who confronts ruthless thugs who invade her New York apartment searching for a doll her husband brought home, not knowing the doll contains a shipment of heroin. Both critics and audiences gave the film a rating of above 90%.
23. Deep Red (1975)
> Directed by: Dario Argento
> Starring: David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi, Gabriele Lavia
> Runtime: 127 min.
Two years prior to the release of “Suspiria,” director Dario Argento made “Deep Red” — sometimes referred to as the auteur’s “master work.” The movie, about a jazz pianist and a journalist who become involved in a string of killings, is considered to be one of the definitive giallo films — stylish and often seedy crime thrillers that were popular throughout Italy.
22. Evil Dead II (1987)
> Directed by: Sam Raimi
> Starring: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks
> Runtime: 84 min.
Six years after the release of “Evil Dead,” Sam Raimi released this sequel, which according to Rotten Tomatoes, “is better, funnier, scarier and superior to the first indie gore-fest.” The movie’s much larger budget allowed Raimi more freedom to indulge in his creative style of filmmaking, resulting in a horror classic that is equal parts fun and frightening.
21. The Exorcist (1973)
> Directed by: William Friedkin
> Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair
> Runtime: 122 min.
One of the most frightening movies of all time, directed by William Friedkin and written by William Peter Blatty, “The Exorcist” was based on actual events. The film tells the story of a young girl whose odd behavior defies medical solutions. A local priest, while questioning his own faith, believes she is possessed by the devil and requests the help of an exorcist.