In honor of Halloween, Minstrel and Muse’s Linda Rez and husband Mike count down their ten scariest horror movies. The hosts detail their preference for psychological horror over gorier fare, and the list is aptly skewed more towards tense thrillers than all-out splatterfests.
Rez opens the list with 1979’s When A Stranger Calls, praising its tense opening scene. The list continues with Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, John Carpenter’s slasher archetype-defining Halloween, and the iconic The Exorcist. Roman Polanski’s intensely psychological Repulsion is #6, and The Sixth Sense #5. Steven Spielberg’s “extremely suspenseful” Jaws is #4, followed by another Hitchcock film, Psycho, at #3. In second place is Silence of the Lambs, the only horror film to ever win the Academy Award for Best Picture, and the hosts’ pick for scariest of all time is Stanley Kubrick’s mind-bending The Shining.
Listen to the full episode here.