Wes Craven Picks Top 10 Horror Flicks
Selected by a man who knows what's scary
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2010 3:29 PM CDT
This undated photo shows actress Janet Leigh in the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 classic thriller "Psycho."   (AP Photo/File, HO)

(Newser) – Need some suggestions for a scary movie to watch this weekend? None other than the horror master himself, Wes Craven, offers up his 10 favorites in the Daily Beast:

  1. Don't Look Now (1973): A "pretty moving work of art as well" as a horror film, this movie is a great example "of being able to scare without showing blood."
  2. Psycho (1960): In the most frightening scene, "Hitchcock did a very surreal thing where he put his actor on a lift so he could be flying backwards in midair in slow-motion in a very surreal, dreamlike way. It was utterly terrifying."

  1. Repulsion (1965): "Repulsion by Polanski is one of my real inspirations of several of his films," to the point that Craven "lifted" one scene from it for Wes Craven’s New Nightmare "without remembering where I saw it."
  2. Beauty and the Beast (1946): "The idea of near-madness and the fabric of reality being created and replaced with things that were surreal" inspired at least two of Craven's films.
  3. The Bad Seed (1956): "At this time it was very, very shocking to see this little girl who very cogently and nefariously started killing people in a way that always made it seem like she was utterly innocent. I think it was extraordinarily intelligently written."
For the complete list, click here, or click here for another list of films that will give you nightmares. (Or, if you really want nightmares, click here for a slideshow of celebrity Halloween costumes.)