Scorsese's Favorite Horror Flicks
One of cinema's greats shares his favorite scary movies
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2009 4:07 PM CDT

(Newser) Martin Scorsese wants to give you a Halloween treat: The legendary director, writing for the Daily Beast, lists his top 11 fright-fests.

  1. The Haunting: “You may not believe in ghosts but you cannot deny terror!”
  2. The Isle of the Dead: "There’s a moment in this picture that never fails to scare me. let’s just say that it involves premature burial."
  3. The Uninvited: "The tone is very delicate, and the sense of fear is woven into the setting, the gentility of the characters."

  1. The Entity: "Barbara Hershey plays a woman who is brutally raped and ravished by an invisible force in this truly terrifying picture."
  2. Dead of Night: "Four tales told by four strangers mysteriously gathered in a country house, each one extremely disquieting, climaxing with a montage in which elements from all the stories converge into a crescendo of madness."
  3. The Changeling: "George C. Scott discovers the angry ghost of another dead child in the mansion where he’s staying."
  4. The Shining: Stanley "Kubrick made a majestically terrifying movie, where what you don’t see or comprehend shadows every move the characters make."
  5. The Exorcist: "A classic, endlessly parodied, very familiar—and it’s as utterly horrifying as it was the day it came out."
Click the link at right to see the complete list.