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Scariest Flicks for Halloween

Critics counts down Hollywood's best-liked and most-feared horrors
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2008 12:26 PM CDT

(Newser) – It's Halloween, so grab the popcorn and scare yourself silly. Salon counts down ghoulish classics guaranteed to do the trick.

  • The Exorcist (1973): Despite the years and the hype, this tale of diabolical possession is still Hollywood's most ominous venture into the supernatural.
  • Halloween (1978): The movie that spawned countless psycho-slasher imitations remains the best of its kind.

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  • The Shining (1980): That hotel is still the scariest place on Earth no matter how often it gets revisited.
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974): Possibly the scariest movie ever made, until the slaughter starts lunging into slapstick territory.
  • Night of the Living Dead (1968): George Romero's "zombie epiphany" is the unrivaled king of the undead genre.
  Click on the link for the full list and 10 more offbeat picks. (Read more Halloween stories.)

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