10 Best Old Scary Movies

Friday, March 4 by Raina Lorring

Try not to hide under the covers when watching these 10 best old scary movies. Scary movies are as old as film itself. While these old scary movies might not be as flashy as the more modern versions, they can still make you want to turn on the lights.

  1. “Psycho” (1960). This old scary movie has the shower scene that went down in cinema history. Marion Crane is tired of her life when she decides to take money from her job and attempts to leave town. She’s on her way to get her boyfriend, when she stops at the Bates Motel. The owner of the motel is a strange young man who has some serious mother issues. Crane should have just kept on driving.
  2. “The Exorcist” (1973). This old scary movie cause a lot of controversy when it was released. It’s about a young girl who is possessed by a demonic spirit. The best scene in the movie, where the girl crab walks down the stairs backwards, was cut from the movie, but you can find it on the director’s cut on the recently released DVD.
  3. “Dracula” (1931). Renfield goes to Count Dracula’s castle to finalize a real estate deal. It is revealed the Dracula is a vampire and he turns Renfield into his servant. Renfield is forced to protect Dracula on their trip to London where the count attempts to turn a young woman, Lucy, into a vampire. Dr. Van Helsing is called over the girl’s behavior and he work to uncover the truth to protect Lucy.
  4. “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968). Whatever you do, don’t let your girlfriend or wife watch this movie if she is pregnant. A young couple moves into an apartment building. There are many strange occurrences, but things take a very dark turn when Rosemary ends up pregnant.
  5. “Frankenstein” (1931). This old scary movie is about Henry Frankenstein, who wants to try to create life. He succeeds in making a monster come to life, but the townspeople don’t like the new addition.  
  6. “The Shining” (1980). This movie is based on the novel by Stephen King. It’s about a family who are winter caretakers of an isolated hotel. The hotel is haunted and the ghost drive the husband insane.
  7. “Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror” (1922). This silent movie classic is based on the “Dracula” story. The vampire is Count Orlok and he sets his sights on a real estate agent’s wife.
  8. “The Thing” (1982). This movie is about a group of scientist in the Antarctic. A group of men are pursuing a dog in a helicopter when they crash. The scientists take the dog in and put it in the kennel with the other dogs. The dog mutates and starts attaching the other dogs and scientist.  
  9. “The Birds” (1963). A wealthy woman pursues a potential boyfriend to a small town. Soon there are strange attacks by local birds. Shortly after the town is over-run and the attacks increase.
  10. “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (1931). This movie is based on the book by Robert Louis Stevenson. It tells the story of Dr. Jekyll, who attempts to isolate the good and evil side of men with a drug. The good doctor should have been careful what he wished for before he tests the drug on himself. When the doctor finally stops taking the drugs, it’s too late because Mr. Hyde doesn’t want to leave.