10 Best Horror DVD Rentals

Sunday, November 21 by Annette Smith

Looking for the 10 best horror DVD rentals? Consider the following list, a mix of classic horror films and more recent favorites. According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), these are the ten best horror films to rent on DVD. Rent the films from Blockbuster or another movie rental outlet, for rental fees starting at $2.99. Title availability varies by store but, as of this writing, all ten films are available for rent or purchase through the Blockbuster website.

  1. “Psycho.” IMDb ranks “Psycho” as the best horror film to rent on DVD. This 1960 Alfred Hitchcock classic stars Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh. The movie is a novel adaptation based on a real-life Wisconsin serial killer.
  2. “Alien.” “Alien” is a 1979 science fiction horror film starring Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, and John Hurt. When a mining ship lands on a distant planet, the crew discovers an aggressive extraterrestrial creature–one that terrorizes and kills the crew.
  3. “The Shining.” “The Shining” is a 1980 psychological horror film based on a Stephen King novel. Starring Jack Nicholson and Shelly Duval, it tells the story of a married couple working in a haunted hotel. A supernatural presence influences the husband, who attempts to kill his wife and son.
  4. “Aliens.” “Aliens,” a 1986 science fiction action movie, is the sequel to the 1979 horror film starring Sigourney Weaver. Although it contains more action and less horror than the original film, this installment feature its share of monster violence.
  5. “Diabolique.” Among the best horror DVD rentals is “Diabolique,” the1955 French film that inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho.” Starring Simone Signoret, Vera Clouzot, and Paul Meurisse, this classic film focuses on a woman and her husband’s mistress, who conspire to kill the man. This DVD is hard to find in stores, but you can rent it online.
  6. “Let The Right One In.” “Let The Right One In” is a 2008 Swedish vampire horror film. It tells the story of a bullied 12-year-old boy who befriends a vampire child. The movie features the acting talents of Kare Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, and Per Ragnar.
  7. “The Thing.” “The Thing” is a 1982 science fiction horror film starring Kurt Russell. A remake of a 1951 film, “The Thing From Another World,” this one focuses on a parasitic extraterrestrial creature that infiltrates, imitates, and kills.
  8. “Faust.” “Faust” is 1926 silent film starring Gosta Eckman, Emil Jannings, and Camilla Horn. It is based on traditional legends as well as Goethe’s classic tale. The film tells the story of Mephisto (a demon) who makes a bet with an archangel that he can corrupt a righteous man’s soul. Hard to find in stores, you can rent this one online.
  9. “Frankenstein.” “Frankenstein” is a classic horror film starring Colin Clive and Boris Karloff. A novel by Mary Shelley inspired the 1931 film, which focuses on a young scientist and his greatest invention. Attempting to create human life through various electrical devices, he creates a monster instead.
  10. “Bride Of Frankenstein.” Rounding out the list of ten best horror DVD rentals is “Bride Of Frankenstein.” This 1935 classic starring Colin Clive and Boris Karloff is a sequel to the 1931 film. This time the scientist is coerced to create a mate for the monster.
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