Halloween is coming up and nothing sets the tone for Halloween like a great horror movie. The folks at movies. msn.com has compiled a list of the top fifty scariest movies of all time!

We’ll give you the top five…for the rest just click on the bat!

                                                                                                                 

 
Halloween is coming up and nothing sets the tone for Halloween like a great horror movie. The folks at movies. msn.com has compiled a list of the top fifty scariest movies of all time! We’ll give you the top five…for the rest just click on the bat!
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Night of the Bad Voice-Over

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

 
 

Bad effects, bad script, horrible acting plus very cheesy sets adds up to a lot of fun. Let's face it, bad movies can be very entertaining....bad horror movies are just a blast! George Romero was not just a horror director, he was a fan and he knew how to have fun making scary movies.

 
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The inspiration for "Young Frankenstein"

"Bride of Frankenstein" (1935)

 
 

Many consider "Bride of Frankenstein" to be superior to the original "Frankenstein" which predated "Bride" by about 4 years. Karloff was great as the monster and Elsa Lanchester provided the watermark for all future actresses playing the bride. Even Madeline Kahn channeled Lanchester's performance in "Young Frankenstein".

 
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One of the best of the late 70's horror movie revival !

Halloween (1978)

 
 

A psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood escapes and stalks a high school girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets. John Carpenter really set the tone for much of what came along in the late 70's. Carpenter managed to turn the "Halloween" movie into a franchise of sequels that continues to this day with yet another "Halloween" movie ( Halloween 3-D) in post-production as we speak!

 
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According to John Larroquette, his payment for doing the opening narration was a marijuana joint.

"The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (1974)

 
 

Tobe Hooper  knew what he was doing when he claimed that TCSM was based on a true story. People we're even more terrified knowing that this event actually took place in a small town just outside of San Antonio.

   Yeah, Right

It was a made up story only very loosely based on the story of Ed Gein, who was a real-life killer/skinner in Wisconsin back in the late 50's.

Chainsaw has become quite a cult classic and while Hooper hasn't had a hit in quite a few years, he is considered one of the "Masters of Horror"

 

 
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Not so much horror as thriller...still, it made you think twice about taking a shower!

Psycho (1960)

 
 

Some of the "gimmicks" may seem old hat now...but they were all brand new and innovative when "Hitch" used them in Psycho. I'm sure the number of scary shower scenes is huge by now..but in 1960 it scared the crap out of audiences all over the world. 

   Think about it...you are at your very most vulnerable. You are (usually) alone..the water is running drowning out noises..you usually can't see past the shower curtain ..and you are naked! that, my friends is vulnerable. If you don't think so, next time you get in the shower..just think about what that bump you just heard in the other room might be.

   Anthony Perkins was type cast from that moment on despite the fact that he had appeared in nine movies prior to taking the role in Psycho.