The 10 Horror Films You Must See to be a Well-Rounded Film Fan
Some movies eventually obtain that "you have to watch it!" status, even when we're not even sure why anymore. Sure, you can vocalize your love of The Godfather or Gone With the Wind, but when someone tells you they've never seen it your immediate response is, "you have to watch it!" In horror, that movie is Psycho. It doesn't matter why it's a masterpiece, it just is. If you absolutely need a reason, just know that "the shower scene" is the most iconic scene in the history of horror.
2. The Exorcist
There was a time when horror fell into one of two camps: you had the real - with murderers, deadly animals, and the like - and you had the fantastic - the monsters, demons, and so on. By combining the two, by taking a very real spin on the fantastic, you have a horror movie that hit audiences like a bomb. There's a reason that even now PR folks looking to drum up publicity for their films try and find that review that claims their film is "the scariest since The Exorcist." When it comes to horror there's before The Exorcist and after The Exorcist, and that's how it will always be.
1. The Shining
If Jaws is "the blockbuster", Psycho "the classic", and The Exorcist "the game changer", The Shining is "the epic." That's a weird label for a movie that takes place in one (giant) location, but Stanley Kubrick didn't make small films. The combination of large sets, amazing camerawork, and a running time that allows you to really get to know the characters before everything goes wrong makes the film less a movie and more an experience. The film may be the story of a family in crisis in a haunted hotel, but in the hands of Kubrick it becomes one of the greatest ghost stories of all time.