6. The Shining (1980)
“Wendy? Darling? Light, of my life. I’m not gonna hurt ya. You didn’t let me finish my sentence. I said, I’m not gonna hurt ya. I’m just going to bash your brains in.”
This is one of the most unforgettable Jack Nicholson films to date. He stars as Jack Torrance, a custodian hired as an off-season caretaker for the Overlook Hotel. What at first, appears to be simple cabin fever, quickly escalates into full blown madness as the evil within the hotel takes over his mind.
5. The Exorcist (1973)
“Especially important is the warning to avoid conversations with the demon. We may ask what is relevant but anything beyond that is dangerous. He is a liar. The demon is a liar. He will lie to confuse us. But he will also mix lies with the truth to attack us. The attack is psychological, Damien, and powerful. So don’t listen to him. Remember that – do not listen.”
Despite the fact that this classic horror film is forty years old this year, it will never become outdated. No matter how old it is or how desensitized you think you are, THE EXORCIST will never fail to scare the hell out of you every time. When a young girl succumbs to the will of demons it is up to a priest to save her when all psychiatrists and doctors have failed. The imagery in this movie is absolutely chilling. Sitting at your television, unable to look away as a childs body is distorted in ways that are unnatural and undoubtedly frightening.