39. Carnival of Souls (1962)
38. The Innocents (1960)Deborah Kerr shines in this wonderfully spooky adaption of Henry James' classic story, The Turn of the Screw. It's a classic British ghost story with all the twists and turns you'd expect. Kerr stars as Miss Giddons, a woman tasked with being the governess to two children, Flora and Miles. At first, all seems fine, but as time goes on, Miss Giddons begins to notice something is a little "off" with the children - they are acting just a little too mature for their own good. This, along with dark hallways, apparitions and hearing strange noises, the house is giving all the signs of a classic haunting..but just who is haunting the house and why is the reason this film stands far and above other ghost stories. The lullaby that Flora sings over and over again, Oh Willow Waly, is as haunting as the film itself. The Innocents is not to be missed.
37. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)A gritty and fearless film shot on location, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is not the gory exploitation film that many make it out to be. There is very little blood or gore and actually relies on realism and shock to scare the pants off its audience. Sally Hardesty (Marilyn Burns), her crippled brother Franklin, and a few other friends travel to the family cemetery to check on the plots after hearing of grave robbing going on. What they run into is the demented Sawyer family with our pal, Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen). I've always loved the audacious way in which the Sawyers are portrayed. They make me think twice before stopping in any small, podunk town with no stoplights and no claim to fame. Wait.....I think I already live there....
Susie Bannion (Jessica Harper) is an American studying ballet abroad at a famous German Dance school. She has a rocky start, and doesn't seem to be making friends too quickly. Worse yet, there appears to be something mysterious going on - rooms they are not allowed to enter, students disappearing, maggots falling from the ceiling, fainting spells she cannot explain...and did someone mention the word "witch"? Suspiria is an exercise in restrained terror. And the technicolor production makes it one of the most gorgeous films I've ever seen. How great that it's scary too!