Best Halloween Movies–A Personal Choice

1. The Ultimate Scary Kids Movie: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (on The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad)

2. Ultimate Ghost Stories: The Innocents (1961)–Truman Capote-adapted version of Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw and The Haunting (1964)–based on Shirley Jackson’s classic The Haunting of Hill House (which I once taught)

3. Best Roger Corman Adaptations of Poe: The Fall of the House of Usher, The Masque of the Red Death (both Vincent Price tours de forces)

4. Best horror Hitchcocks (for those who have not seen them) Psycho, The Birds

5. Best Vampire Flick: Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula

6. Best Canadian Horror Movie: The Changeling (George C. Scott)

7. Best Kid/Devil Pic: The Omen (Gregory Peck)

8. Best Nicholas Roeg Atmospheric ESP Pic: Don’t Look Now (Donald Sutherland, Julie Christie)

9. Best Stalker/ESP Pic: The Eyes of Laura Mars (Faye Dunaway & Tommy Lee Jones)

10. Best Early Movies`Special Effects: The Invisible Man (Claude Rains)

11. Best Helpless Terrorized Blind Girl Pic: See No Evil (Mia Farrow)

12. Best Mutant Invasion Flick: Them! (James Whitmore)

13.Best Modern Witches` Tale: Rosemary`s Baby

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