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40 Old Horror Movies That Still Give Us Nightmares (Alot Living)

New horror films have to work a lot harder to scare audiences. By now, we've seen everything out there. Ghosts? Check. Demons? Check. Monstrous creatures? Double check. That's pretty much why all we get are cheap jump scares that are unnecessary. We're not scared – we're just startled. There's a difference.
Everyone wants to say that the old horror movies did it best, and they're right. The old horror movies didn't need cheesy effects or gratuitous stuff to scare audiences. Instead, it relied on things that actually scared us. Something unknown in the dark, being powerless in your own home, and people that just won't go away. Sure, we've seen these tropes a million times in modern movies, but they can't do it as well as the classics.
Remember when the original Nightmare on Elm Street released? To be honest, we were scared to close our eyes at night. Even in our own beds, we couldn't escape the horrible stuff that lurked in the night. Thinking about it gives us goosebumps.
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Psycho (1960)
Psycho (1960)
2
Halloween (1978)
Halloween (1978)
3
The Exorcist (1973)
The Exorcist (1973)
4
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
5
The Shining (1980)
The Shining (1980)
6
Friday the 13th (1980)
Friday the 13th (1980)
7
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
8
Poltergeist (1982)
Poltergeist (1982)
9
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
10
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
11
The Thing (1982)
The Thing (1982)
12
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
13
Nosferatu (1922)
Nosferatu (1922)
14
The Evil Dead (1981)
The Evil Dead (1981)
15
Carrie (1976)
Carrie (1976)
16
The Omen (1976)
The Omen (1976)
17
The Fly (1986)
The Fly (1986)
18
Hellraiser (1987)
Hellraiser (1987)
19
Carnival of Souls (1962)
Carnival of Souls (1962)
20
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
21
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
22
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
23
Re-Animator (1985)
Re-Animator (1985)
24
The Haunting (1963)
The Haunting (1963)
25
The Innocents (1961)
The Innocents (1961)
26
The Birds (1963)
The Birds (1963)
27
Eyes Without a Face (1960)
Eyes Without a Face (1960)
28
The Wicker Man (1973)
The Wicker Man (1973)
29
Jacob's Ladder (1990)
Jacob's Ladder (1990)
30
The Others (2001)
The Others (2001)
31
Halloween II (2009)
Halloween II (2009)
32
Eraserhead (1977)
Eraserhead (1977)
33
Duel (1971)
Duel (1971)
34
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
35
Don't Look Now (1973)
Don't Look Now (1973)
36
Black Christmas (1974)
Black Christmas (1974)
37
Alien (1979)
Alien (1979)
38
Pulse (2001)
Pulse (2001)
39
Candyman (1992)
Candyman (1992)
40
The Ring (2002)
The Ring (2002)
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