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The 15 Most Atmospheric Horror Movies of All Time

"There's a very important principle in cinema that most of the people who work in movies, or who seriously studies the craft, understand, but that somewhat eludes the casual viewer: a good screenplay is meaningless in the face of bad execution.
Meaning, having a great story is far from enough to secure an actual great finished film; the power of a picture is almost completely dependent on a filmmaker's skill with cinematic language – a narrative can only be as compelling as it's director is talented.
This is a fundamental truth of any genre, but it's most evident with horror, in which no amount of intelligent, competent writing can compensate for the lack of a supreme element of terror: atmosphere. After all, that chill in your spine that only the best horror movies can cause exists from the cumulative effect of a well-constructed atmosphere."
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from tasteofcinema.com · made by Anna Boots
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The Changeling (1980)
The Changeling (1980)
3
The Innocents (1961)
The Innocents (1961)
4
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
5
Vampyr (1932)
Vampyr (1932)
6
The Beyond (1981)
The Beyond (1981)
7
Carnival of Souls (1962)
Carnival of Souls (1962)
8
Blood and Black Lace (1964)
Blood and Black Lace (1964)
9
Suspiria (1977)
Suspiria (1977)
10
Kwaidan (1964)
Kwaidan (1964)
11
Don't Look Now (1973)
Don't Look Now (1973)
12
The Exorcist (1973)
The Exorcist (1973)
13
The Thing (1982)
The Thing (1982)
14
The Shining (1980)
The Shining (1980)
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Alien (1979)
Alien (1979)
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