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Crapper’s Delight: These Horror Movies Will Scare Your Pants Off

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    In July of 2013, a horror movie called The Conjuring hit theaters and made away with $42 million in its first weekend — the box office record for an original R-rated horror movie opening. The movie — starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as husband-wife paranormal investigators enlisted by a family to exorcise their haunted farmhouse — was also lauded by critics. The Conjuring scored an 86% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as praise for its smart plot, cinematic beauty, and well-crafted scare-moments that harken back to classic horror films like The Exorcist.

    The key to The Conjuring's tremendous success — and the reason it got a sequel, The Conjuring 2, this summer — is really pretty simple: It scared the shit out of people. And from the paranormal fright-fests and the psychological thrillers to the classics, that's what a good horror movie does. So we decided to round up the best scary movies — i.e. the ones most likely to make you shit your pants.


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    28 Days Later (2002)
    Long before The Walking Dead, a horror movie called 28 Days Later tackled a familiar post-apocalyptic question: What would happen if an infectious plague arrived and wiped out the majority of humans on Earth? This horror flick follows a group of people through 28 days of that hypothetical situation, from day 1 — infection — to day 28, which...well, no spoilers here, but let's just say as each day progresses in this film, things get much scarier.

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    The Omen (1976)
    This is the perfect pick for scary movie night if nothing makes your skin crawl like a creepy kid. The 70's thriller starred Gregory Peck and Lee Remick as the parents to Damian, a little boy whose fifth birthday brings on a series of frightening incidents (Murder! Suicide! Um...monkeys?!). The random occurences provoke a series of important questions: Who IS Damian? Could he be a devil child? And will you ever forget his sinister blue eyes after watching the movie?

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    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
    There have been quite a few iterations of the tale of Leatherface, a chainsaw-wielding, cannibalistic killer inspired by real-life murderer Ed Gein. But we promise you: The scariest of the bunch was the original 1974 version. Even the trailer is enough to leave you creeped out!

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    The Blair Witch Project (1999)
    In 1999, moviegoers were simultaneously scared out of their wits and confused by TBWP. The story about three film students who went missing near Burkittsville, Maryland was shot documentary-style using fake "found footage." It was so convincing that many people believed it was real. While it turned out The Blair Witch Project isn't real, that didn't change how freaking' scary this film is. If you've never seen it, prepare to jump (and maybe scream or gasp a few times).

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    The Birds (1963)
    The debate over which Hitchcock movie is the thriller director's best continues on. But one thing most every Hitchcock fan can agree on: The Birds is pretty darn creepy. The story about a young woman (this marked Tippi Hedren's big-screen debut) who unknowingly stirs up a series of bird attacks in a small California town is the stuff nightmares are made of. Warning: If you haven't seen this film yet, once you do, you may never look at a flock of birds the same way again.