As part of Como Audio’s 2018 Halloween Contest awarding a free piano black Solo music system to one lucky winner, we asked folks to write in their favorite scary movie. The answer had no bearing whatsoever on a winner; we just wanted to have some fun. We were blown away by all the responses we received. A lot of the movies, especially those in the top 10, were predictable…the Halloween, Friday the 13th, and Nightmare on Elm Street films. A few, however, took us by surprise, such as Dirty Dancing and The Wizard of Oz.
In order to create a cohesive list, we’ve grouped together votes for movies in the same franchise or remakes of the same property. For example, there are 11 movies in the Halloween franchise, from the original 1978 version to the one released just this month, and a few of those movies received votes. We combined the votes for every movie in the Halloween franchise to determine it is the ultimate horror entity.
Top 10 Scary Movies
6. Friday the 13th
5. Nightmare on Elm Street
3. The Exorcist
2. The Shining
Being the huge horror film buff that I am, I agree the big franchise horror films deserve to be in the top 10. But I was disappointed great films like Dawn of the Dead and Fright Night (the originals, not the remakes) only received a couple of “votes” each. There were a few honorable mentions – movies on the list that received a lot of votes but not quite enough to crack the Top 10 – including Dracula, The Birds, and The Thing. I was glad to see cult classics like Wicker Man and The Tingler make the list. When The Tingler debuted in 1959, Director William Castle had some theater seats across the country wired to vibrate during certain segments of the film to simulate a mild shock!
Vincent Price, afraid of The Tingler, or of what was happening to his career.
The Fog also made the list. I love the original, but I always found it odd how overly polite the ghosts were…knocking on their victims’ door prior to dispensing with them. If no one had answered their door, there wouldn’t have been a film! And thank you to the one person who selected Terror Train. Any film starring Jamie Lee Curtis and magician David Copperfield is must-see late-night TV. I was surprised at some of the titles that didn’t make the list, like Wolf (Jack Nicholson), Kingdom of the Spiders (William Shatner), Lifeforce, and The Hills Have Eyes. There are so many great horror films, it’s hard to narrow it down.
To hear music from many of the scary movies listed here, stream the Essential Horror Soundtrack Songs playlist from Spotify to any Como Audio music system.
Thank you to all who entered and thank you even more to those who answered our scary movie question. We’ll announce our Solo winner in the next few days. Good luck and Happy Halloween!