These 6 Horror Classics Walked So the Scream Franchise Could Run

These 6 Horror Classics Walked So the Scream Franchise Could Run
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They are definitely must-sees if you are a horror fan.

When it comes to horror movies, we sometimes forget about the classics that have laid the groundwork for the genre to stand the test of time. If you're a horror fan, here's a list of six old horror gems that you should definitely put on your watchlist.

1. Suspiria (1977)

Dario Argento's Suspiria is a visually stunning and nightmarish tale of an American ballet student who joins a prestigious dance academy in Germany when strange occurrences and gruesome murders start plaguing the school, leading to a terrifying discovery of its supernatural secrets.

Known for its vibrant colors, haunting Goblin score, and surreal atmosphere, Suspiria is a masterclass in the Italian horror genre.

2. Black Christmas (1974)

Bob Clark's Canadian gem, Black Christmas, came long before Scream and other slashers were introduced to the genre. Following a group of sorority sisters who receive threatening phone calls and are stalked by a deranged killer during their Christmas break, the movie builds up a disturbing sense of dread.

The film is also the first to introduce a strong and capable female protagonist, Jess Bradford, played by Olivia Hussey, who takes on a pivotal role in trying to uncover the identity of the killer and protect her friends, pioneering the genre and setting the stage for future horror final girls.

3. Spider Baby (1967)

Jack Hill's Spider Baby is a unique and quirky entry in the horror genre, exploring the concept of dysfunctional and murderous families long before it became a recurring theme in later classics like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Cabin in the Woods.

The film blends elements of black comedy, psychological horror, and family drama to create a disturbing yet darkly humorous tale that has remained a cult classic to this day.

4. The Thing (1982)

Starring Kurt Russell, John Carpenter's The Thing is a masterful exercise in paranoia and body horror. Set in an isolated research station in Antarctica, the film follows a group of scientists who encounter a shape-shifting alien entity that can mimic any living creature.

With groundbreaking practical effects, an unrelenting sense of dread, and a then-unique finale, this gem remains a staple of cinematic horror.

5. The Birds (1963)

Not only is this horror classic is a testament to Alfred Hitchcock's filmmaking skills, but it's also a timeless example of how seemingly ordinary natural elements can become sources of terror in the hands of a master storyteller.

Hitchcock's meticulous direction, Tippi Hedren's mesmerizing performance, and the film's iconic bird attack scenes make this movie a thrilling must-see experience.

6. Sleepaway Camp (1983)

Known for its shocking twists and memorable kills, Sleepaway Camp is a low-budget slasher film that has developed a cult following. What sets this horror film apart from other slashers of its era is its iconic shocker of a twist ending, which is still the subject of discussion and debate among horror fans today.

For horror fans who want to explore the roots of the slasher sub-genre and experience a movie that delivers both scares and surprises, Sleepaway Camp remains a worthy psychological horror that creates a chilling atmosphere that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats.