Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman play detectives hot on the trail of a twisted serial murderer who exacts his own vigilante justice on victims, killing each one for committing one of the seven deadly sins. Director David Fincher shocks audiences, each murder more unspeakable than the next, leading to its dizzying climax. Put simply, you won’t believe what’s in the box.
The Shining (1980)
As if a Stanley Kubric film wouldn’t be unnerving. In this offering, Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) and his family move in as caretakers of the isolated Overlook Hotel, which is haunted by a sinister spiritual force called The Shining. This force causes Jack’s young son, Danny, to see horrifying visions, and it slowly brings Jack to the brink of violent insanity. Kubric expertly uses surprise, ghastly images and violence to weave the perfect horror film.
Pan’s Labyrinth (2016)
Even though you have to read this movie-it’s in Spanish with English subtitles-it’s still one of the scariest movies ever made. Set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War, a young girl stumbles upon an old faun in a labyrinth. He tells her she is a princess, but to prove so, she must complete three tasks. The mythical monsters she encounters in the land of the labyrinth are truly the stuff of nightmares. Life outside the labyrinth is equally as frightening, as the girl must also determine how to save herself from her evil stepfather.