Certain horror movies make us cower in fear even decades after they’ve been released. Although such films are often considered to be of low quality, cheap, and intended only for avid fans, they play on our greatest fears of evil creatures and the unknown, creating tension and a sinister atmosphere we all love so much.

Here are the top 8 most iconic classic horror movies you should have in your collection.

1. Psycho, 1960

Most of Alfred Hitchcock’s works are full of suspense and thrills, but his horror days started off with a movie based on the novel by Robert Bloch — Psycho. It’s a story of a young man named Norman Bates, who sometimes likes to crossdress as his mother and kill people in his small motel located in an American province. Psycho is an amazing piece of early cinema that will never get old.

2. Rosemary’s Baby, 1968

Roman Polanski’s 1968 film is like a master class in cinematic horror and suspense. Every scene is filled with dread, even the tamest home moments. Rosemary’s Baby is the progenitor of the modern horror genre and one of Polanski’s best projects. The paranoia sets in from the very start and just doesn’t let go until the end.

3. The Exorcist, 1973

The Exorcist is not just one of the scariest movies ever made; it is also one of the most well-thought-out horrors. The story of the possessed Reagan, her insane mother, and two priests is still relevant to this day, in part thanks to the fantastic special effects, the horrifying scenery, and the unforgettable characters.

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