October's here, your favorite haunted house is about to open its creaky doors, and the esteemed New Yorker magazine has just published its list of "the five scariest movies ever." And the winners are...Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Silence of the Lambs, The Body Snatcher, Night of the Hunter and Mulholland Drive...to which I say, huh?
No disrespect to David Lynch - I love Mulholland's sordid, eerie L.A. underbelly as much as the next movie buff - but his film is one of the all-time scariest? Scarier than John Carpenter's Halloween, or The Thing? Scarier than Kubrick's The Shining?
The same goes for Night of the Hunter. Yes, it's creepy. Yes, it's a classic. But is it really scarier than what the New Yorker calls too "obvious" selections (i.e. - Rosemary's Baby and Psycho)? What about less obvious, but infinitely more terrifying titles like The Changeling and Don't Look Now, or Dario Argento's Suspiria, or the super creepy The Company of Wolves, or--if atmospherics are all that count--modern suspense classics likeThe Sixth Sense?
I'll take Wes Craven's original Nightmare on Elm Street or Craven's thoroughly disturbing The Last House on the Left (which I hate, but admit deserves full props), or Brian DePalma's Carrie over Hunter for pure "scariness."
What do you think of the New Yorker list? Did they get it right? Let us know if any of your favorite scary movies were passed over...and for more horrific (or at least contemporary) Halloween thrills and chills, check out some new and exclusive clips for Clive Barker's ingeniously titled The Midnight Meat Train over at our Comcast partner site, FearNet.