Today, we're going from 15 to 11...
The movie that turned Steven Spielberg into a big Hollywood hitter was plagued by technical problems during its arduous shoot at sea. Spielberg's decision (out of necessity) to keep the shark concealed until key moments ramped up the tension, while John Williams' score became a character all of its own. Turns out they really did need a bigger boat!
14. The Omen
Arriving hot on the heels of The Exorcist, Richard Donner's The Omen featured a stellar cast including Gregory Peck, Lee Remick and David Warner. Warner's decapitation by pane of glass must surely go down as one of horror cinemas' most memorable deaths. We also suspect the popularity of the name Damien among new parents plummeted shortly after The Omen's release!
Tobe Hooper's haunted house horror had none other than Steven Spielberg as one of the script's co-writers and was the first instalment in a Poltergeist trilogy. Perhaps its spookiest legacy is the alleged 'Poltergeist Curse', which has seen several high-profile members of the cast and crew die in the years between the release of the first and third films.
12. The Thing
Scientists in the chilly Antarctic get more than they bargained for when an alien begins wiping them out. John Carpenter used Howard Hawks's 1951 The Thing from Another World as the basis for this 1982 classic, which saw Kurt Russell reuniting with the director after the pair struck gold with the previous year's Escape from New York.
Slasher master Wes Craven gave the genre a shot in the arm with 1996's Scream. Kevin Williamson's witty script spun the rulebook on its head for the first of a quartet of Scream pictures. Drew Barrymore's demise at the beginning of the movie made one thing clear: in the world of Scream, nobody is safe.
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