When it comes to The Winter Are Scarier., there is no limit to the directors exploring this feeling. We found 8 of our favorites.
From Alfred Hitchcock, starring Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin
Psycho is a classic horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, released in 1960. It tells the story of Marion Crane, a secretary who takes $40,000 from her employer and goes on the run. She soon finds shelter in the eerie Bates Motel, run by a strange young man named Norman Bates. After discovering the true secrets of the motel, Marion meets a gruesome fate. In the aftermath, Marion's sister and a private detective set out to uncover the truth behind her disappearance and the mysterious Norman Bates. Through the course of their investigation, they discover that Norman is a deeply disturbed man with a dark past. The film is filled with suspense, twists and turns, and remains one of Hitchcock's most iconic works.
From Stanley Kubrick, starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers
The Shining is a 1980 psychological horror film directed by Stanley Kubrick and based on Stephen King’s 1977 novel of the same name. The movie follows Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson), a troubled writer, and his family—his wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and their son Danny (Danny Lloyd)—as they arrive at the isolated and majestic Overlook Hotel in the Colorado Rockies to serve as the caretakers during the winter. Initially excited to have the opportunity to work on his writing, Jack soon become plagued by supernatural forces within the hotel. His son is gifted with “the shining”, a form of psychic ability which allows him to see horrific events from the past and visions of the future. As the snow outside traps the family within the hotel, Jack’s mental state deteriorates as he is taken over by the hotel’s malevolent forces, leading him to pursue his wife and son with murderous intent. Through Danny’s “shining” abilities and the help of the hotel’s mysterious cook, Dick Hallorann, Wendy and Danny are able to escape Jack’s rampage and survive their stay at the Overlook.
From William Friedkin, starring Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb
The Exorcist is a 1973 horror film directed by William Friedkin, based on the 1971 novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty. It tells the story of a young girl, Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair), who is afflicted by an unknown demonic presence. The film follows the attempts of two priests, Father Damien Karras (Jason Miller) and Father Lankester Merrin (Max von Sydow), to free her from the demonic possession. With its revolutionary special effects and intense scenes, The Exorcist was one of the most successful and influential films of the 1970s. It was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and won two, for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Sound. The film is widely considered to be one of the greatest horror films of all time.
From Dario Argento, starring Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci, Miguel Bosé
From Peter Medak, starring George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas, Jean Marsh
From William Peter Blatty, starring George C. Scott, Ed Flanders, Brad Dourif, Jason Miller
Eduardo Sánchez, starring Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard, Bob Griffin
From Courtney Solomon, starring Donald Sutherland, Sissy Spacek, Rachel Hurd-Wood, James D'Arcy
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