4. The Amityville Horror
What!? The Amityville Horror is only fourth on this list!? I know that lots of people have a soft spot when it comes to “classics” but The Amityville Horror has gotten a little long in the tooth, especially considering just how many sequels and spin-offs it’s spawned. Of all the haunted house movies on this list, it’s certainly the more prolific. The thing is that prolific doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the best. Don’t get me wrong, this is a film that certainly deserves to be on this list and I’m not going to argue that it isn’t an iconic one. But given the strides in haunted house technology we’ve made, I think it’s definitely a solid fourth.
To this day I still have trouble watching this movie without the lights on. Then again, it was made by the man who made The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Tobe Hooper. Personally, it’s one of my all-time favorites of all the haunted house movies, because it’s just so iconic. Who doesn’t whisper “this house is clean” when they see tiny women with oversized glasses? Who doesn’t turn to their friends and say “they’re here” whenever there’s static? Honestly, I kinda figured I might be the only one, but it’s not too late for that to change. If you haven’t gotten a chance to see this movie, you need to change that. Except for those of you afraid of clowns. This is one of the movies you get a pass on.
2. The Shining
1408 stands as president that I can put hotels on this list of haunted house movies. It’s also another example of a superior Stephen King movie, even if the author himself hated it. The Shining a terrifying tale of one family’s horrific battle to survive a winter in close quarters without alcohol. Honestly, I can’t blame Jack Torrance for going a little crazy. Of course, the ghosts certainly didn’t help, but neither did that kid constantly saying “redrum” all damn day. Like the other two entries on this list, The Shining is a film icon. It’s one that’s firmly embedded itself in pop culture and you can’t go a Halloween without it being referenced at least once.