The Ghostface Killer from the "Scream" movies and NextMovie are kindred spirits.
OK, so we don't kill people (promise!) but we do occassionally go around asking people their favorite scary movies. And, since a few of you asked that very same question on Twitter, we decided to include ourselves in the process.
So, without further ado, here are the NextMovie staff picks for favorite horror flicks.
Scott Robson, Vice President: 'Nosferatu' (1929)
It's the original when it comes to creepy, chilling and just plain cool.
Also "Ringu" (1998), the original version of "The Ring" – not only is it really scary, but it buys you cred amongst film snobs – and "The Wizard of Oz" (1939), because small children should never be subjected to the vision of flying monkeys.
Kevin Polowy, Executive Editor: '28 Days Later' (2002)
I don't think Danny Boyle gets all the credit he deserves for reinventing and rejuvenating the zombie genre. Before "28 Days Later," the undead weren't all that scary. Yeah, they ate flesh and all, but your speed-walking grand-mom could get away from them without breaking a sweat. Giving them motors and siccing them on the survivors of a creepily deserted London captured with lo-fi aesthetics made for the best horror movie of the decade.
Brooke Tarnoff, Senior Editor: 'The Blair Witch Project' (1999)
I haven't seen many horror movies since "The Ring" – a cinematic experience that taught me I'm too chicken to watch scary movies and still sleep with the lights off. I actually read recaps on the Internet because they're less likely to give me nightmares. I'm not proud.
But I have a deep, abiding fondness for "The Blair Witch Project." It’s not that I don't find it frightening – that last scene still scares the pants clean off my legs – but it's worth it for the joy of quoting the movie with my friends. That crazy Burkittsville resident who was eyewitness to the witch herself? Comedy gold.
Just don't stand with your arms limp, facing the wall. You'll freak me out.
Breanne L. Heldman, Senior Editor: 'Scream 2' (1997)
I have childhood memories of being terrified by "Poltergeist," but the second installment of the "Scream" franchise was one of the first times I really experienced an "event" movie. I was a freshman in college and my entire dorm floor went together on opening night. Between the social aspect of it and my newfound horror movie ritual created that night -- anticipating a spook, jumping anyway and then laughing hysterically -- Sidney and co. hold a special place in my heart.
Karena Wells, Vice President of Business Development: 'The Shining' (1980)
I think it's the only horror movie I've ever really seen.
Brandon Rae, Lead Producer: 'Mega Shark Vs. Giant Octopus' (2009)
My favorite horror movie is "Mega Shark Vs. Giant Octopus" because it brings together the two things I love most: Mega Sharks and Giant Octopuses. In a world obsessed with 3-D dragons and owls, I was delighted to see these two species finally get to share the screen together. Particularly, there's a special place in my heart for the criminally underrated octopus who, unlike the shark, does not have its own week on The Discovery Channel.
Who will reign supreme? I won't divulge any secrets as I urge you to see the movie and let the horror affect you the same way it did me.
Originally published Oct. 28, 2010.