There Are 12 Near-Perfect Horror Movies According To Metacritic – Looper

As genre scholar Grady Hendrix notes in Paperbacks from Hell, 1967 was "a spark to the heart for horror fiction."

For the first time since Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca in 1934, a horror novel graced the annual best-seller list of Publishers Weekly: Ira Levin's Rosemary's Baby. A precision thriller about the devil impregnating a woman on the Upper West Side, Levin's novel was swiftly adapted into a film just one year after its publication. Starring Mia Farrow as the titular Rosemary and John Cassavetes as her fame-hungry husband Guy, Roman Polanski's satanic slow-burn frequently tops "best of" lists for a reason. After all, Satan has absolutely nothing on the blood-curdling terror of gaslighting, gender roles, and losing agency over your own body.

In 2014, Rosemary's Baby was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry. And in 2010, The Guardian ranked it as the second-greatest horror film of all time. Ruth Gordon's performance as Minnie Castevet, a nosy neighbor quite literally from hell, earned her an Academy Award for best supporting actress. It would be the last Oscar awarded to a horror movie until 1991's The Silence of the Lambs.

Every film ambling under the umbrella of "elevated horror" owes an immense, demonic debt toRosemary's Baby and its revolutionary vision of satanists not as twisted fiends but the kind of recognizably modern folks you might pass in the street without sparing a second glance. With uncomfortably long takes, claustrophobic set design, and immersive trance-like pacing, this is a film that wheels and deals in pure psychological horror worthy of a 96 Metascore.

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