31. The Ring (2002)
The most effective horror movies are the ones that stick with you far past the first viewing. Try looking at a television screen filled with static the same way after watching this English-language remake of a popular Japanese film. The Ring follows a journalist trying to investigate the mysterious, sudden death of her sister. At the heart of the issue is a video tape said to kill anybody that watches it. The tape itself is eerily put together with imagery that’s abstract, bizarre, and down-right frightening. The movie’s main antagonist — a deceased child named Samara — is one of the most memorable movie ‘monsters’ of the last 25 years.
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30. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers follows a similar script of countless alien-invasion flicks. A race of lifeforms abandon their dying planet in search of a new land, and happen upon a clueless Earth. The aliens begin assimilating themselves to the world. After the aliens are discovered by a San Francisco scientist, various townspeople start behaving in a peculiar manner. It’s discovered that the aliens are replacing humans with exact replicas — except the alien-versions are devoid of any emotions. It’s left up to a star-studded cast (Donald Sutherland, Leonard Nimoy, Jeff Goldblum) to stop the invasion — and thus restore balance on their planet.
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