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The Top Ten Scariest Movies Ever

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Each night at midnight something scary happens. We’ve been making sure of that all month long during Indie Screams. Tonight’s feature is Maximum Overdrive. Haunted big rigs? We’re there.

As we wile away the hours waiting for Maximum Overdrive and for Dead Set to start (Monday Oct. 25 at 10 p.m. ET), we’re getting in touch with our inner Type A personality and making lists. We already counted down our top zombie films, but while zombie films are generally gross what with all the limbs falling off and shovels to the head (or lawn mowers in the case of Dead Alive), they don’t usually create lasting psychological damage. While we love Evil Dead 2, it’s no Jaws. We’re looking for the movies that make you think twice before walking up a certain flight of stairs, dipping toes into the water, or changing addresses. So today we’re making a list and checking it twice of the scariest movies ever. Disagree with out choices? Tell us in the comments.

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When a demon possesses a little girl, an exorcism is her mother’s only hope. The Exorcist has been freaking the heck out of people since its release in 1973.

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A perfect couple in the quintessential New York apartment eagerly await the arrival of their first baby. Until they realize something is off. Namely, that the baby is the spawn of the devil. Seems the realtor forgot to mention the satanic cult living next door. Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby is a creepy masterpiece.

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The original Dutch version of The Vanishing is a haunting film that will make sure you keep eyes on your loved ones at all gas stations and rest stops.

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When George C. Scott moves into a mansion on the outskirts of Seattle he gets a lot more than peace, quiet, rain, and double nonfat cappuccinos. Instead he moves into one of the most unsettling ghost stories ever in The Changeling. Gold star performance by an inanimate object goes to the wheelchair in the attic.

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From “Redrum” to those ghastly little girls to “All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy” to almost every scene with Jack Nicholson in it there are so many frightening moments in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining we don’t know where to start.

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Clive Barker’s Hellraiser, hell is a lot worse than Dante lead us to believe. As IFC’s Will Weinand said, “You get stuck in eternal torment just for being curious. And the Cenobites don’t just destroy your body, they torture your soul for eternity.” Yep, that sounds terrifying.

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When Ridley Scott commissioned H.R. Giger to create an alien the resulting xenomorph was unlike anything else in sci fi horror films. Alien took the fear of the unknown and made it ten times worse by putting a team of scientists in outer space facing down a creature that stalks you, uses you as an incubator, and then hunts you. Also, androids, an evil mega-corporation, and death by magazine. Death by magazine, people!

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John Carpenter’s 1978 low budget tour de fear, Halloween is one of the most widely imitated horror films of all time. And for good reason, it is completely terrifying.

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Steven Spielberg’s Jaws has been turning happy swimmers into frightened landlubbers since 1975.

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Guillermo Del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone is an evocative tale of revenge set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War in an always creepy abandoned school. The ghosts are serious and so is the fear.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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