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SCARED SILLY!

Halloween is rapidly approaching, and with that in mind, we have compiled a list of movies ranging from mildly creepy to truly scary. For each film, we include a "scare scale" ranging from one to five ghosts, with five being the most frightening. Watch these movies at your own risk, and Happy Halloween!

DRACULA (1931)

Stars: Bela Lugosi

Ghosts: 2 1/2 ghosts

Count Dracula takes up residence in Carfax Abbey in London, where he begins to prey on Mina Seward, daughter of a doctor. Dr. Seward enlists the help of specialist VanHelsing to diagnose the reason for his daughter's decline in health. VanHelsing soon realizes the true nature of the Count, and tries to prevent Mina from becoming a creature of the undead.

THE SHINING (1980) (Rated R)

Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall

Ghosts: 4

Based on the Stephen King novel, "The Shining" is about a writer named Jack Torrance who gets a job as a custodian in a haunted hotel while he suffers through writer's block. He, his wife, and his son Danny, who happens to have telepathic powers, discover that the hotel is haunted. Jack and his family communicate with the ghosts through "shining," or telepathic conversation; Jack is slowly driven insane.

THE EXORCIST (1973) (Rated R)

Stars: Linda Blair, Ellen Burstyn, Max VonSydow

Ghosts: 5

"The Exorcist" is still considered to be one of the scariest movies ever made. When a young girl begins to behave in disturbing ways, her desperate mother enlists a priest, who is also a psychiatrist, to help her daughter. The priest discovers that the girl is possessed by the devil, and that her only hope for survival is exorcism.

THE SIXTH SENSE (1999) (Rated PG-13)

Stars: Haley Joel Osment, Bruce Willis

Ghosts: 3 ghosts

Child psychologist Malcolm Crowe (Willis), after being shot in the stomach by an ex-patient, attempts to help a young boy named Cole who exhibits the same symptoms as his former patient. Cole claims to see ghosts everywhere, and as Crowe investigates the young boy's case, he discovers a frightening secret about himself.

THE RING (2002) Rated PG-13

Stars: Naomi Watts

Ghosts: 3

After her niece dies one week after viewing a video, journalist Rachel Keller investigates the mysterious videotape. The tape is supposedly linked not only to Keller's niece but also to several suicides on a horse ranch and one strange little girl. Keller gains possession of the tape, but it becomes a race against time when she watches it and is told that she has one week to live.

HALLOWEEN (1978)

RATED R

Stars: Jamie Leigh Curtis, Michael Pleasence

Ghosts: 3

Institutionalized as a child for murdering his sister 15 years before while trick-or-treating, Michael Myers returns to his hometown, where he begins to stalk a high school girl who is home alone babysitting on Halloween. Myers eliminates her friends one by one. All the while, he is pursued by his psychologist.

HOUSE OF WAX (1953)

Stars: Vincent Price, Charles Bronson

Ghosts: 2

Henry Jarrod, a sculptor of wax statues, begins using human bodies covered in wax as mediums for his creations after his partner leaves him for dead in their burning wax museum. Disappearances from the city morgue coincide with the appearance of many incrediby lifelike and mysteriously familiar wax figures in his new museum, and Jarrod's assistant begins to suspect that something is not quite right when people begin recognizing dead friends in the sculptor's figures.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1921)

Stars: Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin

Ghosts: 2

A disfigured phantom terrorizes famous opera singer Carlotta into giving up her role in an upcoming play to young Christine Daae, with whom he has fallen in love. From the shadowy wings of the Paris Opera House, the phantom manipulates the theater by inspiring fear, and eventually kidnaps Christine and takes her into the depths of the opera house. Raoul, Christine's lover, must follow them in order to rescue Christine and uncover the secret of the phantom.

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