Five Cult Movies That Will Scare You Silly

The Evil Dead mixes humor and gore.
The Evil Dead mixes humor and gore.

The best scary movies are not necessarily the ones with superb acting or cutting-edge special effects. You don't need Alfred Hitchcock or Wes Craven -- or even a big budget -- to get scared silly. The best scary movies are sometimes strange and sometimes campy, with a dark sense of humor. Here are our five favorite scary cult classics.

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5) Re-Animator (1985) Scary movies have taught us that bringing the dead back to life is never a good idea. Re-Animator confirms this notion. It is the classic tale of a scientist taking his research too far, only to end up with a zombie mess on his hands. People question the film's taste, but blending the fine line between sophisticated bloodbath and gross-out masterpiece is what makes Re-Animator a classic cult flick.

4) Freaks (1932)

Way before

American Horror Story

decided to creep us out with a freak show, there was the original fright fest


. Director Tod Browning used actual circus performers to weave this tale about fitting in amongst the weirdos. It has all the classics -- from the bearded woman to conjoined twins to the human torso. Despite being filmed over eighty years ago, the characters are still bewitchingly charming and the spooky setting leaves you feeling anxious. After one viewing, your nightmares will echo with the chants, "Gooble gobble, one of us."

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