2. The Exorcist
If you release a horror movie about demonic possession any time after 1973, the newspapers are going to say "Scariest film since The Exorcist." This is because The Exorcist has been the benchmark for true cinematic terror for some time now. Sure, some of the effects have aged a bit, but since there was no CGI used it has aged far more gracefully than horror films from even a decade ago. A simple story of an old priest and a young priest coming to remove a demon from a little girl was done so well and scared so many people, spooling it up on your TV is akin to popping the cork on the month of October. Lovers of cinema respect what it did for horror as a genre, and for those who identify with the religious aspects, it's never not going to give them shivers.
Recently there have been several movies that showcase the older, more experienced men beating up/showing up the younger punks. Taken, The Equalizer and the like. Those aging Baby Boomers love to remind themselves that they are still relevant. This movie will always be a thorn in their sides. The older, more experienced, and more calm of the two priests fails and is killed. It's only the younger man who manages to seal the deal, and even he has to die to do so. Age or youth, sometimes you just can't win.
No, not the Rob Zombie one though to be honest that's pretty darn good. The original with Jamie Lee Curtis and William Shatner's face. You really think we can have a list about Halloween movies and not include the movie with its namesake? There's no better way to get in the spooky October mood than to watch a good slasher film, and this is one of the best. No deal with Satan, no voodoo or aliens or any gimmick, just a human being that happens to be pure evil. That's the advantage of this older version: they never explain why Michael Myers does what he does. He's just evil, and thanks to the beginning of the film showing him murdering as a child, we can deduce he's always been so.
I can't help feel bad for Dr. Sam Loomis, the psychiatrist that tried to treat Michael. He had 15 years to treat Michael and realized during that time that he couldn't, so that's failure number one. Then he realizes Michael should never be released, but Michael escapes anyways, failure number two. Then at the end, he shoots Michael six times but clearly it didn't kill him, failure number three. Honestly, revoke this man's license!