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The unfortunate thing about so many great movies from your younger years is that time has not been very kind to them. The scares that used to terrify come off dated and almost silly nowadays. However, that’s not the case with all of them. Some of the older ones still hold up quite well. Now just so you know, we’re using “classic” very loosely and even including movies from the 90s and early 2000s because, believe it or not, the 90s were over 25 years ago. So if you want to dust off an old favorite this Halloween, here are 15 that hold up quite well.

1. Event Horizon (1997)
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A movie about Laurence Fishburne going to check out an abandoned spaceship may not seem like the recipe for nightmares, but “Event Horizon” absolutely nails the mixture of sci-fi and horror. Almost immediately, you’re filled with a sense of dread that only becomes more and more prevalent as the story unfolds. By the end, the actual gates of hell have been opened and you’re just trying to keep your hands out from in front of your eyes long enough to see how it ends. (Photo credit: Paramount Pictures/Photofest)

2. Suspiria (1977)
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If you ever questioned whether or not Dario Argento is a master of horror, look no further than “Suspiria.” It’s atmospheric and stylized in a way that would still be hip and relevant if it came out this weekend. Considering the movie is nearly 40 years old, it’s incredible how terrifying it still is. (Photo credit: International Classic Inc./Photofest)

3. The Shining (1980)
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Sure, we still may have no idea what the ending of “The Shining” actually means, but the masterful performances and direction makes it timeless. It doesn’t rely on jump scares or monsters, but rather the feeling of isolation and paranoia. Even the most casual horror fan can find something to enjoy here. (Photo credit: Warner Bros. Pictures/Photofest)

4. Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)
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The first “Nightmare on Elm Street” is a classic, but after that the sequels pretty much went to hell. They’re silly and fun, but if you’d never seen them until now you’d think they were comedies. That is, until Wes Craven stepped back in and made “New Nightmare.” It’s meta without being cheesy and brings back the horrifying Freddy that kept us awake at night. If you haven’t seen any movies in the franchise, you can watch the first one and this one and get everything you need to know. (Photo credit: New Line Cinema/Photofest)

5. Halloween (1978)
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It’s incredible that a movie that’s been emulated and ripped off so many times through the years can still be so scary. The difference between those films and “Halloween” is that John Carpenter knows how to build suspense better than almost anyone and, along with his perfect score, the story of Michael Myers is still just as scary as when it hit theaters. (Photo credit: Compass International Pictures/Photofest)

6. The Exorcist (1973)
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No possession movie has ever come close to “The Exorcist.” Many have tried, but even with all the advancements in technology and special effects, there’s just something so troubling about this movie that it sticks with you for days after you watch it. (Photo credit: Warner Bros/Photofest)

7. Hellraiser (1987)
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I didn’t see “Hellraiser” until years after its release and I was expecting to enjoy it merely from a nostalgic, guilty pleasure perspective. Instead, I was totally freaked out and vowed never to touch a Rubik’s Cube again just in case it happened to be a portal to hell. You can never be too safe. (Photo credit: New World Pictures/Photofest)

8. Phantasm (1979)
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Are silver spheres flying through the air and stabbing people in the head that scary? Probably not, but when you see that creepy old man in “Phantasm” walking around and you don’t know if he’s an alien, a monster or just an old weirdo, it takes things to a whole new level of freaky. The last scene still gives me nightmares to this day. (Photo credit: MGM/Photofest)

9. In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
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Sam Neill is one of the most underrated horror actors of all time and he’s never been more intriguing than in “In The Mouth of Madness.” His descent into complete insanity starts blurring the line between reality and hallucination until you don’t know what to believe anymore. It’s one of the most overlooked horror movies of the ’90s and it’s still great today. (Photo credit: New Line Cinema/Photofest)

10. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
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Before zombies became trendy and every teen had zombie patches on their backpacks, George A. Romero was blazing the trail and horrifying audiences with slow-moving, haunting zombies that made you feel like they were creeping up behind your couch while you were watching. “Night of the Living Dead” is still one of those movies that you shouldn’t watch alone. (Photo credit: Continental Distributing Inc.)

11. House on Haunted Hill (1959)
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If someone tells you they love “House on Haunted Hill” and mentions Taye Diggs, they haven’t really seen “House on Haunted Hill.” The remake isn’t completely awful, but the original is one of the scariest movies ever made. Even with the painfully primitive special effects, it’s still insanely terrifying. (Photo credit:Allied Artists Pictures Corp./Photofest)

12. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
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Whether you like it or not, “The Blair Witch Project” changed the face of horror forever. It proved that you didn’t need big stars or a giant budget in order to generate scares. What makes it great is it doesn’t shove monsters and ghosts in your face, but instead let’s your imagination run wild as to what’s really chasing them through the woods. (Photo credit: Artisan Entertainment)

13. Psycho (1960)
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“Psycho” is arguably the greatest of Alfred Hitchcock’s amazing films, but honestly, you could fill this entire list with just movies from his catalog. He’s the master for a reason and the fact that “Psycho” still holds up just proves that point even more. (Photo credit: Photofest)

14. Candyman (1992)
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“Candyman” did for mirrors what “Jaws” did for the beach. It’s grim and doesn’t play by the traditional rules, which made it unlike anything you’d seen before and remains a must-see for any horror fan no matter what their age. (Photo credit: Indiewire)

15. Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
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Few franchises have gone through drastic changes with each new film quite like “Halloween.” Some of it’s good and other parts are completely terrible, but “The Curse of Michael Myers” got downright eerie. Michael Myers is the scariest he’s been since the first film and the storyline about a secret cult that tries to control him may not be for everyone, but boy does it set up some absolutely haunting scenes. (Photo credit: Miramax Films/Photofest)

15 CLASSIC HORROR MOVIES TO WATCH FOR HALLOWEEN

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