'Conjuring 2' Director James Wan Reveals His 5 Favorite Scary Movies

8:00 AM 6/10/2016

by THR Staff

From 'Jaws' to 'Poltergeist,' the helmer tells THR about the films that keep him up at night.

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    The Others

    2001

    Dimension Films/Photofest

    “Alejandro Amenabar’s movie with Nicole Kidman is exquisitely photographed, crafted and oldschool. It’s truly one of the finest ‘bump in the night’ Victorian ghost stories ever committed to film.”

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    Poltergeist

    1982

    MGM/UA/Photofest

    “It’s the movie that scarred me as a child and sent me down my obsessive path toward all things evil-doll/puppet-related. It has terrific sound design, too.”

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    Lost Highway

    1997

    October Films/Photofest

    “This is the scariest nonhorror film: fragmented narrative, noirish atmosphere, insidious soundscape, moody photography. It all adds up to a classic David Lynch experience.”

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    Jaws

    1975

    Universal Pictures/Photofest

    “It’s the movie that made me terrified of the great, watery unknown. It educated me on the power of suspense filmmaking (along with every other movie by Steven Spielberg) through camerawork, editing, music and mise en scene.”

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    Ringu

    1998

    Golden Scene/Photofest

    “This movie [the Japanese original that inspired Hollywood’s The Ring films] reintroduced me to my love for the Asian horror stories that I grew up with.”

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