TOP 10 HORROR SCREENPLAYS
1. THE EXORCIST
Screenplay by William Peter Blatty
Directed by William Friedkin
The classic supernatural horror story about the demonic possession of a young girl, the script for THE EXORCIST is incredibly dynamic and sophisticated for the genre. The script won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Based on the Stephen King novel, the script for THE SHINING explores themes of alcoholism and madness in the context of a sustained sense of horror. The film by Kubrick was released in 1980 and consistently ranks among the most influential in the horror genre.
Screenplay by John Carpenter, Debora Hill
Directed by John Carpenter
With HALLOWEEN, there's never any doubt about what genre of movie script you're reading: it's pure horror/slasher from the first page. Although the script may not be as artful or literary as many classic horror film scripts, but there's a general consensus that it set the standard for modern horror.
4. ROSEMARY'S BABY Read the screenplay!
Screenplay by Roman Polanski
5. PSYCHO Read the screenplay!
Screenplay by Joseph Stephano
6. THE OMEN Read the screenplay!
Screenplay by David Seltzer
7. ALIEN Read the screenplay!
Screenplay by Dan O'Bannan
8. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD Read the screenplay!
Screenplay by George Romero, John Russo
6. JACOB'S LADDER Read the screenplay!
Screenplay by Bruce Joel Ruben
10. THE CABIN IN THE WOODS Read the screenplay!
Screenplay by Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard