10. Hasta el Viento Tiene Miedo (1968)
Director: Carlos Enrique Taboada
Check the title’s translation: “Even the wind is afraid.” That’s certainly raising the bar quite high, isn’t it? Fortunately, Mexican horror pioneer Carlos Enrique Taboada’s Hasta el Viento Tiene Miedo is certifiably creepy as hell.
In the tradition of old-school ghost stories, Taboada’s greatest film is more concerned with unseen terrors than it is showing the whole gruesome enchilada. Set in a private all-girls boarding school, Hasta el Viento Tiene Miedo focuses primarily on a young co-ed (Alicia Bonet) whose vivid nightmares lead to the discovery of a malevolent female spirit that’s roaming the institution’s halls and, more often than not, the suspect clock tower.
Taboada nails all of the elements that made the subtle horror flicks of yesteryear so unnerving without resorting to overboard violence: There’s a spooky old mansion (the school itself), disquieting voices of the spectral kind, and ghosts hell-bent on revenge for reasons that are left unknown until the story’s conclusion. Of all the movies on this countdown, this one’s definitely the most reserved, though that doesn’t make it any less scary.