March 30, 2009 12:00 PM

>Cage, 45, likes a good fright. The actor, now starring in the thriller Knowing, is a connoisseur of spine-tingling chillers—and he happily shared a list of his five favorites. “I only left out King Kong, Terminator 2 and Gojira (the original Japanese version of Godzilla) because I wanted to focus on performance,” he says. For an expanded list of his Top 10, please visit

THE EXORCIST 1973 Truly terrifying, largely because of extraordinarily realistic performances by Jason Miller and Ellen Burstyn. The sound work is extraordinary.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 1925 The phantom’s face is arguably the most terrifying image on film, but Lon Chaney somehow still makes him sympathetic.

THE SHINING 1980 Superb [Stanley] Kubrick-ian enigmatic filmmaking—plus a knockdown, drag-out über Jack Nicholson. It doesn’t get any better then this.

THE TENANT 1976 Roman Polanski directs himself in cinema’s ultimate paranoid performance and one of its most suspenseful films. Great supporting actors.

RINGU 1998 Truly disturbing, abstract, dream-logic filmmaking. There’s nothing else like it. [Director] Hideo Nakata is an original voice in modern film.

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