15 Best Halloween Movies to have a Spooky night on October 31st
A Halloween night won’t be complete without watching a scary movie with your friends and family. It’s a tradition at this point, and it really feels like Halloween isn’t complete without it.
Worry not! In this list of the 15 best Halloween movies, we will be featuring some horror classics like Scream to modern masterpieces like It. Get your popcorns ready, but remember to hold onto them tightly—these Halloween and horror movies are full of everyone’s dreaded jumpscares and suspenseful scenes.
15. The Shining (1980)
Starting off with a timeless classic, The Shining has proved to be many’s go-to Halloween special for how it isn’t your typical horror movie.
It doesn’t depend on jumpscares, big monsters, or masked killers, but rather an unsuspecting antagonist who slowly loses himself throughout the film.
14. The Exorcist (1973)
Another classic that is often regarded as one of the scariest films of all time. It follows a story of a young girl who gets possessed by a demon and undergoes, as the title suggests, an exorcism.
It doesn’t go well though for reasons that we’d rather leave you to see for yourself.
13. Paranormal Activity (2007)
Most of us had a phase where we thought that this movie was an actual compilation of footage that took place in the real world. But hey, we can rest easy now knowing that it’s just a film.
Still, there’s just something uncanny and creepy about watching a film through CCTV cameras. Also, this film has a lot of jumpscares. Be warned!
12. A Quiet Place (2018)
This film ranks high in modern masterpieces of horror for its unique take in the horror genre. In the world of A Quiet Place, monsters won’t attack you if they see you—but when they hear you.
What makes this film even more terrifying is that it’s set in a post-apocalyptic world and we’re presented with a family’s point of view.
11. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Nancy Thompson and her pals on Elm Street are haunted by Fred Krueger, a clawed killer who they see only in their dreams. Fred is going in for the kill one by one, so Nancy will have to act quickly.
Who will come to your aid if he captures you while you're fast asleep?
10. It (2017)
One of the most popular costumes for Halloween in recent years has been that of Pennywise the Clown, so it's only right that the 2017 film adaptation of Stephen King's spine-tingling tale makes the cut.
Follow it up with It: Chapter Two, released in 2019, for a double feature of King’s horror gem.
9. Coraline (2009)
We follow Coraline, a young adventurer, as she enters a different world where she encounters people who are similar to those she knows... yet a touch strange (even as they promise her everything she wants).
Coraline's scary button eyes will spook even grownups out, despite the fact that it is meant to be a children’s horror film.
8. The Sixth Sense (1999)
"I see dead people" is still one of the most well-known lines from Halloween films, and for good reason. Haley Joel Osment plays a 9-year-old youngster in this supernatural thriller who must help ghosts pass on in surprising ways.
If you still don’t know this film’s insane ending, don’t worry—we won’t spoil it for ya.
7. Poltergeist (1982)
Even in this day and age, if you mention "They're hereeeeeeeee," people will still shiver. We owe it all to a tale about an evil spirit-possessed mansion.
6. Halloween (2018)
This remake of the 1978 thriller provides the tried-and-true series a refresh with its original star, Jamie Lee Curtis, if you're looking for something a touch more modern.
Director David Gordon Green refocuses the series on the Strode women's reactions to Michael Myers' return.
5. The Conjuring (2013)
When paranormal investigators are dispatched to a remote farmhouse, they believe they will be able to handle the less-than-terrifying hauntings. But if there's one thing we've learned from old horror movies, it's that spirits should never be underestimated.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, the third episode in the trilogy, was released earlier this year and just like the previous films, is still based on the real-life experiences of paranormal researchers Ed and Lorraine Warren.
4. Saw (2004)
While most people associate the Saw trilogy with ushering in an era of gore and violence, the first Saw film stood out for its unique blend of horror and police procedural – as well as its killer twist.
3. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
This cult-favorite follows a group of film students who become lost in the woods while exploring the local "Blair Witch.” This film popularized the concept of "found footage" horror and set the standard for all the next films of its genre to come.
Next time you're out in the woods, just try to not think about the presence of a Blair Witch…
2. Get Out (2017)
Jordan Peele's masterwork, in which racism is used as a vehicle for supernatural horror, is a must-see. The cinematography, the eerie vibe of the family, and just the overall tone are impeccable.
Long after the lights go out, you'll still be thinking about the insane twist and conflicts of this movie. Well-deserved for the second spot!
1. Hereditary (2018)
Hereditary is a horrific paranormal horror film starring Toni Collette as the Graham family matriarch, and it's what you should watch if you don't want to sleep on Halloween.
In this film, her daughter and grandchildren begin to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry which led them to try and outrun the sinister fate they have inherited.
Which film are you going to scare yourself with this coming Halloween? Let us know your Halloween movie experience down below!