Halloween is a special time of the year, a time when we can be someone else, at least for a while. It is also a time when we spend a lot of time in front of our TVs. But the problem with it is that it is hard to get new ideas for movies to watch after some time. This is why we have made this article with more than 100 best Halloween movies of all time.
With such a big list of well known movies, as well as some less known, from comedies to classic horrors, we have it all to make your Halloween a real treat.
You will find our recommendations for the best Halloween movies on this list, but we have also asked other movie experts and enthusiasts about their recommendations.
We also have a list of the best Halloween TV episodes, so don’t forget to check them out.
So let’s dive in and make this Halloween watching one that you won’t forget for a long time!
Best Halloween Movies
Not all Halloween movies on this list are necessarily scary, but they all fit perfectly into its atmosphere. Some stick to the iconography of horror, and some just tear it down and bring something romantic for the change. Choose your favorite movie for this year’s Halloween.
If you want the atmosphere to be complete, you can decorate your home with pumpkins, lamps and candles, and be sure to get sweets and other snacks. Let the fun start.
Campbell’s mother was killed a year ago, but now two more similar murders are taking place, and she is beginning to suspect that they are the same killer. Everyone is in fear because the killer can be anyone and anyone can become the next victim. Campbell becomes the target of a serial killer who terrorizes his victims through phone calls.
The Chief Rapporteur is determined to find out the truth. In his research, he concludes that this is the same killer who raped and killed Campbell’s mother a year earlier. Her boyfriend becomes the prime suspect.
The Babadook (2014)
One of the most popular horror movies of 2014 is the dark story of a single mother and her six-year-old son who face a terrifying creature from the imagination. A film that fans of the genre should not miss!
Practical Magic (1998)
Sally (Sandra Bullock) and Gillian Owens (Nicole Kidman) are two sisters who live in a quiet town of New England, whose female part of the family has been making real witches for centuries. Ever since early childhood, when after their father’s death, and then their mother’s, they came to live with old and unusual aunts – Bridget (D. Wiest) and Frances (S. Channing), who, without enslaving them to any conventions, fed them chocolate cakes. and taught magic along the way, they knew they were different.
Though capable of doing much sorcery, the sisters can by no means happily fall in love, in large part because of a long-standing curse: all the men the witches of the Owens family fall in love with will die a premature death. These two very different sisters try to deal with this – the quiet Sally who dreams of the perfect man and stays in the town of her childhood, and the passionate and carefree Gillian who goes out into the world in search of adventure, until she meets the aggressive Jimmy (G. Višnjic) whom he mistakenly kills.
When the ghost of the evil Jimmy begins to haunt Gillian, she returns to the family home to seek the help of her sister and unusual aunts. The officer in charge of solving the case of the missing Jimmy Gary (Aidan Quinn) falls in love with Sally.
The Invisible Man (2020)
Trapped in a violent relationship with a rich and brilliant scientist, Cecilia Kate escapes under cover of night and hides with the help of her sister, a longtime friend and his daughter.
But after Cecilia’s ex-partner commits suicide and leaves her a considerable amount of inheritance, Cecilia doubts the veracity of the suicide story. At the same time, inexplicable and deadly things begin to happen to her that threaten her and everyone she cares about, and she slowly begins to lose her mind as she tries to prove to everyone that she is being persecuted by someone no one can see.
Interview With the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
The vampire Lestat (T. Cruise) is immortal, more precisely timeless, he does not know his age. For him, the world is infinite and infinite. Lestat lives in the river of blood that is necessary for his existence, and when he wishes, he gives his victims eternal life whether they want it or not. Luis (B. Pitt), a man who was destroyed by the loss of his wife and daughter, enters Lestat’s life in the late 18th century. Although Luis becomes immortal, he will try to prevent the heartless Lestat from relentlessly destroying people.
Two hundred years later, in 20th century San Francisco, Luis decided to tell his story to a young journalist (C. Slater) – a vampire story of desire, love, sadness, fear and ecstasy. The journalist wrote a report that became famous under the title “Interview with a Vampire”.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
This classic “Peanuts” tale focuses on the thumb-sucking, blanket-holding Linus, and his touching faith in the “Great Pumpkin.” When Linus discovers that no one else believes in the creature, he sets out to prove that the Pumpkin’s no myth—by spending the night alone in a pumpkin patch.
Hocus Pocus (1993)
About three hundred years ago, three witches were sentenced to death in Salem, Massachusetts. One boy was then turned into a black cat. It is now 1993 and the Day of the Dead and the witches are back. Max (Omri Katz), Allison (Vinessa Shaw) and Dani (Thora Birch) must save the children from the witches Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Mary (Kathy Najimy) led by the dangerous Winifred (Bette Midler). The entertaining comedy has become a classic for Halloween, which is almost gladly watched almost 30 years later.
An ordinary family from the suburbs faces their worst nightmare.
From Oscar-winning visionary Jordan Peel, author of the big hit “Get Out,” comes an original and provocative horror thriller about a small African-American family who finds themselves the target of cruel strangers who look like their doubles.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
Five friends across rural Texas, returning from Mexico, where they were just procuring weed. When they pick up a crying girl on the way, they have no idea what they got themselves into. After the unfortunate woman blows her head off with a gun, the shocked company decides to look for a local sheriff.
Their ordeal begins when, unknowingly, they curiously peek into the house of a bloodthirsty family running their own cannibalistic industry. One by one, friends will grab in a meeting with the fatal Thomas Hewitt and his friend with a chainsaw.
The Addams Family (1991), Addams Family Values (1993) & The Addams Family (2019)
When the long-lost Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd) shows up after twenty-five years in the Bermuda Triangle, Gomez (Raul Julia) and Morticia (Anjelica Huston) plan a celebration to wake the dead.
Twitches (TV Movie 2005)
Identical twins Alex (Tia Mowry) and Camryn (Tamera Mowry) were born in Coventry, a magical kingdom, and were then separated when their father sent them to Earth to protect them from the forces of Darkness.
On their 21st birthday, the girls meet again and discover that they have magical powers. As they struggle to accept the truth about their past and the strength of their powers, Alex and Camryn try to find their mother.
When they realize they are the only ones who can save Coventry, Alex and Camryn team up to fight the evil forces that threaten to destroy them.
A Quiet Place (2018) & A Quiet Place 2 (2020)
Our world is occupied by seemingly invulnerable predators, who – at the slightest possible noise – immediately attack with deadly force. Everything therefore revolves around one important rule – move carefully and never make any sound, not even the slightest noise. One genius family managed to survive in silence, carefully muffling every possible sound in everyday life.
Bella Swan has always been different. When her mother remarries and goes to live with her new husband in Florida, Bella decides to live with her father in the small rainy town of Forks where she meets young Edward who is the most unusual person she has ever met. Edward runs faster than anyone, stops cars with his bare hands and hasn’t aged since 1918. He’s a vampire.
Related: Twilight watch order
The Omen (1976)
As he hits the main Roman hospital at 6 a.m. on June 6, U.S. Ambassador Robert Thorn (G. Peck) is confronted with the news that his wife Katherine (L. Remick) has given birth to a stillborn baby. Knowing that Katherine is an extremely sensitive woman, Robert decides to follow the advice of his father Spiletta (M. Benson), a priest, who suggests that he adopt a baby whose mother died in childbirth the same morning.
Katherine suspects nothing, but a few years later, during the celebration of their son Damien’s (H. Stephens) fifth birthday, it turns out he’s no ordinary boy. After noticing a black dog near Damien, his nanny Holly (H. Palance) will suddenly commit suicide in front of all the guests. Robert will not pay too much attention to the tragic event, until his extremely worried father Brennan (P. Troughton) enters his office. Claiming that he and Katherine were in mortal danger, the priest tried to persuade Robert to dedicate himself immediately to prayer.
Robert will be further upset when photographer Jennings (D. Warner) shows him photos taken on David’s birthday. In addition to the rope-like shadow that wraps around the neck of the late Nanny Holly, they also clearly show a spear-like shadow directed at Father Brennan. At the same time, Katherine begins to notice Damien’s unusual behavior, especially after his new educator, Miss Baylock (B. Whitelaw), arrives at their house.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Get ready for the craziest movie trip you can imagine. One rainy night, their car breaks down and Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) are forced to seek help at a nearby castle, where they are welcomed by the strange butler Riff Raff (Richard O’Brien). The castle belongs to the insane scientist Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry) where a debauched, decadent party is taking place.
Halloween is an American slasher franchise that consists of eleven films, as well as novels, comic books, a video game and other merchandise. The films primarily focus on Michael Myers who was committed to a sanitarium as a child for the murder of his sister, Judith Myers. Fifteen years later, he escapes to stalk and kill the people of the fictional town of Haddonfield, Illinois. Michael’s killings occur on the holiday of Halloween, on which all of the films primarily take place.
The original Halloween, released in 1978, was written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, and directed by Carpenter. The film, inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and Bob Clark’s Black Christmas, is known to have inspired a long line of slasher films.
The eccentric scientist assembles the creature from parts of exhumed corpses and revives it … Starring Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, John Boles, Edward Van Sloan, Dwight Frye and Boris Karloff.
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
A young married couple Rosemary (M. Farrow) and Guy (J. Cassavetes) move into a building with a bad reputation. Their neighbors are a friendly older couple – Roman (S. Blackmer) and Minnie (R. Gordon) Castevet, who give Rosemary more attention than she would like. Strange things soon begin to happen – a girl from the building dies in an unexplained way, Rosemary is haunted by terrible nightmares, strange tunes are heard behind the next wall, and Guy becomes different than usual – cold and distant.
When Rosemary becomes pregnant, contrary to expectations, she begins to lose weight, is pale and exhausted, and suffers from severe pain. She soon begins to suspect that the tenants of the building have some kind of plan unknown to her for her unborn child and she will try to do everything to protect it. But maybe the child is not the one who needs protection.
A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting (2020)
A high school girl hired by a secret nanny society fights Scarecrow and his monsters after they kidnap the boy she was looking after on Halloween.
After the death of Ellen Graham, her family begins to uncover frightening secrets about her origins. The more they discover, the more they try to avoid the sinister fate they inherited. This horror sensation by director and screenwriter Ari Aster won over critics at the Sundance Film Festival and is an ideal watch for Halloween.
Six people were invited to dinner at the villa of an unknown owner. Upon arrival, they meet Butler Wadsort and Mr. Boddy, the owner of the house. Among the guests are: Professor Plum, a UN employee, Ms. Green, a government agent, Ms. Peacock, the wife of an important senator, Ms. White, a black widow whose husbands went missing in suspicious circumstances, and a former soldier, Mustard.
Wadsworth soon discovers that each of the guests is a victim of blackmail and the blackmailer is none other than Mr. Boddy. That same evening, Wadsworth finds Mr. Boddy’s dead body and decides to solve the case like a real detective.
A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise
A Nightmare on Elm Street is a 1984 American supernatural slasher film written and directed by Wes Craven and produced by Robert Shaye. It is the first installment in the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise and stars Heather Langenkamp, John Saxon, Ronee Blakley, Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger, and Johnny Depp in his film debut.
The plot concerns four teenagers living on one street in the fictitious town of Springwood, Ohio, who are invaded and killed in their dreams, and thus killed in reality, by a burnt killer with a bladed leather glove.
This would be a nice longer watch for Halloween.
Ghostbusters (1984) & Ghostbusters II (1989)
Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) and Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) are three researchers at Columbia University in New York. After the scholarship expires, the boys are fired and start a ghost company called Ghostbusters. Their first customer is cellist Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) who was haunted by a ghost from an apartment on the 22nd floor of a skyscraper in Central Park West.
Dana’s neighbor Louis Tully (Rick Moranis) also seems to be having trouble with the strange happenings in the building. Armed with proton rifles, Ghostbusters are becoming hugely popular, and they are joined by Winston Zeddmore (Ernie Hudson) who is looking for a well-paid job.
It (2017) & It Chapter Two (2019)
When the children from the small town of Derry in Maine begin to disappear, a group of young friends will face their greatest fears when they attract the attention of the evil clown Pennywise, whose history of violence and murder dates far back in time.
The Witches (1990)
A young boy named Luke and his grandmother go on vacation only to discover their hotel is hosting an international witch convention, where the Grand High Witch is unveiling her master plan to turn all children into mice. Will Luke fall victim to the witches’ plot before he can stop them?
The Haunted Mansion (2003)
Jim Evers (E. Murphy) is a successful and ambitious real estate agent, happily married to Sarah (M. Thomason) who is also his business partner. At the invitation of Edward Gracey (N. Parker), Sara and Jim go on a tour of the estate with their children before the family outing. Due to the sudden storm, they are unable to go on the planned trip and stay overnight in the house.
There is also the somewhat intimidating butler Ramsley (T. Stamp) at their disposal. Gracey tells them about the ghosts and the curse of the house, but Jim doesn’t take him seriously until he starts seeing ghosts and experiencing strange situations around the house. He soon finds out that his wife Sara has something to do with the curse of the house.
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Once upon a time, long ago, in a castle on top of a hill lived an inventor whose greatest creation was Edward. But while Edward was irresistibly charming, he wasn’t entirely without flaws. The sudden death of its inventor left it unfinished, with huge metal blades instead of hands.
Edward lived alone in the darkness of the castle for years until one day, when a kind Avon cosmetics saleswoman took him to his house, to live with her family. And so began Edward’s fantastic adventure. A typical Burton film with a shifted fairytale atmosphere won many awards, and was nominated for an Oscar, although only in the category for best makeup.
The Witch (2015)
The critically acclaimed and acclaimed feature debut of director and screenwriter Robert Eggers takes us to seventeenth-century New England, where we meet a family of seven who are overwhelmed by a terrifying curse.
Newlyweds George (James Brolin) and Kathy Lutz (Margot Kidder), along with their three minor children, move into a beautiful old house located in a small village called Amityville. Happy with the extremely low price, they choose to ignore the frightening history of their new home. Unfortunately, that decision will have catastrophic consequences.
Friday the 13th (1980)
You will wish this was just a nightmare… Friday will never be the same for you again after 24 hours of terror… because they were warned… and nothing will be able to save them on Friday the 13th… many years after two instructors, the owner of a private the camp decides to reopen it… but this has prompted a series of gruesome killings…
Camp Crystal Lake reopens. Impatient young counselors, full of ideas and wild hormones, are ready to guide guests in a variety of games. But there’s one game you certainly won’t find in a camp guide. There is someone who likes to play Kill Advisor…
Hubie Halloween (2020)
Hubie Dubois who, despite his devotion to his hometown of Salem, Massachusetts (and its legendary Halloween celebration), is a figure of mockery for kids and adults alike. But this year, something really is going bump in the night, and it’s up to Hubie to save Halloween.
The Conjuring franchise
The Conjuring Universe is an American media franchise and shared universe centered on a series of supernatural horror films, produced by New Line Cinema, The Safran Company, and Atomic Monster Productions and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.
The films present a dramatization of the real-life cases of Ed and Lorraine Warren, paranormal investigators and authors associated with prominent yet controversial cases of haunting. The main series follows their attempts to assist people who find themselves possessed by demonic spirits, while the spin-off films focus on the origins of some of the entities the Warrens have encountered.
Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)
Life would be beautiful if there was someone like Ernest P. Worrell on this planet. In this film, it is he who helps the troll escape from the grave.
He stumbles upon a tombstone on the grave of a centuries-old troll and initiates an ancient curse.
When the evil creature starts moving around the city kidnapping the children, Ernest must take control.
The Shining (1980)
Writer Jack Torrance (J. Nicholson) is in a creative crisis. When he gets a job offer as a caretaker at a secluded Overlook hotel in the Colorado mountains, it seems like a good solution to his problems. Namely, the hotel is closed during the winter, so he and his family – his wife Wendy (S. Duvall) and little son Danny (D. Lloyd) – will be his only tenants for a few months. Soon a snowstorm cuts off the Torrance family from the rest of the world.
Danny, who is clairvoyant and has the ability to telepathically communicate – “radiate” – with otherworldly worlds, soon discovers that the hotel is populated by ghosts, former employees and guests, dating back to the early 20th century. Unaware of such occurrences, Jack begins to drink more and more, is dissatisfied with his writing, and can in no way get rid of the writer’s blockage. Moreover, he is becoming more and more grumpy and aggressive, especially after hanging out with Mr. Grady (P. Stone), a former caretaker who killed his wife and twin daughters.
Escape Room (2019)
Six aliens get mysterious black boxes containing tickets to the amazing Escape Room game. Intrigued by the grand prize they will receive upon successful completion of the game, they soon find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and must use all their knowledge and skills to survive.
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Several friends, two of whom are girls and three guys with a camper go on an exciting weekend to a hut on the lake. Like it or not, they will reveal the terrible secret that this hut hides in solitude.
Get Out (2017)
Young African-American Chris with his girlfriend Rose goes to a remote estate over the weekend to meet her parents, mother Missy and father Dean.
Chris initially interprets their overly helpful behavior as a nervous attempt to alleviate the fact that their daughter is having fun with a dark-skinned young man, but as the weekend progresses, she discovers a series of details that lead him to frightening events he could not even imagine.
Halloweentown (1998) & Return to Halloweentown (2006)
On her thirteenth birthday, Marnie (Kimberly J. Brown) learns that she is a witch. Aside from the initial delight, the delight is the fact that she hails from a long line of witches. Then, Marnie and her cousins go to visit her extravagant grandmother Aggie (Debbie Reynolds), at her home in the Enchanted City.
The Enchanted City is a beautiful but strange place where witches, goblins and vampires live their lives normally. But Marnie begins to discover that evil is beginning to rule the Enchanted City, and his ultimate plan is to rule the world. So Marnie, along with his gang, will embark on a tough battle against evil.
We also have a list of the best Halloween kids and family movies, so don’t forget to check them out.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Set in a world where each holiday has its own country, “Pre-Christmas Nightmare” follows the inappropriate passion of Jack Skellington, the beloved Halloween Town Pumpkin King who oversees the creation of all the demonic joys, fears and surprises his holiday traditionally exports to the “real world”.
Jack is bored with the same routine every year and finds a new purpose in life when he accidentally stumbles upon the entrance to Christmas City where he is immediately blown away by the bright colors, toys, decorations and warm spirit he discovers there.
He returns home and becomes obsessed with the idea of taking Christmas under his control. He hires loyal fellow citizens to help him become a surrogate Santa and create a “new and improved” version of that holiday. But Jack soon discovers that even the best plans of mice and skeletons can seriously stray.
Carrigan Crittenden (Cathy Moriarty) is furious that her late father left her only a dark castle, not his millions. She is ready to set it on fire, but then she finds a plan in the house on which the place where the treasure is is drawn. When she comes to the ruined castle to fetch her prey, she is frightened by ghosts. Determined to get hold of her treasure, she hired a therapist who deals with the afterlife, etc.
James Harvey (Bill Pullman) and ask him to drive the ghosts out of the castle. Harvey and his daughter Kat (Christina Ricci) meet Casper in the castle, the ghost of a boy who is also the sweetest ghost in the world. However, Casper’s cousins Stretch, Fatso and Stinkie aren’t that cute and want to drive all the living people out of the house. Harvey and Kat must help the ghosts cross into another world.
Shutter Island (2010)
Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his new partner, Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), are two federal sheriffs investigating the disappearance of a convicted murderer who escaped from a mental hospital and is suspected of hiding on a remote Shutter Island. The whole situation is suddenly complicated after the island is hit by a big storm that separates them from the rest of the world.
Pet Sematary (1989)
A happy family, father, mother, son and daughter move to an idyllic property in the countryside. They soon find out that there is a pet cemetery behind their house.
When an unfortunate fate befalls the family cat, the family, at the urging of a neighbor, decides to bury him in an old Indian cemetery, after which the four-legged pet should return to life. That really happens, but it will soon turn out that the cat is no longer the same as before.
The Wicker Man (1973)
Officer Howie (Edward Woodward) goes to Scotland to the secluded island of Sumerisle in search of a missing girl. He is a believer and discovers that the inhabitants abandoned Christianity and embraced the Celtic pagan cult. Despite all the misfortunes, the residents mostly retaliate in the investigation and claim that the girl never even existed.
The film is inspired by David Pinner’s 1967 novel Ritual.
Teenage girl Sarah (J. Connelly) is late for home and her parents, who are rushing outside, reprimand her slightly because they calculated that they would take care of their little brother Toby. When her parents leave, Toby starts crying all the time. Angry and not knowing how to calm him down, Sarah wanted the goblins to take her brother, which she did. Not believing with her own eyes that the child had disappeared from the crib, Sarah immediately regretted it but the house had already been inhabited by goblins and goblin king Jareth (D. Bowie) who took Toby to his castle.
Jareth will keep his brother and turn him into a goblin if Sarah fails within 13 hours to pass through the maze that leads to Jaret’s castle. Determined to bring back her brother Sarah, she sets off into a labyrinth where she will meet the strangest creatures and a multitude of goblins.
Room on the Broom (TV Movie 2012)
An animated film based on the wonderful children’s picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. The story of a kind witch who invites a surprising collection of animals to join her on her broom, much to the frustration of her cat.
The gang ultimately saves the witch from a fearsome dragon, and in gratitude she rewards them with a magnificent new broom which has room for everyone. A magical tale about friendship and family from Magic Light Pictures, the producers of the hugely successful The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child.
Coraline is a girl surrounded by alienation and misunderstanding, both of her closest (parents) and the neighborhood she moved to. A small hidden door that leads to a world similar to hers, but with seemingly much more understanding and warmth, is a real way out of the gray of everyday life.
But when the parallel reality wants to keep her, Coraline sets out to fight for her own life, but also the lives of her parents and ghosts trapped on the other side of the mirror. Beneath the macabre layers lies a very interesting story that, like all fairy tales, has a lesson – what is visible on the surface is not always true.
Child’s Play franchise
Child’s Play (also called Chucky) is an American horror slasher media franchise created by Don Mancini. The films mainly focus on Chucky (voiced by Brad Dourif in the original films and Mark Hamill in the reboot), a notorious serial killer who frequently escapes death by performing a voodoo ritual to transfer his soul into a “Good Guys” doll.
The original film, Child’s Play, was released on November 9, 1988. The film has spawned six sequels, an upcoming television series, a remake, comic books, a video game, and tie-in merchandise.
When Barbara and Adam Maitland, a young and in love couple, were killed in a car accident, they found themselves in the form of ghosts in their beautiful farmhouse in New England. It took them a long time to realize that they were no longer alive and that they were just ghosts, but in the end they still rejoiced that they were together and that they would continue to live in peace in their house.
But the peace is short-lived: the embarrassing New York yuppie family, the Deetz, buy a house and intend to completely redecorate it. The Maitlands use all the means at their disposal as ghosts, study the ghost manual carefully, but are too fine and too harmless to ward off an intrusive family. That is why they turn to the spirit of Beetlejuice (Beetlejuice) for help. He is a specialist in exorcism – the exorcist of living people. But Beetlejuice is an even bigger temptation than Deetz’s.
Corpse Bride (2005)
19th century. Simple but wealthy fishmongers marry their son Victor to Victoria, a member of the high but impoverished aristocracy. The day before the wedding, Victor does not know all the vows that anger the pastor who threatens that the wedding will not take place unless the newlyweds are properly prepared.
Victor is embarrassed, goes into the woods and repeats the vows and practices the ceremony. At one point he puts his engagement ring on a dried twig that comes to life and comes out of the ground in the shape of a dead bride, Emily.
Paranormal Activity (2007)
After Katie (Katie Featherston) and Micah (Micah Sloat), a young middle-class couple, move into what looks like a typical suburban house, they become increasingly upset by a presence that may or may not be demonic, but is certainly most active In the middle of the night.
Especially when they sleep. Or they try.
After a difficult struggle with infertility, Torin’s dream of motherhood is realized with the arrival of a mysterious boy. Brandon seems to be everything Tori and her husband Kyle ever wanted – smart, talented, curious about discovering the world. But as Brandon approaches puberty, powerful darkness seems to awaken in him, and Tori becomes horrified by the terrible doubts about her son.
Carrie White is a withdrawn and insecure teenager, who lives in a secluded house with her single mother Margaret, a religious fanatic. Because of her reticence, Carrie is a frequent target of teasing from her schoolmates, who ridicule her in the cruelest way.
Even when she comes home, she is not more beautiful – a fanatical mother assures her that all women are sinners, and for the smallest detail he beats her and locks her in a dark room. After one particularly traumatic episode, Carrie discovers an astonishing truth about herself – she possesses telekinetic abilities.
Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (1995)
Brayker is the man who has the last of the seven keys, objects that contain the blood of Christ and that are distributed across the planet to prevent the forces of evil from reaching them.
If they get the last key the whole universe will find itself in chaos and ruin. The forces of evil follow Brayker all the way to a small town where the battle for space and the planet begins.
Saw is a splatter film franchise created by Australian filmmakers James Wan and Leigh Whannell. It consists of nine feature films and additional media. The first eight films primarily revolve around serial killer John Kramer, also called the “Jigsaw Killer” or simply “Jigsaw”.
He was introduced briefly in Saw and developed in more detail in Saw II and the subsequent films. Rather than killing his victims outright, Kramer traps them in situations that he calls “tests” or “games” to test their will to live through physical or psychological torture and believes that if they survive, they will be “rehabilitated”. Despite the fact that Kramer was murdered in Saw III, the films continue to focus on the posthumous influence of the Jigsaw Killer and his apprentices by exploring his character via flashbacks.
Trick ‘r Treat (2009)
Trick ’r Treat brings sinister new depths of horror with four intertwined stories set on Halloween: High School principal (Dylan Baker) becomes a vicious serial killer at night; the search for a young virgin (Anna Paquin) for a special partner comes to a terrible end; a group of teenagers perform a cruel joke that will have gruesome consequences; and the grumpy old man (Brian Cox) clashes with a mischievous demon.
The Exorcist (1973) & The Exorcist III (1990)
Chris (E. Burstyn) is a film actress who recently came to Washington on business. Suddenly, she begins to notice unusual changes in the behavior and appearance of her twelve-year-old daughter Regan (L. Blair). Although everything seems like an outburst of schizophrenia – the girl throws herself on the bed, screams and hits the wall, psychiatrists, horrified by the case, fail to help her.
As the unusual disease progresses, desperate Chris decides to forget the doctors and seek help at church. Namely, it seems to her that this may be a case of a demon or devil entering the human body, and perhaps the priests could have the answer. She thus befriends a young priest from a nearby place, who is also struggling with his personal problems.
The Monster Squad (1987)
Count Dracula adjourns to Earth, accompanied by Frankenstein’s Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and the Gillman. The uglies are in search of a powerful amulet that will grant them the power to rule the world. Our heroes – the Monster Squad are the only ones daring to stand in their way.
The Ring (2002)
Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) is a journalist who decides on her own to investigate the mysterious deaths of her niece and her three friends, who all appear to have died on the same day, at the same time. After learning that her niece had died with a frightening grimace on her face, Rachel, inspecting the room, found pictures of the hut where the four young men had spent the weekend before their deaths.
Finding the hut, Rachel finds an unmarked videotape in it, for which there is a rumor that anyone who looks at it will die seven days after watching it. Rachel still looks at her and, together with her ex-husband Noah (Martin Henderson), comes to the details of the author of the recording. Unknown facts about Samara’s life may save them from the curse, but it takes seven days.
The Nun (2018)
When a nun takes her life in Romania, the Vatican will send two priests to investigate her death. Together, they reveal a not-so-sacred secret. Risking not only their lives, but also their faith and their souls, they face a malicious force in the form of the same demonic nun that terrorized the audience in the film The Conjuring 2.
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
In 1994, three young filmmakers – Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard and Michael Williams – headed to the Black Hills Forest to make a documentary about the local Blair Witch legend and never returned. A year later, their recorded material was found. “Project: The Blair Witch” is their legacy.
He testifies to the terrifying journey of three filmmakers through the Black Hills forest, revealing the horrific events that took place in front of their cameras. The filmmakers have not yet been found
Fear Street: Part One – 1994, Fear Street: Part Two – 1978 & Fear Street: Part Three – 1666 (2021)
All three films were shot over the course of one summer, with the plot set in 1994, then in 1978 and then in 1666. Starring Maya Hawke, Ashley Zuckerman, Jordana Spiro, Olivia Scott-Welch, Kiana Madeira and Benjamin Flores Jr.
The trilogy begins in Shadyside in 1994 when a group of teenagers discover that a series of terrifying events that have haunted their city for generations are connected, and that perhaps they are the next targets. This is just the beginning of a nightmare through the sinister history of Shadyside!
Truth or Dare (2018)
A harmless game of “Truth or Dare” among friends turns deadly when someone—or something—begins to punish those who tell a lie—or refuse the dare.
The Craft (1996)
Sarah (Robin Tunney), who has just moved to Los Angeles, is an outsider at St. Louis Academy. Benedict until he met three more social outcasts. Nancy (Fairuza Balk), Bonnie (Neve Campbell) and Rochelle (Rachel True) will never be part of a cool team. But together with Sarah, she will learn that even being an outcast has her charm and power.
Nancy, Bonnie and Rochelle play with the mystical world and when they notice that Sarah possesses witch powers, he will persuade her to join their witch group. When a fourth witch joins them, they will discover that they can do magic they couldn’t before and teenage witches will suddenly receive not only the attention, praise and love they were denied but will also be able to punish colleagues, parents and boyfriends.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
A young lawyer, Jonathan Harker (Keanu Reeves) goes to a remote part of Eastern Europe on a business trip. When he arrives at his destination, the castle of the infamous Count Dracula (Gary Oldman), inexplicable and eerie things begin to happen, and the situation culminates in the Count’s interest in Harker’s fiancée, Mina (Winona Ryder).
Soon after Dracula’s arrival in England, the reign of horror and bizarre seduction of the victims begins. Dangerous Dracula can only be stopped by a vampire hunter, Professor Van Helsing (Anthony Hopkins).
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
Seymour Krelborn is a withdrawn, infamous and unsuccessful young man who works in a failed flower shop with Mr. Mushnika. Seymour is secretly in love with colleague Audrey who works with him, but she already has a relationship with sadistic dentist Orin Scrivella.
One day, Seymour finds an unusual carnivorous plant, which he calls Audrey II, and places it on the shop window, which attracts unprecedented attention from customers.
Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (1993)
Don (E. McCormack) and Christine Farmer (K. Fox) are the parents of five-year-old twins – Kelly (M.-K. Olsen) and Lynn (A. Olsen). When they find themselves in debt for which they could lose their house, they turn to Aunt Agathi (C. Leachman) for a loan, in fact a witch who owns a magical gem – the Moonstone, the means of her powers. When she rudely rejects them, the little sisters take matters into their own hands.
They set out to save Agatha’s good and positive twin sister Sofia, whom Agatha imprisoned on the other side of the mirror out of jealousy and whom she intends to banish into oblivion on Halloween, that is, in 24 hours. On the way, they are helped by the timid Grave Digger (W. Robson), the little circus clown Oscar (P. Fondacaro), and Mr. N. (M. Taylor) …
The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
A scientific expedition searching for fossils along the Amazon River discover a prehistoric Gill-Man in the legendary Black Lagoon. The explorers capture the mysterious creature, but it breaks free. The Gill-Man returns to kidnap the lovely Kay, fiancée of one of the expeditions, with whom it has fallen in love.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)
The Bellows family left an indelible mark on the town of Mill Valley, because it was in their magnificent home that the young Sarah Bellows transferred all the pain and sorrow of her unhappy life into a collection of obsolete short stories. These stories for a group of teenagers will become a reality when they decide to explore the secrets hidden by the abandoned home of the Bellows.
Helen Lyle is a student who decides to write about local legends and myths. Visit one part of town where he learns of the legend of Candyman, a one-armed man who appears when you say his name five times in front of a mirror. Helen doesn’t believe it, and her fear of the people she’s talking to isn’t clear. She ignores their warnings and begins an investigation into the places where he most often appears, after which a series of murders begin to take place. Is it possible that the legend is true?
House on Haunted Hill (1958)
The eccentric millionaire, Frederick Loren, with his fourth wife, Annabella, invited five people to a house on a haunted hill for a party called “The Haunted House.” Anyone who manages to stay up all night will be given $ 10,000. The house hides various dangers, in the form of ghosts, murderers and other horrors.
The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
Jack Nicholson in a complex role that combines the characteristics of a demon, a fantastic lover, a vulgar millionaire, a rebel against social conventions from the position of Playboy magazine’s life philosophy and consumer hedonism, and Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer in the roles of three friends of a messy private life, but supernatural (witch) powers.
These abilities, however, cannot help them get rid of the frustrations caused by the hectic life in the provincial town, nor in the realization of dreams of love and a new beginning, typical of the heroines of romantic melodramas, even though these three women (music teacher, widow sculptures and journalist) by most other qualities of an actually cultivated feminist. All that they could not – despite their abilities – achieve, he offers them a demon in the character of Jack Nicholson with sex and new ideas that allow them to become more independent of the environment, and then of themselves.
He then wants to subjugate them again, and despite their supernatural powers, this becomes a typical gender struggle. In this story, George Miller plays in an unusual but very successful way not only with many current problems of modern (especially American) life, but also with the most diverse genre patterns (which he often parodies), making a very entertaining film rich in many associations.
Hell Fest (2018)
Student Natalie comes to visit her best childhood friend Brooke and her roommate Taylor. If it was any other time of the year, the three of them and their boys would go to a concert or a bar, but Halloween is what it means they will go to the HELL FEST amusement park like everyone else. A real horror awaits them there.
A quiet American family lives in a pleasant suburb. But one day strange things start to happen. Things are apparently moving on their own, and the youngest child, Carrol Anne, hears voices from the TV on a channel that has no programs. That evening, the place is also hit by a storm in which Robbie almost eats the tree in front of the house, and Carol Anne is dragged into another dimension through the TV. The family seeks help from a parapsychologist, Dr. Lesh, who should help look for Carrol Anne.
Children of the Corn (1984)
A twelve-year-old priest comes to a small town surrounded by endless fields of corn. He orders the children to kill all the adults in order to soak the corn with their blood. Children are not allowed to play, sing, or play, and on their eighteenth birthday they must be sacrificed to corn.
Some children try to escape, but the bloodthirsty Malachai catches up with them all. A young couple on their way finds a dead boy. They bring him to a seemingly deserted town. They make friends with his frightened sister, who tries to describe to them the horrors that, however, travelers will soon experience. The adults are not welcome in Gatlin, and they do everything to escape.
Death Becomes Her (1992)
Self-employed actress Madeline (Meryl Streep) steals another potential fiancé from her best friend Helen (Goldie Hawn), this time plastic surgeon Ernest (Bruce Willis). Depressed and angry, Helen suffers a nervous breakdown and ends up in a mental hospital, gaining at least three times her weight.
When Helen and Madeline meet after many years, Madeline is shocked at how good Helen looks – slimmer and more glamorous than ever before. Fearing that Helen will try to win over her unsuspecting fiancé, Madeline seeks supernatural services from a new age mystic (Isabella Rossellini), who gives her an elixir whose instructions for use must be strictly followed, otherwise.
During Halloween, a group of friends come across an “extreme” haunted house that says they will feed on their darkest fears. The night becomes deadly when they come to the frightening realization that some nightmares are real.
The Perfection (2018)
When the upset wonder musician Charlotte (Allison Williams) searches for Elizabeth (Logan Browning), the new star of her former school, the encounter sends both musicians on a sinister path with shocking consequences.
The Thing (1982)
Earth’s orbit, several thousand years ago. A spaceship crashes over the South Pole … Antarctica, winter 1982. A Norwegian helicopter feverishly chases a dog that escaped from the base in vain, trying to eliminate it before it reaches the members of the American scientific expedition. In the process, one Norwegian was killed by a badly thrown grenade, and the other was killed by the American Garry after a distraught man started firing a sniper at an American base.
Assuming that a tragedy happened to the Norwegian team, pilot R. J. MacReady and doctor, dr. Cooper immediately flew to the scene, convinced that the team there had experienced a real massacre, leaving behind an unusual lump of ice. At the same time, the dog adopted by the Americans after the tragic chase turns into a horrible creature whose origin is anything but earthly, so the American base instantly becomes a bloody scene of a battle between humans and an alien for whom Dr. Blair concludes that he has the ability to transform perfectly into other life forms.
The plot of the film follows teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) who is upset by moving to a new city. Luckily, his new neighbor is the beautiful Hannah (Odeya Rush) with whom he befriends. The real plot begins when Zach realizes that her father is the mysterious Stine (Jack Black), a horror novelist.
It turns out that the weird Stine has a secret mission: namely, the monsters he writes about are real, and the writer tries to protect readers by imprisoning the monsters within his novels. What could happen if someone frees monsters from books?
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
New York City police officer (from 1799) is trying to scientifically obtain evidence of a crime, especially when he finds himself on a mission in a quiet town in Dream Valley, where he must investigate a series of brutal murders. The victims are of course beheaded, and locals think the killer is the ghost of Hessian Horseman, a former German mercenary who acted during the American Revolutionary War.
Crane doesn’t believe their stories until he himself, face to face with a demonic adversary, a kind of gothic terminator, an ominous monster who destroys and destroys everything in front of him
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
Kristy Swanson is Buffy (Kristy Swanson), an empty-headed cheerleader on the school team – all she’s interested in is clothes and fun.
Until he meets Merrick (Donald Sutherland), and finds out how the reincarnation of a powerful warrior whose mission is – the destruction of vampires. Buffy doesn’t trust him until strange things start happening. Buffy realizes that Merrick is right and lets him train her to fight vampires which terrifies her friend Pike (Luke Perry).
Both Merrick and Buffy know that the task will only be accomplished when they kill the main vampire (Rutger Hauer). Hilary Swank and David Arquette appear in supporting roles.
The Evil Dead (1981)
The plot involves five young people on vacation: Asha (Bruce Campbell), his girlfriend Linda (Betsy Barker), their colleagues Cheryl (Ellen Sandweiss), Scott (Hal Delrich) and Shelly (Sarah York). They stop unplanned by an abandoned mountain hut surrounded by an impassable forest. Before settling in for the night, they discover a book similar to the ancient ones, full of obscure hieroglyphs and spooky illustrations, as well as a dagger made of human bones and an audio recording.
In the recording, the professor of archeology describes the contents of the Sumerian “Book of the Dead” full of spells with which the otherworldly demons came to life and which then besieged the living. It is stated below that possessed persons can only be stopped by completely dismembering themselves. When they release the recording later, the recorded translation of the ritual spells terrifies the clairvoyant Shelly and at the same time frees the evil from the forest. Evil spirits happily throw themselves into their work
Monster House (2006)
Twelve-year-old DJ Walters (voice of Mitchell Muss) concluded that there was something strange about the house of old Nebbercracker (Steve Buscemi) across the street. Things disappear inside the dilapidated building: basketball, toys and pets. It’s the day before Halloween and DJ and his friend Chowder (Sam Lerner) ran into Mr. Nebbercracker after a basketball was mysteriously dragged into their house.
When the house tries to swallow their new friend Jenny (Spencer Locke), they turn to Skull (Jon Heder), a twenty-year-old lazy pizza master who tells them the house could be alive. They devise a plan to attack only its center, the furnace in the basement. But their plan fails, and when the house starts chasing them down the street, they have to team up to make the neighborhood safe for masquerades.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
The FBI desperately wants to find a cruel serial killer named Buffalo Bill, who kidnaps women and strips their skin. The director of the FBI’s Department of Behavioral Sciences, Jack Crawford, sends Clarice Starling, a rookie from the FBI academy, to interrogate the infamous Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant forensic psychiatrist who has become a cannibalistic serial killer, in hopes of encountering him. some clue.
The extraordinarily educated Lecter initially refuses to give any information, but eventually calls Clarice back to her cell and in the form of a riddle tells her about one of his former patients. In exchange for details from her past, he gives her clues that could lead her to the killer. Solving the Starling puzzle leads to land owned by Benjamin Raspail, a late Lecter patient, in whose car he finds his head in a pot
Under Wraps (TV Movie 1997)
A comedy adventure in which three twelve-year-olds have a close encounter with a 3,000-year-old mummy. Marshall, Gilbert and Amy accidentally set the mummy free, but if they don’t get him back to his resting place by midnight on Halloween, he’ll turn into dust and lose his only chance of being reunited with his long-lost love.
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Wandering the English wastelands during the holidays, American students David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne) come across an unusual inn whose owner warns them not to stray from the road after nightfall. Ignoring her advice, as all the characters in horror movies do, the two of them decide to find a shortcut.
Hotel Transylvania franchise
Hotel Transylvania is an American media franchise created by comedy writer Todd Durham. It consists of three theatrical animated films, three graphic novels and two short films produced by Sony Pictures Animation, as well as a traditionally animated TV series broadcast on the Disney Channel and several video games. The series consists of an ensemble, usually led by the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg and Selena Gomez.
The forty thousand dollars in cash that accidentally fall into the hands of Marion Crane (J. Leigh), the secretary of a real estate trader, is too tempting for a young woman. Instead of depositing them in the bank account of the business owner, he instinctively takes them and tries to escape and start a new life.
On the way to the mythical target of all fugitives, California, she stops to spend the night in a small motel. A pleasant evening with a friendly and attractive owner, Norman Bates (A. Perkins), will be the last in her life. Trying to unravel the secret, private investigator Milton Arbogaste (M. Balsam) will also lose his life. And almost her sister Lila (V. Miles) who, together with Marion’s lover Sam Loomis (J. Gavin), sets out in search of the missing person, whom everyone loves in their own way.
The Little Vampire (2000)
Based on the popular books, the story tells of Tony who wants a friend to add some adventure to his life. What he gets is Rudolph, a vampire kid with a good appetite. The two end up inseparable, but their fun is cut short when all the hopes of the vampire race could be gone forever in a single night. With Tony’s access to the daytime world, he helps them to find what they’ve always wanted.
Suzy (J. Harper), a young American woman, arrived in Germany by plane to enroll in the famous ballet school in Freiburg. Arriving in front of the school, despite the ringing and the strange woman he sees, Suzy no one opens the door. The next day she seems to be more fortunate: the door is opened by Miss Tanner (A. Valli), the head of the school who, although kind, seems cold and reserved, like most staff, while the students, although young and visibly interested in dancing, act as to suspect that something strange is happening at school.
Little by little, Suzy senses that some inexplicable phenomena are really taking place in the school – as if someone is walking down the halls at night, suddenly all the walls are full of worms, and soon the students start to disappear.
Inventor Randall Peltzer wandering the Chinatown, accidentally, as a Christmas present to his son buys a strange creature called Mogwai. The little tuft was named Gizmo. Residents must adhere to special rules: Mogwai must not come into contact with water and strong light, and in particular must not be fed after midnight. A moment of inattention and the Peltzers understand the purpose of the rule in the worst way.
Namely, Mogwai reproduces with the help of water, and his offspring are not at all lovely … Joe Dante’s film, “Gremlin”, has not lost its power over time – namely, beneath the comic surface full of successful gags lies a sharp critique of reckless consumer society and environmental negligence that never becomes obsolete.
The Haunting (1963)
Dr. Markway, a researcher trying to prove the existence of ghosts, studies Hill House, a large and mysterious house whose history is spiced with the violent death and madness of its occupants.
He is joined in this adventure by the skeptical Luke, the heir to the house, the mysterious Theodora, who seems to possess an astonishing gift and the insecure Eleaner, whose abilities seem to unite her with the spirits of the house. As time goes on, it becomes obvious that ghosts are both more than real and that their intentions are not so well-intentioned.
What We Do in the Shadows (2015)
Roommates Viago, Deacon and Vladislav are three vampires just trying to survive in modern society; from paying rent and sticking to housework schedules to trying to be invited to nightclubs, they are like everyone else – except they are immortal and have to feed on human blood.
When their 8,000-year-old roommate Petyr turns 20-year-old hipster Nick into a vampire, the boys must guide him and guide him through his newfound immortality. In return, they are forced to learn some things about modern society, fashion, technology, and the Internet. But the arrival of Nick’s human friend Stu will change the lives of vampires and their understanding of the world that is constantly changing around them.
When Stu’s life is in danger, vampires show us that it may be worth fighting for humans and if your heart is cold and dead, it doesn’t mean it’s callous.
Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1954)
When the murder of an archaeologist puts a valuable medallion into their hands, Abbott and Costello waste little time in trying to sell it, only to find themselves pursued by police, a slinky adventuress, an Egyptian high priest, and the mummy himself.
The Invitation (2015)
Will and his new girlfriend Kira are invited to a dinner with old friends at the house of Will’s ex Eden and her new partner David. Although the evening appears to be relaxed, Will soon gets a creeping suspicion that their charming host David is up to something.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
A group of people are hiding from bloodthirsty zombies in a house on a ranch, while the world tries to find out where the zombies came from.
30 Days of Night (2007)
This is the story of an isolated town in Alaska that is immersed in darkness for a month every year, after the sun sets over the horizon. After the last rays of the sun fade, the city is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires with the intention of a continuous orgy of destruction. Only the city sheriff and his wife stand between the survivors and certain destruction.
Trick ‘r Treat (2007)
Trick ’r Treat brings sinister new depths of horror with four intertwined stories set on Halloween: High School principal (Dylan Baker) becomes a vicious serial killer at night; the search for a young virgin (Anna Paquin) for a special partner comes to a terrible end; a group of teenagers perform a cruel joke that will have gruesome consequences; and the grumpy old man (Brian Cox) clashes with a mischievous demon.
After an exhausting drive through the Carpathians, Renfiel arrives at Dracula’s Castle to finalize arrangements with Count Dracula regarding the opening of Carfax Abbey in London, to which the Count plans to travel the next day. The Count, who is hypnotically persuasive, manages to influence poor Reinfeld who becomes his personal servant during a trip to London.
In London, Count Dracula turns young Lucy Weston into a vampire and diverts the attention of her friend Mini Seward, the daughter of Dr. Seward, who calls in specialist Dr. Van Helsing for help to diagnose the cause of Mina’s sudden deteriorating health. Van Helsing realizes that Dracula is actually a vampire and tries to prepare Mina’s fiancé John Harker and Dr. Seward for what follows and what they must do to keep Mina from becoming one of the undead.
Best Halloween watch from movie experts and enthusiasts
As we said in the beginning, this best Halloween movie list is not only made by us from Fiction Horizon, but we have also asked other movie experts and enthusiasts to chip in with their recommendations, so let’s see what they have for us.
Army of the Dead (2021)
“A fun movie to watch. In a classic zombie outbreak, a small group of individuals venture into the heart of the problems and try to pull off the impossible. The movie is full of action (actually it really reminds me of the Synder work), some good (maybe a little bit cringe) jokes, an okay story, and a bunch of interesting characters.
Again, it is packed with good action. I can definitely recommend this movie if you are looking to watch something opposite of classical horror/thriller/mystery Halloween movie”.
Halloween movie recommendation by Laura from Julie’s Cafe Bakery.
“I think the single most prevalent reason why this movie will forever stay with me is because of its clear understanding of the true meaning of fear.
One particular scene from this movie stands out to me: the one where a woman, presumably a ghost shrouded in darkness, simply walks towards the protagonist, in a dingy, abandoned building. Yes, I know, how is that scary? Well, it’s the way she walks that haunts me.
The first few steps are normal. Almost too normal. The sense of familiarity feels like a ruse, like false comfort. But then, the woman stumbles. She trips low to the ground, exposing part of her face in the ambient light, but still not enough, before recovering. This stumble has to be the peak of the scene for me, because of how expertly it treads that uncanny valley, the thin line between familiarity and oddity. When have you ever seen a ghostly woman stumble? It doesn’t feel right, and that brings me back to the true meaning of fear.
You see, fear doesn’t come from jump scares or sudden loud sounds. That’s just shock, surprise. Fear, true fear, comes from dread. It is slow, menacing, mysterious, and yet also vaguely familiar.. True fear comes from the depths of the uncanny valley, where things are supposedly normal but not quite. And that feeling is exactly what the woman’s walk captures in that scene.
The scene in question also forgoes all conventions of classic horror films: no jump cuts, loud noises, or over-dramatization. The music is ominous and creepy. The rest of the movie is great too, and it was critically well-received, but this scene alone makes it worth the watch if you’re looking for a good scare this Halloween.”
Halloween movie recommendation by Edward Eugen from 10Beasts
“The movie is based on the famous Scooby Doo oldie cartoon and this makes it a perfect suit for adults and kids. Kids can enjoy the mild horror without losing their sleep or tossing in their beds due to nightmares. Adults, on the other hand, can re-live the old times when Scooby Doo was a hit show that they would never miss growing up. I specifically recommend this movie because it can be watched by the whole family over the Halloween period without unsettling anyone.
Second, unlike most Halloween movies that are based on extreme themes like murder, ghosts, witches, violence and the supernatural, Scoob! is lifted off Greek mythology that can add to the children’s curiosity to study more on the same. In addition, it has a happy ending where the bad person has been neutralized and the world has been saved despite a highly-tense climax that works to arouse the Halloween feeling.”
Halloween movie recommendation by Thomas Brown from WigsMaster
Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)
“Pumpkins, costumes, and big demonic hairy trolls! OH MY! These are the images one hopes to see in a great Halloween film. In Ernest Scared Stupid you will find all of this and more. The movie explores the idea of an ancient troll coming back from his 200 year old grave to turn kids into wooden figurines. This all in itself is already a wildly creative concept for a film. Throw in some vintage Halloween decorations, a forbidden oak tree, and an amazing cast, and you’ve got Halloween cinematic gold!
Some of the best actors such as the fabulous Ertha Kitt (Old Lady Hackmore) and the goofy Jim Varney (Ernest) give this film the right balance of comedy and horror. I recommend this film to people of all ages. It is sure to get you into the Halloween mood.”
Halloween movie recommendation by Nikk Alcaraz from Practical Peculiarities
“A soon to be cult classic that tells the story of a pair of killer jeans. This film teeters that line between ridiculous and semi-plausible in the best kind of way. Slaxx is perfect for any Halloween marathon watch with friends or by yourself. It never takes itself too seriously and the kills are gory fun. The pace of the movie is great and it does not overstay its welcome. This is one that has gone under many folks’ radar but will make the perfect complement to any Halloween watch list.”
Halloween movie recommendation by Daniel Hess from To Tony Productions
The Oregonian (2011)
“A psychotic and trippy horror film that proved divisive upon release, this is perfect for late night Halloween time viewing. It is a truly unsettling film that is again underrated and underviewed by most. While not overtly themed for the holiday, this one delivers on strange moments, visuals and music. It is a surreal head-trip that is sure to leave the entire room in a delightfully strange place as the credits roll.”
Halloween movie recommendation by Daniel Hess from To Tony Productions
Bad Moon (1996)
“Bad moon, though not one of the greatest horror movies, but definitely the greatest werewolf horror movie until now! It has been my childhood favorite werewolf movie, and it is still.
Perhaps the most important reason because of which I am recommending it is the special effects of the werewolf – you cannot see such a surreal and terrifying werewolf ever than the one in this movie!
Plus, the plot is also good, aimed at the main protagonist Thor, a German Shephard, who is the embodiment of an ideal family-protective dog.
The twist of the movie is also great because the antagonist here, the very dear family member himself, Ted Harrison, brother of her widowed sister, Janet Harrison, who lives with her young son and the dog.
While on an expedition in Napel with his girlfriend, Ted and his girlfriend was attacked by a werewolf. She died, but he manages to escape. Knowing that he was now cursed, he set out to live in isolation but was then approached by his sister, who longs to comfort and help her brother recover from his broken relationship, a lie Ted told to his sister.
Things get pretty exciting afterward as Ted is invited to live with his sister, and as her dog gradually realizes something amiss with Ted. The best scenes will be when folks get to see Ted transformed into a mighty werewolf; elegantly designed and presented by the special effects.”
Halloween movie recommendation by Julian Goldie from Goldie Agency
Revenge of the Pontianak (2019)
“Set in 1965, Revenge Of The Pontianak sheds light on a narrative that provides Malay Mina(h) her side of the story. It’s co-directed with Malaysian actor and director Gavin Yap. The film, as its title suggests, is about vengeance on the man who murdered Minah years ago. It starts around the time Khalid and Siti, the two characters, are preparing for a wedding in a small village. Later on, the whole village is covered in great darkness, followed by a string of horrific deaths and supernatural activities, creating fear and paranoia amongst the villagers.
In later events, Khalid is forced to confess to the murder of a girl he impregnated years before, and he believes her spirits are back for revenge as a Pontianak. The village decides to merge all the powerful men and head into the jungle to hunt the vengeful vampire down. T his marks Singaporean auteur Glen Goei’s return to the big screen since the release of his 2009 murder mystery The Blue Mansion. Read his guest editor takeover.”
Halloween movie recommendation by Harriet Chan from Coco Finder
Burnt Offerings (1976)
“An all-star 70s cast highlights this slightly more adult-oriented film. A city family looking for a summer rental is “lucky” enough to find a moderately priced mansion. The house begins to affect the family-particularly the mother.
This film was shot at a beautiful mansion-the breathtaking Dunsmuir House. It boasts a great score!”
Halloween movie recommendation by Harland Adkins from Fast Food Menu Prices
“An African American take on The Exorcist, this film will scare you!
Abby featured charismatic actor William Marshall, who is best known for Blacula-
Marshall played the character in two films and will make you jump!”
Halloween movie recommendation by Harland Adkins from Fast Food Menu Prices
Torture Garden (1967)
“Though not a Hammer film, this British made thriller featuresHammer actors Peter Cushing, Michael Ripper, and Barbara Ewing. It stars JackPalance and Burgess Meredith. There are some creepy moments as carnival-goers attend a sideshow by a mysterious albeit strangely pleasant presenter.”
Halloween movie recommendation by Harland Adkins from Fast Food Menu Prices
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
“My favorite Halloween movie is Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) with Cary Grant. Frank Capra directed this black comedy, originally a play by Joseph Kesselring in 1941. This black and white movie takes place on Halloween and is full of laughs, both slapstick and intellectual.
You need to have a semi-sick sense of humor as it’s about Cary Grant’s two little old aunts who, out of the kindness of their hearts, poison their bachelor guests to put them out of their lonely misery. Then of course there’s the hilarious brother who believes he’s Teddy Roosevelt and charges San Juan Hill, aka the stairs, every time he needs to go upstairs. Grant’s other fugitive brother unexpectedly shows up in the middle of the night with his minion and there are many a joke about his resemblance to Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s monster. Through all this, Grant is just trying to go away on his honeymoon when he discovers his aunts’ secret and also dealing with his criminal brother.
I love the simplicity of the set and cinematography as the focus is on the story and characters instead. It’s easy to see how this was a stage play first but transferred to film flawlessly.
This is a great family Halloween movie because it’s not scary nor does it have your typical themes of ghosts and monsters.”
Halloween movie recommendation by Tabitha Bailar from Travel Compositions
“Guy Pearce stars in a fascinating horror movie set during the Mexican-American War in which a military person nearly dies after being wounded, but is revived by practicing cannibalism after hearing an ancient legend. The movie combines some elements of dark comedy and humor, along with excellent dialogue and scares. Given Guy’s later roles in the Marvel MCU and his other work, this lesser seen film is a great horror flick you may have missed!”
Halloween movie recommendation by Chris Mattmann, Ph.D. from Mattmann.ai
The Visit (2015)
“If you’re looking for a real chill inducing flick to get you into the Halloween spirit, you should check out The Visit.
It offers all the old horror tropes but in such a new, unnerving way that it scares you in a way that very few modern horrors manage to do. Old people being creepy, kids in danger, and sleepwalking as you’ve never seen it before.
In short, two young children hop aboard a train to visit their grandparents. While they’ve never met them, they’ve heard great things. From the moment that they arrive, strange things start to happen. As the madness unfolds, the kids start to learn that their sweet, elderly caretakers aren’t quite what they seem…
This one’s a roller coaster, so be sure to buckle in before you hit play!”
Halloween movie recommendation by Jessica Woods from Chickens and You
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
“Halloween is the perfect time to get reacquainted with everyone’s favorite detective, Sherlock Holmes. If your Sherlock knowledge is limited to the British TV series starring Benedict Cumberbatch, it’s time to get back to the classics with The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939). Old Hollywood glamour abounds in this acclaimed adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s literary masterpiece, starring film legends Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, and Wendy Barrie.
Its spooky soundtrack and period costumes give off the perfect Victorian vibes. SirCharles Baskerville has been found dead at his country estate without any signs of distress, but his face is twisted in horror. His friend, Dr. Mortimer, notices footprints near the body that appear to belong to a monstrous animal. On a visit to Holmes and Watson, Dr. Mortimer describes the legend of the Hound of the Baskervilles, a demonic dog who is believed to have killed every Baskerville heir living in Devonshire. Suspecting foul play, Holmes sends Watson to Baskerville Hall to investigate and hides nearby to make his own inquiries.
Will Holmes crack the case, or is Sir Henry Baskerville doomed to fall prey to the family curse? You’ll have to watch to find out! Adding to the film’s Halloween themes are an escaped homicidal maniac, a séance, and a whole lot of bone-chilling howling. If you’re looking for a film that’s spooky without being terrifying this October, this is the one for you!”
Halloween movie recommendation by Mary Fagan from The Library Kitchen blog
“Perhaps one of my favorite films of all time, Thelma follows a witch’s hero’s journey arc from beginning to end. A shy young woman enters university and finds independence away from her very religious parents. Through struggles with her health, the natural world, and her sexual encounters with a female classmate, her supernatural powers begin to reveal themselves.
Several scenes in this film took my breath away (all I’ll say is that they involve birds), and after watching it for the first time I sat there stunned at its beauty and unfolding mysteries of love and ancestors. I recommend this film to almost everyone I know.”
Halloween movie recommendation by Rebecca M. Farrar, M.A. from Wild Witch of the West
The Echo (2008)
“One of my Halloween-time favorites for pure spookiness is THE ECHO from 2008. This is director/horror-auteur Yam Laranas’ remake of his own 2004 Filipino movie SIGAW (also worth checking out!). It’s a shameless nomination, since I was also the cinematographer on the 2008 production — which stars Jesse Bradford, Amelia Warner, and Kevin Durand — but we poured all of our passion for slow-burn old-school John Carpenter flicks like HALLOWEEN and THE FOG into every frame, and I think true horror aficionados will feel the love:
Jesse Bradford plays a young man just released from prison who moves into his dead mother’s spooky old apartment in New York City. The longer he stays, the more he bears witness to the haunting sights and sounds of the crumbling building — including violent domestic disturbances coming from the apartment next door. THE ECHO was produced by Roy Lee and Doug Davison, who have a long pedigree of horror flicks like THE GRUDGE and THE RING, and it flew below many radars in 2008, since it arrived late in the trend of American-remakes-of-Asian-horror-film. Nonetheless, it has a palpable atmosphere and nerve-shattering sound design that will stay with you long after you’ve turned off the TV and gone to bed. At the end of the day, it’s a good old-fashioned ghost story that will give you the creeps on a chilly October evening, by the dying glow of your jack-o-lantern.”
Halloween movie recommendation by cinematographer Matthew Irving from MATTHEW IRVING
A Witches’ Ball (2017)
“I wanted to share with you a Halloween movie my kids discovered last year. With the pandemic, we went on a Halloween movie binge, watching one every day. I was so pleased to find The Witches Ball (2017) on Netflix.
It’s a heartwarming, coming of age tale of a girl who lives in a world of witches and non-witches. It offers a few valuable life lessons that are perfect for young kids (like how to do the right thing, how to forgive, and the value of connecting with family).
I love that it paints witches in a positive light and captures a true Halloween spirit without being super scary for kids. But, best of all, it contains plenty of humor for both kids and adults to keep everyone’s attention. My kids often ask to replay the silliest scenes.”
Halloween movie recommendation by Holly Nordenberg from I’m With Holly
Session 9 (2001)
“Session 9 is a mysterious, thrilling treat that is highly underrated. If you enjoy movies that give you an increasing sense of dread, this is definitely a movie for you.
The imposing setting of an abandoned insane asylum combined with a slow unfolding of secrets, you’re left not knowing what’s real and what’s not. You’re left with a lingering sense of terror once the movie ends, so don’t let the slow burn of this film fool you.”
Halloween movie recommendation by Benjamin Smith from Disco
The Blob (1958)
“The Blob!” 1958 This classic, 50’s film was Steve McQueen’s film debut and has a cute, catchy theme song written by Burt Bacharach, who was also early in his career, but it made the charts. It’s a fun, family friendly, monster movie that still holds up because it doesn’t have all the fancy special effects. There’s a great scene in the film where people are watching a scary movie and they flee a movie theater! It reminds me a lot of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”.
Halloween movie recommendation by Linda Arroz from Makeover Media