There are thousands of movies to choose from, but here is a list of 10 great Halloween movies in the best viewing order.
This isn’t a list of the scariest movies. It serves the purpose of being a scary fun movie marathon for the Halloween season.
From one cinephile to you.
It’s probably best that viewers start out with something light. “Hocus Pocus” is more nostalgic and seasonal than scary, and it’s the perfect way to start a Halloween movie marathon.
For those of you living under a rock, “Hocus Pocus” is about a trio of witches who have been brought back from the dead and begin wreaking havoc on the town of Salem.
It’s fun and family-friendly. While it is a bit childish, it brings great memories and is surprisingly still very entertaining.
Scare Scale: 1
Now that you’re in the holiday spirit, you can move on to something a little more scary. In no way is “Idle Hands,” a really scary movie. It centers on a guy who’s hand gets possessed, kills his best friends (who return as ghosts) and is forced to cut it off. This only makes things worse when he sets his hand free to go on a killing spree.
This is a crazy flick, but it’s super entertaining. It’s really a horror comedy that most forget about and a great addition to the list.
Scare Scale: 3
“The Frighteners” (On Netflix streaming)
While you’re still feeling comfortable and untouched by the willies, it’s time to slowly build the tension. There is no better way to do so than Peter Jackson’s 1996 horror comedy, “The Frighteners.” This a comedy till the end, but there are parts that will make you tense, especially the last thirty minutes.
A paranormal investigator fraud, played by Michael J. Fox, must use his gift to communicate with the dead to stop a demonic spirit from killing the living and even the dead.
Scare Scale: 4
Four movies in and your nerves are steadier than ever. It’s time to loosen them up a bit, and what better way to do that than with a slasher.
"Cry_Wolf," revolves around a group of high school students who pass the time with games of lies and deceit. Of course, it’s all fun and games until someone starts to take the game too seriously and begins killing the people involved. Now they are being picked off one by one, and no one will believe their cries for help.
This is a clever movie that that willkeep you guessing till the end. While slashers aren’t the scariest horror films, “Cry_Wolf” has suspenseful moments and a twisting plot. It’s not the scariest slasher ever, but it is one of the coolest.
Scare Scale: 5
“Scream” (On Netflix streaming)
Half way through the list, and it’s time for the movie that reignited the slasher sub-genre. “Scream” is the satirical horror flick that follows a girl and her friends as they’re stalked by a horror cinephile killer called Ghostface.
What makes the movie so great is the way it takes conventions of the genre and deliberately makes fun of them while still being a solid horror movie.
"Scream" is a fan favorite for many that delivers the laughs, the jumps and, most importantly, the scares.
Scare Scale: 6
“Trick ‘r Treat”
What do you get when you take the seasonal feel of “Hocus Pocus” and combine it with the eeriness of shows like “The Twilight Zone” and “Goosebumps?”
You get “Trick ‘r Treat,” an anthology film containing four Halloween-related stories, all tied together by a mysterious trick-or-treater and the consequences of what happens when you break a Halloween tradition.
What makes the movie so great is how interesting it is. You never really catch what’s going on in each story until the end. It is always building suspense, and the way it uses Halloween against its viewers is so clever. Each story is fun and filled with terror and will remind you to never break a Halloween tradition.
Scare Scale: 7
Now that you’ve really gotten in the mood for some thrills, let’s take things to the next level.
"V/H/S" is the most recent movie on this list and is definitely the most twisted.
Another anthology film, “V/H/S” is five different stories on vhs tapes found by a group of guys hired to find one particular tape in an old, creepy house. The stories include everything from a succubus and aliens to a ghostly killer in the woods.
Shot on an incredibly low budget, the tension rarely subsides and viewers never really know what to expect when watching each segment.
"V/H/S" is a perfect horror movie for people looking for something new and different.
Scare Scale: 7.8
While not as frightening as “Trick ‘r Treat” or “V/H/S,” “Psycho” makes it near the end of the list because it’s a classic.
Telling the story of Norman Bates and his overbearing mother, “Psycho” is a groundbreaking horror movie that changed the genre forever. It gives audiences both slow, tension building scares as well as the popular jump scares. Without it, nothing on this list would have been what it is today.
It’s thrilling to watch a horror movie that has become such a beloved classic. Besides, it’s not Halloween without a little Hitchcock.
Scare Scale: 6.5
It’s time for the heavy hitters, the big dogs, the kings of scream.
Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” is a mind-bending horror mystery that features a writer, influenced by the supernatural, and his slow journey into insanity.
Isolated in a hotel for the winter, his wife and psychic son must fight for their survival as their loved one slips into madness, trying to kill them.
Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, “The Shining,” is a cult classic that horror buffs idolize. Not only is it weird and terrifying, it’s a beautifully made movie.
Get ready to have your nerves wrecked and to stay up late because this movie is a tension building, scary piece of flick.
You’ll never look at the words “red rum” the same.
Scare Scale: 9
You’ve almost reached the end of the night. They only thing standing between you and finishing the list is the movie many consider to be the “scariest movie of all time.” “The Exorcist” tells the tale of two priests and their fight to free the soul of a possessed 12-year-old girl.
A gut-wrenching movie, the 1973 adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s horror novel had images that would terrify the devil. 360 head spins, massive amounts of vomit and spider-crawling down the stairs, struck fear into the hearts of movie goers everywhere.
Who knew a foul-mouthed demon would be so frightening and such a hit?
Scary visuals, an incredible soundtrack and a realistic story really make “The Exorcist” a frightening movie that will make your hair stand up and guarantee that you won’t sleep with the lights on.
Scare Scale: 10
Of course, you don’t have follow this list. Check out other Halloween classics like “The Omen,” “The Blair Witch Project” and “Friday the 13th.”
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Whatever you watch, remember to have a safe and fun Halloween. Don’t forget to sleep tight, and don’t let bed bugs bite.