Halloween is my favorite holiday and I love to spend the month of October watching Horror flicks. So I decided to make a list of my favorite ones to watch this time of the year and share it with you guys. I hope you like it!
I love Scream, even though it does come across as campy and cheesy at times. But I really like the meta/self-referencing of the flick. It has a great screenplay and the acting is really good too. A classic slasher movie. The first movie was great and I recommend. It's unfortunate they made 3 follow-ups to it.
Trick r Treat (2007)
Since coming out, this movie has become my go-to Halloween movie. it captures the essence of the holiday perfectly. It is creepy, funny, gory and has a narrative that ties all the stories together.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Oh boy, this flick is incredibly raw, gritty, and horrifying. A classic. Probably one of the best horror films of all time. And it is not even very gory. The tension and anxiety that this movie brings will shred your nerves. By the end of the movie, you feel as exhausted as sally. Stay clear of the sequels and remakes, they are all terrible.
Hush is a very solid suspenseful thriller film. The plot is not much different from any other movie of this genre. A woman alone in an isolated cabin and a genuine murderous psychopath right outside tormenting her. But the twist is, she’s deaf and mute.
Creep is a found-footage movie with some new ideas and genuinely great scenes. The movie relies on a slow build of creepy terror rather than some jump scare or supernatural nonsense. A perfect example of how independent movies can also accomplish great things.
You’re next (2011)
Really good home invasion movie. There are some flaws, yes. But overall it is a very entertaining and fun, morbidly fun. Erin is one of my favorite final girls in a horror flick. Also, after watching this movie, It's likely you'll be singing Looking for the Magic for the next few days.
I've seen this movie countless times and it is always a visceral experience. The suspense, the music and atmosphere created are just great. Halloween takes its time building a sense of unease. And it's perfectly shot. John Carpenter is so talented. It is unbelievable that he wrote the movie, directed it, produced it, and did the score.
The Cabin In The Woods (2012)
This is one of the most entertaining films I've seen. So funny and scary at the same time. A great horror movie despite being a subversion of the genre. It is cleverly written and enjoyable no matter how many times I watch it.
Drag Me To Hell (2009)
There are a lot of mixed reviews about this movie out there. People either loved or hated it. I'm in the loved it camp. Drag me to Hell has a very dark sense of humor and never takes itself too seriously. It is extremely campy in some parts but the jump scares are great. And the ending scene is horrifying.
Friday the 13th 1-4 (1980 - 1984)
I think everyone, who likes horror and slasher movies should watch the first 4 movies of this franchise at least once. They are perfect for Halloween. However, after the 4th one, it gets formulaic, boring, and downright bad.
The Conjuring (2013)
In terms of supernatural horror, I think that The Conjuring is masterful in the way it achieves scares. The production values of the flick are very good, especially for a horror movie. The acting, cinematography, plot and set designs are just amazing. And James Wan is my favorite haunted house director.
The Conjuring 2 (2016)
The Conjuring 2 is not as good as the first one. But it is still a good flick. The movies of this franchise are not ground-breaking but it makes you feel creeped out and uncomfortable from the very first scene. I love the way Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson portray Ed and Lorraine Warren. I think this franchise can keep going for a long time, as long as those two continue to reprise their roles. And with the 2nd installment in this franchise, James Wan has solidified himself as a horror master.
It Follows (2015)
It Follows is a really great new concept for a horror movie. Really refreshing. The movie builds up tension very well and has some genuinely scary parts. One of the best horror flicks I've seen in recent memory.
The Strangers (2008)
This is probably the best home invasion/slasher movie of the 2000s. Very unsettling flick. The senselessness of the house invaders makes it even scarier. I also love the cameo of Glenn Howerton (Dennis Reynolds from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia).
Poltergeist is a great classic horror movie. It plays with a lot of childhood fears. Closets, ghosts, clowns, dolls, skeletons, etc… The movie focuses on getting you to accept the events unfolding and in building the characters, and their relationships. So in the end, instead of being afraid of the spirits, you are afraid for the family.
I loved this movie. There are so many genuinely scary scenes and it always held that sense of dread that so many horrors fail to capture. Also, impressive kid acting. Richie and Eddie had some really funny moments. Bill Skarsgard’s Pennywise was terrific, too. It is suspenseful and fun and the ending is pretty intense. I cannot wait to see what they do with the Character 2!
Some people think that the American remake (Ring) is better than this original Japanese version. I disagree. The Japanese movie is based on suspense and mystery. it’s slower paced than the American version and relies on a creepy atmosphere. Also, there's zero jump scares here. The American one, on the other hand, is filled with cheap jump scares and don’t translate that fear properly.
The Witch (2015)
This movie is downright evil. Everything feels wicked and perverse. It is deeply unsettling. Needless to say, I loved it. The cinematography, score, and acting were all great. And the ending is amazing!
A lot of people discredit the Saw franchise for being torture porn, but the first one has a really interesting concept. It is also very creepy, gory and has high body counts. The ending caught me totally off guard, it is a well-done twist. Unfortunately, the sequels did not manage to match the original.
Super solid movie. I felt really tense the whole time watching it and it really has a creepy vibe. The scenes with the 8mm films, with the families murders, were freaky AF.