Halloween has always been the right time of the year for scary, supernatural, and downright disturbing movies.
In the spirit of Ouija boards and all things scary, it seems fitting that we take a look at…
Ten of the best horror flicks for your Halloween viewing pleasure.
From slow burn space hauntings, to insatiable zombies on a feeding frenzy, the best Halloween movie is made up of the right amount of scares, a clever storyline, or sometimes a novel premise that hasn’t been approached before. Here are 10 of the best Halloween movies of all time.
The Week before Halloween has been a traditional stronghold for horror movie franchises. In recent years the Saw films dominated this time of year, before taking a break to allow for Paranormal Activity and its sequels to take the top spot for thrills and scares in October.
This year Ouija looks set to be the newcomer to the throne, and with a $20 million opening weekend in the U.S. it has beat out Keanu Charles Reeves’ new flick John Wick, as well as Fury, Gone Girl, and The Book of Life.
The only twist to Ouija’s success is that it has been almost universally panned by critics. It currently holds only a 10% fresh rating on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes. However, even Saw 3D has a worse rating, and that film still managed to pull over $40 million in October of 2010.
Regardless of critical reception, the Ouija movie is by all accounts satisfying audiences with its familiar brand of shocks and scares. This is the Halloween movie worth watching on 31st October, so find out from this movie what happens when a girl plays alone with the Ouija board.
1.) Cabin in the Woods (2012)
As you read through our list you will find that not every Halloween movie here receives a level of critical praise that matches audience appreciation, but Cabin in the Woods is one horror film that is an exception to this otherwise fairly bulletproof rule.
Cabin in the Woods has a 92% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and Cinema Blend’s Editor in Chief even awarded it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
The film has all of the usual scares, a somewhat inventive twist at the end, and best of all it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Add all the ingredients up and you have the perfect choice to add to your list of Halloween movies this year.
2.) Scream (1996)
Scream could be called the film that made horror cool again, even if fans of the genre will argue that Horror has always been cool. Being cool and scary it is one of the Halloween movies for kids and family.
One fact that can’t be ignored, is that Scream made modern horror films mainstream, and the overall franchise has over $600 million in box office receipts to prove it.
Scream is a teen slasher/horror that offers impeccable pacing, plenty of intrigue, and scares at all the right points to keep you watching.
3.) The Ring (2002)
The Ring is the remaking of a remarkable Japanese horror film, and it’s rare for a remake in that it can (almost) stand up to the original.
When the ring came to cinemas in the United States it was fresh, and if you hadn’t seen the Japanese version, it felt completely original.
It was the first ‘Hollywood’ film influenced by the Asian horror genres that are now held in high regards by horror movie buffs around the world.
It’s sinister, terrifying, and the premise of its horror is light years more unsettling than typical offerings. Add this to your list of Halloween movies viewing and you can be sure to scare your viewers like almost no other film in this list.
4.) IT (1990)
IT is one of the oldest films in our list of Halloween movies, but it’s one that still stands up with the others. Based on a book of the same name by Stephen King, IT is a psychological horror movie (Halloween movie) that will change the way you look at clowns for the rest of your life.
Even if it’s over 20 years old, it has aged incredibly well and the first half of this Halloween movie is so genuinely scary and well-made that you wouldn’t even know that on release this was a ‘made for TV’ production.
5.) Event Horizon (1997)
Event Horizon borders somewhere between science fiction and horror, but it has enough tense atmosphere and instills such genuine dread and even terror at times that it has definitely earned its place on any Halloween movie watch list.
It has a similar feel to the original Alien movie, without the focus of any actual Alien. In Event Horizon, the spaceship where the film is set has been to another dimension of chaos and evil, has become sentient, and is now tormenting crews with apparitions, sending them insane and causing them to kill and mutilate each other.
What more could you ask for on Halloween?
6.) Saw (2004)
Saw was the film that started the franchise that would go on to take in almost $900 million at the box office with 7 films over a period of 7 years.
Saw literally owned Halloween at the box office. The first film, or indeed any in the franchise, are perfect for Halloween movie viewing.
The brand of horror and gore featured in the Saw franchise is completely its own, and if you want something to really make you feel uncomfortable and your family then you couldn’t do much better than this series.
7.) Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Shaun of the Dead is the only Horror/Comedy on our list of Halloween movies, and for good reason, because it’s one of the best Halloween movies for family to view.
When you want to lighten up the atmosphere while still staying within the genre that Halloween calls for, Shaun of the Dead will be there for you.
It’s a zombie runner/horror film with obvious and intentional comedic overtones.
For fans of horror who also enjoy fresh takes on the genre, you couldn’t get much better than this Halloween movie.
8.) The Descent (2005)
This film takes the seemingly ordinary situation of cave exploring, and turns it in to a brutal horror fest where a group of women are stalked by underground creatures as they try to find their way out of what is quite obviously a lair and feeding ground.
The film succeeds because it is dark, has great pacing, and besides the flesh eating cave creatures, there’s also elements of claustrophobia and interpersonal conflict woven in to the storyline.
9.) Dawn of the Dead (Remake 2004)
The original Dawn of the Dead is an absolute classic of the horror genre, so the 2004 remake had to get things right on every level for it not to be a sacrilegious flop.
Luckily for horror movie fans, the remake was spot on in its execution and delivery, making it a modern day classic. It ushered in running zombies for a new generation of desensitized moviegoers that require more urgency and stimulation.
And the script of this Halloween movie was well written to create a group of zombie apocalypse survivors who were more invested personally with each other than in Halloween movies of the past.
If you could only pick one horror movie for Halloween watching, 2004’s Dawn of the Dead wouldn’t be a bad choice at all.
10.) 28 Days Later (2003)
Zombies have become a big thing in the last decade, helped in part by fantastic works like 28 Days Later. It’s Halloween friendly movie because it’s literally terrifying, heart rate driving, and it even has enough narrative that older audiences or non-horror fans will enjoy it too.
28 Days Later, like Dawn of the Dead, embraces the ‘running zombie’ and is all the more terrifying because of it. This Halloween movie creates a bleak and believable apocalyptic England and maintains this end of the world feel throughout, until you begin to wonder if there really is any hope for the central characters who are trying to survive.
Audiences Have a Love Affair with Horror Movies
If Ouija and the Halloween movies on our list are anything to go by, the horror genre is as lucrative, entertaining, and most importantly it is still just as popular as any other time in history.
When franchises like Saw can pull almost a billion dollars in box office receipts, you can almost rest assured that horror films, and especially those released around the Halloween season will continue to scare, shock, and delight moviegoers well in to the future.
Whether you’re going to head to the nearest multiplex to catch Hasbro’s Ouija, or if you’re planning an at home viewing party this Halloween, take a couple of hours, or even the whole weekend to appreciate the sometimes disgusting, more often than not terrifying, and on the odd occasion funny art form of the horror film.
Halloween is all about scares and fears, and Halloween movies like those on our list are exactly the type to ensure you get them.
During Halloween season, folks look for all sorts of Halloween costumes that matches their tastes and preferences.
Why do folks love dressing up for Halloween?
You see, it is fun going to Halloween parties dressed up in costumes that are scary, goofy and funny looking.
Or let me ask you this question, what if you’re invited to attend Halloween party and when you get to that party you find that everyone is dressed up for Halloween and you’re the only one who is not in dressed up in a unique Halloween costume, how will you feel?
Definitely you’ll feel the odd one out!
Even if you’ve hardly any time to hit the mall to purchase your Halloween costume.
Don’t let this happen to you this Halloween.
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