With Halloween fast approaching, I thought that it would only be appropriate to dedicate a post to one of my all time favorite Halloween activities – spooky, gory and all together awesome scary movies! Long gone are the days of bar hopping in a trashy costume or trick or treating after school. Nowadays, come Halloween you will find me curled up on the couch with a nice selection of candy having a good old scream fest!
This is my own personal list, so if you do not agree then we will just have to agree to disagree. However, I am pretty sure that you will approve at least a few on this list. So here goes!
13. Rosemary’s Baby, 1968
Just the fact that this is a Roman Polanski film, is creepy in its own right. This movie reaped major commercial success, earned many nominations and awards and in 2014 it was officially recognized for preservation by the National Movie Registry. Cast includes a young Mia Farrow, who portrays a pregnant newlywed who is sacrificed by her husband to bear a child of Satan for fame and fortune in return. Compared to present day horror flicks, this movie is pretty light, but it is a classic, so do make some room for it on your list.
- Friday the 13th, 1980
Dubbed as the original “slasher” movie, Friday the 13th became a cult classic in no time, producing numerous sequels as well as crossovers into other horror flicks such as Nightmare on Elm Street. This movie is about a group of young camp counselors who are faced with an inevitable gruesome death on the camp grounds. Who will be next and who will survive – is the entire premise of the movie. Again, due to the fact that this movie is hella old, do not expect any of the visual effects that are dominant in todays films, so you will not be as horrified as you might think. However, this movie is a must and if all fails, just a little trivia – this picture features a young Kevin Bacon – pre Foot Loose.
- The Amityville Horror, 2005
Remake of the 1979 original, this one is based on true life events that took place on November 13, 1974 in the quiet town of Amityville on Long Island. A family is murdered in their home, and when new owners move in thirteen months later, they can’t deny that the house is haunted by its previous owners. If you are into spooky ghosts and paranormal activity, then this movie is for you. If not, then I have two words for you – Ryan Reynolds! Yeah, thought so!
- The Omen, 1976
First and foremost reason why I find this movie scary, is because my parents had a tape when I was a child and I was not allowed to watch it under any circumstances! That was enough to make me scared to my wits. To summarize, a little boy who is an Antichrist , unleashes his demonic powers onto everyone around him, just to get what he wants. A massive commercial success, this movie was followed by three additional sequels, but once again nothing beats the first, so if you are strapped for time do yourself a favor and watch the original.
- Blair Witch Project, 1999
Oh I remember all of the hype around this movie when it came out. For a while everyone actually believed the back story and that the tapes were in fact real and found in the hills of Burkittsville, Maryland. To give a quick overview of the plot, this movie is about three film students who travel to Black Hills in order to document a local legend of Blair Witch. The students disappear and a year later their filmmaking equipment and tapes are found. So when you do watch this movie, pretend that this is in fact true! Makes for a better movie experience 🙂
- The Shining, 1980
“Here’s Johnny!” – based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, The Shining is hands down one of the best psycho-horror films out there! Jack Nicholson gives one of his iconic performances in this piece, and I must say sometimes it makes me wonder if he was really performing or just being himself. After all, the main character is of the same name as the actor. So many memorable moments in this movie that I cannot even begin to list them all! All I want to say is – watch this movie as it is an absolute must!
- Nightmare on Elm Street, 1984
A Wes Craven original, starring none other than Mr. Johnny Depp and introducing the infamous Freddie Krueger character! Who can ever forget a man with a burnt face and a slasher glove for a hand?!?! You will think twice about falling asleep after watching this one. Definitely one of my favorites even though once again it could not compete with today’s special effects, but that is what makes this movie all the more special!
- Texas Chainsaw Massacre,2003
Another remake of a 1974 original, Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a horror flick which generated numerous sequels with the latest installment coming in 2016 simply labeled Leatherface. Starring Jessica Biel, the 2003 version is about a group of young adults who are stranded on a Texas farm and haunted by a chainsaw armed killer and his family. A very predictable plot, but due to the special effects and awesome spooky leatherface make up, this movie is exciting and creepy to watch none the less!
- Halloween, 1978
The original John Carpenter production, starring Jamie Lee Curtis in her debut role! Introducing Michael Myers everybody! A psychopathic boy who murders his entire family and makes an escape from psychiatric hospital fifteen years later to kill! This film was selected and preserved in the US National Registry for being culturally significant, and I do not think that you need a bigger reason to watch it this Halloween!
- Silence of the Lambs, 1991
“It rubs the lotion on its skin, or else it gets the hoes again.” If you do not know what this means then this movie is an absolute must for you! By far one of the best blends done between a detective and horror genres. Starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, this movie is a classic that will leave you feeling freaked out, grossed out and everything else in between! Based on a novel of the same name, Silence of the Lambs is the only horror movie ever to win an Academy Award for best picture! If you have not seen this movie, I do not even want to give away a snippet of the plot. Watch it! You will thank me later!
- The Ring, 2002
A remake of a Japanese classic, this is probably one of the best modern psycho-horror thrillers out there. Personally, I love the contrast between the present and the past that this movie takes you on, as well as the suspense that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire film. I am not even going to get into the freaky images of the little girl whose entire face is covered in her long dark hair. The sequel however, I can do without!
- The Woman in Black, 2012
Most recent movie on this list, The Woman in Black deserves the number 2 spot on my list because it literally made me scream out loud a bunch of times while watching it. This woman tends to appear at the most unexpected moments and I couldn’t help but get startled each and every time. Set in the early 1900’s England’s countryside, this film revolves around a ghost who terrorizes its victims by taking away their children. I will not reveal any more! I do advise watching it in complete dark tho :).
- The Exorcist, 1973
Last but never ever the least! This movie was made over 40 years ago and it still sends chills down your spine. There are claims that the movie set it self was cursed during filming as there were occurrences of deaths and illness throughout the making of this film. Who can forget Regans’ walk down the stairs or the infamous head spin? If this doesn’t freak you out, then I am not sure if you are human! There is a reason why this movie is by far one of the freakiest, spookies and best horror movies of all time!
With that said, I hope this list will put some thrill into your Halloween this year. So pop some popcorn, get that candy, turn the lights off and curl up on the couch for a spooka-thon!
I am so curious to find out what your favorite scary movies are! So leave your comments in the comments section below. Looking forward to seeing your suggestions!