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Top 12 Best Horror Movies To Watch On Halloween

Look no further if you're looking for a selection of spooky movies to watch on this eerie night. We've put up a selection of the spookiest horror movies to watch on Halloween that will make you shiver and have you gripping the edge of your seat.

Cecilia Jones
Oct 09, 2023316 Shares21049 Views
Horror films have long been a mainstay of Halloween celebrations because they provide just the right amount of excitement and fright to make you shiver. Look no further if you're looking for a selection of spooky movies to watch on this eerie night. We've put up a selection of the spookiest horror movies to watch on Halloweenthat will make you shiver and have you gripping the edge of your seat.

Trick 'r Treat (2009)

The killer man in Trick 'r Treat wearing his mask sitting beside a carved pumpkin
The killer man in Trick 'r Treat wearing his mask sitting beside a carved pumpkin
True to its title, this film is a gruesome collection of tricks that come together to create a delightful anthology treat. Within its eerie narratives, four tales of horror unfold, each centered around the holiday season, featuring a diverse cast of characters who partake in their own unique traditions - some ordinary, while others involve macabre elements like cadavers and werewolves.
Guiding us through these sinister stories is Sam (played by Quinn Lord), a mute yet oddly endearing enforcer of Halloween customs. His sole aim is to ensure that the night remains enjoyable for all unless someone dares to defy the rules and disrupt the cherished traditions. This film serves as the perfect choice to kickstart or conclude the season, serving as a poignant reminder of the essence of Halloween.

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark (2019)

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The banner of Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark
Crafted by the renowned horror visionary Guillermo Del Toro, this film serves as an ideal choice for those new to the horror genre. Drawing inspiration from a collection of chilling children's tales penned by Alvin Schwartz, the story unfolds in 1968, following four teenagers who stumble upon a sinister book of these tales within the confines of an abandoned house. As they delve deeper into the narrative, they unearth the unsettling truth about the mysterious author, inadvertently finding themselves ensnared in these eerie stories, with some meeting grisly fates.
The responsibility of unraveling the author's enigma and preventing their own grisly fates falls upon the shoulders of Stella (played by Zoe Colletti) and Ramon (portrayed by Michael Garza). The film masterfully employs a combination of practical and digital effects to breathe life into Schwartz's macabre creations, resulting in a wonderfully old-fashioned yet spine-tingling cinematic experience.

Terrifier (2016)

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A banner of the Terrifier movie
Scary clowns have long haunted our nightmares, but the introduction of Art the Clown (played by David Howard Thornton) in modern horror brings new competition to the likes of Pennywise and Captain Spaulding. While Art had previously made appearances in several short films and anthologies, it was in this particular film that he truly stole the spotlight.
"Terrifier" offers a straightforward glimpse into the eerie existence of this enigmatic, silent figure - a Halloween night filled with torture, chaos, and death. Although the plot may circle back on itself and lacks in-depth character development, the film compensates with its outrageously over-the-top kill sequences and an overall chilling atmosphere that more than compensates for any narrative shortcomings.

Ghostwatch (1992)

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The banner of Ghostwatch
While lesser-known beyond the borders of the United Kingdom, this BBC television film stands as an infamous treasure among horror enthusiasts. Serving as a harbinger of the found footage genre, it cleverly disguises itself as a live broadcast on Halloween night, featuring actual news reporters, including the likes of Michael Parkinson. The reporters are dispatched to investigate a household in Greater London, which claims to be plagued by supernatural forces.
As the night unfolds, things take a sinister turn when an enigmatic entity known only as "Pipes" seizes control of the broadcast, extending its malevolent influence beyond the confines of the household and into the entire county. The film's intensity and realism were so gripping that it was never aired again, yet its legend has continued to grow, solidifying its status as a cult classic in the realm of horror.

House Of 1000 Corpses (2003)

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A banner of the House Of 1000 Corpses movie
Rob Zombie's directorial debut may elicit divided opinions among critics and fans, but one thing remains indisputable: it possesses a distinctive style that sets it apart. At its core, the story revolves around four college students embarking on a cross-country journey to explore roadside attractions and local legends. However, their fateful Halloween encounter with a profoundly disturbed family thrusts them into a nightmarish world of macabre traditions.
With a stylistic approach that immerses viewers in the sensation of stepping into a living carnival spookhouse, the film's blend of vivid neon colors and graphic gore creates an unsettling yet thrilling and altogether unforgettable cinematic experience.

Night Of The Demons (1988)

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A banner of the Night Of The Demons movie
Angela Franklin (played by Amelia Kinkade) and her closest companion, Suzanne (portrayed by Linnea Quigley), are gearing up for an unforgettable Halloween bash. Their plans involve hosting a raucous party at an abandoned funeral home, promising a night of devilish fun. Joining them are eight enthusiastic guests, all ready to partake in a series of playful games.
However, the festivities take a malevolent turn when one of their games inadvertently summons a demon, which first possesses Suzanne and subsequently Angela. As the demonic influence spreads, engulfing more and more guests, a sinister question arises:
Who among them will manage to survive until daybreak? This film presents a delightful and gore-filled fusion of elements reminiscent of "Carrie" and "Evil Dead," with Angela swiftly emerging as a beloved cult figure in the midst of the chaos.

Murder Party (2007)

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The banner of the Murder Party movie
In this darkly humorous Halloween thriller, Chris (played by Chris Sharp) is a young man searching for some evening entertainment when he stumbles upon an invitation to a costume party in the heart of Brooklyn. Little does he know, this seemingly innocent party is hosted by a group of eccentric art students with a rather twisted plan - they aim to craft a new masterpiece by ending Chris's life.
Adding to the chaos, these would-be assassins lack any real proficiency in their grim trade, and chaos ensues as the body count rises. Chris, not exactly the sharpest tool in the shed, must navigate this deadly game of cat and mouse, all while trying to outsmart the incompetence and overblown egos of those around him. Will he escape with his life, or will the ineptitude of his would-be killers prove to be his greatest advantage?

Countdown (2019)

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The banner of the Countdown movie
The movie begins with some college students finding an app that claims to predict when a person will die. One of the students learns she has only a few hours to live and tragically meets her end while trying to avoid danger. Meanwhile, a new nurse named Quinn discovers the app when the drunk boyfriend of the deceased girl tells her about it. Quinn initially thinks it's a joke, but when the boyfriend dies mysteriously, she realizes the app might be real and that she's next.
Quinn, along with her younger sister and a guy named Matt, who also has impending death predictions from the app, race against time to figure out how to beat it. The movie takes a twist as they seek help from an unconventional team of a young priest and a tech-savvy guy. What happens next is a thrilling battle against supernatural forces to try and cheat fate.

Smile (2022)

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The banner of the Smile movie
In the movie "Smile," Dr. Rose Cotter (played by Sosie Bacon) is haunted by a mysterious entity that is drawn to people who have witnessed gruesome and painful suicides involving things like garden shears, trains, and broken vases in a hospital.
One day, a Ph.D. student named Laura (Caitlin Stasey) arrives at the psychiatric emergency ward where Rose works, and she's terrified because she believes something is after her. Laura describes this entity as something that looks like a person but isn't really human. She claims it's been following her since she witnessed her professor brutally end his own life with a hammer. Shockingly, in a disturbing scene, Laura smiles strangely and harms herself.
This deeply unsettles Rose, particularly because her own mother had died by suicide many years ago. The movie explores themes of inherited mental illness and societal stigma. Rose's fiancé, Trevor, even looks into this topic online. Throughout the film, derogatory terms like "nutjobs" and "crazies" are used to describe mentally ill individuals.
Rose begins to wonder if her own mental struggles might be linked to her mother's suicide rather than a supernatural curse. Her friends and family, including Trevor, her therapist, her boss, and her sister, initially believe her issues are due to brain chemistry rather than something supernatural - until it's too late.

You're Next (2013)

Sharni Vinson sitting on the floor golding a broken glass with her body covered with blood stains
Sharni Vinson sitting on the floor golding a broken glass with her body covered with blood stains
"You're Next" is a horror movie that tries to celebrate the genre but falls short of being really satisfying. Imagine if people who love horror movies tried to remake a classic story like "Ten Little Indians," but didn't quite capture what makes horror movies great. The filmmakers don't make the most of the usual scary elements they use.
Watching "You're Next" is like having leftovers for a meal, but they've been reheated in the microwave. It's not awful, but it's not as good as the original. It's like getting a partly eaten cheeseburger with wilted lettuce, old tomato slices, and soggy fries. It's not terrible because it's hard to mess up a simple meal like that. But "You're Next" feels like a bland leftover. It looks like what you ordered, but it's only satisfying if you lower your expectations.
The movie doesn't have a very interesting story, focusing on a situation where a family of siblings comes together for dinner with their parents. Before they can become fully developed characters, they are attacked by masked killers.
The film tries to give them some personality traits, like Felix being shy because he hardly talks, Zee being jaded because she rolls her eyes and smokes, and Drake being obnoxious because he smirks and is loud. The character we cheer for is Erin, an Australian college student because she's the only one who can handle herself when danger strikes.

Hocus Pocus (1993)

The three witches in the movie Hocus Pocus
The three witches in the movie Hocus Pocus
The story begins with three witches who were hanged in Salem, Massachusetts, 300 years ago. Their bodies were cursed. Simultaneously, a young boy is turned into an immortal cat for reasons too complicated to explain. Fast forward 300 years to present-day America during Halloween, and the witches come back to life. The immortal cat is still around, and they target modern characters, including a girl named Dani and a boy named Max.
The movie is full of special effects, especially the witches flying on brooms and vacuum cleaners, and the cat gaining the ability to talk. However, the effects, characters, and plot are all jumbled together, making it confusing. There's a lot happening, but it doesn't make much sense, and there's a lot of screaming.
Bette Midler plays the lead witch, and she tries to compensate for the lackluster dialogue with her energetic performance. Her companions, played by Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy, have less to do. The movie lacks a clear structure and goals for the characters to achieve. It's hard to follow because it seems like the filmmakers didn't think through the plot carefully. The characters keep explaining their supernatural abilities, but it doesn't engage the audience.

The Haunted Mansion (2003)

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The banner of The Haunted Mansion
The movie stars Eddie Murphy as Jim Evers, a busy real estate agent who plans a family vacation but gets sidetracked by an opportunity to sell a huge, old mansion. His wife, Sara (Marsha Thomason), is also his business partner and is frustrated that he spends too much time working. They have two kids, Michael and Megan (played by Marc John Jefferies and Aree Davis).
Jim Evers, represented by his wife's photo on their flyers, is invited to visit the Gracey Mansion. This mansion is hidden behind a big iron gate and surrounded by a creepy garden.
The mansion's design is impressive, inspired by the Disney World attraction and classic haunted houses seen in movies. The doors move on their own, curtains sway mysteriously, and there's even a graveyard with marble busts that sing like a barbershop quartet.
When they arrive, they are welcomed by the butler Ramsley (Terence Stamp), who looks very thin and has a spooky voice. There are other staff members, like Ezer (Wallace Shawn) and Emma (Dina Waters), who behave strangely. There's also a mysterious character named Madame Leota (Jennifer Tilly), whose head floats in a crystal ball and gives eerie advice.
The owner of the mansion is Master Gracey (Nathaniel Parker), who becomes fixated on Sara Evers. Flashbacks reveal that Gracey was in love with a woman who looked just like Sara during the pre-Civil War era in New Orleans. When they couldn't be together, they both tragically took their own lives. This means Gracey is now a ghost. However, it raises the question of why he couldn't just marry the ghost of his original lover instead of haunting a married real estate agent.

Conclusion

As the moon comes up and the night gets darker, Halloween is the perfect time to dive into the world of scary movies. These horror movies to watch on Halloween will give you a night full of heart-pounding tension, hair-raising scares, and unforgettable thrills. So, get your popcorn, turn off the lights, and get ready for a scary movie journey into the unknown, where every creaking floorboard and ghostly whisper will keep you guessing.
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