There are thousands of horror movies to watch this Halloween, but if you are in a bit of a pickle to make your selections this evening….look no further! It feels like cheating if we are only going to pick 13 movies, but we made sure that our pick is a perfect blend of old, new, chills, thrills and gore to keep you up all night!
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1. The Conjuring (2013)
Finally….a good old school horror movie that incorporates all the right ingredients to scare you senseless. Oh yes geeks, before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. Based on a true story, “The Conjuring” tells the horrifying tale of how world-renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.
2. The Exorcist (1973)
I am still very uncomfortable with watching this damn movie by myself. Establishing itself as one of the best supernatural horror films ever made, “The Exorcist” is an absolute no brainer to add to our list. The story follows an actress and her daughter who find themselves in the grip of a supernatural force that will change their lives forever. The little girl starts acting strangely, like walking upside-down a flight of stairs, and takes a long leisurely pee on the carpet while guests are in the living room. Meanwhile, a youngish priest named Father Karras who struggling with his faith is called to deal with the evil entity.
3. The Descent (2005)
Are there any geeks out the suffering with a bit of Claustrophobia and Nyctophobia? “The Descent” will have you sweating buckets while you sit through the worst white-knuckle ride of your life. This is probably one of the best British made horror movies I have ever seen. The film follows six women who, having entered an unmapped cave system, become trapped and are hunted by troglofaunal flesh-eating humanoids. This is a must see!!
4. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
The Blair Witch Project market the birth of found footage horror movies, and is still the best in its sub genre. It is unbelievable what the power of the mind can achieve of you pull the right levers. Director Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez managed to put together a project on a shoestring budget that will last in the memories of geeks for decades to come. The film follows three film students who travel to Maryland to make a student film about a local urban legend, The Blair Witch. Things go terribly wrong when they took on a two day hike to find the Blair Witch, and never came back. Exactly one year after their mysterious disappearance, the video of their travels and findings was found in the woods.
5. Halloween (1978)
Halloween movie night will not be complete unless you watch at least on horror movie named after the popular holiday, right? Michael Myers is one of the most iconic serial killers in the horror genre, and possibly the godfather of slasher films as we know it. He was admitted into a psychiatric hospital for the murder of his older sister, Judith Myers. After nearly 15 years of captivity, Myers broke out of the asylum to hunt down the rest of his family.
6. Aliens (1986)
James Cameron’s breakthrough space epic horror movie is still one of the best alien/monster movies ever made. Sigourney Weaver will forever be remembered as Ellen Ripley in my books. The fiery heroin with a fast trigger finger adrift in space for half a century made for such a compelling sequel. “Aliens” continue the story with news that Ripley’s company lost contact with a colony on the planet where they discovered the titular alien in the first installment. Colonial marines were sent to investigate, while Ripley tags along as an advisor. Soon after landing, all hell breaks loose as they are picked off one by one.
7. House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
In “House of 1000 Corpses”, two young couples take a misguided tour onto the back roads of America in search of a local legend known as Dr. Satan. Lost and stranded, they are set upon by a bizarre family of psychotics. Murder, cannibalism and satanic rituals are just a few of the 1000+ horrors that await them. For some reason people in horror movies still think it’s ok to investigate local legends involving things that will definitely kill them. Thank goodness for curiosity, at least we’ll get a good horror movie out of it to enjoy!
8. The Thing (1982)
One of John Carpenter’s best horror movies, “The Thing” is a parasitic extraterrestrial life-form that assimilates other organisms, and imitates humans with the intention to survive and spread. This “thing” infiltrates an Antarctic research station, taking the appearance of the researchers that it absorbs, and major paranoia sets in within the group of survivors. They frantically try to isolate the thing and destroy it whilst they struggle to understand who to trust. Always check the person sitting next to you if they disappear for a toilet break in mid Halloween movie time I say!
9. Evil Dead (2013)
This was a difficult one to choose in the Sam Raimi franchise, so we decided to settle for the 2013 Fede Alvarez directed reboot. It is a stand-alone sequel to Sam Raimi’s 1981 critically acclaimed cult horror film “The Evil Dead”. It is the fourth installment of The Evil Dead franchise, and the first not to be directed by Raimi. It is a bloody gore fest that follows five friends who head out to a remote cabin, where they unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods. The evil presence possesses them until only one is left to fight for survival.
10. Poltergeist (1982)
No Halloween movie list is complete without “Poltergeist”. Ahead of its time, the film directed by Tobe Hooper is still one of the most favored supernatural horror movies in the genre. “Poltergeist” tells the story of a young family who is pestered by ghosts in their home. At first the ghosts appear friendly, moving objects around the house to the amusement of everyone. They eventually turn nasty and start to terrorise the family before they “kidnap” the youngest daughter. Unable to find the little girl, her father consults a para-psychologist from a nearby college. The paranormal phenomena is so strong in the Freelong household, the para-psychologist is unable to deal with it successfully, and sends for a clairvoyant and professional exorcist to examine the house. They eventually make a horrifying discovery: she is alive and in the house, but is being held on another spectral plane.
11. Friday the 13th (1980)
Another top cult classic horror movie to warm our heart on Halloween night! “Friday the 13th” tells the story of a deformed boy named Jason Voorhees who drowned at Camp Crystal Lake whilst trying to escape a group of bullies. The counselors were supposed to be watching the children but they were busy fornicating in the woods. Voorhees’ body was never found and haunted Camp Crystal Lake ever since.
12. Fright Night (1985)
“Fright Night” is one of my favorite vampire flicks and really captures the essence of old school vampire horrors. Unfortunately Stephenie Meyer’s sparkly vampire novels gave our former killer vamps a bad rap by suggesting they can be fun-loving while bathing in the sun. The Tom Holland helmed vampire flick was one of the best breakthrough movies back in the 80’s. It was terrifying and quirky while blend together the right amount of scary and funny. The movie begins with a teenager that discovers his next door neighbour is a vampire. His life is about watching old horror movies which fuels his active imagination. Two men move in next door, and for Charlie with his horror movie experience, there can be no doubt that their strange behavior is explained by the fact that they are a vampire and his undead day guardian. A washed-up actor who has just been fired from his job as the host of a late-night horror show, assists him to unravel the mystery.
13. The Ring (2002)
Horror geeks might agree that “The Ring” is quite possibly the best example of a remake done right, also keeping in mind that the creepy horror movie started the entire Asian horror phenomena in the West. The 2002 horror film is a remake of the 1998 Japanese horror film “Ring”, which itself was based on the novel “Ring” by Kôji Suzuki. The story follows Rachel Keller, a journalist investigating a videotape that may have killed her niece and three other teenagers. There is an urban legend about this tape: the viewer will die seven days after watching it. If the legend is correct, Rachel will have to run against time to save her son’s life who also watched the tape.