We are all too familiar with that time of the year when spooky decorations line the streets and ghosts and ghouls come out to play. Halloween is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than to curl up with some popcorn and watch a thrilling Halloween movie?
These movies are not for the faint of heart, so grab your blankets and get ready to be spooked. If you scare too quickly, you might want to watch these movies with a friend or two. Without further ado, here are the top Halloween movies to watch this season.
1. Halloween (1978)
This classic slasher thriller/horror film follows the terrifying return of Michael Myers as he escapes from a psychiatric hospital to continue his killing spree in his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois. Myers was sent to a mental institution after murdering his sister at the young age of six.
Despite being watched over by his psychiatrist, Dr. Sam Loomis, Myers manages to escape and terrorize the town as he hunts down his next victims. He abducts a female babysitter and her friends while pursued by his psychiatrist.
Halloween (1978) is available on various streaming services, including Prime Video. You can also watch the remake with the same name on Netflix.
2. The Conjuring (2013)
Based on the true story of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, The Conjuring is about a couple who try to help a family being terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.
The Warrens must confront the powerful demonic entity which has latched onto the family and will stop at nothing to ruin their lives. It is one of the most successful horror movies in recent years and will leave you with chills and the need to sleep with the lights on.
The Conjuring is available to stream on Netflix and HBO Max.
3. The Exorcist (1973)
Considered one of the greatest horror movies of all time, The Exorcist tells the story of a young girl possessed by a demonic entity. Her desperate mother reaches out to two priests in an attempt to save her daughter before it is too late.
The film explores faith and good versus evil as the priests try to perform an exorcism on the possessed girl. The Exorcist features gruesome special effects and will leave you shaken to the core.
The Exorcist is available to stream on Hulu, Disney+, and ESPN+.
4. Hubie Halloween (2020)
This Halloween comedy follows Hubie Dubois, played by Adam Sandler, a well-meaning but eccentric community volunteer.
He is always on high alert for suspicious activity in his small town. His efforts to keep the town safe during Halloween are met with mockery and ridicule from his fellow townsfolk. But when strange and dangerous occurrences happen, Hubie becomes the town's only hope for survival.
Hubie Halloween is a hilarious and heartwarming tale featuring an all-star cast including Adam Sandler, Kevin James,, and Steve Buscemi.
Hubie Halloween is available to stream on Netflix.
5. Hereditary (2018)
This psychological horror film is about a family who begins to unravel after the death of their secretive grandmother. Increasingly terrifying and unexplainable events plague them as they try to cope with their grief.
As the family delves deeper into their grandmother's mysterious past, they realize that dark forces may be at work and threatening their lives. Hereditary is a chilling and disturbing film that will leave you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
Hereditary is available to stream on Hulu, Disney+, and ESPN+.
6. Trick ‘r Treat (2007)
This anthology horror comedy film takes place on Halloween night and follows four interwoven stories with one thing in common: Sam's creepy and mysterious character. As each story unfolds, the true nature of Sam and the consequences of disregarding Halloween traditions are revealed.
Trick ‘r Treat is a fun and inventive film that combines its various plotlines for a satisfying and thrilling viewing experience.
Trick ‘r Treat is available to stream on The Roku Channel, Philo, Spectrum TV, Prime Video, Vudu, Apple TV, or Redbox.
7. The Curse of Bridge Hollow (2022)
This is another horror comedy film, and the story revolves around a family that moves from the city to a small town, Bridge Hollow. Priah Ferguson, starring as Sydney Gordon, accidentally brings back the spirit of Stingy Jack, who, centuries ago, was hanged to death for his crimes.
Following his return, the town's Halloween decorations come to life, and Sydney and her dad try to save their town before it's too late. The Curse of Bridge Hollow will have you laughing and screaming throughout the movie. It's a perfect blend of comedy and horror for Halloween.
The Curse of Bridge Hollow is streaming on Netflix.
8. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
This Tim Burton dark fantasy classic focuses on Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town, as he discovers a portal to Christmas Town and becomes fascinated with the holiday.
Along with his trusty ghost dog Zero, Jack attempts to take over Christmas and become its new leader. He must save Halloween Town and Christmas Town from destruction when his plans go awry.
The Nightmare Before Christmas is a whimsical and charming film with stunning stop-motion animation that you will enjoy during the Halloween season.
The Nightmare Before Christmas is available on Disney+, Apple TV, Prime Video, and other platforms.
9. The Invisible Man (2020)
This science fiction horror film explores Cecilia Kass, played by Elisabeth Moss. She escapes from her abusive and controlling boyfriend, only to realize that he has found a way to make himself invisible. As she tries to prove her sanity and the danger she is in, no one believes her until it may be too late.
The Invisible Man is a tense and gripping film that skillfully updates the classic H.G. Wells novel for modern audiences. Its depiction of gaslighting and domestic abuse highlights the terror of being stalked by someone who can hide in plain sight.
The Invisible Man is available to stream on Prime Video, Apple TV, and Netflix.
10. The Sixth Sense (1999)
This psychological thriller follows child psychologist Dr. Malcolm Crowe, played by Bruce Willis, who works with a troubled young boy, Cole Sear. Cole can see and communicate with the dead, leading him and Malcolm on a journey to understand and confront his ability.
The Sixth Sense is a haunting film with unexpected twists and turns that will leave you thinking about it long after the credits roll. It was the second-highest-grossing film of 1999 and received six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.
The Sixth Sense is available to stream on Hulu, Disney+, Prime Video, and ESPN+.
11. Candyman (1992)
This gothic supernatural horror film tells the story of a graduate student Helen Lyle, played by Virginia Madsen. She investigates the urban legend of Candyman, a ghost with a hook hand summoned by saying his name five times in front of a mirror.
As Helen delves deeper into the legend, she learns that it may be more reality than fiction, and the Candyman may be coming for her next. The film explores themes of racism, gentrification, and class as it builds up to a terrifying finale.
This edition of Candyman is the first in the series, and you might want to see the other three sequels to continue the spine-tingling story. Candyman is available on many streaming platforms, including Prime Video, Apple TV, and Peacock TV.
12. Us (2019)
Jordan Peele, the mastermind behind Get Out, brings us another terrifying film with Us. The story is about a family, played by Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, and their children, as they are terrorized by doppelgänger versions of themselves during their beach vacation.
These doppelgängers, called the Tethered, have a sinister plan in store for them. Will they be able to survive and escape their evil doubles? Find out in this chilling film about identity and the dark side of humanity.
Us is available on Redbox, Apple TV, Prime Video, and others.
13. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
This classic slasher film follows a group of teenagers haunted and killed in their dreams by the disfigured killer Freddy Krueger. Spoiler alert! They also die in real life when they die in their dreams.
Nancy Thompson, played by Heather Langenkamp, and her friends must try to stay awake and figure out a way to defeat Freddy before he kills them all. This film spawned a franchise with plenty of sequels and a 2010 remake, but the original is arguably the best for pure terror and nightmare fuel.
A Nightmare on Elm Street is available on Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, and HBO Max.
14. A Quiet Place (2018)
A Quiet Place is a unique and gripping post-apocalyptic horror film about a family living in silence to hide from monsters who hunt using sound. The film, directed by John Krasinski, stars Krasinski and his real-life wife, Emily Blunt, as they navigate this terrifying world with their children while also dealing with the potential threat of their unborn baby.
The film uses silence and sound innovatively to keep audiences on the edge of their seats. It received critical acclaim and success, leading up to a must-watch sequel, A Quiet Place Part II (2020)
A Quiet Place is available for streaming on Netflix.
Time to Binge Watch These Eerie Films!
These are just a few of the many scary and thrilling movies to watch for Halloween. Whether you prefer ghosts, slashers, or post-apocalyptic horrors, there is a film for every scary movie lover. So grab some candy and curl up with these terrifying flicks for a spooky night in. Happy Halloween!
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