10 Scary Films to Watch this Halloween
Which Scary Movies Are You Watching This Halloween?
Watching a scary movie is a great way to get into the Halloween spirit. Horror movies have a wide range of sub-genres for every taste. Here are ten spooky movies in random order for your viewing consideration. Some picks are suitable for the squeamish while others movies are hands-over-eyes gruesome. If you need additional suggestions, below each pick is a list of similar movies you might like.
Bonus Pick: Spirited Away
English Voice Actors: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Jason Marsden
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Spirited Away is an excellent family friendly choice. It’s a classic animated film that’s not scary but offers a wonderful supernatural story full of strange creatures, witches and spirits.
Other Movies You Might Like: Coraline, Ghostbusters (1984), Labyrinth
#10. Event Horizon
Starring: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan, Jason Isaacs
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Event Horizon is sci-fi horror flick set in outer space about a crew that’s investigating a distress signal from a missing ship. The suspenseful mood is maintained throughout the film. Be warned … it gets gory and terrifying.
Other Movies You Might Like: Sunshine, Alien, Cube
#9. The Possession of Michael King
Starring: Shane Johnson, Ella Anderson, Cara Pifko
Director: David Jung
The Possession of Michael King is an underrated found footage/first person POV horror flick about a documentarian who’s coping with his wife’s tragic passing. Listen to this film with the volume turned up because the sound effects add to the scary tension.
Other Movies You Might Like: The Last Exorcism, Paranormal Activity, Altered States
#8. The Wailing
Starring: Do-won Kwak, Jung-min Hwang, Jun Kunimura
Director: Hong-jin Na
The Wailing is a Korean horror movie that doesn’t use jump scares. The story is about a police officer investigating a deadly sickness that’s spreading around town. It’s the kind of horror that slowly creeps up on you and when it reveals itself, it’s unsettling.
Other Movies You Might Like: The Grudge, The Host, Let The Right One In
#7. Near Dark
Starring: Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow’s vampire movie where the vampires are actually dangerous and a little crazy. The cast is killer featuring a young Adrian Pasdar and everybody’s favorite the late, great Bill Paxton.
Other Movies You Might Like: Lifeforce, Stake Land, Interview with the Vampire
#6. Stir of Echoes
Starring: Kevin Bacon, Kathryn Erbe, Illeana Douglas
Director: David Koepp
A supernatural thriller about a man who’s starts to see strange things after being hypnotized. Stir of Echoes features a great performance by Kevin Bacon. The haunting ghostly visions and the unraveling mystery makes this a memorable movie.
Other Movies You Might Like: The Sixth Sense, Frailty, Shutter Island
Starring: James Wood, Debbie Harry, Sonja Smits
Director: David Cronenberg
Thinking of an 80’s Cronenberg film should give you a strong impression that you’re in for something bizarre, thought-provoking and disturbing. The visual effects are great as are the lead performances.
Other Movies You Might Like: The Fly (1986), The Brood, Existenz
#4. The Lost Boys
Starring: Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Dianne Wiest, Kiefer Sutherland
Director: Joel Schumacher
The Lost Boys is an old school vampire movie that’s got an entertaining mix of humor, thrills and memorable moments. Kiefer Sutherland as a vampire is one good reason alone to watch this.
Other Movies You Might Like: Fright Night (1985), Arachnophobia, A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
#3. The Orphanage
Starring: Belén Rueda, Fernando Cayo, Roger Príncep
Director: J.A. Bayona
Director Bayona’s 2016 film A Monster’s Call didn’t hit the mark, but his earlier Spanish horror movie The Orphanage is quite good. The Orphanage is a psychologically heavy film and the ending pays off. The story is about a woman who reopens the orphanage she grew up in, soon after her son goes missing.
Other Movies You Might Like: The Others, The Conjuring, Pan’s Labyrinth
#2. Dog Soldiers
Starring: Kevin McKidd, Sean Pertwee, Liam Cunningham
Director: Neil Marshall
A cult werewolf horror film from the same director as The Descent. Dog Soldiers is unrelentingly raw in the best possible way. It’s great that there’s no CGI werewolves here. Familiar faces include Kevin McKidd from HBO’s Rome and Liam Cunningham from Game of Thrones.
Other Movies You Might Like: Ginger Snaps, American Werewolf in London, The Descent
#1. The Thing (1982)
Starring: Kurt Russell, T.K. Carter, Keith David, Wilford Brimely
Director: John Carpenter
A sci-fi horror classic starring the very charismatic Kurt Russell. The concept is simple yet effective at evoking horror. Not only is “The Thing” extremely deadly, it can take the form of another living organism which means everyone is a possible suspect. You’ve also got to love the good old fashion special effects.
Other Movies You Might Like: The Faculty, Mimic, From Dusk Till Dawn
This list is meant to give a wide variety of picks rather than a personal top ten list. What scary movies would you recommended?