In the spirit of the upcoming Halloween season, I have decided to compose a list of 10 of my favorite Halloween horror movies. I recommend all of these movies because some of them are classics, and some of them will just chill you to the bone! If you are looking for a night of fright, eerie terror, and devlish laughter, this list will help you! This is my own personal opinion and the list could go on and on, but for a Halloween night movie marathon, I think this is the perfect combination! Enjoy!
1. Halloween (1978)
This is a pure classic. It is probably the MOST classic Halloween movie out there. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, this thriller depicts a high school girl, Laurie Strode, who ends up babysitting on Halloween night, but what she doesn't know is something very eerie is going on in Haddonfield. It may very well be the Boogeyman-- or Michael Myers! I give this move about a 9.5 out of 10. Firstly, because it is a classic, so it was the first of its kind, and secondly, because even if it is from the 70s, it still manages to scare generations of people to this day. You are sure to never go wrong with this movie!
2. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Another classic, this movie is also one of the first of its kind. George Romero's prequel to his zombie terror movie, NOTLD starts out in a small cemetery, where flesh eating zombies suddenly begin to walk the earth and terrorize its inhabitants! If you are looking for a good scare, this movie is great because who hasn't thought about the zombie apocalypse? And who hasn't had terrifying nightmares about zombies? I give this one a whopping 8 out of 10, because it will scare you. Prepare to be shocked, and terrified by the flesh eating zombies! And let's not forget that creepy little girl who goes from young and innocent to a full on zombie that kills her mother. That part just gave me the creeps!
3. Stephen King's IT
A classic novel, the film adaptation of this movie is scary enough. The story is about a group of kids who make a pact to get rid of a childhood fear forever-- a clown that killed kids in their town and terrorized them with their own fears. It is trully a scary movie--especially if you are afraid of clowns! I give this movie a 7 out of 10. You won't forget this one once you have watched it, it will stay in your mind and in your worst nightmares!
4. Pyscho (1960)
If you are into the whole creepy-man-killing-women thing, Norman Bates is your villian and Pyscho is your movie. One of Hitchcock's most well known horror films, this movie will have you hanging on the edge of your seat! While it is about a woman who decides to run away from her life, a literally "take the money and run scenario", she lodges at a nearby hotel that turns out to be her deadly stay! I give this a 7 out of 10. If you love the idea of a classic slasher/horror film, this is your kind of movie!
5. Nightmare on Elm Street
A classic 80's horror film, this movie will certainly get you creeped out! Freddy Krueger haunts the dreams of young children everywhere who believe, and on Elm Street, there is no escape from his terror! I give this movie an 8 out fo 10. A classic idea and a great horror villian!
6. Creature from the Black Lagoon
If your style of horror movies is more about strange creatures, than this is your movie. While some scientists are exploring a utopia of rainforest lagoon in the southern Americas, they encounter a strange creature, that ends up to be horrifying! The movie is a constant battle bewtween the creature and the scientists, but will they make it out of the lagoon alive? I give this movie a 6 out of 10. It is a good creature movie if that's what your into.
If you aren't into classic horror movies and want more thrills, more chills, and grotesqueness, than this is the answer to your prayers. The Saw series has made it big in the past few years. It is a thrilling horror movie that is mixed almost with a mystery aspect. Will you be able to solve the mystery of the Jigsaw murders? Nothing compares to a Jigsaw doll's hysterical laughter echoing down the hallway, into your mind, driving you crazy until you just might very well saw your own foot off! I give this movie an 8.5 out of 10.
8. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
If you are into hillbilly murders, Texas Chainsaw is right for you! The classic depiction of strange and deadly, this movie is about a group of teenagers who stop along the side of the road and get "help" from a nearby country family, that ends up to be stranger than they might think. If you like grotesque murder and weird horrors, this is right for you. I rate it at an 8 out of 10. It will give you the chills!
9. House of 1000 Corpses
A modern version of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, this film depicts a redneck family who are creepy and mentally insane. Their viscous murders are not for the squeemish. I suggest caution before watching this film, because it might offend those who aren't used to the grotesqueness and offensively obscene suggestions in the movie, but that's what makes it almost the most scary of all of these films. The realistically shocking view of these sociopaths is shocking. I give it a 9 out of 10. If you enjoy this one, the sequel to the movie, The Devil's Rejects, should be to your liking.
10. Wait Until Dark (1967)
A classically unique movie, this film is about a blind woman who lives alone. Living in a world of darkness, a killer lurks beyond, but how can she find him? And how can she stop him? This is a trully chilling thriller. It makes you question what you would do in that situation, and makes you feel like you are really there in the room with her. I give this a 6 out of 10. If you like more thrilling horror movies, then you would enjoy this one.
These are only a few of my favorites. While I have many more, it would be too many to list. These are some of the basics, once you have seen these movies, there is no limit to the horrors you will find lurking around the corner, deep within your room, in the heart of it all. Enjoy these suggestions, and have a Happy Halloween!