As we all know, fall is the time of year for everything spiced, supernatural, and spooky. It’s also the perfect time of year to spend many nights inside watching scary cinema.
This is not a ranked list, but a bunch of movies that are fantastic to watch in the darkest of night. Whether you’re “He-Man” brave or need a snuggle buddy (for those really scary parts) these movies will give you the Halloween scares you’re looking for.
Ringu series: Ringu (1998), Ringu 2 (1999) and Ring 0 (2000)
The original Ring movies created in Japan are infinitely more terrifying than the American adaptations. These mystery-horror movies are so scary you’ll want to get rid of your TV and phone. Ringu gave me such a spook that to this day I refuse to have a TV in my bedroom and take off all doors to my closets whenever I move. That moment when she found her friend scared to death in her closet, gave me chills.
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Tim Burton gives his twist on the classic Ichabod Crane tale, in this movie which features a star-studded cast. It is a bloodfest that will have you glued to your couch and possibly covering your eyes along the way.
The dream scene of Ichabod’s mother popping out of the iron maiden will stick in your mind for years to come.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber on Fleet Street (2007)
Murder, revenge, and singing your heart out. Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter make the most awkward and darling couple, with his brooding ways and her wanting of love. This is an incredibly dark story with rivers of blood and meat pies.
Every time I make or buy a meat pie there’s always a moment that I ask, “Do I really know what’s in this?” You may go vegetarian after watching this one.
Trick ‘r Treat (2007)
This movie is four stories intertwining with each other on Halloween Night. There’s werewolves, a vampire, non-believers, and just a touch of porn. Why wouldn’t you watch this?
There are so many great scenes in this film, but the one that stands out the most to me is the costume party. As the dancing commences and clothes are coming off the dancers, so does their skin. The classic Little Red Riding Hood line, “My My what big eyes you have,” has never sent chills down my spine as it has here. This is a must-watch for Halloween.
Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark (2019)
If there’s anyone that can produce a spooky film, it’s Guillermo Del Toro. An adaption of Alvin Schwart’s book of the same title is beyond freaky to see on the screen.
All the monsters are scary, but the one that really spooked me is the Toe Lady. She’s a creeping character in search of her stolen toe – doesn’t sound scary, until you see her. You’ll be checking under your bed before you go to sleep every night afterwards. You might want to get a night light after watching this movie.
The Babadook (2014)
This is a sh**-your-pants horror thriller. The Babadook originally showed at Sundance and has won a ton of awards, including best film at the ACCTAs (pretty much the Australian Oscars). This is one to watch with a snuggle buddy, pets and the lights on.
Don’t worry about the popcorn, your hands will be too busy covering your eyes to eat it. Because of this film, I believe everything that children tell me – sometimes monsters are real.
The Haunting of Bly Manor
From the creator of The Haunting of Hill House comes this gothic supernatural take of a family’s experience with ghouls and ghosts. This, “perfectly splendid,” family home has some dark secrets. Throughout the show, it’s hard to tell if the kids are rooting for or against their nanny as creepier and creepier things happen.
After watching this, I will never move another doll from their place ever again! This is not your typical scary movie, but a deranged love story of multiple couples afflicted by Bly Manor’s curse.
Let us know what you think of this list, and what movies you would add in the comments below!
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