Scariest Movies To Watch This Halloween

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By Chloe Moore.

Scary movies are good for a watch anytime of the year, but there’s no question that they’re best to watch in the days and weeks leading up to Halloween. With that said, here’s a look at a collection of the scariest movies to watch this October. Prepare to be scared…

The Exorcist

If there’s one scary movie you watch this Halloween, make sure it’s the 1973 horror classic The Exorcist. Based on a real-life instance involving a teenage boy in New Jersey, the movie follows the story of a young girl who becomes possessed by a demon and the priest who’s hell-bent on getting it out of her. It’s compelling, horrifying and thought-provoking all at the same time. And if you thought the theatrical version was scary, try the director’s cut. Good luck sleeping after watching that version.

The Evil Dead Series

Stay away from the 2013 remake, which is all gross-out horror, and instead opt for the 1981 original and 1987 reboot/sequel, which cements Bruce Campbell as a B-Movie icon through a creative, yet suspenseful evil cabin-in-the-woods-type premise. These low-budget films were some of the earliest works of the now-popular Sam Raimi’s career. For bonus points, check out the third movie in the series, Army of Darkness. It’s more fun and humor than it is horror, but still well worth the time.

The Mothman Prophecies

Another fact-based movie, this film follows a journalist who begins to see predictions from a shadowy, evil creature — the Mothman — come true and tries to get to the bottom of things. It sounds cheesy, but you’ll be sleeping with the light on for days after seeing this movie.

The Paranormal Activity Series

A big draw to the Paranormal Activity movies is the found footage way in which the stories are brought to life on screen, making the audience feel like what they’re watching is real. The Paranormal Activity series deals with witches, demons and a family that’s caught up in a long history of it all. The four movies in the series all interconnect, so you can’t just stop after the first one no matter how scary you think it is.

The Amityville Horror

Based on real-life events, the movie covers the story of the Lutz family, who move into a home where horrendous murders occurred only to find themselves in the middle of their own real-life nightmare. Stay away from the 2005 remake; just opt for the 1979 original. The flick will make you think twice about the bumps you hear in the night.

Nightmare on Elm Street

Loosely based on real-life events, this movie involves the murderous, scar-faced psychopath Freddy Krueger, who haunts and kills teenagers in their sleep. You’ll certainly be thinking about this film before you hit the sheets at night. A word to the wise, just watch the 1984 original and not any of the sequels.

The Ring

VCRs may be a technology of the past, but this movie will have you scared of them — and the cassette tape — that will bring people who watch it to their end. The flick helped launch Naomi Watts as a bona fide movie star and is sure to suck you in and scare the pants off you.

Enjoy these films with your friends or if you are feeling brave on your own. However make sure the doors are locked!


Chloe writes about entertainment, fashion and sleep. She contributes to the sleepyheads blog.

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