Top 10 Halloween films — what’s your favorite scary movie?

By on October 29, 2010 at 7:59 AM

Posted in: Odds & Ends

Everyone loves a good scary movie around Halloween. If you’re headed to the theaters this weekend, Paranormal Activity 2 and Saw 3D will make you hold that popcorn a little tighter. Prefer to lock yourself in the house while watching a scary movie? Then put the kids to bed, turn off the lights, and have your own Halloween film festival.

I’ve put together 10 of my favorites, although it wasn’t easy to stop at 10. I’ll let you add to the list in the comments.

  • Saw

  • Halloween

  • The Shining

  • The Exorcist

  • Poltergeist

  • The Evil Dead

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street

  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

  • The Silence of the Lambs

  • Night of the Living Dead

111 responses to “Top 10 Halloween films — what’s your favorite scary movie?

  1. Diana says:

    The original Psycho by Alfred Hitchcock and the original Halloween by John Carpenter are the best.

  2. James says:

    The Haunting by Robert Wise is the scariest movie and perfect for Halloween.

  3. Donna/Erin Starks says:

    1.  Beetlejuice

    2.  Sleepy Hollow (Tim Burton)

    3.  Corpse Bride

    4.  Nightmare Before Christmas

    5.  Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Gary Oldman)

    6.  Dracula (Frank Langella)

    7.  House of Wax (Vincent Price)

    8.  Tales From the Crypt Series

    9.  Triology of Terror (Karen Black)

    10. Burnt Offerings (Karen Black)

    11. The Sentinel (1985)

    12. Salem’s Lot (David Soul)

    13. Fright Night (Chris Sarandon)

    14. Snow White The Real Story (Sigourney Weaver)

    15. Alien/Aliens

    16. The Addams Family

    17. Cult of the Cobra (1955)

    18. The Thing (James Arness and Kurt Russell versions)

    19. The Howling

    20. Wolf (Jack Nicholson)

    21. Ssssss (Strother Martin)

    22. Lair of the White Worm

    23. Lady in White (Lukas Haas)

    24. Little Shop of Horrors (Rick Moranis)

    25. Swamp Thing

    26. Creature from the Black Lagoon

    27. American Werewold in London

    28. Hocus Pocus

    29. Creepshow

    30. Tales from the Darkside

  4. Fred says:

    Prefer the fantasy variety rather than gruesome and gory, real life, shock dramas like Saw, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Silence of The Lambs. And how about “Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein” for Halloween fun that the younger kids can enjoy too! 

  5. Robert Crandall says:

    Every year since he was a babe we’d watch “The Nightmare Before Christmas” on Halloween.  We still do have it on as we dole out candy & yuck it up with neighbors.  But, our new favorite (only augmented by the new prequel of the same name) is “The Thing“.  Great scary flick.  The first horror movie he watched, though, is called The Descent. I recommend. 

  6. Robert Crandall says:

    Whoops! I meant, since my son was a babe. Sorry.

  7. judy fobes says:

    It has to be The Rocky Horror Picture Show for Halloween…

  8. Randy Brody says:

    30 Horror Films to see on Halloween
    The Body Snatcher (1945)
    Burn Witch Burn (1962)
    Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
    Carrie (1976)
    Cat People (1942)
    Curse of the Demon (1958)
    Dracula (1931)
    The Evil Dead (1982)
    The Exorcist (1973)
    The Fly (1986)
    Fright Night (1985)
    Halloween (1978)
    The Haunting (1963)
    Horror of Dracula (1958)
    The Howling (1981)
    I Walked With a Zombie (1943)
    Island of Lost Souls (1933)
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
    The Mummy (1932)
    Near Dark (1987)
    Night of the Living Dead (1968)
    Poltergeist (1982)
    Psycho (1960)
    Re-Animator (1985)
    Repulsion (1965)
    Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
    Sisters (1973)
    The Thing From Another World (1951)
    The Uninvited (1944)
    The Wolfman (1941)

  9. Karen says:

    FLATLINERS is my all time favorite!

  10. Deb says:

    Since I have young grandchildren around at Halloween, I prefer Halloween classics that are more funny than scary. Their all time favorite of course is It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, along with Hocus Pocus.

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