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. Chaz says:

    not necessarily “scary”, but these ones are my favorite:

    Friday the 13th
    Nightmare on Elm St
    Children of the Corn
    Texas Chainsaw Massacre

  2. Chris St.Sauveur says:

    Isnt Nightmare on Elm Street more of a comedy???
    the original friday the 13th, was jason’s mom and was horribly bad

    scary movie to me is anything with ben affleck, who does he keep getting work???

    Paranormal Activity deserves a mention as a modern scary movie

  3. Tierney Washington says:


  4. Julia F Flowers says:

    I agree with  John Carpenters,Halloween….I was a kid when I first saw it…..The music was the best…

  5. Person says:

    Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho
    Psycho II
    Psycho III
    Psycho IV: The Beginning

  6. joey says:

    saw. saw is awesome.

  7. Anne Angel says:


  8. Nikki says:

    The old school scary movies are the best!

    Pet Cemetary
    Candy Man

  9. Jill S. says:

    Strangers…I get scared just thinking about that movie!

  10. TK says:

    Strangers, definately.  I haven’t been that freaked out in a theater in a long time.
    oh and to this day, I still can’t watch It without hoping I will never see a clown ever again.

  11. Kiki says:

    When a Stranger calls
    The Omen
    The Serpent and the Rainbow
    and for comic relief – Hokus Pokus

  12. HG in MN says:

    I’m not a horror fan, but I have some favorites. For some odd reason, I liked the Hell Raiser series. There was the old cult classic, Motel Hell, for B-Grade cheese. And House of 1000 Corpses and The Devils Rejects are the horror movies I love to hate.

  13. Chris says:

    Paranormal Activity!

  14. Jules says:

    The scariest movie I ever saw was Jurrasic Park. Then again, I think I was like seven at the time. I don’t watch many scary movies/horror movies, but I did like the 28 Days/28 Days Later movies.
    My favorite Halloween movie? Probably Nightmare Before Christmas

  15. Elizabeth W says:

    Check out “When a Stranger Calls Back”, its the sequal to “When a Stranger Calls.”  Its phenomenal and very scary!

  16. Charles says:

    What about the Ring?
    Does no one like foreign horror?

  17. kathryn says:

    for me-psycho and vertigo.  i can remember getting dizzy along with jimmt stewart.

  18. Aaron says:

    i would have to go ahead and say darkness falls.

  19. Mike W says:

    The Thing, just as scary today as it was when it first came out.

  20. Melissa says:

    I Love scary movies! especially horror just not the gore.
    Paranormal Activity, Ring, Saw, Jason, Micheal Myers, Nightmare on Elm Street,
    House on Haunted Hill, Interview w/ the Vampire…just to name a few. Oh and yes the classics.

  21. Kate says:

    Pretty much any horror movie on Mystery Science Theatre 3000. <3 them all.

  22. Jessica says:

    “IT” scared the mess out of me, and also, for the foreign horror fans, ” A Tale of Two Sisters” makes me jump every time i watch it.. very freaky.

  23. Rose says:

    I just revert to my Stephen King library.

  24. Kristie says:

    Gothica…worth a watch if you haven’t yet. Also any old school horror film. Amityville Horror, Stepfather, Last House on the Left, etc. I could go on for days. Go to Netflix if you have it and search the “watch online” movies under Starz Play. I could watch those all day and night.

  25. Jessica says:


  26. seadog14 says:

    My favorite movies are:
    All Saw movies
    All Stephen King

    and my all time favorite Jaws—

  27. Maalik says:


  28. Jackie Camacho says:

    FRAILTY. amazing.
    but the strangers? really? I just watched it this morning and by the end I literally felt dumber.  Japanese horror is the way to to go and anything with Rob Zombies stamp of approval on it.

  29. Michelle WB says:

    30 days of night, the omen and the orignal night of the living dead

  30. GEICO GLASS says:

    IT by Stephen King

  31. Erin says:

    I agree with Nicky. Candy Man is the only movie that ever scared me. Of course, as an adult it is laughable, but it shook my boots as a kid!! I love Pet Semetary (just the first one). Hide and Seek was not so scary, but definitely good.  Finally, I loved 30 days of Night. Awesome vampire movie. Oh, and “It” is hilarious.  “Down here Weezy!” That movie cracks me up.

  32. kim says:

    “It” gave me nightmares when I was younger.

  33. Michelle G says:

    THE ORPHAN literally made me jump out of my seat. That little girl gave me nightmares for days. Also, Last House on the Left was pretty disturbing.

  34. Kevin says:

    Frontiers, Inside, High Tension.

  35. Jocelyn says:

    Susperia is the scariest movie I’ve ever seen.  It’s by Italian director Dario Argento and it freaked me out.

  36. Ryan says:

    Quarantine or the origianl spanish language (REC)

  37. Chris says:

    Saw 1-6
    Nightmare Before Christmas
    Thirteen Ghosts

  38. David says:

    Nosferatu — The original vampire movie!

  39. Ron says:

    The Haunting (1963 B&W) with Julie Harris
    The Mummy with Boris Karloff

    The notion that Candy Man is “old school”

  40. Mike Eavey says:

    Two that haven’t been mention are:

    The Entity

  41. Rosemarie says:


  42. Yvonne says:

    Child’s Play movies (with the come to life doll, Chucky!)

  43. sarah says:

    The Decent takes the cupcake!! Foreing films are great too, The Ringu, The Human Centipede (which is seriously more disturbing than anything), Halloween (fantastic original), Saw 3d was good (finally bringing everything together), American Psycho (than again thats another disturbing movie) …

  44. Robert says:

    My Top Ten:
    James Cameron’s Alien
    Hard Candy with Ellen Page (Juno)
    the 1st SAW movie
    Bram Stokers Dracula
    Shutter Island
    The Cell
    Silence of the Lambs
    Six Sense 

  45. Debbie says:


  46. BCM says:

    Sleepy Hollow
    The Mothman Prophecies

  47. Brian says:

    I agree w/ Scream, Bram Stoker’s Dracula & Pet Cemetery.  I will add “The Ring” and “Misery.”  Really, though, I like the fun Halloween movies better though, like “Young Frankenstein” and “Dracula, Dead and Loving It.”  And as far as someone’s suggestion about George Bush’s inauguration, the same can pretty much be said for any politician, although I don’t know why it would be listed as her “favorite.”

  48. Elissa says:

    Hmm love Horror movies and anything scary or suspenseful…..

    Saw (Saw II was my favorite so far)
    30 Days of Night
    Halloween (both John Carpenter and Rob Zombie versions)
    House of 1,000 Corpses
    The Devil’s Rejects
    The Evil Dead
    old school classics.. Psycho, Amityville, The Shining

  49. Jo says:

    Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte
    The Exorcist
    The Shining
    Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
    Silence of the Lambs
    Frankenstein with Boris Karlof

  50. Angela says:

    When I was little, Salem’s Lot terrified me!  Last time I watched it, I was shocked that it ever scared me! LOL

    Now I love The Ring, Saw, Hostel…..and It still freaks me out!  No water drains for me! “They all float down here!”