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. Ann says:

    The Lady in White is still the best Halloween movie to me. The new crop of horror movies aren’t really scary, just gory.  You need a good story line and suspense to truly be scary, the ones that let your imagination do the work are the scariest.

  2. Ellen says:

    One of my favorites is Phantasm III, Carrie, It, Pet Sematary, Dusk to Dawn, Christine, Night of the Demons, Dracula Bram Stokers, Werewolf in London, i don’t think i can name them all. 

  3. angela phillips says:

    i thought th ring was the scariest movie i have seen next to the exorcist i also thought the hills have eyes was also up there when i was young that movie carrie also scared me and that one where there was a being that was seducing that woman that had kids that saw it in her house and it was based on a true story the something i cano not remeber but it was a classic but very scarey i can not think of the name to save me.but it freaked me out becuase i was so young if anyone can remeber the name please post it.

  4. angela phillips says:

    i like the new amtiyville horror show and the wrong turn and the grudge and thanks the enity that is what i was thinking of that one blew my mind at sucha young age becuase it was based on a true story

  5. RONALD PORTER says:

    it has to be “final destination ” all of them

  6. Lisa Baker says:

    Ghost Story is a fantastic halloween (or any other time of year) movie.  It’s scary without the gore.  I like the Exorcist ( the 1st and the 3rd), the original Hills have Eyes, The Last House on the Left, 10,000 Maniacs; there are just too many to name!

  7. Melissa says:

    The Ring freaked me out the first time I watched it, but I loovveeeee the Saw series!!! My favorite classic is The Shining.

  8. Trey Walker says:

    I think one of the best horror movies is “The Strangers.”  I saw this a couple of years ago.  It is a great movie and I highly recommend it.  You will not be sorry.  The director classifies it as a terror movie, not a horror movie.

  9. Brandy says:

    Childern of the Corn
    Child’s Play
    Friday the 13th
    Pet Cemetary
    Puppet Master
    The Crazies
    Anything Aldred Hitchcock
    Anything Stephen King(especially IT and Sleepwalkers)

  10. Evan Jones says:

    In The Mouth of Madness
    The Prophecy
    Silent Hill
    Makai Tensho (any version, but Sonny Chiba’s is best)
    The Grudge 1&2
    The Unnamable 1&2
    The Mist
    Strange Aeons: The Thing On The Doorstep
    Sleepy Hollow(1999)
    I’m sure i forgot some, but there are some awesome films, in random order.

  11. James Pritchett says:

    Anything Clive Barker – Hellraiser 1 and 2, Nightbreed
    Nightmare on Elm Street I (original)
    Friday the 13th (original)
    Pet Cemetary

  12. boris says:

    101 Dalmations always scared me.  That Cruela Davil is mean!!!!! 

  13. Mike Eavey says:

    For a fun Halloween movie how about “Love at First Bite” or look for the old “Night Stalker” TV series with Darrin McGavin.

  14. JSB says:

    All good movies.  But some favorites of mine haven’t been named.  What about: Aliens
    Rosemary’s Baby
    Prince of Darkness
    Paranormal Activity
    The Thing
    Open Water
    Deep Blue Sea

  15. Kimberly Walls says:

    It is hard to pick ten out of thousands.  I guess I will just pick a few of my favs off the top of my head.

    The Exorcist
    Halloween (the john Carpeneter and Rob Zombie version)
    Pet Sematary (Gotta love Stephen King)
    The Ring
    Dawn Of The Dead (they finally made zombie’s that move faster!)
    Friday the 13th
    Nightmare on Elm Stret (the original – u can’t beat Robert Englund)
    Phantasm (the series)
    Hellraiser (all of them)
    Children of The Corn
    The Reaping
    Wrong Turn

    Opps that is more than 10!  I love all of them to tell you the truth.  Scifi, Horror, Thriller, Slasher…you can never get enough of them.

  16. Susan says:

    What Lies Beneath

  17. Samantha says:

    Must say Freddie freaks me out and so does Jason- but it has to be the OLD movies, not the more recent movies b/c the graphics make it fake

  18. Angel says:

    I only have 4 that freaked me out!!!
    Halloween (the john Carpeneter and Rob Zombie version)
    The Strangers
    Paranormal Activity 1&2
    The Ring

  19. Mike W says:

    Beaches!  Now that is some scary stuff!!!!!

  20. julie says:

    The Ring because it was the scariest, but my favorite scary movie (if you consider it scary) is The Village by M Night Shamylan

  21. Robert says:

    None of the following movies are particularly scary but, the good to watch around halloween, there all great comedies.

    Shaun of the Dead
    Addams Family (cir.1992, Angelica Huston, Raul Julia)
    Dr. Strangelove
    Young Frankenstien
    Death Becomes Her
    Mars Attacks!

  22. Brian C. McCarthy says:

    Sleepy Hollow (1999)
    The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

  23. Amanda says:

    Definitely ‘House of 1000 Corpses’ and ‘The Devil’s Rejects’

  24. Richie says:

    All of the halloweens; except for halloween 2 by Rob Zombie..that was awful

  25. JSD says:

    My daughter and I love Hocus Pocus….not scary but a great Halloween movie!!!

  26. Norma says:

    The Strangers
    The Exorcist
    Halloween (John Carpeneter and Rob Zombie version)
    Pet Cemetary 
    The Fourth Kind
    The Thing
    The Blob
    Attack of the Killer Tomatos (all time Fav)

  27. Patrick Quinn says:

    “Wheres Pappa”…


  28. angela phillips says:

    another i just thought of that i have not seen on here is house of wax that was a strange one it had paris hilton in it

  29. Robin says:

    Without a doubt, JEEPERS CREEPERS was the scariest movie I ever saw!

  30. STEFANI says:

    Does anyone remember the movie “It” with the creepy clown?  Now that was scary, and I like clowns.    

  31. Sarah says:

    how about killer clowns from outer space?!! lol

    and evan jones, im going to look up some of those movies u suggested, never heard of them …

  32. Sharon Richardson says:

    The Grudge 1&2

  33. FREDDYG says:


    Saw I and II were good, but after that the originality was lost, and they repeated themselves.

  34. Rick Ojeda says:

    Rosemary’s Baby
    Blair Witch Project
    Psycho (the original)
    The Shining

  35. S Wynne says:

    Room 1408 (scary as all get out!)
    Friday the 13th
    Poltergeist (I and II)

  36. S Wynne says:

    Forgot “Paranormal Activity”

  37. amy says:

    Paranormal Activity
    The Ring
    Nightmare on Elm Street
    Room 1408 — so crazy/out there of a movie that it makes it scary:(!
    Saw 1-2

    No one seems to have seen this, but “Frailty” with Matt McConaughey…very creepy

  38. jenny says:

    I say the scariest movies are:

    13 ghosts, excorsist1, mist, grudge, saw, and it

    these are the most scary to me!!

  39. Candise says:


    The movie i think that terrified me the most was… the fourth kind just because it was actual footage!!!

  40. Robin says:

    The Blairwitch project was great!

  41. Tabetha says:

    I think my favorites are varied but I still get freaked out by:

    Ghost ship
    Cabin Fever
    Killer Clowns from OuterSpace ( saw it whan I was 5 still have nightmares)
    Excorsism of Emily Rose
    Rose Red ( and anything else by Steven King)

  42. just here says:

    All of the halloweens; except for halloween 2 by Rob Zombie..that was awful

     I have to agree with you. Michael is a silent killer and never takes his mask off. I think Rob Zombie’s second movie was too far fetched…

  43. Smart79 says:

    Wow, I can’t believe that nobody mentioned Deliverance. That is by far the most awfully scary movie ever.

  44. adam mitchell says:

    i have to say High School Musical 1,2, and 3.

    i wet my bed as a 20 year old man…..

  45. Crystal Jackson says:

    Oh, good grief –  I have to choose?

    House of 1000 Corpses
    Evil Dead
    Army of Darkness
    The Grudge
    30 Days of Night
    Day of the Dead
    Jeepers Creepers
    The Telltale Heart (narrated by the late, great Vincent Price)
    Children of the Corn
    The Shining (HEEEEEERE’S JONNY!)
    ‘Salem’s Lot
    The Thing

    Superbeast by Rob Zombie
    Thriller by Michael Jackson
    Living Dead Girl by Rob Zombie…

    And Halloween is my wedding anniversary!

  46. Ale says:

    The Others (Nicole Kidman), What Lies Beneath (Michelle Pfeiffer & Harrison Ford), The Mothman Prophecies (Richard Gere), Gothika (Halle Berry)

  47. CONNIE says:

    For intelligent, eerie movies- No gore, just scary:

    “THE CHANGELING” with George C Scott
    “THE OTHERS” with Nicole Kidman
    “WHAT LIES BENEATH” with Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer

  48. Chase says:

    For a change of pace and costume ideas from another era:
    Vincent Price in “House of Wax” from 1953.

  49. Bryan says:

    OK these are Holloween Movies so THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE X-MAS, Corpse Bride,and the not so popular FRANKENWEENIE (utube 30min)

  50. Linda B. says:

    Scariest movies – 1)  SIGNS 2) The Thing 3)  Devil (M. Night Shylamen…creepy); 4) The Mist (a Stephen King) 5) The Shining (the one with Jack Nicholson); 6) The Ring II  7)  Night of the Living Dead 8) Dawn of the Dead 9) Poltergiest 10)  From Dusk til Dawn   
    Kid Friendly:  Hocus Pocus; The Little Vampire; Rugrat’s Halloween; The Haunted Mansion; Halloweentown