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Best Scary Halloween Movies for Halloween Parties
What are the scariest movies of all time? We’ve created a list of some of the best Halloween movies, perfect for a Halloween sleepover for teens or even an adult Halloween party or movie night.
16 Top Teen Halloween Movies That Will Scare Adults, Too!
- Halloween series
- A Nightmare on Elm Street
- Silence of the Lambs
- The Exorcist
- Paranormal Activity
- The Shining
- The Conjuring
- Final Destination
- The Evil Dead
- The Saw Series
- The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
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Good Halloween Movies To Watch for the Holiday
Halloween (1978) John Carpenter’s Halloween is a classic slasher movie that has spawned several sequels and even an upcoming film. It is the best among those sequels thanks to Jamie Lee Curtis’ iconic portrayal of Laurie Strode, who sets out to kill Michael Myers after he brutally murdered her friends on Halloween. The film boasts of a terrifying theme, due in large part to the score provided by John Carpenter himself. It is perhaps one of the most memorable musical scores ever created for a horror movie and it still represents one of the best Halloween movies today.
Halloween II (1981) John Carpenter created another timeless classic with Halloween II. It’s the second film in a classic horror franchise and it once again features iconic imagery from Michael Myers, who escapes from an insane asylum to go on another killing spree. The hospital he is in releases him rather than risk a lawsuit because of his status as a minor when he committed his murders, so they must track him down.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street is one of the best Halloween movies ever made, due in large part to its antagonist, Freddy Krueger. Robert Englund’s portrayal of the child murderer who comes back from the dead to haunt his victims in their dreams has earned him an iconic status among horror movie fans. The movie, which has spawned several sequels and a remake, also boasts of some great looking special effects – particularly the ones used to create Freddy Krueger’s bladed glove and his burnt face.
Silence of the Lambs (1991) Hannibal Lecter has become so popular that he is now a character in the popular NBC television show, Hannibal. However, Anthony Hopkins’ portrayal of Lecter in Silence was a performance for the ages. He plays a cannibalistic serial killer who helps an FBI agent (played by Jodie Foster) track down another serial killer known as Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine). The performances were phenomenal and the plot was gripping, making this one of the best Halloween movies ever.
The Exorcist (1973) It’s no surprise that the Exorcist tops a list that looks at scariest movies ever created. After all, it is universally recognized as one of the most frightening films to have been produced. Linda Blair stars in this one as a young girl who is possessed by the devil himself. When her mother seeks out an exorcism, things only get worse from there as she eventually becomes violent and extremely evil. It’s one of the best scary Halloween movies ever made and will continue to terrify viewers for generations to come.
Paranormal Activity (2007) Paranormal Activity was a sleeper hit in the horror genre. It tells the story of a young couple that starts experiencing paranormal activity after they move into a new house. The movie made its debut at several film festivals before it was finally released to more mainstream audiences. What’s more, this film has spawned three sequels since then and even an upcoming television show on the horizon.
The Shining (1980) Jack Nicholson starred in this chilling adaption of Stephen King’s classic novel about a man who slowly goes insane after taking on the job of being a caretaker at an isolated hotel in the mountains. The Shining is considered by many to be one of the best scary movies ever created, and it’s not hard to see why. The cinematography throughout its runtime is downright chilling, making you cringe at just about any moment that Jack Nicholson puts on his “crazy face.”
Gremlins (1984) Gremlins is one of the best Halloween movies of all time because it represents a fun twist on the horror genre. It follows a young man who receives a strange pet for Christmas, which then spawns some very peculiar creatures known as “Gremlins.” However, it’s up to him and his family to keep them in line before they start wrecking havoc on the town. The film’s cast is perfect from top to bottom and it boasts of a hilarious script that will keep you in stitches even as chills run down your spine, which adds to its appeal and makes for an incredibly memorable viewing experience.
The Conjuring (2013) Wait until you get a load of the Conjuring. James Wan was a relatively new name in horror circles when he made this film, but now he’s one of the biggest names in the genre thanks to this 2013 classic. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga star as Ed and Lorraine Warren, paranormal investigators that help a family whose home has become possessed by an evil force known as “Annabelle.” What’s more, Annabelle has become the center of a very popular horror franchise that includes several films and even an upcoming TV show!
Final Destination (2000) Final Destination was a sleeper hit in the 2000s that adds a new spin on the supernatural horror sub-genre. It follows several high school kids who die in a bus crash, only to realize that Death has other plans for them and they’re all going to die soon. The teens all try to cheat death’s plan while it tries everything in its power to kill them. Final Destination spawned a successful and critically acclaimed franchise with multiple sequels. Like Halloween, it’s a film that will continue to be celebrated for years to come.
Candyman (1992) Candyman is a classic horror movie that was adapted from Clive Barker’s short story with the same title. It tells the tale of a graduate student who researches urban legends and has to make contact with urban legend character “Candyman” in order to finish his thesis. He finds out though, that he must bring “Candyman” back to life by saying his name five times in a mirror while standing in front of it at midnight, or he will be killed.
Creepshow (1982) Creepshow is one of the most popular horror anthologies in all of classic scary movies, combining elements of comedy with horrific tales from Stephen King and George Romero. It features a number of memorable segments, including one where a man devours his own son (gross) after being bitten by an insect and another where bugs begin to invade the home of a family. It was followed by three sequels, but none of them can hold a candle to this classic from 1982.
Tremors (1990) Tremors is about an isolated town that is terrorized by giant man-eating worms who have no qualms about eating humans for dinner. It stars Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward and Michael Gross in memorable performances that elevate the film beyond the typical B-movie status. It’s cheesy, but it also contains some genuinely funny moments, which makes this creature feature a delight to watch on Halloween or any time of year! (It went on to have 7 total movies in the series.)
The Evil Dead (1981) The Evil Dead is the first major film from director Sam Raimi and it inspired a legion of fans that continue to celebrate this horror classic. It’s about five college kids who go on vacation in the woods, only to come across an old book that has supernatural powers. They unknowingly unleash demons upon themselves and have to fight for their lives while trapped in their cabin. The practical effects are impressive for the time and have aged quite well while still being creepy today. It’s a perfect film to watch with friends around Halloween as part of your annual scary movie marathon!
Zombieland (2009) Zombieland is about a group of survivors who are trying to get from Los Angeles to New Orleans in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. It stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone in iconic roles that made the film fun to watch for horror fans of every gender. While it was a financial success, it didn’t do quite as well as expected at the box office, but over time has gained a cult following due to its hilarious dialogue and memorable characters. It’s also one of the few modern zombie flicks that doesn’t take itself too seriously and is a fun time for the teens and adults!
The Saw Series (2004-2010) For the best horror movie marathon, don’t forget a good collection of torture movies. When it comes to horror movies, one of the most famous and brutal franchises, known for its grisly torture ways is the Saw series. As far as Halloween treats go, this is a pretty terrifying series of movies. The first in this franchise came out in 2004 and was directed by James Wan who later went on to direct Insidious and The Conjuring. If you are looking for a movie to test the gore factor of your Halloween party, then Saw is it.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is one of the most iconic films in horror history and one that helped bring the genre back to life when it was struggling. It follows a group of friends who go out to visit an old house in the country only to run into Leatherface, a chainsaw-wielding maniac who will do anything to protect his home.
What’s on your list of best scary Halloween movies?
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