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10 Scary Halloween Movies To Watch This Fall

Ghosts, witches, and killer clowns. Halloween is nothing without the scary movies to raise our blood pressure. Check out these scary Halloween movies that we’re cowering from this October!

Key the dramatic and scary soundtrack music. Now that Halloween is quickly approaching, prepping our Halloween costume isn’t the only way to get prepared for the season!

We have 30 days to prepare ourselves and what better way to do that than by watching scary Halloween movies?! You might be into thrillers, gore, or creepy ghost stories and we’ve got you covered with this list!

Disturbia (2007)

Disturbia

If you’d rather ditch the bloody Halloween movies and settle for a suspenseful thriller, Disturbia is the movie for you. The film follows the story of a teenager who is sentenced to three months of house arrest.

While he’s home, he settles for spying on his neighbors through a pair of binoculars until he thinks one of his neighbors is a serial killer. After a woman goes missing, his friends come together to discover his secret, hopefully without becoming causalities themselves. The film stars Shia LaBeouf and David Morse.

Halloween (1978)

Halloween

If you haven’t heard of Michael Myers, you’ve been living under a rock! The Halloween franchise is one of the biggest Halloween movies to hit the screen, especially around its namesake holiday!

The first film of the series follows Michael Myers, a six-year-old, who brutally murders his sister. After being put away for 15 years, he escapes and returns home to go on a killing spree.

“Halloween: the night he came home!” Rarely seeing his face throughout the film, Nick Castle plays Michael Myers although he is credited as “The Shape” and Jamie Lee Curtis stars as Laurie Strode.

Insidious (2011)

Insidious

If you think the song “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” sounds like a sweet circus tune, you’re wrong, especially when it is set to the scenes of Insidious. While the scenes of this movie will get your heart jumping, the soundtrack will help build up your anxiety.

The film follows a couple whose son falls into a coma. After, they begin witnessing paranormal things happening in their house like moving items and threatening voices through the baby monitor.

They soon come to learn that the house isn’t haunted but the boy himself. The film stars Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne.

Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

Insidious 2

The saga didn’t end with the first film. Two years later, the second film in the Insidious franchise was released. The film picks up after the son wakes up from his coma and the family thinks all their troubles are gone when they move into a relative’s house.

The family soon realizes that the paranormal activities are far from over. Spirits are still following their family around and it’s only a matter of time before the situation becomes deadly for one of them. Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne reprise their roles as Josh and Renai Lambert.

Poltergeist (2015)

Poltergeist

The 2015 film is a remake of the original film which was released in 1982. The story follows a couple that moves into a new house with their three children. Their youngest daughter can be seen communicating with someone (or something) through her closet and that’s when strange things begin occurring.

After she disappears through her closet, the family enlists help to rescue her from a poltergeist. The film stars Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt.

Saw (2004)

Saw

For your Halloween films, you might prefer blood and horror, and if you do, Saw is certainly the film for you. Saw will not only mess with your mind but if you’re squeamish, it will have you cowering away from the screen.

The film follows Adam and Lawrence, a photographer and oncologist, respectively. They both wake up inside a bathroom shackled to pipes. They are left in the room with a corpse that holds a revolver and cassette.

After listening to the cassettes, Adam is told to escape the bathroom while Lawrence has instructions to kill Adam before six o’clock or else his wife and daughter will be killed. The story follows the two men as it explains how they got to that point and how their stories end.

Stephen King’s It (1990)

Stephen King's It

Most of us think of clowns as funny characters, but not in the 1990 film It. If you’re familiar with a boggart in the Harry Potter world, that is what you can expect in this film. Pennywise the Dancing Clown often appears in clown form but he has the ability to transform into a person’s worst fear.

He first appears to the children when they are younger but then resurfaces when they are adults. Although he is certainly creepy, many of his actions are in fact comical in a morbid sense. Pennywise the Dancing Clown is played by Tim Curry and he is joined by John Ritter, Annette O’Toole, and Harry Anderson.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

The original film was released in 1974 surrounding Leatherface and his family, who antagonize a group of friends. The friends find themselves stuck in a house and are faced with a group of cannibals.

Leatherface wears the skin of his victims on his face while having piles and piles of bones in his house. In many scenes of the film, he can be seen chasing his victims with a chainsaw. Although many of these scenes may seem comical today, this is still a classic and must-see Halloween film.

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

The Blair Witch Project

You know those classic Halloween movies about cabins and the woods where every decision seems like a bad idea? This is one of those films! The film is about three student filmmakers who disappear in the woods while shooting a documentary.

The film is the recovered footage of what happened to them along the way. The group goes into the woods to find out more about Blair Witch, a legend that explains the disappearances and killings of residents of the fictional town, Blair, Maryland.

These occasions are thought to be the doing of Elly Kedward’s ghost, a resident who was sentenced to death for practicing witchcraft. The film stars Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, and Joshua Leonard.

The Conjuring (2013)

The Conjuring

You can’t have a true marathon of Halloween movies if you’re missing a film with ghosts! The film follows real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren as they set out to help a family dealing with paranormal occurrences.

The family moves into a new house and immediately Lorraine can sense the devastating events that have taken place in the house. On her initial visit, she sees a body (ghost) hanging from a tree and she can sense multiple spirits within the house. The spirit soon latches itself onto the family and Ed and Lorraine try to help them get rid of the deadly spirit. The film stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga.

Are you scared yet? Halloween is a holiday for tricks and treats and you’ll definitely experience both when watching these movies! If you’re not a fan of jumping out of your seat for Halloween, you can always choose the more lighthearted films to get you in the spirit.

If you’re recalling your childhood favorites, you could always choose the Disney Channel Original Movie Halloweentown. For the ultimate Halloween classic that no one can resist, make sure you tune into Hocus Pocus!

In the comments below, let us know what movies you’re watching to get into the Halloween spirit!

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