5 Great Scary Movies to Watch For Halloween [VIDEOS]
It’s the Halloween season once again, which means it’s time to watch good, creepy movies. However, with every good scary movie comes countless poorly made attempts to freak us out.
You don’t have time to wade through a bunch of bad movies, so find these 5 favorites of mine. You won’t be disappointed as they are not only good the first time but on multiple viewings. My love of the John Carpenter movie “The Thing” is well documented on the website, so I’ll leave that one off this time.
Pop some corn, dim the lights and enjoy these movies.
This movie, starring George C. Scott was made in 1980 and it’s part ghost story, part mystery. Scott plays a man who has tragedy turn his life upside down so he moves into a big old house to start over. As fate would have it, this house has secrets it wants to tell him.
I’ve always liked this movie because the pacing isn’t frantic, there are no cheesy computer special effects and there are some genuine chills, including this creepy seance scene.
I’ve started with some older movies, but this more recent haunted house story holds a lot of good scares.
Based on “true events”, this movie is great in the way it sets up scenes to keep you on the edge of your seat, and the performances are great.
This is a terrific and gruesome tale of a fragile, often bullied 12-year-old boy who longs for a friend. He finally finds a young girl and they become friends just as some nasty deaths and attacks are taking place around them. Perhaps, his new friend is more than she seems.
I highly recommend the Swedish original, you’ll get used to the subtitles quickly. However, there is a an American remake of this movie, called “Let Me In”, which is nearly as good. You can’t go wrong either way.
I started this list with a movie that my dad brought me to at a younger age, so I’ll finish with a movie he brought me to when I was 10. I give him credit for picking great movies as this one holds up.
The original Alien didn’t have all the action of its sequel “Aliens”, but it’s the better horror film. Being confined and isolated with a small group can be unnerving enough, but when you throw in an expected visitor it can be terrifying entertainment.
Like most of the scary movies I like, it doesn’t rely on computer generated effects or gross out scenes that populate more recent movies. Give me a good story, deliberate pacing, and good acting every time.