‘Tis The Season: 31 Scary Movies To Watch Before Halloween


By Rachela Forcellese

Finally, it is officially October! Now that Halloween month is upon us, it’s time to start celebrating in the best way possible…A.K.A. by watching scary movies. In fact, you should pledge this month to watch one scary movie per day. It’s truly the only way to celebrate. But don’t worry. We’ve done the hard work for you. Here are 31 movies you should watch this October.

1. The Hills Have Eyes

You have to like gruesome and uncomfortable movies to like this one. But it takes your worst fears about being broken down in the desert and makes them come true.

2. Tusk

This is a true Kevin Smith horror comedy, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that the lab created monster is absolutely horrifying.

3. Cabin in the Woods

While not entirely terrifying, the manipulated horror scene makes Cabin in the Woods a classic. Plus, you get a million different monsters just in one flick.

4. The Conspiracy

This is a great straight-to-Netflix gem. It is found footage that actually works while incorporating the grim mysteriousness of conspiracy theories.

5. The Sacrament

Based off the Jonestown massacres, The Sacrament shows you a horrific inside look of what went down before they drank the Kool Aid. Eli Roth doesn’t disappoint in showing the true and sad nature of brainwashing.

6. Halloween (2007)

While the original is excellent, Malcom McDowell delivers a performance that makes the masked murder even better.

7. The Devil’s Rejects

Rob Zombie creates a surprisingly likable family dynamic in The Devil’s Rejects, even if they are brutal serial killers.

8. Insidious

Personally, this is one of my favorite James Wan movies. The cinematography is gorgeous which only contributes to the overall horror of the paranormal.

9. Hostel Part II

The first one is scary, but I think the second one has an even better plot and more kickass girls to deal with. But be ready, because it’s very viscerally gruesome. Eli Roth likes to do that to us.

10. Hannibal

Hannibal Lecter is one of the scariest villains in horror because he is ruthless, but also brutally intelligent. Nothing is worse than the dinner party scene at the end.

11. The ABC’s of Death 2

I recommend the second because the first is truly terrible and deals in topics like pedophilia. This movie is 36 shots of horror with every letter of the alphabet. Each made by a different director. It’s unique, scary, and great if you have a short attention span.

12. The Blair Witch Project

This classic defined found horror footage. It really did change the game. If you’re looking for something suspenseful and anxiety inducing, this is the flick for you. It also helps if one of your fears is being lost in the woods.

13. The Babadook

Also a cinematography masterpiece, this movie is for you if you like vague monsters and serious jump scares and…Australians. It’s gorgeous and got a lot of buzz when it first came out on Netflix.

14. Scream

Probably one of the most classic horror comedy spoofs of our time. If you’re looking for a movie that parodies all of the basic movie horror movie tropes while still being pretty scary, Scream is for you.

15. It Follows

The cinematography of It Follows is reason enough to see this flick. It has a great 80’s soundtrack and vibe similar to Stranger Things. Plus what is scarier than a sexually transmitted curse?

16. 30 Days Of Night

While most vampire flicks can be romanticized and not very scary, 30 Day’s Of Night does not fail to deliver. Blood sucking vampires invade a small isolated town in Alaska to kill all of its victims? Count me in.

17. You’re Next

Everyone needs a good home invasion horror movie if they are doing a scary movie marathon. You’re Next incorporates family issues with cold-blooded murder. And the whole cast is entertaining as hell.

18. Saw

While the rest of the franchise got a little too into the mutilation porn, the first Saw was innovative and interesting. The ending makes me die every single time I watch.

19. The Shining

It’s always safe to throw a serious classic into the mix. What’s better than a young Jack Nicholson and Stephen King? Nothing.

20. v/h/s

This movie will ruin you and give you nightmares for the rest of your life. Promise.

21. Green Inferno

A group of young activists try and save a tribe from the rainforest, only to find out they are violent cannibals.

22. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Some old horror movies don’t stand the test of time, but not the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Sure, the outfits are a little outdated. But a man swinging around a chainsaw and chasing youngins is pretty timeless.

23. The Ring

In preparation for the long awaited sequel, it’s always a good time to revisit the girl that died in the well.

24. Funny Games

This is regarded as one of the scariest movies of all time and rightly so. None of the deaths are shown on screen and it is shot to simply frustrate the audience at every turn. It is not like other horror movies, but the emotions are so visceral and aggravating that you cannot help but be scared.

25. Maniac

Shot entirely in the first person, Elijah Wood plays a deeply sociopathic serial killer. It’s shot gorgeously and is very gory at the same time. It’s a very unique twist on the standard serial killer dynamic.

26. Red State

This film centers around someone trying to kill the leader of a fundamentalist compound.

27. Drag Me to Hell

A well made horror comedy about a paranormal experience gone wrong. Don’t watch if you don’t like dead cats.

28. 28 days later

One has to include a zombie movie in a horror marathon, and what better one than this? It’s truly terrifying.

29. The Strangers

Another good invasion movie, but this one has a little less humor and gets much darker more quickly.

30. Jennifer’s Body

Not truly horror but Megan Fox is hot af in this horror comedy flick. Plus it’s fun to watch her exact her revenge on thirsty boys.

31. Final Destination

Another franchise that got out of control after the first few, the original is still the number one must see. It was innovative to have fate be the actual killer. Plus, you get some Sean William Scott action in there.

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