Movies and books are my addictions. Growing up, I watched a lot of horror movies. Some people prefer old movies and some prefer new movies. No judgement on movie ages here! If it’s good I’ll watch it.
This list of old movies (in no particular order) to watch on Halloween contains some classic and not-so-classic choices.
There is one tradition for Halloween that I stick to most of the time. It’s watching Halloween, always the original, on Halloween. It isn’t the scariest movie of all time but it has a definite creepy factor mixed with a great theme song. Thank you, John Carpenter! Any Michael Myers fans out there?
2. The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
The 2006 version of The Hills Have Eyes is a remake of the original from 1977. Family vacation. Check. Cannibal villains. Check. Gorey details. Also, check. Warning: Possible triggers (mental health) with this movie.
3. Nightmare On Elm Street Series
Ah, Nightmare On Elm Street. The movie series that is responsible for nightmares and a sadistic, yet catchy, children’s nursery rhyme. With his disfigured face, steel claw gloves and striped sweater, Freddy Krueger brings one nightmare after another in this series.
4. Friday the 13th Series
You might have seen Camp Crystal Lake logos on a lot of Halloween merchandise this year. Camp Crystal Lake is a campground that is the main setting in most of the Friday the 13th movies. Jason is famous for his machete and hockey mask. Want a slasher film that isn’t from the 60’s or 70’s? Friday the 13th could be good option then!
5. The Evil Dead (1981)
Bruce Campbell is especially popular for The Evil Dead. If supernatural scares and gore are your thing then The Evil Dead might be a good fit! Supernatural. Check. Cabin in the woods. Check. Evil book. Check. Creepy laugh from an evil character. Also, check.
6. The Amityville Horror
The Amityville Horror is a good movie pick for someone that likes horror movies loosely based on real life events. Many argue over the original and the remake. Personally speaking, I’ll watch either one. The fact that the movie is loosely based on real life events makes it much more scarier. Evil spirits taking over a house can always up the scare factor as well.
7. Silent Hill
You don’t have to play the Silent Hill video games to enjoy the movie! If you played the video game before watching the movie, here is your warning, don’t expect the movie to 100% follow the video game… the same goes for movies based on books. Adopted daughter, Sharon, suffers with her mental health. In an attempt to help her the Mother takes Sharon to an unusual town. Horrifying truths are revealed and survival becomes most important, separated or not.
8. Pet Sematary
Life shouldn’t be brought back. That’s one of the rules in horror movies. Not everyone follows those rules and must suffer the consequences. The price on life can never be high enough, animal or human.
9. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is another classic. It is so much of a classic that there are too many remakes. A lot of the remakes are different from one another yet also the same. So, which one should you watch? Pick one or pick all and decide which one you like best! When choosing one it’s never a bad idea to go with the original (1974). P.S. Cannibalism is down this movie’s path.
10. Return of the Living Dead
Looking for a horror movie that is also funny? Return of the Living Dead is an accidental zombie movie. It’s not like modern zombie movies and will definitely give some good laughter.
Worthy Mentions: Jaws, Anaconda, Deep Blue Sea, Carrie, House on Haunted Hill (1999), Saw II, Scream, The Craft, I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Devil’s Rejects, The Strangers, Hocus Pocus (just because).
What are your favorite movies to watch on Halloween? There are so many good movies out there to watch for the holiday that aren’t scary as well!