The Scariest Movies to Watch This Halloween
The miniature candy is taking up floor space at your local grocery store and the pumpkin spice lattes are flowing freely. It can only mean one thing. Halloween is just around the corner.
I don’t care if you’re too chicken to watch scary movies. I don’t care if fake blood and guts tie your stomach in knots. It’s not Halloween unless you watch at least one scary movie. Now, if you’re only going to watch one or two thrillers in the month of October, you must make them count. That’s where we come in.
Today, we’re going to take a look at some of the scariest, creepiest, and most horrifying movies available. So, get some popcorn ready, grab a box of miniature candy bars, and get ready for a comprehensive guide to the scariest movies available.
Scary movies are very niche. Apart from a select group of movie going masochists, most people avoid them like the plague. That’s what makes the financial, mainstream success of 2017’s Get Out so remarkable.
Jordan Peele’s directorial debut made bank, to the tune of $175-million in box office revenue. That’s no small feat, especially for a horror movie.
The film follows protagonist Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) as he sets out to meet the parents of his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams). What follows is a tense, scary, and thought-provoking critique on racism, interracial relationships, and society at large. If you haven’t seen Get Out, drop everything and watch it right now.
I’m going to go right out and say it: The Conjuring is my favorite horror movie of all time. Yes, it uses all of the tired old haunted house tropes, yes, its story is basic and unsurprising, and yes, it’s painfully predictable, but that’s exactly why I love it so much.
With the conjuring director James Wan pays homage to all of the classic horror movie tropes by repackaging them in unique and interesting ways. From the very first scene, it just feels like a classic. But there’s more to The Conjuring than a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Camera tricks, tense music, and spot-on casting all contribute to an incredibly enjoyable, and terrifying, movie-watching experience.
An oldie, but a goodie. With Rosemary’s Baby, world-renowned director Roman Polanski didn’t just set the tone for his career, but also set the bar for all of the feature-length thrillers yet to be made. The film, released back in 1968, tells the peculiar tale of Rosemary (Mia Farrow) who, in her effort to birth her first child, gets twisted up in a devious plot.
Yes, it’s an older film, but do not write it off. Rosemary’s Baby is every bit as scary now as it was when it was still enjoying its first theatrical run. That’s because it doesn’t rely on dated special effects or campy camera tricks to build tensions. Mystery, atmosphere, and Oscar winning performances are what keep this film relevant over 50-years later.