The Scariest Movies to Watch This Halloween

The Babadook

As fun as it may be to experience the horror movies of old, sometimes your modern brain requires a more modern horror experience. The Babadook checks off all those boxes.

The Australia psychological thriller/monster movie follows a widow and her only son as they try to both cope with the loss of the boy’ father and stay sane in the face of the supernatural entity that’s determined to derail their young lives. The family’s monster troubles kick off when the son asks his mom to read to him from an obscure pop-up book called “Mister Babadook.” Slowly, the horrors of the book begin to materialize in the real world and the family are forced to face them head on.

The Cabin in the Woods

Much like The Conjuring, The Cabin in the Woods sets up its protagonists (or victims) on a familiar foundation. Looking for some much-needed R & R, five college kids set out to unwind at a remote cabin, you guessed it, in the woods.

The isolated cabin is full of strange odds and ends. Most notably, a strange journal. After reading a series of odd incantations, the group of would-be college grads find themselves struggling to survive a crew of killer zombies.


Equal parts scary and hilarious, The Cabin in the Woods is an ode to the campy, low-budget horror movies of yore. The only difference is that this one is actually good.

The Silence of the Lambs

Part crime thriller, part psychological drama, 1991’s The Silence of the Lambs deserves to be on everyone’s scary movie watch list until the end of time.

The story follows a green FBI cadet, masterfully portrayed by a young Jodie Foster, who is investigating a serial killer who skins continuously skins his victims. Backed in to a corner, the young FBI director reaches out to another serial murderer for help, a known cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins).

What follows is a labyrinth of suspense, top-tier acting and horrifying scenes that will have you sleeping with a night light until November 1. Seriously, I can’t recommend this one enough. Preferably with some fava beans and a nice chianti.

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