Scary Movies for Halloween
Get into the Halloween spirit with a scary (or not-so-scary) movie! This list has kid-friendly favorites like Hocus Pocus—dark and moody choices like The Shining and Interview with the Vampire—fun horror flicks like Beetlejuice or Scary Movie—and don’t forget classics like The Addams Family!
October 26, 2020
There may not be as much trick-or-treating this year—but you can still get into the Halloween spirit with a scary (or not-so-scary) movie!
The list is broken up into kid-friendly favorites like Hocus Pocus—dark and moody choices like The Shining and Interview with the Vampire—fun horror flicks like Beetlejuice or Scary Movie—paranormal action adventures like Constantine—realistic thrillers like Gothika and Panic Room—a whole host of horror, from Blair Witch Project to the new Stephen King’s IT—and don’t forget classics like The Addams Family!
In this list: kid-friendly, dark and moody, fun and funny, paranormal action/adventure, realistic thrillers, horror, classics.
A young girl walks through a secret door that she has found in her new home and discovers an alternate version of her life. On the surface, this parallel reality is eerily similar to her real life, but much better. When her adventure turns dangerous, and her counterfeit parents, including the Other Mother, try to keep her forever, Coraline must count on her resourcefulness, determination, and bravery to get back home – and save her family.
Victor has messed up his vows during a wedding rehearsal, and is traveling through the woods, reciting his vows. He stops to rest in the woods,and while practicing. He finally gets them right and ceremoniously puts the wedding ring on a finger-shaped stick in the ground and says his wedding vows. The stick turns out to be a rotted finger belonging to a murdered girl who has returned as a zombie and insists that she is now Victor’s lawfully wedded wife.
When three outlandishly wild witches are accidentally conjured up by pranksters, they return from 17th century Salem and set out to cast a spell on the town, but first they must outwit three kids and a talking cat.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Jack Skellington is the King of Halloween. He becomes bored with the same routine every year. He decides to take a walk in the woods. There, he discovers a door leading to Christmastown and decides to spread Christmas joy to the world. When he is back in Halloweentown he shows his friends what Christmas is like, and he suggests doing Christmas this year instead. But things do not go as planned when Oogie Boogie, an evil gambling boogey man, plots to play a game with Santa Claus’ life and creates a nightmare for all the good little boys and girls everywhere. Although Sally attempts to stop him, Jack embarks into the sky on a coffin-like sled pulled by skeletal reindeer.
From the makers of Coraline comes the story of Norman, a boy who must use his special powers to save his town from a centuries-old curse. In addition to spooky zombies, he’ll also have to take on unpredictable ghosts, wily witches, and, worst of all, clueless grown-ups. But this young ghoul whisperer will soon find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.;”A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grownups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.”
Dark and Moody
Hotshot attorney Kevin Lomax’s 64-0 case record has brought him a tempting offer from an elite New York firm. But the job Lomax accepts isn’t what it seems. The Devil is in the details.
Dan Torrance remains traumatized by the sinister events that occurred at the Overlook Hotel when he was a child, spending his days self-medicating away the ‘shine’ with alcohol. His hope for a peaceful existence soon becomes shattered when he meets Abra, a teen who shares his extrasensory gift.’ Together, they form an unlikely alliance to battle the True Knot, a cult whose members try to feed off the shine of innocents to become immortal.
In this psychological thriller, a delusional suburban teen is visited by a demonic rabbit with eerie visions of the past and deadly predictions for the future.
Four elderly men who gather once a week to thrill each other with tales of terror find one of their scariest stories coming to life. A woman they mistakenly left for dead fifty years earlier returns to life to get revenge. Based on Peter Straub’s book.
A professor lures three subjects to a mysterious mansion for an experiment which turns into a nightmare as the secrets of Hill House are revealed in this supernatural thriller.
Interview with the Vampire
A vampire with a conscience, Lestat (Cruise), tells the story of how he lured a young aristocrat (Pitt) into the immortality of the damned.
Let Me in
Abby, an eerily self-possessed young girl, emerges from her heavily curtained apartment only at night and always barefoot, seemingly immune to the bitter winter elements. Owen, an alienated 12-year-old boy, recognizes a fellow outcast and opens up to her, forming a unique bond. But as a string of grisly murders occupy his town, Owen has to confront the reality that this seemingly innocent girl might be hiding an unthinkable secret.
Let the Right One in
12-year-old Oscar is a fragile and bullied boy who finds love and revenge when he meets Eli. Eli is a beautiful but peculiar girl he befriends. She has moved into his building. Oscar does not know that she and her father are vampires. When strange disappearances and murders start happening in the town, suspicions mount from her neighbors and police. Eli must move on to stay alive or stay to help Oscar the only way she knows how.
Ofelia, a dreamy little girl, is uprooted to her new stepfather’s military outpost. Powerless and lonely in a place of unfathomable cruelty, Ofelia lives out her own dark fable as she confronts monsters both otherworldly and human.
A young boy and his parents spend the winter in a resort hotel which is possessed by ghosts of its evil past.
A noted child psychologist attempts to help a frightened 8-year-old boy who is experiencing terrifying visions of the dead.
A New York magistrate orders Ichabod Crane to travel to the small town of Sleepy Hollow to investigate two murders. Crane is determined to apprehend the murderous Headless Horseman and prove him to be a flesh-and-blood mortal.
In a quiet, isolated village in olde Pennsylvania, there lies a pact between the people of the village and the creatures who reside in the surrounding woods. The townspeople do not enter the woods, and the creatures do not enter the village. The pact stays in tact for many years, that is until the headstrong Lucius Hunt seeks medical supplies from neighboring towns beyond the woods. Animal carcasses begin to appear around the village, causing the elders to fear for the safety of the village, the sanctity of the pact, and so much more.
Fun and Funny
The Addams Family and Addams Family Values
Addams Family: When long-lost Uncle Fester reappears after twenty-five years in the Bermuda Triangle, the other members of the off-beat Addams clan plan a great celebration, only to begin to suspect that he may not be who he claims to be.
Addams Family Values: It’s love at first fright when Gomez and Morticia welcome a new addition to the Addams household, Pubert, their soft, cuddly, mustachioed baby boy. As Fester falls hard for voluptuous nanny Debbie Jilnsky, Wednesday and Pugsley discover she’s a black-widow murderess who plans to add Fester to her collection of dead husbands. The family’s future grows even bleaker when the no-good nanny marries Fester and has the kids shipped off to summer camp.
A doctor who is deathly afraid of spiders moves his family to a small town where the disgusting arachnids are attacking the townspeople. He must overcome his fear to save the community, but it may already be too late!
After Barbara and Adam Maitland are killed in a car crash, they find themselves trapped as ghosts in their beautiful New England farmhouse. Their peaceful ‘existence’ is disrupted when a yuppie family, the Deetz’s, buy their house. The Maitlands are too nice and harmless as ghosts and all their efforts to scare the Deetz’s away are unsuccessful. They decide to call to Beetlejuice, a people-exorcizing ghost, for help.
The Cabin in the Woods
A rambunctious group of five college friends steal away for a weekend of debauchery in an isolated country cabin, only to be attacked by horrific supernatural creatures in a night of endless terror and bloodshed. As the teens begin to exhibit standard horror movie behavior, a group of technicians in a control room are scrutinizing and sometimes even controlling every move the terrified kids make. Do they have any chance of escape?
Who killed Mr. Boddy? Was it Colonel Mustard in the study with the gun? Miss Scarlet in the billiard room with the rope? Or was it Wadsworth the butler?
Five shocking yarns, each a virtuoso exercise in the ghouls-and-gags style of classic ’50s horror comics. –Container.
Senior Charley Brewster finally has it all. He’s running with the cool kids and dating the hottest girl in high school. But all hell breaks loose when charming Jerry Dandrige moves in next door. Charlie thinks there’s something odd about him, although no one, including his mom seems to notice. But after too many of his classmates vanish under bizarre circumstances, Charley comes to an unmistakable conclusion: Jerry is a vampire preying on his neighborhood!
When doctors Venkman, Stantz and Spengler suddenly find themselves downsized from the University’s parapsychology department, they decide to go the entrepreneurial route, chasing down ghastly ghosts, unappetizing apparitions and the occasional insolent succubae. But the paratroopers of the paranormal face their greatest challenge when the beautiful Dana Barret discovers her refrigerator door leads directly to the gates of hell! Now with the whole world watching, it’s up to the Ghostbusters to keep Manhattan from becoming a madhouse.
When a young bank teller inadvertently breaks the rules of Mogwai care, his new pet Gizmo multiplies into a bevy of mischievous brothers, who soon morph into malevolent scaly creatures.
When three outlandishly wild witches are accidentally conjured up by pranksters, they return from 17th century Salem and set out to cast a spell on the town, but first they must outwit three kids and a talking cat.
A parady of all the scary movies you’ve ever seen. The victims pile up and the laughs pile on as a group of teenagers find themselves being stalked by a recognizable masked killer!
Teen wolf: Scott Howard is a teenager who yearns to be more than just a nice, average guy and he gets his wish. From deep within his personality, the Teen Wolf emerges. Teen wolf too: Todd is a bookish freshman whose full moon transformation into a big wolf on campus brings him glory, girls and a conflict of values.
What We Do in the Shadows
Vulvus, Viago, and Deacon are vampires who live here, among us. They are real vampires undead, immortal creatures who stalk the night and search for human blood, preferably virgins. Witness the many horrid, abominable aspects of vampire life, such as hunting and feeding, vampire rivalry and fighting with werewolves, as well as normal night to night aspects that make them not so different from us like keeping the flat clean, jobs, shopping, meeting people and trying to fit in.
A finely tuned parody of the old Frankenstein movies, in which Wilder returns to the old country to clear his family name. He finds his late grandfather’s step-by-step manual explaining how to bring a corpse to life. With Igor, his hunchbacked assistant, and the curvaceous Inga, Dr. Frankenstein creates a monster who only wants to be loved.
Paranormal Action Adventure
Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter
Abraham Lincoln, history’s greatest hunter of the undead, must risk the presidency, his family, and his life to protect America from the bloodthirsty vampires.
Wesley Snipes stars as the tortured soul Blade — half man, half immortal. Blade sharpens his lethal skills under the guidance of Whistler (Kris Kristofferson), his mentor, guardian, and fellow hunter of the night. When the bloodthirsty Immortals’ lord, Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff), declares war on the human race, Blade is humanity’s last hope for survival. — Container.
The Brothers Grimm
19th-century folklore collectors, Wilhem and Jacob Grimm are con artists who perform bogus exorcisms of evil enchantments while traveling from village to village in French-occupied Germany. The two soon find themselves ensnared in a genuinely supernatural crisis involving the curse of the Mirror Queen and other such fantastical marvels as the Big Bad Wolf, the Gingerbread Man, and other truly enchanted flora and fauna. A manic villain and a serious fantasy involving the beautiful Angelika, proves to be the Grimm Brothers’ most reliable ally.
Supernatural detective John Constantine and policewoman Angela Dodson travel to the world of demons and angels.
In the year 2019, an unknown plague has transformed the world’s population into vampires. As the human population nears extinction, so does the blood supply. Now the vampires must find a blood substitute before time runs out. Researcher Edward Dalton and a clandestine group of vampires have made a remarkable discovery, one which has the power to save the human race.
Set in the 1920s, adventurer Rick leads Egyptologist Evelyn and her brother Jonathan to mysterious Hamunaptra. While Johnathan is keen on finding the legendary Egyptian treasures, Evelyn wants to search for the Book of the Living, which would clarify a lot in historical knowledge about the ancient Egyptians. Unfortunately, they free Imhotep’s mummy from his eternal prison. Imhotep, a former high priest to the pharoah, wants not only to use Evelyn’s body to bring back his mistress Anck Su Namunut, but also to rule the world.
Thought safely entombed deep beneath the desert, an ancient princess whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day. Her malevolence has grown over millennia and with it come terrors that defy human comprehension.
Resident Evil: Retribution & Apocalypse
Alice fights alongside a resistance movement in the continuing battle against the Umbrella Corporation and the undead.
Human society has been decimated by a holocaust caused by biological warfare research gone wrong. The intent was to create super-soldiers, but a genetically-engineered virus turns infected humans into Hemophages. These human, vampire-like sub-species have enhanced physical abilities. In the infection-paranoid and technologically advanced society that follows, Violet is a singular Hemophage warrior battling the totalitarian dictator who is determined to wipe out her species at any cost.
A war has been raging between the Vampires and the Lycans for centuries. Selene is a vampire Death Dealer who finds out that the Lycans have plans to capture Michael. As Selene begins to track Michael, she becomes more convinced that the Lycans are planning an attack against the Death Dealers. The vampire kingpin, Kraven, is certain the Lycans do not have that kind of intelligence. As Selene shadows Michael, she finds herself wanting to protect him, but when he’s attacked by Lucian, the leader of the werewolf community, and the man she wants to save has now become a sworn enemy.
Legendary 19th-century monster hunter Van Helsing is sent to mysterious Transylvania to battle the evil Dracula is trying to release with the unwilling help of Frankestein’s monster and a wolf-man.
Nina, a stunningly talented but dangerously unstable ballerina on the verge of stardom. Pushed to the breaking point by her driven artistic director and the threat posed by a seductive rival dancer, Nina’s tenuous grip on reality starts to slip away…plunging her into a waking nightmare.
On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question. Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? —
Dr. Miranda Grey is a clinical psychologist who works alongside her husband, Doug, in the mental ward of a top security prison, where Miranda has been devoting much of her attention to a clever but deeply disturbed murderer named Chloe. One night, Miranda has a hideous nightmare in which a chance meeting with a strange young girl. Once she wakes, however, Miranda discovers that the real horror has just begun.
One Hour Photo
Sy works in photo processing. His favorite customers are the Yorkin family. Sy dotes on the Yorkins whenever they drop off film to be processed and they are indulgent of Sy’s attentions. What the Yorkins don’t know is Sy has been obsessively making copies of their photos, imagining himself to be Uncle Sy, a member of the family. Sy’s tenuous hold on reality begins to collapse when he develops a roll of film brought in by a new customer that suggests infidelity and the notion that his ideal family may be falling apart is troubling for Sy.
Trapped in their New York brownstone’s panic room, a hidden chamber built as a sanctuary in the event of break-ins, newly divorced Meg and her daughter Sarah play a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with three intruders during a brutal home invasion. But the room itself is the focal point because what the intruders really want is inside it.
Following a bitter separation from his wife, famed mystery writer Mort Rainey is unexpectedly confronted at his remote lake house by a dangerous stranger named John Shooter. Claiming Mort has plagiarized his short story, the psychotic Shooter demands justice. When Shooter’s demands turn to threats, and then to murder, Mort turns to a private detective he knows. But when nothing stops the horror from spiraling out of control, Mort soon discovers he can’t trust anyone or anything.
30 Days of Night
Barrow, Alaska is the northernmost town in the U.S. Isolated in 80 miles of roadless wilderness, cut off every winter for 30 days of night. More importantly, the population dwindles from over 500 to 150 souls willing to brave the cold and the seemingly endless night. Charged with protecting the town during its nocturnal period, Sheriff Eben is a man trying to reconnect with his estranged wife Stella, who misses the last plane out before nightfall. As they deal with being thrust together again, a rash of crimes–including the killing of a number of dogs and the destruction of a helicopter–breaks out over the tiny town.
A horror film about a young couple and their children who move into a house that was once the site of a horrific series of murders. Over the next 28 days, they find that the house might be haunted by a murderous presence.
Blair Witch Project
Three student filmmakers set out into the forest to film a documentary on a legend known as The Blair Witch. As they become lost in the woods, an unseen evil begins to stalk and harass them. They soon realize that what they are filming is not a legend, but their own descent into a horrifying encounter with the supernatural.
The Bone Snatcher
After finding bones stripped of flesh around a strange rock dome, Alex discovers that he is being hunted by millions of creatures. As darkness descends, the ground is a living carpet capable of devouring flesh with every step. Hell has been unleashed …
The Bye Bye Man
When three college students move into an old house off campus, they unwittingly unleash a supernatural entity, who comes to prey upon them once they discover his name. The friends must try to save each other, all the while keeping the entity’s existence a secret to save others from the same deadly fate.
Five friends celebrate their college graduation by driving to a remote cabin in the woods to enjoy their last days of summer. When one of them contracts a grisly and deadly sickness that causes her skin to fester and burn, the others soon realize if they get too close, they may be next. What begins as a struggle against disease, soon turns into a battle of friend against friend as the fear of the contagion increases.
Carrie White is a shy young girl who doesn’t make friends easily. After her class mates taunt her about her horrified reaction to her totally unexpected first period one of them takes pity on her and gets Tommy Ross, her boyfriend and class hunk to invite Carrie to the senior prom. Meanwhile another girl who has been banned from the prom for her continued aggressive behavior is not as forgiving and plans a trick to embarrass Carrie in front of the whole school. What she doesn’t realise is that Carrie is– gifted, and you really don’t want to get her angry –Internet Movie Database.
Fear Dot Com
A mad genius has created a live-cam website that determines a person’s deepest fear and then 48 hours later that fear becomes a brutal reality. An investigating detective and a city health inspector know the danger of logging into the site, but both are determined to solve the mystery.
A young black man meets his white girlfriend’s parents at their estate, only to find out that the situation is much more sinister than it appears.
Karen is an American nurse living and working in Tokyo who agrees to cover the shift of another nurse. When she enters the assigned home, she discovers an elderly woman who is lost in a catatonic state. As she tends the woman, Karen hears scratching sounds upstairs and goes to investigate. Within this house is a chain of terror more terrifying than she could ever imagine, resulting from a terrifying evil that was born years before. As more people die, Karen is pulled into the cycle of horror and learns the secret of the vengeful curse. Now she must stop it before it’s too late.
In 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers brutally killed his older sister. The silent child was incarcerated in the Smith’s Grove Sanitarium under the care of psychiatrist Sam Loomis. Michael’s hometown of Haddonfield was slowly beginning to forget the tragic crime. That is until Loomis returns to the town to warn them of Myers’ escape from Smith’s Grove. With Michael set on killing a group of high school students, Loomis gets the hesitant town sheriff to help him stop Michael before it’s too late.
The Haunting in Connecticut
The Campbell family moves to upstate Connecticut. They soon learn that their charming Victorian home has a disturbing history. The house was once a transformed funeral parlor where inconceivable acts occurred. The owner’s clairvoyant son, Jonah, served as a demonic messenger. He provided a gateway for spiritual entities to crossover. Now unspeakable terror awaits when Jonah, the boy who communicated with the dead, returns to unleash horror on the innocent and unsuspecting family. Based on a true story.
The story of a family who, shortly after moving, discovers that dark spirits have possessed their home and that their son has inexplicably fallen into a coma. Trying to escape the haunting and save their son, they move again only to realize that it was not their house that was haunted.
It can be anything. A fanged monster that won’t stay on the movie screen. Something ominous lurking in the basement. A malevolent force in a small New England town takes the shape of a clown, but It isn’t clowning around. Instead, It terrifies youngsters with their innermost fears, bringing some to their untimely doom — until a group of wily neighborhood kids fight back. Thirty years later the evil resurfaces: meaner, angrier, deadlier. And the friends who vividly remember the terrors of their youth reunite to make a desperate stand against It.
A group of bullied kids band together when a monster, taking the appearance of a clown, begins hunting children.
Alone on a desolate highway, two homebound teens are nearly run off the road by a dementd tailgater. Later they spot this maniac disposing a body down into a sewer pipe. When they stop to investigate, they realize the horrible mistake they have made. The unspeakable evil maniac now intends to make them his next victims.
Life is very pleasant for a California family until a host of other-worldly forces invades their peaceful suburban home. Their house is turned into a supernatural sideshow, and if the family doesn’t clear out, they will be swept off into nightmarish chaos.
Clyde and Stephanie Brenek see little cause for alarm when their youngest daughter Em becomes oddly obsessed with an antique wooden box she purchased at a yard sale. But as Em’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, the couple fears the presence of a malevolent force in their midst, only to discover that the box was built to contain a Dibbuk, a dislocated spirit that inhabits and ultimately devours its human host.
A Quiet Place
In a post-apocalyptic world, a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing.
A strange videotape full of bizarre and haunting images is watched by a handful of teenagers. After the viewing the tape, they receive phone calls in which they are warned they will die in seven days. Rachel, the aunt of one of the ill-fated teens, is a journalist who has decided to investigate the matter. She manages to find the cabin in the woods and watches the video herself afterward, she receives the same phone call, and realizes she must solve the puzzle of the video and who is behind.
Jake must make a video of each of the seven days he has left to live. If someone views this video, he will not die.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
It’s l968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind, but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley where for generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time.
In Bucks County, Pennsylvania, a five-hundred-foot crop circle is found on the farm of Graham Hess, the town’s reverend. The circles cause a media frenzy and test Hess’s faith as he journeys to find out the truth behind the crop circles.
Stephen King’s Desperation
A corrupt sheriff arrests travelers that come across his path. They soon realize that all is not of this world when they see dead townspeople everywhere, and the sheriff changing into something inhuman.
Train to Busan (Pusan Haeng)
While a zombie-virus breaks out in South Korea, a couple of passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan.
After a zombie epidemic, R (a zombie) rescues Julie (a human survivor) from a zombie attack. The two form a special relationship in their struggle for survival, R becomes increasingly more human, setting off a chain of events that begins to transform the other zombies and maybe even the whole lifeless world.
What Lies Beneath
When Claire Spencer begins seeing ghostly images and hearing mysterious voices in her home, her husband Norman suspects it is just her imagination, until the images turn real. Together they uncover the truth.
A family in 1630s New England faces destruction by the forces of witchcraft, black magic, and possession. When one of their five children goes missing and their life-sustaining crops fail, they fall victim to paranoia and fear as they begin to turn on one another.
Alfred Hitchcock, the Masterpiece Collection
The best of Alfred Hitchcock, including Marnie, Torn Curtain, Topaz, Saboteur, Shadow of a Doubt, Rope, Rear Window, The Trouble with Harry, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Vertigo, and Psycho.
The Addams Family
Seasons 1-3 of the classic television program “The Addams Family” in which the wealthy, eccentric Addamses enjoy everything macabre and spooky.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Plant-like extra-terrestrials invade earth and replicate in the form of giant seed pods, taking over the souls of unsuspecting citizens while they sleep.
The Munsters: Two-Movie Fright Fest
Munster, go home: After Fred inherits an uncle’s English estate, the Munster family go to England where Fred uncovers a counterfeiting ring and upholds the family honor by driving his Drag-u-la special in the annual road race.
The Munsters’ revenge: A visit 15 years after the original series to the mansion at 43 Mockingbird Lane finds the Munsters involved with a demented scientist who creates look-alikes.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Reinventing himself as Sweeney Todd, a man unjustly sent to prison returns to exact revenge on those who ruined his life, especially the evil Judge Turpin who sent the man to prison. Not only does he seek revenge for the cruel punishment he suffered in prison, but also for what happened to his wife and daughter. When he returns to his home town, he reopens his barber shop, where Mr. Todd becomes the Demon of Fleet Street. Mrs. Lovett is Sweeney’s amorous accomplice who creates diabolical meat pies out of the remains of Mr. Todd’s victims.