When I started this series, I had several posts in mind about different movie genres, but now I’m down to just two days left in the series. So we’ll have to go with one genre and save the others for another time!
Since Halloween is tomorrow, and since I LOVE a good scary movie, I thought I’d give you some suggestions for your weekend. These flicks are great for popping up some corn and snuggling on the couch with all the lights off.
A quick disclaimer: I’m not including movies that are so chock full of gore that it’s beyond ridiculous. I’ve seen a few of those movies and they aren’t my style. Some of these suggestions DO have blood and gore in them, but it’s not the main focus of the movie. I’m also not including movies with a satanic focus. Those are too scary in my opinion, and so I can’t in good conscience recommend them!
My Favorite Scary Movies for Halloween
The Sixth Sense – 1999
A classic thriller starring Bruce Willis, with one of the best twist endings EVER. This movie gave us the popular line: “I see dead people.” Very scary.
The Others – 2001
This flick stars Nicole Kidman and is a little like The Sixth Sense in its premise. It’s a spooky mystery set at the end of WWII that begins with a bloodcurdling scream and never lets you go until the very end. One of my absolute favorites.
The Ring – 2002
This movie might just be the scariest thing I’ve ever seen. I can’t really say why because I don’t want to spoil it if by some chance you haven’t see it yet. But it is downright terrifying. It starts with a video tape and a phone call and just spirals into absolute terror. Plan to sleep with the light on and the TV turned OFF.
The Silence of the Lambs – 1991
I can remember in vivid detail seeing this in the theater. I kept my feet tucked up underneath me in the seat the entire time, uncomfortable as it was, because I was absolutely terrified. Warning: this one is gory. Even still, the psychological aspect will scare you much more than the blood and guts. Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins are at their very best in this film.
Open Water – 2003
This is one of those movies I’d never heard of but we decided to rent one night. It’s about a couple who are stranded in — wait for it — open water. How could they make a whole movie about that? Well, I don’t know, but they did and it’s intense and scary as all get out. Again, it’s the psychological part of it that will get to you. I couldn’t breathe while watching this.
The Mothman Prophecies – 2002
The Changeling – 1980
The Strangers – 2008
This is one intense movie. A young couple is staying the night at a house in a remote, rural location. It is late and a strange child shows up at the door. The events only get spookier from there. The scariest thing about this film is how the tension and dread continue to build, even before “the strangers” begin to make their official appearance. Absolutely terrifying.
The Blair Witch Project – 1999
When this movie came out people either laughed at it or were terrified by it. I was one of the ones who was horror-stricken. Watching this is like watching a home movie that some kids filmed out in the woods. You never see much action. But as the terror builds, your imagination does most of the work. By the end, you’ll feel as if you’ve been lost in the woods yourself. SCARY.
Hope this gives you some fun ideas for your weekend Halloween viewing! Stay safe and eat lots of treats!
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