10 Scary Movies To Get You In The Halloween Spirit

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What’s better than spending a crisp, quiet Saturday night in October curled up in front of your TV with a bowl of popcorn and a timeless horror flick? Pretty much nothing. However, It can often seem like the horror genre is a bit played out and if you don’t know what to look for when cruising the on-demand options, you can be sorely disappointed. To help you out, we compiled a list of the top 10 best horror movies, sure to keep you up at night with visions of monsters under your bed.

 

The Exorcist

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It might be more than 40 years old, but The Exorcist is still the granddaddy of scary movies. We dare you to watch this and not spend the next week convinced that you’re going to be possessed by a demonic spirit.

Poltergeist 

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Another oldie, but goodie. This movie is even scarier if you believe reports that Heather O’Rourke – who played Carol Anne in the movie and died in 1988 at the age of 12 – currently haunts Paramount Pictures’ sound stage #19.

 

The Ring

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The creepy ghost of the little girl will undoubtedly haunt your dreams for weeks.

 

The Shining

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Jack Nicholson is at his best when he plays deranged characters. And there’s no one more deranged than Jack Torrance upon entering the Overlook Hotel.

 

1408

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This oft-overlooked John Cusack film throws together elements from a bunch of horror movie classics – the creepy hotel, unexplainable occurrences, ghosts of children and demonic possession – to create a truly terrifying film that will make you think twice about staying in a hotel alone.

 

Psycho

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Unlike today’s horror movies, Psycho doesn’t go for shock value through gore and cheap scares. This is a true psychological thriller that dives into the killer’s very creepy psyche. And if you consider that Hitchcock actually based Norman Bates on real-life serial killer Ed Gein (who’s actually far scarier than old Norman), the flick is even more twisted.

 

Halloween

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As the original slasher film, it’s safe to say that without Halloween, we wouldn’t have movies like Friday the 13th or Scream. This movie has everything a good slasher flick needs: Creepy music, a deranged villain and a damsel in distress.

 

Saw

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Saw ushered in an entire genre of horror films known as “torture porn” and for good reason. This movie isn’t scary in a cerebral way, but it’s still terrifying all the same and you’ll find yourself looking away from the television every few minutes. And can we talk about the fact that someone is twisted enough to actually come up with a movie like this??

 

The Blair Witch Project

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Upon its release, The Blair Witch Project was dubbed revolutionary and was the most-talked about movie around. It still holds up – especially if you have a camping trip planned.

 

The Cabin in the Woods

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We had to throw a recent film in there and among those made over the past few years, we think that The Cabin in the Woods is the most terrifying.

 

 

In other news, the people of California are being terrorized by clowns wielding machetes.

Randi Whitcomb

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