My 8 Great Favorite Scary Halloween Horror Movies for 2014

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Best Horror Films!

With Halloween approaching, I'm going to share a deep, dark secret with you. I love horror films. Yes, I do. While my favorite movies are dramas, I really get revved up over a really good scary movie.

The problem with horror flicks is that it's hard to find a good one. So many are cheesy, badly acted, and just overall poorly done. So when I come across a horror movie that keeps me on the edge of my seat, I am very appreciative.

Now, I don't like the bloody, slash 'em up scary movies. No Friday the 13th for me. Those movies are predictable. Everybody knows the plot--a bunch of young people in an out-of-the-way location where they get brutally murdered one by one. That's just no fun. There's no suspense.

No, I don't want blood and gore. I want a plot. I want a storyline that keeps me guessing. Psychological thrillers are the best.

So, without further adieu, here's my list of eight great horror movies. At least in my humble opinion.


Psycho (1960)

This one is a classic! When a young gal goes to Bates Hotel to hide out, the madness begins.

Good ole Norman Bates befriends her but reveals that his mother may be jealous of his talking to young, pretty women.

When the woman is killed, the plot thickens as it seems that Mama Bates passed away years ago. How can that be when we see her sitting up in the window?

There's a lot of mystery in this movie that will keep you guessing.


The Exorcist (1973)

I remember watching this movie on the couch in the basement sitting close with my brothers. Mom! Really? I wasn't even twelve years old. Come on!

Well, maybe it was a few years later that we watched the re-run. I do think it was. Sorry, Mom.

Anyway, this one is eerie. Weird changes start happening with a young girl. Meanwhile, a priest who is struggling with his faith becomes the one to try to help the young Reagan. Finally, along with the help of a mature priest, the two attempt an exorcism.

Lots of head-turning and vomiting later, this film will totally creep you out.


Halloween (1978)

Well, yeah! Of course you have to include the movie with the same title as the holiday!

Remember little Michael (about eight years old, I think) killing his sister for no apparent reason at the beginning of the movie? Well, fast forward to fifteen years later when the now grown-up psychopath is released from the insane asylum.

His psychiatrist isn't too keen on the idea so follows Michael all around town, knowing he will kill again. So why did you let him out, doc?


The Amityville Horror (1979)

Yes, I remember this as a kid. I even had the paperback book, and I remember the creepy windows on the house distinctly. Things seem all normal after a family moves in until the father starts acting all weird. Evidently, a dad went crazy years before and killed the whole family. Will history repeat itself?

I saw the remake, too, in 2005, and it was pretty darn good, too. Definitely worth watching--both versions!


The Shining (1980)

"Heeeeeere's, Johnny!" says Jack Nicholson when he starts losing his mind in the big old hotel where he brought his family. The perfect getaway for him to write--or so he thought.

Well, his son starts to see things, murders and atrocities from years before. Finally, it gets to Jack, putting his wife and child in danger.

Remember "redrum" in the mirror? Remember the maze where Nicholson's character chases his son through the snow?

If not, then you better plan to watch this one right away. This one packs some exciting stuff!


Poltergeist (1982)

Poltergeist was pretty freaky. When a family realizes that their home is inhabited by ghosts, they aren't too concerned as the ghosts seem friendly, pulling pranks and moving things around.

But then, more sinister things start happening, such as the death of the family bird, random storms . . . . Really weird was the TV suddenly going to static and drawing in the cute little girl and "speaking" to her. "They're here," she warns the family.

If you haven't seen this movie, go find it. It's a must-see.


Saw (2004 . . . )

People think I'm freaky that I like the Saw series so well. I'm a social worker, I'm a teacher, and I'm a psychological horror film lover!

The first movie starts out with two men waking up in an undisclosed location and a dead man between them. They are both held captive with chains. What will they do to escape?

What I love about this movie is the psychological part--how far would someone go to get out of being tortured? To escape? Who will survive? And who is behind all the madness in this movie?

I love the intrigue and suspense in this movie, the first being the best, as you have yet to figure out what's going on. I've seen all six sequels of the Saw series (except maybe the last one), and they all keep me on the edge of my seat. I love that!


The Last House on the Left (2009)

Okay, so maybe this isn't a traditional Halloween movie, but it is the ultimate in suspense and horror. After a gang of thugs torture a couple of young girls, a family comes up with their own acts of torture when the group ends up at their house, not knowing this is the very house where the young girl they attacked lives.

Seriously, this movie is so suspenseful. A funny thing . . . My boyfriend and I were laughing by the time the family held down a hand in the garbage disposal. No, it wasn't sadistic enjoyment, but it was wild relief. Seriously! You've got to see the horrific attack in this movie to appreciate the family's getting back at the attackers.

Actually, I had a hard time watching the earlier part of this movie due to a disturbing scene, but once I got past that, I enjoyed the suspense throughout the rest of the movie. I think we may have accidentally watched the unrated version. Don't do that! The movie is dark and ugly at times, so be prepared if you choose to watch it.

Note: There's a movie by a similar name, The House at the End of the Street, that came out a few years later. It's a good one that keeps you guessing until the end, but it's not nearly as dark as this one.


Favorite Halloween Movies

Which one of these is your favorite horror film?

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Do You Like Scary Movies?

So what about you? Do you like scary movies? Horror flicks? Blood and gore? Torture? Or those good ole psychological, keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat thrillers?

I don't know why I like them exactly, because sometimes a scary movie will keep me up at night, while my mind goes over and over the movie. Or the movie might make me jumpy for a while when I hear something outside in the dark.

I might even randomly tear open the shower to make sure nobody is in there! Sure, I can be brave like the characters in scary movies!

So, what do you think about horror movies?

Trailer to Last House on the Left

© 2013 Vicki L Hodges

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Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

I have zero favorite scary Halloween movies because I am the biggest chicken you'll ever meet! I do like "Hocus Pocus," which is really a kids' movie. "E.T." is also a good one to watch this time of year.


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CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

The only one I didn't recognize is the Last House on the Left. I think I watched two saw movies. Other than that I've seen them all. Great list!


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Thief12 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

Good list. Some favorites of mine there.


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Heather Says 3 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

I saw The Exorcist when I was far too young to see it and just thinking of it gives me goosebumps. The original Halloween and Amityville flicks are classics and I love to watch those (during the daytime of course). Nice list :)


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Crystal--I've heard of Hocus Pocus but haven't seen it. Yeah, ET is good! Just not scary. LOL. :-)


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Great list Vicki! I have seen all of them. One that is not on the list that was so very well done was called "The Haunted." It was made in the late 50's or early 60's....black and white....scared the hell out of me. :)


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I had to look it up...it was 1963 and it was actually called "The Haunting"...check it out some time.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

CraftytotheCore -Good --a horror flick fan! Maybe you should watch the Last House on the Left. It's pretty heavy-duty!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thief12 - Glad you concur! Thanks for reading!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Heather Says - I was way too young when I saw the Exorcist, too! It doesn't scare me so much now. :-) I need to watch that old Amityville Horror flick again. It's been since I was a kid!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Wow, Bill--you've seen them all! Cool! I will definitely check out "The Haunting." I'm intrigued!


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peachpurple 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

i haven't seen any of these stories yet. I am a scary cat when i encounter scary movies.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Great list here, Victoria. Yes, I remember first being married so long ago in our first little small apartment taking a shower and thinking of looking outside of the shower curtain. LOL I would think of that scene in Psycho. Then when my husband and I first started dating he took me to see the Exorcist and I did not sleep for two years after that ...lol Yikes to say the least! I think in my mind, that can truly happen, of one being possessed.

I have seen all of these here, except that last one ... The Last House on the Left. I, too, do not like the blood and gore, but to have suspense and a plot.

Up and more and sharing,

Faith Reaper


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Great choices. Thank you for this.


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Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

Just watched "The Omen" (original) yesterday and I have all my scary movies lined up in Netflix. This is an awesome month. Unfortunately the movie channels don't seem to show them as much anymore. Great list and can't wait to get my next Netflix scary movie.


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W1totalk 3 years ago

These are all great movies. I like the old Last House to the left also.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

A great hub and some of my favourites are mentioned.

However I have never seen any of the 'Saw' films.

Voted up.

Eddy.


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epbooks 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

I wanted to see the last House on the Left. I haven't had a chance yet. I think I'm going to put that on my list as well!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

peachpurple Yes, some of these will really both you if you're a scaredy cat!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Hey, Faith Reaper. It seems like many scary movies have shower scenes. LOL. If you watch Last House on the Left, be prepared. Some scenes are hard to watch!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Glad you approve, Mhater99! :-)


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Anna Marie Bowman 3 years ago from Florida

Great list! I love all the classic movies! I did notice that you included the remake of Last House on the Left instead of the original. I haven't seen the remake. Is it better than the original?


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Glimmer Twin Fan - Yes, I remember seeing "The Omen." That's another good one! I need to see it again!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

W1totalk I haven't seen an old version of Last House on the Left. I must!

Eddy - The Saw films are pretty wicked! :)


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mpropp 3 years ago from Minnesota

I'm a HUGE horror movie fan and I agree that there are a lot of "stinkers" out there, but I've seen all of these on your list and agree they are great! I'd throw in a zombie movie also, maybe "Dawn of the Dead" (the newer one) and maybe a good vampire movie. I count those as horror films too. I love this time of year because there are so many on tv to watch! I also want to see "The Conjuring". I heard it was really good! Thanks for the list!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

epbooks See it! It's good!

Anna Marie--I didn't know it was a remake. I have to see the old one, now!


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

I have to tell you, I don't like horror films. Enjoyed the read, though. I did see The Shining, but I didn't really understand it. Saw it twice, too.

Good Hub for Horror film likers!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

mpropp I haven't seen Dawn of the Dead or The Conjuring. I need to!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

mary615 Maybe you should see The Shining for a 3rd time. LOL! Glad you liked the hub, anyway!


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janetwrites 3 years ago from Georgia country

I also love horror films and have seen most of the films in your list except the last one. I have also watched "The Ring" and "The Grudge". I couldn't sleep well after watching those films.

Thank you for sharing this great list. All horror film fans should watch the films you mentioned.


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

Great list. My favorite was "When A Stranger Calls" (1979) for its reality. It scared the bejeezies out of me more than any supernatural horror flick I saw.


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jhamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

Love Horror Movies! Love Halloween! Have not seen "The Last House on the Left" will after your recommendation. The rest of your list is spot on. Jamie


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

janetwrites -Yes! Those are great, too. I have seen them, too!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Yes, FlourishAnyway! When a Stranger Calls really freaked me out the first time I saw it! "Have you checked the children?" Great line!


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Vee......I'm not really a fan of scary movies. But, oddly enough, at some point, I have seen most of this list. Knowing me, probably with my hands over my eyes through most of the movie!......Have a Happy, Spooky Halloween!......BOO!!!!....UP+++


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

jhamann - Glad you like! You will like "Last House on the Left," I think. I need to watch the old version that people have mentioned!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Effer! For someone who isn't a fan, you sure have seen a lot of them! Who makes you scare yourself, girl? LOL!


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I'm not a big fan of horror movies, but I agree that a thriller with a great story is much better than a bloody slash 'em movie. A good story always wins in my book. You've put together a great list! Thanks for the recommendations.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, random/Rose, for appreciating the hub even though you're not a big fan of horror movies. And, yeah, a plot always makes it better! :-)


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

A great hub Victoria and one for me to vote up and share.

Eddy.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Eddy! Do you like scary movies?


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota

I love this hub on scary movies. I too saw the exorcist when I was really young. That was the freakiest movie I ever saw. There are so many scenes I can't get out of my head. The two from your list that I've never seen and know I'll love, is: Saw-(cause I love psychological thrillers) and The Last House on the Left. Thanks for a great Halloween Hub.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Hi, Minnetonka Twin! You will love those two! Thanks for reading!


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My Cook Book 3 years ago from India

I believe i saw only a few out of the list. Good list of movies, thank you.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thank you, My Cook Book, for the comments! :-)


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Jeannieinabottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

You've listed some of my favorites. I love Poltergeist, Halloween, and Saw. I think Saw is an absolutely brilliant movie with one of the best endings ever! And thank you for including the original Amityville Horror and The Shining. Poo on the new versions!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Jeannie--I LOVE Saw, too! Briliant storyline! Yes, I like the original of those movies, too. Someone told me there is an older version of "Last House on the Left." Have you seen it? I'd like to, now!


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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

I have seen all of those you have mentioned except for the last house on the left. I will check this out. Great hub, you make horror movies very interesting. I love horror movies...


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

JPSO138 I love them, too! Thanks for reading. I heard that Last House on the Left has an older version. I really want to check it out now.


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

Nice list. I hope you can write it for 2014. Just wait and see. Thank you very much. Take care!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, prasetio30! I don't know that my favorites would change that much from one year to another, but there might be a new one come out, so I'll have to update it!


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Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Loved reading your intro, I love horrors too! And psychological thrillers are the best. You'll have to check out Skinwalker Ranch, which was the latest good horror I found. Voted useful!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Suzanne--I'll have to check out Skinwalker Ranch--and add it to the list if I love it! Yes, psychological thrillers are the very best!


hlwar 2 years ago

Great list! "Psycho" is one of my favorite films of all times, and the book was good too. (。´∀`)ノ I do prefer psychological thrillers and suspense to the traditional blood-and-guts horror, but even old B-horrors can be fun to watch.


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

hlwar--I prefer the psychological stuff, too! Some B-horrors can actually be funny! :-)

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