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Best Scary Movies for Halloween

Updated on July 4, 2011

Watch the Best Scary Movies for Halloween

Even if you don't have a Halloween party, have some fun on Halloween night with a scary movie marathon. Nothing says Halloween like a good scare. The following movies are some of the best scary movies for Halloween viewing. Maybe you can invite a few friends over and have an impromptu Halloween party huddled around the television. In no particular order, here are the best Halloween movies:

Best Scary Movies for Halloween - 3 Classic Horror Movies

Psycho - This horror thriller is an Alfred Hitchcock classic. No Halloween movie list is complete without it. It has both excellent directing and acting, plus one of the scariest horror scenes of all time- the shower scene. Even today's special effects and gore don't live up to the chills of this horror classic. Norman Bates is truly one of the scariest characters in film history.

The Omen- Not only is this movie scary, but it's disturbing as well. This horror movie stars the fantastic actor, Gregory Peck. Damian is a little boy who seems to be possessed. Is he the anti-Christ?

The Exorcist- This is another horror classic movie. This truly scary movie about a possessed girl made headlines for weeks when it came out in the 70s. And it will still make you afraid to turn out the lights.

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Ring- This film, based on an original Japanese horror movie, was the first horror movie I had seen in years that truly frightened me. It wasn't just blood, gore, and special effects. It had me on the edge of my seat, waiting in suspense.

Friday the 13th, the original- This movie was one of the first slasher movies, and it caused quite a stir when it was released in 1980. The story revolves around a summer camp. Why do camp counselors keep going missing?

Dracula - Watch the 1931 version starring Bela Lugosi. This Halloween movie is based on the classic Bram Stoker story. Even though it's an old movie, Lugosi manages to convey his power and magnetism as a vampire through the television.

The Shining - Truly one of the best scary movies for Halloween is The Shining. Jack Nicholson shines (sorry for the pun,) as the tormented writer. Some of the ending scenes are truly psychological thrillers that mess with your head.

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And last but not least, Halloween - Of course you have to watch Halloween the movie on Halloween night.

This is one of the best scary movies for Halloween. It is a classic that boosted the horror genre in the late 70s. You will jump out of your seat as you wait to see if Michael Myers catches his next victim.

If you manage to watch just a few of these movies for Halloween, good luck going to sleep! These are some of the best scary movies for Halloween because you don't just forget about them when the television is turned off. Happy Halloween and sweet dreams!

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      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I love scary movies. You have some really great picks. I especially like Psycho and The Omen.

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for these. I was actually thinking of buying new CDs for a movie marathon this coming Halloween.

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      Ryan Fuller 

      8 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      Very fun read and somewhat helpful as well. i love scary movies. I love the movie Halloween. One of my favorites.

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      8 years ago from Texas

      Glad to see Hitchcock's masterpiece at the top of your list. I would have placed a checkmark by "scary" for rating this Hub, but sadly there is no such rating. Great Hub for the coming holiday. Thanks!

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      They certainly were masterpieces. Thank you for the reminder.

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      8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      Good list of flicks. I actually avoid the "exorcist" at al costs. Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street are classics. the latter gave me tough sleep nights 20 yrs ago when it 1st came out.

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      Linda Rogers 

      8 years ago from Minnesota

      Thanks for helping me pick out some good movies for Halloween. I just love this scary holiday.


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