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Top 10 Scary Movies For Your Halloween Party

Updated on July 14, 2012

No Halloween party would be complete without movies that scare the pants off your guests. Here are my Top 10 Scariest Halloween Movies to ensure your party is spooktacular!

10. Psycho (1960) - This movie forever changed the suspense and horror genres. Fantastic acting and masterful story telling earned it a total of four Academy Award nominations, and the "shower scene" is still one of the most recognized scenes in film today.

9. Silence Of The Lambs (1991) - Staring Anthony Hopkins as the cannibalistic Dr. Hannibal Lecter, this psychological thriller leaves you holding your breath as you watch Jodie Foster turned from a strong FBI agent to a helpless victim.

8. Dawn Of The Dead (2004) - What scary movie list would be complete without zombies and although this remake of the classic Romero film leaves much to be desired, there is a lot to be said for zombies that move as fast as a brain hungry Florence Griffith Joyner.

7. Hellraiser (1987) - Based on a Clive Barker novella (The Hellbound Heart) this slick, sophisticated film was a definite high point in the blood and guts slasher 80s. Pinhead remains a pop icon and one of the most recognizable faces in horror even today.

6. The Last House On The Left (2009) - Another remake of a 1972 film by the same name shows a family unknowingly taking in the people who tried to kill their daughter and realizing their chance for revenge. The scariest aspect of this movie is the thought that all of us might do the same in their position.

5. Halloween (1978) - No Halloween party would be complete without this classic flick by John Carpenter that spawned an entire franchise and numerous copy cats. Although critics pan Carpenter for creating the slasher type movie that destroyed the horror genre, the original Halloween movie is full of drama, suspense, and haunting scenes that leave audiences on the edge of their seats wondering what will happen next.

4. The Omen (1976) - Why is it that little kids can be sooooooo creepy. Especially when the kid in question is actually the Antichrist?

3. The Shining (1980) - This Stanley Kubrick film based on a Stephen King novel is a carnival ride of terror. Jack Nicholson gives a performance that is so over the top that instead of being sickened by his over-acting, it gets inside your head and his laugh will haunt you for days after.

2. Poltergeist (1982) - This ghost story shows a traditional suburban home transformed into a hellish nightmare when a family's 5 year old daughter disappears. Zelda Rubinstein is brilliant in her role as a psychic who is brought in to help put a stop to the activity and find Carol Anne, but instead finds much more than any of them thought possible.

1. The Exorcist (1973) - It is with good reason that this movie was re-released. This terrifying story about a possessed child so affected audiences that some checked themselves in to mental hospitals after seeing it. Even after almost 40 years the haunting theme music and genius performance by Ellen Burnstyn as a mother trying desperately to save her child leaves viewers frightened and chilled to the bone.


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      Karen A. Harris 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      I remember Poltergeist and the Exorcist. They really creeped me out but watching scary movies are fun :) Thanks for sharing.


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