It’s October, which means it’s time to get into the Halloween mood! And there is no easier and more fun way to do this then grabbing a bowl of popcorn, something (or someone!) to cuddle up with and turning on a terrifying horror movie. Not sure where to start? Here’s a
list of the top 10 spookiest horror films to get you screaming! (In no particular order.)
- The Conjuring (2013)
Arguably the scariest horror movie of our generation (and the third successful horror franchise of all time in the US), The Conjuring will have you terrified. It’s based on the frighteningly true story of real life paranormal investigators Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga). There’s not much to say without giving the scary mystery away, but expect lots of demons, bumps and jumps.
- The Conjuring 2 (2016)
Yep, also on the list is the chilling sequel to The Conjuring, which focuses on another true story: the Enfield Case in England. From terrifying demon nuns, to bone-chilling music, The Conjuring 2 is one of the scariest films you can possibly watch. But added to the horror is also an addictive and interesting plot that gets you on the edge of your seat – until you jump back from one of the many horrifying scenes.
- The Shining (1980)
One of the most famous movies of all time, The Shining is a must-watch for the Halloween season. No need to explain it – if you haven’t heard of The Shining, you probably live in an underground hut with no TV to watch it on anyway. It’s the perfect thriller to get you in a Halloween-type mood.
- The Exorcist (1973)
Another crazy-famous movie, and record-breaking for it’s time, The Exorcist is a classic that you can’t miss for Halloween! It pretty much set the scene for possession-themed horror movies.
- Lights Out (2016)
If you have a fear of the dark, this is not recommended! And if you don’t… well, prepare to acquire one after watching this. Horror movies are best if you go into them with minimal knowledge of the plot, so I won’t explain much, but Lights Out follows a family of three, and a dark entity by the name of Diana (Alicia Vela-Bailey) that appears as long as you “Keep The Lights Out.”
- Scream (1996)
Scream is one of the classic murder thrillers. You can’t let the Halloween season pass without getting your fix of Ghostface.
- Insidious (2010)
Right up there with The Conjuring comes Insidious, a mix of classic scares and inventive, new terrifying plots.
- Insidious 3 (2015)
If you plan on indulging in the Insidious films, maybe pass on the second (it’s a little weak), but definitely don’t miss the third. Horrifying demons from the Further come back to haunt a new family in this prequel to the original 2 films.
- Halloween (1978)
It’s not just the name that cements this into autumn horror classics – it’s the classic thrills. Despite not having any extra pizzaz, or a crazy original plot, nothing gets your pulse going like Michael Myers jumping out of your closet.
- Children of The Corn (1984)
Murderous devil-worshipping children hiding out in corn fields and killing anyone who comes through town? Yes, please.