If you need some suggestions for horror movies to watch, then this list is for you. Nothing screams Halloween more than horror movies. Suppose you’re a huge Halloween fan like I am. In that case, you probably enjoy indulging in slasher, monster, psychological, supernatural, or gothic horror films. I love all forms of horror. I always look forward to watching the best horror movies around the Halloween season.
Yet, over the past few years, I felt slightly disappointed in the quality of released horror movies. By definition, horror movies should terrify, creep, and scare you into not sleeping for at least one night. Yet, I find myself yawning or laughing at most of the newer Halloween movies and remakes. So, today I’m sharing a list of the best horror movies to watch during the Halloween season.
Best Horror Movies To Watch
Nightmare On Elm Street
Nothing is creepier than a deceased older man who kills young teenagers in their dreams. I love Wes Craven’s classic slasher film featuring the deranged child murder, Freddy Kruger. Freddy is one of the most iconic characters in the horror and slasher film genre because of its classic cheap slasher tropes and lame sexual innuendos. His character is widely popular in Halloween, goth, horror, and cosplay communities.
Out of all the horror movie characters, Freddy is the funniest and most creative when it comes to commentary and murder. If you enjoy watching and listening to someone who knows what they want and can torture and kill, then Freddy is your person.
The Halloween movies are a classic. But, of course, everyone knows or has heard of the story of Micheal Myers, the evilest horror character of them all. Halloween follows the story of the knife-wielding serial killer, Micheal Myers, and his endless pursuit of Laurie Strode, his sister.
Micheal is known as the evilest and most horrific character in the horror genre. His silence is equally as deafening as his murder tactics and terrorization of his sister. I love Micheal Myers, and he’s my favorite horror movie character. Halloween is also pretty timely, considering that this killer only murders around this holiday.
Each new installment of this classic horror movie character has not always been the best. Still, it’s interesting to see where Micheal’s murders may land him next. Two new remakes are coming out this year and in 2022 in theaters.
Growing up, I used to be extremely scared and creeped out by Candyman. The idea of a Blackman covered in honey coming to kill me in the middle of the night with a hook was not something I was fond of. Yet, I would endure all the fear again if it meant rewatching this fantastic trilogy.
Candyman is essentially the male version of Bloody Mary. Characters who don’t believe in the urban legend test the limits and are later murdered. Shocking! Not really. But, the Candyman folklore does have other elements, which makes it creepy. For example, each film uses a forbidden love story to spread fear.
There’s a newer version of this film coming out currently in theaters. I haven’t watched it yet, but I want to.
Cabin In The Woods
The Cabin In The Woods is a meta-horror movie that makes fun of all the classic horror tropes. It makes fun of everything we came to love and know about horror movies, yet it still has some elements of surprises in it. It also pays homage to some creepiest or funniest horror films, such as Evil Dead and Scream.
I’d recommend this film to someone who wants to get into the Halloween spirit without watching murder or gore.
Scream is the most entertaining slasher film in the horror genre. While most of the murders are predictable and cheesy, I cannot help but love this movie franchise. Slasher is a satire that pokes jokes at the horror cliches popularized in movies such as Halloween and Friday the 13th.
Scream follows the typical “whodunit” format. The protagonist always finds herself in situations in which she must use clues, evidence, and the murders to uncover the identity behind the Ghostface mask. However, she’s not very good at it.
If you enjoy the movies, then you might also enjoy the TV show version. It’s fascinating and does a great job of following the satirical tropes found in the films.
Friday The 13th
Ironically enough, the title works well for the Halloween season. Friday the 13th is one of the most popular horror movie franchises next to Halloween. Jason’s murders are the goriest and most brutal and can be a bit scary for younger audiences. Out of all the horror movie murders, Jason has the most significant number of kills under his belt.
Next to Micheal Myers, Jason is also known as one of the monstrous horror movie characters due to his silent presence and personality. He’s most known for wielding a bloodied machete. However, he’s not afraid to use other killing methods such as drowning, impalement, slamming, slashing, crushing, or sawing his victims.
There are so many different versions of Jason that it’s interesting to see how his origin story will get twisted at the next campfire.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
This is probably one of the only horror movie franchises that are loosely based on a true story. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was inspired by Ed Gein, a convicted murder and body snatcher who used human body parts in horrendous ways. When he was arrested, police found chairs, clothing, and household items made from human bones, skins, and other parts.
Due to the nature of his crimes, I don’t recommend anyone under 18 to watch these movies. I’m also against the popularization of his crimes and how Hollywood profits from actual life events. But, I cannot lie and say that I haven’t seen the films.
I’d recommend this movie to anyone who can sit through gore and blood without blinking an eye.
For a supernatural horror, this movie is good. I typically steer clear from supernatural horror films because the jump scenes are too predictable or the film isn’t frightening enough. But, I cannot say that about Insidious. Every time I’ve watched Insidious, the movie has never failed. I love the creepiness, horror, and story that follows this couple in the trilogy.
This movie also plays with every parent’s fear: the fear of being powerless as their child is harmed. The trilogy makes sense and does an excellent job of putting the pieces together while allowing the viewers to think of their mini-stories between the origin. I honestly thought nothing was scarier than The Nun until I saw this film.
Speaking of which, you must watch The Nun. After watching the third Conjuring movie, all people could talk about was that creepy Nun that kept appearing literally from nowhere. Since then, people have been obsessed with this ghost, so a movie was made about her.
I’m obsessed with the Nun. The movie serves as a prequel to the Conjuring. It explains the origin stories of Valak, the demon who frequently appears within the Conjuring trilogy. The most considerable criticism the movie received was for a large number of jump scares. However, I found those jump scares to be effective as a horror element.
There are so many reasons why you should watch The Conjuring, and it’s hard to name them all. The Conjuring is based on the stories from the Amityville Horror, another great movie I’d recommend to supernatural lovers. It focuses on the real-life experiences of paranormal investigators, which makes it more frightening.
Similar to The Nun, This film uses lots of jump scares as its main horror element. There is no gore, blood, or death (except for animals and demons). The Conjuring does an excellent job with the storytelling and dragging the viewers along for an emotional rollercoaster.
My Thoughts On Remakes & New Horror Films
I hope you enjoyed my list of horror movie recommendations. I didn’t mention this in the horror movie sections. Still, I don’t think you’ll want most of the remakes for these films, especially if you’re a horror geek. Most remakes fail at being scary or terrifying, which sucks. The entire point of a horror film is to tell a horrific story that will make you pee your pants, jump from the bed, or even keep you up at night. There’s no point in remaking a film if it does not have the same quality as the original film.
I cannot judge many newer horror films because I haven’t seen most of them. Judging from the trailers, I didn’t consider them scary enough for me to watch them. However, some excellent horror movies are newer that I can recommend, such as Escape Room, Don’t Breathe, and US.
Do you enjoy watching horror movies? Are there any horror movies to on your watch list? Let me know in the comments.