31 Must-See Movies for Halloween

1. Dracula (1931)

Inspired from the novel by Bram Stoker, this tells the story of an ancient vampire, Count Dracula, arriving at England and preying on a young girl, Mina. Dracula is known as one of the best monster movies from Universal Studios. It was remade in 1993 winning three Oscars for best costume design, best effects, and best makeup.

2. Frankenstein (1931)

This is the classic story of an obsessed scientist who brings a human being to life with an exhumed corpse. This film became such a huge hit it developed a sequel (Bride of Frankenstein) and many spinoffs.

3. The Wolf Man (1941)

After a man returns home he is bit by a beast of folklore, this is when he's infected by a disease he doesn't believe is real, but it is. In 2010, this film was remade starring Simon Merrels and Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins; it also won an Oscar for best makeup.

4. The House on Haunted Hill (1959)

Starring the infamous Vincent Price as a millionaire who offers five stranger ten thousand dollars if they can stay the night at a spooky, rented house with him and his wife. This film was remade starring Famke Janssen (X-Men) and Ali Larter (Obsessed) in 1999.

5. Psycho (1960)

Do  you remember the scene where a girl is profusely stabbed in the shower; this is that movie? Directed by the respected Alfred Hitchcock, this tale is of a woman who steals money from her employer's client and goes on the run. She stops at a remote motel that is owned by a man and his dominated mother. There is where the horror happens.

6. The Birds (1960)

How often do you see birds attacking people? In this horror classic by Alfred Hitchcock, a small northern California town experiences bizarre events as birds of all kind turn vicious and start attacking residence. This film introduced Tippi Hedren (Marnie) who was spotted on a television commercial by Hitchcock and was instantly called in for an audition.

7. Rosemary's Baby (1968)

This is a psychological horror film about a married couple moving into an apartment with peculiar neighbors. When the wife gets pregnant, unexplainable events start to happen and she questions the safety for her unborn child. This film stars Mia Farrow as the pregnant wife, Rosemary, and Ruth Gordon as the eccentric neighbor who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for this role.

8. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

"They're coming for you Barbara."

A group of strangers are entrapped in a farm house as flesh-eating zombies surround its perimeters. When the numbers of the undead increase, the strangers must come together and fight if they plan to survive. Directed by zombie-horror genius George A. Romero, Night of the Living Dead is the first film of a zombie trilogy that also consist of Dawn od the Dead (1978) and Day of the Dead (1985).

9. The Exorcist (1973)

A priest accepts the challenge of performing an exorcism on a young girl. This movie stars Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, and Linda Blaire as Ragen the girl who gets possessed by a demon. This movie was nominated for eight academy awards and won two for Best Sound and Best Writing. Other then it's accomplishment of making it to the academy; the film also grossed audiences nationwide.

10. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

This low-budget horror film introduced the legendary human-flesh masked killer, Leatherface, to the big screen. A group of five friends travel across Texas and come into the path of a grave-robbing cannibalistic family and their chainsaw wielding son. This film became such a phenomenon it has more than three sequels and remakes.

11. The Omen (1976)

An American ambassador discovers that his adopted son is the antichrist. Therefore he must learn how to stop the horror before revelation comes near. This film stars Academy Award winner Gregory Peck (To Kill a Mockingbird) and Lee Remick as the parent's of the devil's son, Damien Thorn. The film won an Oscar for Best Music and became a trilogy.

12. Halloween (1978)

After being institutionalized since childhood for murdering his older sister, Michael Myers escapes and stalks a teenage babysitter and her friends while his doctor searches for him before an harm is dome. This is a film franchise consisting of more than six sequels and a remake.

13. Friday the 13th (1980)

Camp Counselors are stalked and murdered while trying to reopen a camp that was the site of a child's drowning. Starring Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, and Kevin Bacon (Tremors) in the first film to a franchise known for the largest body count.

14. The Evil Dead (1981)

A group of friends head out to an old cabin and find a strange book that releases flesh-eating demons that possess the group one by one. This is a film franchise with loyal actor, Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness) director Sam Raimi (Spider-man) and generations of fans.

15. Poltergeist (1982)

A family's home begins to get haunted when the youngest daughter starts to talk to the television. Director Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) delivers an original haunted house film that was nominated for three academy awards. Tis movie stars Oscar nominee JoBeth William, Academy Award winner Beatrice Straight, and Heath O'Rourke as the little girl with the infamous line, "they're here . . ."

16. Cujo (1983)

From the horror master, Stephen King, Cujo is a 200-pound St. Bernard that gets infected with rabies and traps a mother and her son in their broken car during the hot summer of Maine. This stars horror actress Dee Wallace (The Howling and E. T. Extra-Terrestrial), Danny Pintauro, and multiple dogs as Cujo.

17. Christine (1983)

From director John Carpenter (Halloween and the Thing), a nerdish boy buys a car named Christine that has a mind of its own. As this boys gets attached to it, his nature changes and becomes someone new.

18. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Do you know who Freddy Krueger is? He's a man who wears a read and green striped shirt with a dirty brown hat and a glove with knifes. To make him scarier his entire body is burnt. He also comes into teenager's nightmares and tried to kill them, if they cam wake up before he succeeds they live for another day, but if they can't, they're dead in real life. A Nightmare on Elm Street is a story of four teenagers who are experiencing these nightmare that makes them disdain sleep, but you can't stay awake forever, can you?

19. Child's Play (1988)

A single mother gives her son a Good-Guy doll named Chucky for his birthday. Within the first few nights of having him, strange events start to happen. Later, she discovers that Chucky is possessed by a serial killer named Charles Lee ray. This film is infamous by terrizing children's dreams, as the ending of the trailer says, "there's nothing innocent about Child's Play."

20. The People Under the Stairs (1991)

After breaking into a couple’s home, two adults and a juvenile burglar are trapped inside with stolen children and an insane Rottweiler. With every second being there, shocking secrets of the couple are exposed and the chances of surviving are slim. Directed by Wes Craven, the man who introduced the twisted insight of A Nightmare on Elm Street brings a story crazier than Krueger himself.

21. Hocus Pocus (1993)

If you don’t remember this movie while growing up, where were you? This Halloween children’s movie tells the story of three witches who return from the dead to get the youth of children, but before they do that, they must get their book of spells from a group of kids who are doing anything to prevent the witches mission.

22. The Nightmare before Christmas (1993)

How often do you see a white Christmas turn to a dark nightmare? In the children’s movie The Nightmare before Christmas this is exactly what you witness as Jack Skellington misunderstands the concept of Christmas and completely destroys it. This movie is animated film was written by Tim Burton (Sweeney Todd and Corpse Bride)  that was an Oscar nominated film for best visual effects. The Nightmare before Christmas is an instant hit that has grasped the attentions of children nationwide.

23. Final Destination (2000)

After having a horrifying vision of his plane crashing, a young man and a group of people exit from aboard and discover that his vision became true. Being lucky survivors is hard to deal with, but when they find out that death doesn’t like to be cheated, the survivors start dying in unexplainable freak accidents.

24. House of 1,000 Corpses (2003)

Rob Zombie’s first film shares the story of two couples travelling through Texas in search of an urban legend during Halloween Eve. Instead, they become prisoners of a bizarre, sadistic family of serial killers. Sig Haig as Captain Spaulding, Karen Black as Mother Firefly, and Bill Moseley as Otto star in this horror tale of a murderous family.

25. Wrong Turn (2003)

A group of people become lost in the woods of Virginia and are hunted down by cannibalistic mountain men who are grossly disfigured by generations of inbreeding. This film stars Desmond Harrington (Ghost Ship), Eliza Dushku (Bring it on) and Kevin Zegers (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones).

26. Dawn of the Dead (2004)

A reimagining of George A. Romero’s film about a group of survivors that are trapped in a mall while flesh-eating zombies try to claw their way in but can’t. Things are safe, but not everything looks as it seems.

27. The Devil's Rejects (2004)

The sequel to Zombie’s House of 1,000 Corpses is about the maniacal family getting caught and going on the run while having a bit of fun. This film stars Sid Haig, Sheri
Moon Zombie, and Bill Moseley as the trio of the family.

28. Penny Dreadful (2006)

Witnessing her parents die in a car crash, Penny grows a phobia around cars. Years later, her psychologist plans a retreat that’ll hopefully help with her patients fear, but when they come to contact with a hitchhiker, a vehicle isn’t the only thing that Penny will be scared of.

29. 30 Days of Night (2007)

Based on the graphic novel by Steve Niles about an Alaskan town being plunged into darkness for an entire month that’s when a group of bloodthirsty vampires enter and have an ongoing feast. This is a gory story of a group of survivors living in the cold temperatures of Alaska and trying to survive from invaders of their town.

30. Orphan (2009)

A husband and wife adopt a nine year old girl who seems to be the perfect daughter but her true personality slowly starts to unravel. This film has an unbelievable twist that makes you wonder if you heard correctly. It stars Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga (The Conjuring) as the mom, Peter Sarsgaard (The Skeleton Key) as the dad, and the taunting orphan Isabelle Furhman (The Hunger Games).

31. Let Me In (2010)

In this Americanized remake of the Swedish film, Let the Right One in, talks of a
bullied boy who gets infatuated with the girl next door, but something about
her is strange. First it was the way she could walk barefoot in snow, and then
it’s the disappearance of residence in their snowy town. Could she be involved?
Kodi Smit-McPhee (ParaNorman) and Chloe Grace Moretz (Kiss-Ass) star in this
dark and gruesome tale of a vampire and human interaction.

Source:  IMDB