Halloween, fortunately, is right around the corner which means that some of our favorite old movies will be resurrected for a few short weeks before the eerie night.  What better time to participate in the spirit by grabbing a bowl of popcorn and watch horror movies with friends?


Everyone always seems to have the same problem when it comes to agreeing on favorites. Some horror fans want a film that is straightforward and will send goose-bumps down their spines, while others want to watch ghosts, monsters or other creepy creatures that come about only this time of year.


Here is a list of 10 popular movies to watch this Halloween that range from the true seasonal classics, to the goriest and most chilling films in existence, listed in order of my personal preference.

The Orphanage (2007) – 5 stars

The movie itself is in Spanish, but has a great story. A woman moves back to her hometown and into the house she grew up in until odd things start to happen when they realize the house was an old orphanage with many secrets.


The Conjuring (2013) – 5 stars

Based on a true story, a well-known ghost hunting couple, Lorraine and Ed Warren, discover the secrets of an old farmhouse and try to help a family rid paranormal activity when a demon possesses the mother.  

Sixth Sense (1999) – 4 stars

A psychiatrist attempts to redeem his past mistakes by helping a young boy who claims to see dead people. When the doctor realizes his help is affecting his life, he tries to figure things out but the little boy needs his help.  

The Shining (1980) – 4 stars

This film is an adaptation of the Stephen King horror classic. Author Jack Torrance tries to cure his writer’s block by taking the position of caretaker for The Stanley hotel in a remote area of Colorado. As he tries to write, his son Danny has visions and Torrance discovers dark secrets about the hotel that lead to his eventual psychotic breakdown.   

Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005) – 4 stars

When a normal college student starts to have unexplainable things happen to her body, her family tries to help her with doctors and medicine. In the middle of the night her body convulses. She knows how to speak new languages without prior knowledge. In a short amount of time, her family realizes that present day technology cannot cure the demon inside of her.

The Silence of the Lambs (1991) – 4 stars

An FBI agent seeks help from a past murderer to find a new one on the run. Hannibal Lector, the locked up murderer is not a typical criminal. He is in prison for being a cannibal.  

Insidious (2011) – 4 stars

A mysterious house that has secrets of its own will send shivers down your back. A family’s comatose child is taken over by an evil spirit while he is trying to fight for his life.

IT (1990) – 3 stars

Another famous King novel, “IT” follows seven friends that encounter a demon as children and cannot get him out of their lives. Thirty years later, the group of friends return to their hometown in Maine to fight off the same demon within a child killing clown.  


The Village (2004) – 3 stars

Set in the early 19th century, a small community of people have one rule with one another: Do not enter the woods. If so, the agreement between the small village and the creatures of the woods will be broken and unspeakable repercussions will occur.


The Cabin in the Woods (2012) – 2 stars  

An unlikely scary story that has monsters, ghouls, and demons galore. However, the movie has a modern day twist that you would never see coming. When a group of college students go to a family friend’s cabin for a weekend, they start to realize that they have entered another realm.

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