Whenever Halloween comes around, many people get the urge to sit down and watch horror films. However, with decades of horror films available to choose from it can be difficult to decide which ones to watch.
Here is a list of the top six best horror films of all time for you to terrify yourself with this next Halloween. This list of classic horror films is a great place to start if you believe that you can handle the terror they induce.
The Exorcist- 1973
While modern films such as Paranormal Activity try to label themselves as the scariest movies of all time, these films do not come close to being as terrifying as The Exorcist. This film is a classic church vs. Satan horror film that has terrified movie watchers for 40 years, which makes The Exorcist possibly the greatest film to watch on Halloween.
The Thing- 1982
This is another classic horror film that will be sure to scare you out of your wits. The 1982 John Carpenter remake of The Thing is a genius work of cinematography unlike any horror film made before it. The scene where the man’s head tears itself loose from his body to then subsequently sprout spider legs is enough to give anyone nightmares.
Poltergeist is another classic horror film that will give you nightmares. What is so terrifying about this film is that it preys on the inner child of the audience by bringing to life the fear many people had as children that there were ghosts inhabiting their home. What is perhaps more terrifying about Poltergeist than the film itself is the rumors that the actors who were in the film are cursed. This rumor has arisen because the actors Heather O’Rourke, Will Sampson, Julian Beck and Dominique Dunne have all died since filming the movie.
The Shining- 1980
The Shinning is a classic horror film that should be watched every Halloween by horror enthusiasts. No other film does such a great job at turning what is usually a fact you can rely on (that you can trust your parents to protect you) and turning it on its head in a way that will truly disturb you and creep you out. This is definitely a horror film you will not want to watch alone.
Night of the Living Dead- 1968 (original), 1990 (remake)
Night of the Living Dead is perhaps the greatest zombie movie of all time. Both the original and the 1990 remake are fantastic films that will become a standard part of your Halloween horror film viewing experience. These films are great tales of isolation and doom that will not only creep you out, but will also leave you disturbed by the carnage present in these films. No Halloween is complete without viewing a zombie film, and no zombie film compares to Night of the Living Dead.
Children of the Corn- 1984
Children of the Corn is different from other horror films in the striking reality that it portrays. It shows how demented and dark people can be on the inside, and shows what could happen if a group of demented children took over a town through the use of mob force. Things go from bad to worse in this film, which is part of what makes Children of the Corn so terrifying. If you decide to watch this film, make sure that you are viewing the original from 1984 rather than the 2009 SyFy channel remake.
While there are many great horror films out there, these seven films are a great place to start when looking for horror films to watch on Halloween. These films represent some of the most terrifying films that have ever been made, so you should not be disappointed if you choose to watch any of them. Just make sure that you are ready to watch these films and never attempt to watch them alone as they will truly terrify you.
Austin Faux works for 13th Door Haunted House in Denver, Co. I love all things scary, especially scary movies. During Halloween you can find me spending way too much money at Haunted Houses. When at home I’m helping my beautiful wife relax, playing with my two wonderful kids and messing around on my nerd podcast, “I Am A Super Nerd.”