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To help you get into the spirit of the season, we’ve compiled 13 of our favorite Halloween night movies. These are in no particular order so it’s up to you which one to pick for the 31st.
- The Taking (of Deborah Logan) (2014): This is easily one of our favorite horror movies of all time. The absence of musical ambience creates an unbearable amount of hangtime and tension throughout the film, and the acting from Jill Larson and the supporting cast is chilling.
- Halloween (1978 John Carpenter or 2007 Rob Zombie): Whichever edition of this movie you choose to watch, you will be guaranteed a fantastic horror flick set on All Hallow’s Eve. These movies are bona fide classics in the field of horror and are a perfect fit for October 31 celebrations.
- Last Exorcism: Part 1 & 2 (2010): With a total run time of 175 minutes, this terrifying pair of films gives viewers a satisfying narrative with incredible character development, interesting visuals and audio accompaniment, and an unexpected ending. This movie was definitely refreshing for the possession-horror subgenre.
- Grave Encounters (2011): Just a fun ride of a movie. Not made for critical reception, this film has stood out among many other films despite its hilarious mediocrity.
- House of 1000 Corpses (2003): A classic in the B-horror genre. This movie revels in its borrowing of elements from many past releases in the well-established horror catalogue. Look no further than this hilarious gore-filled funhouse of a movie for Halloween enjoyment.
- The Possession (2015): This movie never broke new ground for horror, but it revitalized what we already love about the genre. It features convincing acting, eye-catching cinematography, and a different kind of possession.
- The Pact (2012): The Pact is one of the only movies we have seen with a competent protagonist who immediately seeks outside help when confronted with a paranormal presence. On the surface this movie seems like any of the other releases in recent years, but several components set it apart and create a lasting impression.
- The Conjuring (2013): Just a quality movie. Every corner of this film is well done. This is what a horror movie should be.
- It Follows (2014): Fantastic score, unique concept, exceptional acting. This movie breaks new ground, and secures its place on this list from style points alone.
- As Above So Below (2014): Adventure first, horror second. As Above So Below is as entertaining as it is frightening. Despite being a seemingly formulaic horror movie, this movie delves surprisingly deep into the psychological aspects of the main characters.
- Mama (2013): Truly nightmarish imagery with the distinct style of executive producer Guillermo Del Toro, Mama brings the creature-horror subgenre back in a way that terrified modern audiences.
- Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974): A classic horror flick that stands confidently among the likes of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and Halloween. Texas Chainsaw Massacre creates some of the most recognizable cult cinematography of all time and its hauntingly raw performances keep this film from aging.
- The Wicker Man (1973): With the signature slant of English filmography, The Wicker Man is truly one of the most perverse and mysterious films to grace the horror genre. Look past the experimental nature of this movie and you’ll find an outstandingly unsettling experience.
Honorable Mentions: The Visit, The Canal, The Wailing