31 Movies to Spook Up Your October

 

I’m going to preface this list by saying that a lot of these lists exist. This particular one is a collection of some of my favourite horror/thriller/comedies that exist in the spooky genre. That said, there’s only one way to kick this list off…

 

  1. Halloween (1978)

Most people put this at 31… but this is more fun! Get in the Halloween mood with Halloween!

Come for: Classic slasher action… and Donald Pleasance.

Stay for: Jamie Lee Curtis.

 

  1. A Quiet Place (2018)

Written, Directed and Starring Jim Halpert.

Come for: A brilliant, original horror film with an upcoming sequel.

Stay for: The predictable scares that will still catch you off guard.

 

  1. What We Do In The Shadows (2014)

A vampire comedy starring Jemaine Clement and Taika Watiti.

Come for: A hilarious comedy that sparked a TV series.

Stay for: The comedic brilliance and awkwardness of Jemaine and Taika.

 

  1. Train to Busan (2016)

A claustrophobic zombie movie from Korea.

Come for: The unlikely bonds between survivors.

Stay for: The terrifying zombies and asshole humans.

 

  1. House on Haunted Hill (1999)

A Vincent Price amusement park horror movie remake with a Vincent Price type character… suspiciously named Price.

Come for: That creepy stutter walk that The Ring made popular…

Stay for: The who’s gonna get killed next conversations.

 

  1. It Follows (2014)

If STI’s could literally murder someone.

Come for: The creepy following that never stops.

Stay for: The after-school special vibe!

 

  1. Tales From the Crypt: Demon Knight (1995)

A fun take on demons trapping people in a strange bed and breakfast.

Come for: The Crypt Keeper!

Stay for: Billy Zane pretending to be a cowboy… and THOMAS HADEN CHURCH!

 

  1. Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Our second foray into the Hannibal Lecter stories, but the first one featuring the terrifying portrayal by Sir Anthony Hopkins.

Come for: Some Fava Beans and a nice Chianti.

Stay for: Goodbye Horses. You know the creepy scene I mean.

 

  1. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

The greatest ROMZOMCOM you’ll ever see.

Come for: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright’s first entry in the cornetto trilogy.

Stay for: The shout outs, call backs and references.

 

  1. Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)

What if Freddy Krueger was real and killed everyone in the Nightmare family.

Come for: A strange movie within a movie look at Freddy.

Stay for: Yet another 90’s project with Miko Hughes… you know… that kid from Kindergarten Cop, Mercury Rising, Pet Semetary and Full House? YEAH! THAT KID!

 

  1. The Shining (1980)

Stanley Kubrick’s movie based on a story by Stephen King about an empty haunted hotel starring Jack Nicholson.

Come for: Jack going full on insane.

Stay for: The fairly accurate portrayal of a psychologically abused woman.

 

  1. Alien (1979)

In Space No One Can Hear You Scream.

Come for: A terrifying game of cat and mouse.

Stay for: HR Giger’s incredible designs.

 

  1. Jaws (1975)

The reason a lot of people are still afraid of the water.

Come for: The terrifying realization that there’s terrifying things beneath the calm blue sea.

Stay for: Bruce the giant mechanical shark that didn’t work all that well.

 

  1. Scream (1996)

The horror film that parodied horror movies that was then itself parodied…

Come for: A film that challenged all the old horror tropes.

Stay for: Wes Craven in a familiar red and green sweater.

 

  1. Evil Dead II (1987)

Bruce Campbell leads a cast into the woods and battles deadites.

Come for: Slapstick horror at its finest.

Stay for: The hand fight.

 

  1. The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

Thor and friends head into a cabin in the woods… and stuff happens!

Come for: The mystery.

Stay for: The world this movie created.

 

  1. The Thing (1982)

Hopefully you don’t speak Norwegian…

Come for: The claustrophobic whodunit.

Stay for: The incredible practical effects.

 

  1. Dawn of the Dead (2004)

The remake of Romero’s classic.

Come for: The updated zombies that no longer shamble around.

Stay for: Phil Dunphy being an asshole to a Richard Cheese version of Down With The Sickness.

 

  1. It (2017)

Pennywise (not the band) terrorizes the small town of Derry, Maine.

Come for: Bill Skarsgard’s terrifying clown.

Stay for: The dance.

 

  1. The Exorcist (1973)

A little girl gets possessed and there’s an exorcism.

Come for: Max Von Sydow’s Father Merrin.

Stay for: Pea Soup.

 

  1. Get Out (2017)

Award winning horror from a heart winning comedian.

Come for: The realization that your significant others’ family isn’t as bad as it could be.

Stay for: The incredible social commentary.

 

  1. Saw (2004)

Want to play a game?

Come for: A new take on the horror genre (at least in 2004 it was).

Stay for: The ending. You never saw it coming. Don’t lie to me, Karen.

 

  1. Beetlejuice (1988)

The ghost with the most!

Come for: Tim Burton’s creativity.

Stay for: The scenes in the afterlife.

 

  1. Friday the 13th – Part IV: The Final Chapter (1984)

Hey look! It’s Corey Feldman!

Come for: The classic slasher movie with incredible kills and terrible one liners.

Stay for: Crispin Glover.

 

  1. Night Watch (2004)

A Russian thriller where opposing forces that control daytime and nighttime battle.

Come for: The incredible special effects.

Stay for: The super cool usage of subtitles.

 

  1. Child’s Play (1988)

A doll gets possessed and gets murderey.

Come for: The introduction of Chucky.

Stay for: Chucky in the elevator.

 

  1. Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988)

A camp counsellor starts killing campers…

Come for: The realisation that Angela is Bruce Springsteen’s sister (for real).

Stay for: The outhouse.

 

  1. The Crazies (2010)

A whole town goes crazy after a plane crash.

Come for: Another amazing Romero remake.

Stay for: The pitchfork.

 

  1. Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006)

What happens when a fast food restaurant is built on an ancient burial ground.

Come for: Tromaville at its finest – Chicken Zombies.

Stay for: It’s a musical.

 

  1. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

A bunch of hippies get stalked by a psychopath in a skin suit.

Come for: The gruesome remake.

Stay for: R. Lee Ermey playing an authority figure.

 

  1. Let The Right One In (2008)

A Swedish horror film set in 1982 following creepy kids.

Come for: The true subtitled version.

Stay for: The true friendship between characters.