Fall is back! The season of leaves changing colors, cooling temperatures, bonfires, and hoodies (disregard if you live outside the Midwest) is finally here! Of course, along with hayrides, tailgating, and pumpkin spice lattes, it’s the best time of the year to watch horror movies. With Halloween fast approaching, here are 13 scary movies you should be sure to check out this October:
13) Trick ‘r Treat
If you’re looking for the perfect ‘intro to October’ movie to pump your veins full of Halloween, look no further than this. If the creepy kid running around dressed like a pumpkin with a knife doesn’t get you in the spirit, maybe this season isn’t for you.
12) Halloween Town
Ok so this isn’t technically a ‘scary’ movie, but let’s not pretend you didn’t grow up loving this movie. This is a classic among Disney Channel Original Movies, and no October is complete without at least one visit to Halloween town. R.I.P. Debbie Reynolds
11) The Conjuring
Considered a modern classic by horror fans, The Conjuring is to this generation as Amityville Horror was to our parent’s generation. If the eerie music and perfectly timed jump-scares that still get you no matter how predictable they are aren’t enough, just remember this movie comes complete with the five scariest words in all of horror: based on a true story.
The only thing scarier than being in a horror film is knowing that you’re in a horror film––and then still not knowing whether or not you’ll survive to the sequel. Making perfect use of all the typical slasher tropes synonymous with the ‘body count’ films from the 80s, mixed with a nice shot of self-aware post-modernism and a dash of satire, Wes Craven’s Scream is the perfect October horror film to set the mood.
9) The Others
We’re not sure what it is about little British kids, but we know one thing for sure: they’re terrifying. If that’s not enough, enter their overbearing uber-Christian mother who makes Carrie’s mom look unsure about her religious convictions. Oh, and then there’s the plot twist at the end which makes The Sixth Sense look dull by comparison.
8) The Burning
Released a full year after Friday the 13th, The Burning, unfortunately, was viewed as a ‘copy-cat’ film. It’s fair to say that had The Burning been released first, we might now think of it the way we do Friday. Plus, it contains by far one of the best death sequences in the entire genre (you’ll know it when you see it).
7) Insidious 2
Few sequels in any genre are ever as good or better than the original. Outside of The Godfather pt. 2, most sequels suck. Horror is no exception (Prom Night 2, Texas Chainsaw 2, Halloween 3, etc.) The follow up to Insidious, which itself is a stellar movie, is a rare expectation to the rule.
Do you know anything about witches? Straight from the master of horror, Dario Argento, Suspiria is a cinematic tour de force that will have you sleeping with the lights on for days. As the tagline says, “the only thing more terrifying than the last 12 minutes of Suspiria, are the first 92.”
5) The VVitch
Again, with the creepy British accents. This period-piece taking place in 1600s New England is like if Stephen King wrote The Scarlet Letter. After watching this, you’ll have more sympathy for the people who conducted the Salem witch trials.
4) The Ritual
If the Blair Witch Project didn’t turn you off from camping in the woods or you’re not a fan of the ‘found footage’ style, this Netflix original movie definitely will. Follow these four men in their journey deep into the woods, and never want to go outside again.
Joining Carrie (2013), IT (2017), and the upcoming Pet Semetary remake (2019) on the Stephen King craze, another Netflix original, 1922, based on the King book of the same name, chronicles the story of a sadistic farmer who plots to murder his wife. What more could you want?
2) Black Christmas (1974)
Predating John Carpenter’s Halloween by four years, this proto-slasher is one of the earliest films to deliver some of the most common genre tropes. Everything from ‘the calls are coming from inside the house’ to useless cops, and dead teenagers can be found here.
1) Halloween (2018)
If there’s one movie you see this month, it should be the latest installment in the Halloween franchise. For those who found H20 to be a big let-down, this promises to be a huge redemption. Plus, this time when Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as Laurie Strode, she’ll be donning her long hair so that it won’t feel like the mom from Freaky Friday got imported into Halloween.