Best horror movies to watch this Halloween

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Photo taken by Karoline Betteridge

 As cooler weather sets in and the leaves begin to paint the ground with vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows – Halloween is right around the corner. This year, Halloween falls on a Saturday, which gives you plenty of time to have the perfect horror movie marathon. Bolt your doors, lock your windows, and gather your bravest friends. Here are a few movies to start a night of terror. After all, everyone is entitled to one good scare on Halloween!



Halloween (1978)

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Photo taken by Karoline Betteridge

Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, P.J. Soles, Nancy Kyes, and Donald Pleasence

It is Halloween, 1978, and the sleepy little town of Haddonfield is blissfully unaware of what’s coming their way. Teenager Laurie Strode thinks it will be an easy night of babysitting, and her friends are ready to go out for the night. All is peaceful until Michael Myers comes back to his childhood home after escaping the sanitorium the night before. He has one thing on his mind- murder. As Michael Myers picks his way through the town, Laurie must protect her own life as well as the children’s.

Halloween was one of the first of many slasher genre movies,

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Photo taken by Karoline Betteridge

spawning nine more films in the franchise after it. Although you may have seen the 2009 remake, it’s vastly different from the first. If you’re looking to see something at home, you’re in luck. Channels such as AMC are showing Halloween as well as several of the sequals. Check it out!

Fun fact: Halloween is one of the most successful independent films of all time; it had a small budget of $300,000, but it made $47 million at the box office. By the way, that $47 million would be $150 million by 2008’s standards according to



Scream (1996)

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Starring: Neve Campbell, Skeet Ulrich, Rose McGowan, Courtney Cox, David Arquette

When two high school students are found brutally murdered, the town of Woodsboro is sent into a frenzy. Not long after, high schooler Sidney Prescott receives a mysterious phone call. At first, the voice on the other end is friendly enough, but suddenly turns hostile. This drops Sidney and her horror movie obsessed friends into the heart of the action, becoming the killer’s targets. Rumours circulate the town that Sidney’s mother’s death a year earlier is related to the recent crimes.

Scream will keep you guessing to the very end. It is unique as a slasher film because it references several older films from the genre, including Halloween, Friday the 13th, and A Nightmare on Elm Street. It is also interesting because it establishes the “rules” of a horror film and broke nearly every single one of them, renewing interest with audiences in the horror genre after its release. While Scream may have its humorous moments, it is filled with twists and turns you won’t see coming. Scream, as well as two sequels, are currently streaming on Netflix, so you too can delve into the thrills and chills at your leisure.

Fun fact: According to, Caller ID wasn’t popular when Scream came out, but the use of caller ID tripled after the movie came out.


Crimson Peak (2015)

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Photo taken by Karoline Betteridge

Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, and Tom Hiddleston

After experiencing a family tragedy, Edith Cushing seeks refuge with her new husband and his sister. Her husband, Thomas Sharpe, has a very old, extravagant home well off the beaten path. Soon after she moves in, strange occurrences happen around the house. Unexplained shadows, amongst many other spine chilling events occur, and Edith investigates further. She discovers that her new home holds deadly secrets. She must uncover the truth before it’s too late.

Crimson Peak was released into theaters earlier this month, and is still showing in many theaters around our area. If you’re a Guillermo del Toro fan, than it is your lucky day! He directed and co-wrote the movie. The movie is intense and not for the faint of heart – the trailer alone is enough to make you jump out of your skin! If you want to spend your Halloween out on the town, go see Crimson Peak.

Fun fact: According to, Guillermo del Toro stated that some of the inspirations for Crimson Peak include The Shining (1980), The Omen (1976), The Exorcist (1973), The Haunting (1963), and The Innocents (1961).


Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (2015)

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Starring:  Chris J. Murray, Brit Shaw, and Ivy George

  Shortly after moving into a new house, Ryan and Emily notice their daughter, Leila, playing with and talking to something they cannot see. To add to the mystery, Ryan finds a camera in their garage that sees things that they cannot. Using the camera, Leila’s parents learn that Leila is playing with ghosts that are not exactly the neighborhood welcoming committee. As the violence of the spirits increases towards the family, Ryan and Emily decide to take action.

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension is a thrilling tale of survival, sure to keep you on the edge of your seat through the whole movie. This is the fifth installment into the Paranormal Activity series and was released on October 23. If you enjoyed the others or just want to see a ghostly movie, go to see Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension in theaters this Halloween!

Fun fact: According to Jason Blum on, the producer of all of the movies, this is the last Paranormal Activity in the franchise. It is also the only one to be released in 3D.


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