Top 25 Best Halloween Movies
25. THE BIRDS (1963)
The master of suspense himself Alfred Hitchcock could have only come up with this thriller which has birds of all kinds attacking people with increasing viciousness.
24. SIXTH SENSE (1999)
The M. Night Shyamalan film that sparked the quote "I see dead people," has already become a classic.
23. SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)
Who can forget memorable lines like "It puts the lotion on its skin," said by the film's deranged murderer to his victim, or when Anthony Hopkins, playing Hannibal Lector says "Hello Clarice," in the creepiest voice ever to Jody Foster's FBI agent. Pure suspense and plenty of chills!
22. SCREAM (1996)
Â Director Wes Craven's first of three trilogies is a kitschy-horror masterpiece that made all the kids want to don scary long-faced masks for Halloween that year. Who can forget actress Drew Barrymore's beginning cameo. Â
21. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968)
Horror film director George Romero helmed this old version of the frightful flick about the unburied dead returning to life to seek human flesh. Yum.Â
20. THE OTHERS (2001)
Â Under the direction of Alejandro Amenábar, actress Nicole Kidman lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children and becomes convinced that her family home is haunted. Yup, the house is certainly haunted, but the twist is that...well, we won't spoil the ending for you.
19. CARRIE (1976)
Sissy Spacek plays a mousy and abused girl with telekinetic powers that gets pissed off when she's pushed too far on her prom night.
18. TESIS (1996)
While doing a thesis about violence, Ángela finds a snuff video where a girl is tortured until death. Soon she discovers that the girl was a former student in her faculty, and that's just the beginning. Actor Eduardo Noriega also stars in this horror flick directed by Alejandro Amenábar.
17. THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE (2001)
From the amazing mind of Guillermo del Toro comes this movie that truly keeps you on the edge of your sit. It is 1939, the end of three years of bloody civil war in Spain, and General Franco's right-wing Nationalists are poised to defeat the left-wing Republican forces. A ten-year-old boy named Carlos, is left by his tutor in an orphanage in the middle of nowhere. But the orphanage is hunted by a ghost that makes Carlos live miserable and makes search for the truth. A terrible truth.
16. HOSTEL (2005)
Three American backpackers head over to Eastern Europe where they hear that there's a hostel where the women are all incredibly hot and have a taste for American men. Too bad the hostel is "to die for." Suckers.
15. SAW (2004)
Would you rather get your leg cut off, or die of starvation? Finally, a movie that asks life's toughest questions–literally. Gory and gruesome, you'll be sure to cover your eyes more than a few times while watching Jigsaw's severely deranged game.
14. THE RING (2002)
Â This American remake of a Japanese horror flick, starring Naomi Watts makes you glad VHS tapes are obsolete these days. It also makes you queasy whenever you see wells.
13. POLTERGEIST (1982)
Ghosts inside your TV that move stuff around and kidnap little girls? We'll never look at TV static the same way. But the freakiest part of this film is that Heather O'Rourke, who played the small daughter in the film actually died at the tender age of 12 of a rare disease while shooting the sequel of this film. Eerie.
12. THE GRUDGE (2004)
With the success of The Ring, this Sarah Michelle Gellar pic was also a remake of a Japanese film which follows the story of supernatural vengeful spirit.
11. THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974 & 2003)
Both versions are super scary. But who can resists the old version with all its campy goodness. Five friends visiting an old house (naturally) are terrorized by a chainsaw wielding killer and his family of grave-robbing cannibals.
10. THE EVIL DEAD (1981)
Five friends visit a cabin in the woods (again? You'd think they'd know better by now!), and they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons. Oops.
9. ROSEMARY'S BABY
Who knew that little innocent Mia Farrow could possibly give birth to Satan's spawn?
8. PSYCHO (1960 & 1998)
Whether you're watching director Alfred Hithcock's version or Gus Van Sant's (they were both shot exactly the same way), you're sure to get goosebumps when you hear those wailing violins during the famous shower scene.
7. THE OMEN (1976 & 2006)
Â 30 years after the first Omen was made, the remake is even more frightening. What is it with weird kids who have evil streaks! Maybe they were never allowed to eat Lucky Charms.
6. THE SHINING (1980)
Â Director Stanley Kubrick's tour de force haunts us with Jack Nicholson's line "All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy." The movie was shot in an abandoned hotel during the winter, and the spookiness of it all made co-star Shelly Duval have a legitimate psychotic breakdown.
5. NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1987)
Â What would Halloween be without the original Pizza-faced Edward Scissorhands? Long live Freddy Krueger!
4. THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993)
Director Tim Burton's clay-animated cult classic pulls the plug on Christmas and makes Halloween the hero.
3. THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975)
"Let's do the time warp again!!" And again...and again, because, honestly this movie never gets old. Who can beat the cast of Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, and Meat Loaf?
2. THE EXORCIST (1973)
Hmm. Pea soup never looked so scary, and neither did Linda Blair as the Satanized schoolgirl. Maybe that's why this movie gave us legitimate nightmares for most of our adolescence.
1. HALLOWEEN (1978)
Â The ultimate Halloween movie wins the number one spot on our list. A psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood escapes on a mindless rampage while his doctor chases him through the streets. Watching Jaime Lee Curtis as a young budding actress screaming at the top of her lungs is well worth the ride.