Top 10 Scary Halloween Movies

Turn off your lights and hold on tight. We've compiled a list of films to give you the shivers this Halloween.

Compiled by Chandni Jhunjhunwala from IMDB.com
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    The Rocky Horror Picture Show
    For the ultimate Halloween experience, catch a late-night showing of the naughty musical about a couple that stumbles into an alien transvestite's castle. Make sure you don't ruin it by watching it on video. Audience involvement is what contributes to the theatrical greatness of this film.

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    The Shining
    Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Stephen King's novel could quite possibly be one of the scariest films of all time. The bone-chilling movie takes place in a hotel, where Jack Nicholson and his family have moved in as caretakers for the winter. Suddenly, Danny, the son, sees the ghost of a former hotel custodian, who murdered his wife and two daughters. Beware: This eerie movie will haunt you long after you've hit the stop button.

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    The Silence of the Lambs
    Not for the weak-hearted! This psychological thriller is about FBI agent Clarice Starling, who tries to decode a murderer's mind by talking to Hannibal, another diabolical psychopath. Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal Lecter the Cannibal will definitely give you a nightmare or two.

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    Halloween
    Halloween turns deadly when a former child murderer escapes from the mental institution, and returns to his hometown to terrorize a teenager and her friends.

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    Poltergeist
    Watch this before you go haunted house hunting this Halloween. A family has ghostly encounters in their home with amiable ghosts. Gradually, though, they turn sinister and kidnap the youngest daughter.

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    A Nightmare on Elm Street
    The film that resulted in six sequels is still a must-watch horror flick. A group of teenagers start having violent nightmares about Freddy Krueger, a scarred killer who wears a glove with razor fingers. Soon one of the girls is murdered in her sleep. The remaining teenagers have to stay awake and catch Krueger, otherwise they will meet with the same fate. Good luck going to bed after this one!

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    Alien
    Watch this scary sci-fi flick to see what happens when a space crew lands on an unknown planet and encounters evil alien creatures.

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    Night of the Living Dead
    You'll cross your fingers for the group of people who hide in a farmhouse, trying to avoid being killed by the dead, who have come back to life as bloodthirsty zombies.

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    The Exorcist
    See why fans of 'The Exorcist' still shudder when they utter the name of this movie. This is a terrifying and gory depiction of a 12-year-old girl possessed by demons as the exorcist tries to save her.

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    Seven
    Shock, nausea, and utter fright, you'll feel it all at the pit of your stomach while watching Seven. The intense psychological drama follows two detectives, played by Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, as they try to catch a maniac who plans to kill seven people, one for each of the seven deadly sins.

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    Your Comments

    • Amasa Delano

      Let someone who knows something about horror movies write these lists. Rocky Horror Picture Show isn’t “scary.” You’re really going with the Rob Zombie remake of Halloween? Alien and Seven aren’t even remotely Halloween movies! A good list of Halloween movies should include a few haunted house films as well as Pumpkinhead, Hellraiser, and maybe Trick ‘R’ Treat as well.