One of my favorite aspects of fall is Halloween with all costumes, pumpkin-flavored things, and yes the occasional scary movie, or at least Halloween themed. I like horror movies well enough, but it’s not my favorite genre. If you’re like me, but still want to get into the Halloween spirit by having a movie night or hosting a virtual watch party this year and need some ideas, check out my list of 13 movies to watch this Halloween. In my opinion, the movies on this list give you a dose of horror for Halloween without going overboard.
10 Movies To Watch This Halloween
Disclaimer: The movie descriptions are summarized from IMDB.com. I’ve watched all the movies on this list and recommend them unless otherwise stated in which case the movie is on my watchlist.
Prom Night (2008): Prom, that magical time dancing the night away with all of your friends, remember? Yeah… this is not that story. This movie tells the story of Donna, a high school senior who is excitedly getting ready for prom with all her friends. She and her friends are all ready for the best night of her life, unfortunately, someone from Donna’s past has different plans, leaving Donna and her friends trying to survive as their magical night turns into a nightmare. This is one my favorite horror movies all-time, I’ve seen it a few times, and on my list of movies to watch again this Halloween,
Dial M For Murder (1954) A film by Alfred Hitchcock, I had to add this movie to the list, though it is more thriller than horror. Dial M for Murder is about a husband who plots to kill his wife after learning of her infidelity and how it plays out as the plan is set in motion. This movie is a must-see especially if you are an Alfred Hitchcock fan, but I’m not sure I’d watch it multiple times.
The Roomate (2011): College: a new chapter in life, and the start of so many possibilities. This movie is a little different, it tells the story of Sarah, a freshman who befriends her roommate and doesn’t realize the girl’s true intentions. I wasn’t sure what to think of this movie when I first watched it, but I liked it.
Happy Death Day (2017)/ Happy Death Day 2 U (2019): In Happy Death Day, college student Tree Gelbman must relieve the day of her murder again and again until she finds her killer. When Happy Death Day First came out, I wasn’t sure I wanted to see it, like I said, not a big horror movie fan, but when the sequel came out, I decided to take another look. I haven’t watched the sequel yet, but I like the first though I have to warn you these movies are more suspense than horror.
Hocus Pocus(1993): This movie is a must-see when Halloween comes around, it’s not a horror film, a more family-friendly Halloween movie. I’ve been wanting to watch this movie for years and finally got around to it. I liked it more than I thought I would and there were more funny moments than ones that had me wanting to cover my eyes during a scene.
88 Minutes (2007): This movie which is more thriller than horror, stars Al Pacino as a forensic psychologist who gets a call from someone he helped put away years ago. It’s a race against the clock as he tries to determine if the threat to his life is real and who could be helping this man while he’s behind bars. This is one of my favorite thriller movies of all time, this movie may be a few years old, but it’s definitely worth watching.