31 movies to get in the mood for Halloween

I love Halloween and I love Horror movies. Hopefully this list will remind of some classics you have forgotten about or give a weird scary movie you have never scene to get in the Halloween sprit. Enjoy
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1.
Halloween (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
On Halloween night of 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers stabbed his sister to death. After sitting in a mental hospital for 15 years, Myers escapes and returns to Haddonfield to kill. (91 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ You can't have a list of movies for Halloween and not have Halloween in it. A no brainer. Enjoy! ” - fatfantom
 
2.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt the remain safe from these flesh eating monsters. (96 mins.)
“ This has become annual Halloween viewing in our house ” - fatfantom
 
3.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn't quite understand the concept. (76 mins.)
Director: Henry Selick
“ Great now through Christmas. The only non Horror movie on my list but it is Halloween ” - fatfantom
 
4.
Trick 'r Treat (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Five interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband; and a mean old man meets his match with a demonic, supernatural trick-or-treater. (82 mins.)
“ Great movie, please see if you haven't. It is pure Halloween fun ” - fatfantom
 
5.
The Wolf Man (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A practical man returns to his homeland, is attacked by a creature of folklore, and infected with a horrific disease his disciplined mind tells him can not possibly exist. (70 mins.)
Director: George Waggner
“ You have to go with the classics this time of year and this is one of the best ” - fatfantom
 
6.
Frankenstein (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. (70 mins.)
Director: James Whale
“ Just an outstanding story with pretty good effects still ” - fatfantom
 
7.
Dracula (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina. (85 mins.)
Director: Tod Browning
“ make 7 and 8 back to back watching for a fun night ” - fatfantom
 
8.
Freaks (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance. (64 mins.)
Director: Tod Browning
“ Watch the movie that made director Tod Browning a star in Hollywood in Dracula and then watch this movie that ended his career. Both are great and have awesome storytelling ” - fatfantom
 
9.
King Kong (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla who takes a shine to their female blonde star. Then he's captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition. (100 mins.)
“ Staying in the 30's, this movie is fun and exciting. Better than the two remakes by a mile ” - fatfantom
 
10.
Psycho (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A Phoenix secretary steals $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. (109 mins.)
“ one of the all time best scary movies because this could and does happen in real life. ” - fatfantom
 
11.
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientists try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study. (79 mins.)
Director: Jack Arnold
“ great effects that still look great today, my all time favorite monster movie ” - fatfantom
 
12.
Pumpkinhead (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
After a tragic accident, a man conjures up a towering, vengeful demon called Pumpkinhead to destroy a group of unsuspecting teenagers. (86 mins.)
Director: Stan Winston
“ one a of a very few good monster movies made in the last 25 years with Stan Winston directing ” - fatfantom
 
13.
Jeepers Creepers (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A brother and sister driving home through isolated countryside for spring break encounter a flesh-eating creature which is on the last day of its ritualistic eating spree. (90 mins.)
Director: Victor Salva
“ the other good monster movie in the last 25 years in my mind. Played straight and the movie is better for it. Great monster! ” - fatfantom
 
14.
Jaws (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and a grizzled fisherman set out to stop it. (124 mins.)
“ Great anytime of the year, best horror movie ever for acting and dialog ” - fatfantom
 
15.
Duel (1971 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A business commuter is pursued and terrorized by the malevolent driver of a massive tractor-trailer. (90 mins.)
“ one actor, a car and truck on the open dessert road. The suspense is crazy and will have you on the edge of your seat ” - fatfantom
 
16.
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
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A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall. (101 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
“ i love both but the 2004 first 10 minutes are some of the best terror in any horror movie ever made ” - fatfantom
 
17.
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Mrs. Voorhees is dead, and Camp Crystal Lake is shut down, but a camp next to the infamous place is stalked by an unknown assailant. Is it Mrs. Voorhees' son Jason, who did not really drown in the lake some 30 years before? (87 mins.)
Director: Steve Miner
“ better than 1 with scary potato sack Jason. The best of the series for scares ” - fatfantom
 
18.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. While the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep. (91 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
“ watch scary Freddy, not goofy Freddy in all the following movies. ” - fatfantom
 
19.
Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In a small town, a wrongfully killed man exacts revenge on those who murdered him beyond the grave. (96 mins.)
“ awesome creepy made for TV movie that is really well made ” - fatfantom
 
20.
The Hitcher (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A young man who escaped the clutches of a murderous hitch-hiker is subsequently stalked, framed for the hitcher's crimes, and has his life made into hell by the same man he escaped. (97 mins.)
Director: Robert Harmon
“ incredibly scary and suspenseful. ” - fatfantom
 
21.
Them! (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters that threaten civilization. (94 mins.)
Director: Gordon Douglas
“ Great big bug movie, best of the best and the start is scary ” - fatfantom
 
22.
Tarantula (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A spider escapes from an isolated desert laboratory experimenting in giantism and grows to tremendous size as it wreaks havoc on the local inhabitants. (80 mins.)
Director: Jack Arnold
“ one year later and great as well, good spider effects that are dated but still look good. ” - fatfantom
 
23.
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
Kids all over America want Silver Shamrock masks for Halloween. Doctor Daniel Challis seeks to uncover a plot by Silver Shamrock owner Conal Cochran. (98 mins.)
“ I always catch crap for this but I love Halloween 3. It is not Michael Myers and I get that but the story is way more twisted. Evil mask makers that want to kill every kid on earth on Halloween. ” - fatfantom
 
24.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two siblings visit their grandfather's grave in Texas along with three of their friends and are attacked by a family of cannibalistic psychopaths. (83 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
“ raw and gritty, I love it but grinds on you and wears you down after about an hour. Truly scary and not nearly as bloody as rumored ” - fatfantom
 
25.
Wrong Turn (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Six people find themselves trapped in the woods of West Virginia, hunted down by "cannibalistic mountain men grossly disfigured through generations of in-breeding." (84 mins.)
Director: Rob Schmidt
“ staying with crazy hillbilly cannibals, this movie suspenseful and has great death scenes. ” - fatfantom
 
26.
Maniac (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A psychopath, troubled by his childhood abuse, loose in New York City, kills young women and takes their scalps as his trophies. Will he find the perfect woman in a photographer, and end his killing spree? (87 mins.)
Director: William Lustig
“ watch this movie to see Tom Savini's best gore effects work ” - fatfantom
 
27.
Alien (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as distress call, their landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform. Continuing their journey back to Earth with the attacked crew having recovered and the critter deceased, they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ great monster movie with a truly scary monster. ” - fatfantom
 
28.
The Thing (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
It's the first week of winter in 1982. An American Research Base is greeted by an alien force, that can assimilate anything it touches. It's up to the members to stay alive, and be sure of who is human, and who has become one of the Things. (109 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ second best alien horror movie ever and it is scary for what you see and the atmosphere. Tough to do both well but this does it. ” - fatfantom
 
29.
Candyman (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The Candyman, a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, is accidentally summoned to reality by a skeptic grad student researching the monster's myth. (99 mins.)
Director: Bernard Rose
“ Best horror movie of the 90's, just ahead of Scream. Just for the record, silence of the lambs is not a horror movie, it is a police thriller ” - fatfantom
 
30.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates. (80 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
“ the first is still the best, although the 78 version is close. I think in the 50's people picked up on the small differences in the neighbors and that makes it more real ” - fatfantom
 
31.
Scream (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Sidney, attempting to cope with her mother's mysterious murder, and her horror movie-obsessed friends are stalked by an unknown killer who seems to have a hard time letting the past go. (111 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
“ a horror movie about horror movies, what's better than that for Halloween ” - fatfantom