Horror Movies 4 Halloween

by NinjaXCV | created - 01 Oct 2012 | updated - 01 Oct 2012 | Public

It's Halloween season again and you're looking for a good scary movie to watch. You've checked the popular websites for the top 50 best horror films and all you've gotten were movies you've already seen a hundred times. The Exorcist, Halloween, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream. These movies are the first ones to pop in everyone's head. They're classics. But chances are, if you're looking for good horror movies to watch, it's because you've already thought of the most popular ones and you want something else. So I listed a about 40 good Halloween-season films for the horror fan who's looking for something a little less well known than the classics.

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1. The Abandoned (2006)

R | 99 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

42 Metascore

An adopted woman returns to her home country and the family home that she never knew and must face the mystery that lies there.

Director: Nacho Cerdà | Stars: Anastasia Hille, Karel Roden, Valentin Goshev, Valentin Ganev

Votes: 11,702 | Gross: $1.26M

A ghost story about an adopted woman and her brother who, years later, inherit an old Russian farm house where they are strangely haunted by the ghosts of themselves.

2. American Nightmare (2002 Video)

R | 91 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

A deranged female serial killer stalks seven young people whom phone a radio call-in show to discuss their darkest fears and a night-long game of cat-and-mouse is put into motion by the darkly sinister-looking murderess.

Director: Jon Keeyes | Stars: Debbie Rochon, Brandy Little, Johnny Sneed, Chris Ryan

Votes: 515

A woman stalks several teenagers who call in to a radio talk-show to discuss their darkest fears. There's even a scene where a woman masturbates with a knife. And I thought Linda Blair with that crucifix was bad.

3. Bloody Murder (2000 Video)

R | 88 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Plans for a summer filled with fun and romance turn to terror for a group of young counselors.

Director: Ralph E. Portillo | Stars: Jessica Morris, Peter Guillemette, Patrick Cavanaugh, Crystalle Ford

Votes: 1,467

Pretty decent for a low budget slasher flick. Kind of a throwback to the Friday the 13th films, considering it takes place in a summer camp. Stars Tiffany Shepis.

4. Boo (2005)

R | 94 min | Horror

A handful of college students get trapped in a haunted hospital on Halloween.

Director: Anthony C. Ferrante | Stars: Trish Coren, Rachel Harland, Jilon VanOver, Happy Mahaney

Votes: 4,381

A low budget film with good scares and very good special effects. Some college kids get trapped in a haunted hospital on Halloween. Kind of a cliche plot idea, but still worth watching.

5. Boogeyman (2005)

PG-13 | 89 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

32 Metascore

A young man tries to deal with the childhood terror that has affected his life.

Director: Stephen Kay | Stars: Barry Watson, Emily Deschanel, Lucy Lawless, Skye McCole Bartusiak

Votes: 27,813 | Gross: $46.75M

As a child, Tim Jenson (Barry Watson) watched as his father was attacked and taken by the Boogeyman, a dark creature who lives in the closet. Twenty years later, at the suggestion of his therapist, Tim returns to his childhood home to face his fears. Is the Boogeyman real or just a figment of his imagination?

6. Borderland (2007)

R | 105 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

On a trip to a Mexican border town, three college friends stumble upon a human-sacrifice cult.

Director: Zev Berman | Stars: Brian Presley, Jake Muxworthy, Rider Strong, Beto Cuevas

Votes: 8,614

Three college guys vacationing in Mexico are kidnapped by a drug cartel and tortured in a satanic ritual, believing their tortured screams will bring forth the demon. Stars Ryder Strong.

7. Christina's House (2000)

R | 96 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A girl walks up to a big, old house to sell cookies. She gets murdered. A 16 y.o. cute girl has just moved in there with her dad and annoying brother. She hears strange noises in the house. Is there someone else there?

Director: Gavin Wilding | Stars: Brendan Fehr, Brad Rowe, Allison Lange, John Savage

Votes: 1,904

A nice little who-dunnit slasher film. Not a lot of blood but plenty of dead bodies. Stars Brendan Fehr and Allison Lange.

8. Cry Wolf (2005)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

39 Metascore

Eight unsuspecting high school seniors at a posh boarding school, who delight themselves on playing games of lies, come face-to-face with terror and learn that nobody believes a liar - even when they're telling the truth.

Director: Jeff Wadlow | Stars: Julian Morris, Lindy Booth, Jared Padalecki, Erica Yates

Votes: 24,225 | Gross: $10.05M

Another film with the Scream-style who-dunnit format. A killer stalks upper class boarding school students because of their lies. This is one of my favorite films because it always keeps you guessing.

9. Darkness (2002)

PG-13 | 88 min | Horror

15 Metascore

A teenage girl moves into a remote countryside house with her family, only to discover that their gloomy new home has a horrifying past that threatens to destroy the family.

Director: Jaume Balagueró | Stars: Anna Paquin, Lena Olin, Iain Glen, Giancarlo Giannini

Votes: 17,680 | Gross: $22.16M

It's neat to see a movie that makes the threat in the film the actual darkness as opposed to what's in it. Stars Anna Paquin.

10. Darkness Falls (2003)

PG-13 | 86 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

23 Metascore

A vengeful spirit has taken the form of the Tooth Fairy to exact vengeance on the town that lynched her 150 years earlier. Her only opposition is the only child, now grown up, who has survived her before.

Director: Jonathan Liebesman | Stars: Chaney Kley, Emma Caulfield Ford, Antony Burrows, Lee Cormie

Votes: 27,793 | Gross: $32.55M

What would you do if the tooth fairy was real? "Don't Peek"

11. Dead Silence (2007)

R | 89 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

34 Metascore

A young widower returns to his hometown to search for answers to his wife's murder, which may be linked to the ghost of a murdered ventriloquist.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Ryan Kwanten, Amber Valletta, Donnie Wahlberg, Michael Fairman

Votes: 75,380 | Gross: $16.81M

Lots of suspense, and if you're scared of dolls like I am, it's a creepy movie. "Beware the stare of Mary Shaw/She had no children, only dolls/And if you see her in your dreams/Do not ever, ever scream." Co-Stars Donnie Wahlberg.

12. The Descent (2005)

R | 99 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

71 Metascore

A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.

Director: Neil Marshall | Stars: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, Saskia Mulder

Votes: 174,975 | Gross: $26.02M

A group of female cave explorers get caught in an underground cavern with a bunch of creepy humanoid cave dwellers.

13. Detour (2003 Video)

R | 89 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

A group on their way to a rave become involved in a string of events that leaves them stranded in a desert. What follows is a nights of terror as they are set upon by a gang of drug crazed cannibals

Director: Steve Taylor | Stars: Ashley Reed, Aaron Buer, Brent Taylor, Danna Brady

Votes: 679

Some ravers in an RV break down in the middle of nowhere and are attacked by twisted clan of cannibals. If you like The Hills Have Eyes, this is basically the same story. Cameo by Tiffany Shepis.

14. Hatchet (2006)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Horror

57 Metascore

When a group of tourists in a New Orleans haunted swamp tour, find themselves stranded in the wilderness, their evening of fun and spooks turns into a horrific nightmare.

Director: Adam Green | Stars: Kane Hodder, Joel David Moore, Deon Richmond, Amara Zaragoza

Votes: 25,443 | Gross: $0.16M

A group of tourist become stranded after their haunted tour boat sinks in a Louisiana swamp. They soon find that the legend of ax murderer, Victor Crowley, is real. Stars Kane Hodder as Victor Crowley, with a cameo by Robert Englund and Tony Todd.

15. Hide and Seek (2005)

R | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

35 Metascore

As a widower tries to piece together his life in the wake of his wife's suicide, his daughter finds solace, at first, in her imaginary friend.

Director: John Polson | Stars: Robert De Niro, Dakota Fanning, Famke Janssen, Elisabeth Shue

Votes: 75,594 | Gross: $51.10M

Robert DeNiro in a horror movie? I haven't seen that since Frankenstein (1994). I don't want to give the plot away, but definately a must see. Very creepy. Also stars Dakota Fanning.

16. The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

R | 107 min | Horror, Thriller

52 Metascore

A suburban American family is being stalked by a group of psychotic people who live in the desert, far away from civilization.

Director: Alexandre Aja | Stars: Ted Levine, Kathleen Quinlan, Dan Byrd, Emilie de Ravin

Votes: 143,033 | Gross: $41.78M

I know people say that the originals are always better, but I like realism in my horror movies and this gets pretty real. Contains a heavy dose of mutated cannibals.

17. The Hills Run Red (2009 Video)

R | 81 min | Horror, Thriller

A group of young horror fans go searching for a film that mysteriously vanished years ago but instead find that the demented killer from the movie is real, and he's thrilled to meet fans who will die gruesomely for his art.

Director: Dave Parker | Stars: Sophie Monk, Tad Hilgenbrink, William Sadler, Janet Montgomery

Votes: 8,354

Horror fans go looking for a filmmaker that vanished after making his last movie, which is supposed to be the best horror film ever made, only to run into the real life character in his movie, Babyface. Stars Sophie Monk.

18. Hostel (2005)

R | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

55 Metascore

Three backpackers head to a Slovak city that promises to meet their hedonistic expectations, with no idea of the hell that awaits them.

Director: Eli Roth | Stars: Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson, Eythor Gudjonsson, Barbara Nedeljakova

Votes: 152,326 | Gross: $47.33M

This is the film that started the whole 'Torture-Porn' craze. Great story, gruesome death/torture scenes. The sequel's not bad either.

19. House of the Dead 2 (2005 TV Movie)

R | 95 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

A virus breaks out at a university and people start to become zombies. After 29 days, a team of AMS scientists and soldiers are sent in to deal with the problem. But while they search, things go wrong.

Director: Michael Hurst | Stars: Emmanuelle Vaugier, Ed Quinn, Sticky Fingaz, Steve Monroe

Votes: 5,172

The orginal movie sucked. This cleverly titled sequel is a decent zombie film that actually has a believable plot. Though it has very little to do with the game it's based on. Stars Emmanuelle Vaugier.

20. I've Been Waiting for You (1998 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

A girl moves to a small town with her mom, only to be compared to a legendary witch with the same name.

Director: Christopher Leitch | Stars: Sarah Chalke, Soleil Moon Frye, Ben Foster, Christian Campbell

Votes: 1,155

This one is a little obscure, it stars Sarah Chalke from 'Scrubs' and Maggie Lawson from 'Psych'. A girl moves to a small town where everyone thinks she's the reincarnation of a local witch. No blood or guts, but a decent Halloween movie. Also Stars Markie Post

21. Jeepers Creepers (2001)

R | 90 min | Horror, Mystery

49 Metascore

A brother and sister driving home through isolated countryside for spring break encounter a flesh-eating creature which is in the midst of its ritualistic eating spree.

Director: Victor Salva | Stars: Gina Philips, Justin Long, Jonathan Breck, Patricia Belcher

Votes: 98,521 | Gross: $37.90M

Two college kids driving home for spring break get caught in the isolated countryside with a man-eating creature who drives an old truck. Stars Justin Long.

22. Joy Ride (2001)

R | 97 min | Mystery, Thriller

75 Metascore

Three young people on a road trip from Colorado to New Jersey talk to a trucker on their CB radio, then must escape when he turns out to be a psychotic killer.

Director: John Dahl | Stars: Steve Zahn, Paul Walker, Leelee Sobieski, Jessica Bowman

Votes: 57,915 | Gross: $21.97M

Some college kids driving cross country start playing on a CB radio and incur the wrath of Rusty Nail, a psychotic truck driver who hunts them down, killing everyone who comes between them. Stars Steve Zahn and Leelee Sobieski.

23. The Lost Boys (1987)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror

63 Metascore

After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Dianne Wiest, Barnard Hughes

Votes: 104,644 | Gross: $32.22M

This is a classic vampire movie. The music and clothes are a bit outdated, but the sequels to this movie never came close to the original. Stars a young Keifer Sutherland, Corey Feldman and Cory Haim.

24. My Soul to Take (2010)

R | 107 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

25 Metascore

A serial killer returns to his hometown to stalk seven children who share the same birthday as the date he was allegedly put to rest.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Max Thieriot, John Magaro, Denzel Whitaker, Zena Grey

Votes: 17,752 | Gross: $14.64M

The opening scene alone is intense, but this movie is more along the lines of a Scream-style slasher movie where you never know who the killer is until the end. Seven kids all born on the same night a serial killer dies, one is possessed with the soul of the Ripper.

25. The Others (2001)

PG-13 | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

74 Metascore

A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted.

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Fionnula Flanagan, Alakina Mann

Votes: 299,825 | Gross: $96.52M

There's nothing creepier than a haunted house movie set in the times just after World War 2. This movie will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time, just don't let anybody spoil the ending for you. Stars Nicole Kidman.

26. Penny Dreadful (2006)

R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Young Penny goes on a retreat with her psychologist; the intention is to help her overcome her phobia, an intense fear of cars. Unexpected events find her in a nightmarish situation where her worst fears come true.

Director: Richard Brandes | Stars: Rachel Miner, Mimi Rogers, Chad Todhunter, Mickey Jones

Votes: 5,805

Penny (Rachel Miner) has a fear of cars after her parents were killed in a horrible car wreck. Her therapist (Mimi Rogers) takes her on a road trip to help overcome her phobia. After accidentally hitting a hitchiker the threapist offers the hitcher a ride ... big mistake.

27. Poltergeist (1982)

PG | 114 min | Horror, Thriller

79 Metascore

A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke, Craig T. Nelson, Beatrice Straight

Votes: 120,872 | Gross: $76.61M

Even after all these years, this movie is still scary as hell. Children, ghosts and midgets. Stars Craig T Nelson.

28. See No Evil (2006)

R | 84 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

17 Metascore

A group of delinquents are sent to clean the Blackwell Hotel. Little do they know reclusive psychopath Jacob Goodnight has holed away in the rotting hotel. When one of the teens is captured, those who remain - a group that includes the cop who put a bullet in Goodnight's head four years ago - band together to survive against the brutal killer.

Director: Gregory Dark | Stars: Glenn Jacobs, Christina Vidal, Michael J. Pagan, Samantha Noble

Votes: 23,638 | Gross: $15.03M

A group of juvenile prisoners are sent on a community service project to clean up and renovate an old hotel. Little do they know a religious serial killer, who collects eyeballs, has claimed the hotel as his own. A good hack and slash movie.

29. The Skeleton Key (2005)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

47 Metascore

A hospice nurse working at a spooky New Orleans plantation home finds herself entangled in a mystery involving the house's dark past.

Director: Iain Softley | Stars: Kate Hudson, Peter Sarsgaard, Joy Bryant, Gena Rowlands

Votes: 95,895 | Gross: $47.81M

Set in Louisiana with lots of voodoo folklore and tales of mistreated slaves make the perfect set up for all kind of crazy happenings. Stars Kate Hudson.

30. Stir of Echoes (1999)

R | 99 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

67 Metascore

After being hypnotized by his sister in law, a man begins seeing haunting visions of a girl's ghost and a mystery begins to unfold around him.

Director: David Koepp | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Zachary David Cope, Kathryn Erbe, Illeana Douglas

Votes: 67,122 | Gross: $21.13M

After being hypnotized by his wife's sister, Jake Witzky (Kevin Bacon) begins seeing visons of a girl murdered in his house several years earlier, which starts to drive him insane.

31. They (2002)

PG-13 | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

31 Metascore

A psychology student finds all her childhood fears and phobias becoming real after a traumatic event.

Director: Robert Harmon | Stars: Laura Regan, Marc Blucas, Ethan Embry, Dagmara Dominczyk

Votes: 11,517 | Gross: $12.84M

A good monster movie about creatures who mark the children then come back for them when they're grown. Stars Laura Regan.

32. Trick 'r Treat (2007)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

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.

Director: Michael Dougherty | Stars: Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Dylan Baker, Rochelle Aytes

Votes: 70,126

Four intertwining tales of terror that all happen on Halloween night, and all have twist endings. Stars Anna Paquin and Leslie Bibb.

33. Unrest (I) (2006)

R | 88 min | Horror, Thriller

A young pathology med student suspects that the spirit of a dead cadaver in the hospital morgue where she works is killing off all those who handle or desecrate the body.

Director: Jason Todd Ipson | Stars: Corri English, Scot Davis, Joshua Alba, Marisa Petroro

Votes: 7,252

A young med student believes that the cadaver of a woman is trying to communicate with her and is killing off anyone who handles the body. Stars Corri English.

34. Valentine (2001)

R | 96 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

18 Metascore

Five women are stalked by an unknown assailant while preparing for Valentine's Day.

Director: Jamie Blanks | Stars: Denise Richards, David Boreanaz, Marley Shelton, Jessica Capshaw

Votes: 22,028 | Gross: $20.38M

A who-dunnit slasher in the genre with films like Scream, but with hotter girls. Jeremy Milton was ignored and embarrassed by the pretty girls in grade school, now roughly fifteen years later he's come back for revenge wearing a cupid mask. Stars Marley Shelton and Denise Richards.

35. Vampires (1998)

R | 108 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

42 Metascore

Recovering from an ambush that killed his entire team, a vengeful vampire slayer must retrieve an ancient Catholic relic that, should it be acquired by vampires, will allow them to walk in sunlight.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: James Woods, Daniel Baldwin, Sheryl Lee, Thomas Ian Griffith

Votes: 46,594 | Gross: $20.24M

A slayer (James Woods) must stop a group of vampires from recovering a religious relic that will allow them to walk in the sunlight. If you like this film, the sequel, Vampires: Los Muertos (2002) is pretty good too.

36. Venom (2005)

R | 87 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

25 Metascore

A group of teenagers fear for their lives in the swamps of Louisiana, chased by Mr. Jangles, a man possessed by 13 evil souls, and now relentless in his pursuit of new victims.

Director: Jim Gillespie | Stars: Agnes Bruckner, Jonathan Jackson, Meagan Good, Bijou Phillips

Votes: 8,690 | Gross: $0.88M

Teenagers run for their lives through the swamps of Louisiana as they're stalked by a man who was bitten by over a dozen snakes and is now possessed with 13 evil souls. Stars Agnes Bruckner and Bijou Phillips.

37. What Lies Beneath (2000)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

51 Metascore

The wife of a university research scientist believes that her lakeside Vermont home is haunted by a ghost - or that she is losing her mind.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Harrison Ford, Michelle Pfeiffer, Katharine Towne, Miranda Otto

Votes: 106,055 | Gross: $155.46M

Claire Spencer (Michelle Pfeiffer) Believes her new house is haunted by the ghost of a young woman. She starts to lose her mind as she unravels the mystery behind the girls death. Also stars Harrison Ford.

38. When a Stranger Calls (2006)

PG-13 | 87 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

27 Metascore

During a babysitting gig, a high-school student is harassed by an increasingly threatening prank caller.

Director: Simon West | Stars: Camilla Belle, Tommy Flanagan, Katie Cassidy, Tessa Thompson

Votes: 38,445 | Gross: $47.86M

What's scarier than hearing "The calls are coming from inside the house"? Stars Camilla Belle.

39. The Wisher (2002)

R | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

In a small town, the teenager Mary is obsessed and addicted with horror movies. Further, she is sleepwalker, has frequent nightmares and her father has forbidden her to watch horror movies.... See full summary »

Director: Gavin Wilding | Stars: Ron Silver, Liane Balaban, Drew Lachey, Siri Baruc

Votes: 1,455

This film is also known as 'Spliced'. A girl obsessed with horror movies goes to see a film called The Wisher only to have her own wishes come true, injuring those around her. She also begins to see the character from the movie stalking her.

40. Wrong Turn (I) (2003)

R | 84 min | Horror

32 Metascore

Six people find themselves trapped in the woods of West Virginia, hunted down by "cannibalistic mountain men grossly disfigured through generations of in-breeding."

Director: Rob Schmidt | Stars: Eliza Dushku, Jeremy Sisto, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Desmond Harrington

Votes: 96,573 | Gross: $15.42M

Some stranded motorists get caught in the backwoods with some extremely inbred and mutated rednecks. If you like The Hills have Eyes, this is the same style of movie. Stars Eliza Dusku.

41. 1408 (2007)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Horror

64 Metascore

A man who specializes in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Soon after settling in, he confronts genuine terror.

Director: Mikael Håfström | Stars: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Mary McCormack, Paul Birchard

Votes: 232,444 | Gross: $71.99M

Mike Enslin (John Cusack), a paranormal skeptic, checks into the famed 1408 room with plans of debunking the hauntings that are rumored to happen there. Based on a short story by Stephen King. It also stars Samuel L Jackson.