3. Haunt (2019)
IMDB Rating: 6.4/10
In case you haven’t heard about it, Haunt is an all-new horror film that takes place on All Hallows’ Eve. Produced by Eli Roth and written and directed by writers of A Quiet Place, Haunt is one of the scariest and finest haunted house attraction films I’ve seen yet. This low-budget hidden gem may have a familiar plot about a bunch of teenagers visiting a shady and creepy haunted house attraction on Halloween and getting trapped inside, but it more than makes up for it with a palpable sense of tension, atmosphere and pure brutality. This is a claustrophobic and intense gore-fest that will keep you hooked till the very last scene. This movie is pure fun and amusement in a freaky funhouse way.
4. Goosebumps (2015)
IMDB Rating: 6.3/10
If you are looking for a family-friendly horror movie, then nothing’s better than Goosebumps (2015) and it’s sequel Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018). Based on the popular based on the horror book series by R.L. Stine, Goosebumps is an excellent spine-tingling horror movie that the whole family can enjoy. This funny and eerie movie tells the story of a fictional version of R.L. Stine (Jack Black) who is trying to save his town from impending doom after creepy characters from his popular books come to life. The sequel Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween is even more fun with an all-new plot and a cameo from Jack Black. Goosebumps is a solid and fun horror movie for kids and adults alike with a lot of craziness, gags and a ton of freaky monsters.
5. Hereditary (2018)
IMDB Rating: 7.3/10
This is perhaps the most disturbing horror movie you can watch this Halloween season. I can guarantee you that you haven’t seen anything like this before. This movie will stay with you long after you have seen it and that ending will linger in your mind giving you sleepless nights for a long, long time. Directed by Ari Aster, Hereditary tells the story of a mother (Toni Collette) who is trying to take care of her family in the face of an unimaginable tragedy. As the family dynamics become complicated and completely breakdown, something more sinister reveals itself. Unsettling, disturbing and harrowing, Hereditary will scare the shit out of you. Just wait till the ending.
6. Drag Me to Hell (2009)
IMDB Rating: 6.5/10
This is the most terrifying, crazy and fun horror movie on this list. Directed by horror maestro Sam Raimi, Drag Me to Hell is a scary, suspenseful, clever, funny, grotesque and disgusting ride in a good way. The plot follows a beautiful and kind woman Christine Brown (Alison Lohman) who gets cursed by a powerful old gypsy after refusing her a bank loan. Soon after she is tormented by the goat-headed demon Lamia who wants to drag her to hell…alive. This is a pure gem of a horror movie that is dramatic, scary, and super fun. Packed with suspense and jump scares, this entertaining Halloween movie will keep you guessing with its twists till the very last scene. This movie will leave you cringing and completely satisfied by the end.
7. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)
IMDB Rating: 6.4/10
If you love Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark book series, then this is a must-watch for you this Halloween. Produced by Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro, the movie adaptation is a family-friendly, old-fashioned, creepy film that is fun for both children, teens and adults. Combining the short stories into a single narrative, the movie deals with a group of teens who find an ancient scary book in a haunted house. Things start going awry as the stories and the monsters come to life. With heavy atmosphere and jump scares, the movie does justice to its source material. It delivers excruciatingly effective set-pieces that will creep your bones. Gross, frightening, spooky and wonderful, this frightening film is deliciously made and smartly employs the right terror tactics to deliver some shivering scares. Del Toro successfully proves once again why he is one of the greatest horror masterminds we have at present.
8. V/H/S/2 (2013)
IMDB Rating: 6/10
No horror movie list for Halloween can be complete without at least one found footage film. And hence, here I have included what I believe is the BEST found footage horror movie ever made. In case you haven’t seen the first one, V/H/S/2 is an experimental anthology horror film that has a frame narrative connecting all the segments and it does a phenomenal job at that. Apart from the main narrative, the film consists of 4 different stories that deal with an entertaining mixture of genres and styles from techno horror, zombies, a mysterious cult to even aliens. This brilliant yet nasty found footage horror movie will keep hooked through each segment, with the segment ‘Safe Haven’ clearly standing out to be the best. V/H/S/2 is lean, mean horror machine that is intense, scary, shocking, gory and fun. In my opinion, this is the perfect horror anthology out there.