9. Annabelle Comes Home (2019)
IMDB Rating: 6/10
If you’re a fan of The Conjuring universe, then Annabelle Comes Home is a must-watch, especially on the creepiest night of the year. The most entertaining movie in the Annabelle franchise, in my opinion, the latest installment in the trilogy is a classic, uncomplicated scary movie that’s packed with creepy atmosphere, pulsating suspense and effective jump scares. Targeted at younger fans, this chapter deals with Judy, the daughter of Demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren, who is left alone at home with her babysitter and the possessed Annabelle doll. It’s no surprise that Annabelle gets out of her sacred case and wreaks havoc on Judy, her babysitter, and her friend. Filled with some great humor, suspense, dread, and genuine chills, it is a surprisingly excellent, well-shot, well-acted, and frightening house-of-horrors film. You and your friends will be seriously impressed with this one.
10. Monster House (2006)
IMDB Rating: 6.6/10
Monster House is an animated horror comedy that’s perfect for the whole family this Halloween season. Executive produced by Steven Spielberg & Robert Zemeckis, this underrated horror gem uses all the true horror movie tropes in the best way imaginable and delivers an effectively scary and funny animated movie in a kid-friendly way.
It is visually spectacular and tells a fascinatingly great story with excellent characters and a really epic twist ending. The movie focuses on 3 friends who try to unravel the mystery of a creepy-looking house in their neighborhood on Halloween night. There are enough mystery, action, scares and even a perfect backstory that makes the film even more enjoyable. This is a rare movie that’s full of creepy surprises and delivers them smartly in a family-friendly package.
11. Evil Dead (2013)
IMDB Rating: 6.5/10
This is perhaps the scariest and goriest movie on this list of Halloween horror movies. Yes, it is bloody, gory and damn terrifying. A remake of the original 1981 film, Evil Dead tells the story of a young girl (Jane Levy) trying to overcome drug addiction in a remote cabin in the middle of a forest with the help of her brother and her friends. Unfortunately, they stumble onto the Book of the Dead called Naturom Demento and unleash an evil entity. Although the plot remains pretty faithful to the original it greatly amps upon the blood and gore department. The movie smartly avoids any use of CGI and greatly relies on practical effects which make it that much more realistic, terrifying, disgusting and amazing at the same time. The movie is rich in atmosphere and a foreboding sense of dread that will rattle your bones long after the movie is over. Evil Dead will scar you and keep you awake for nights.
12. Sinister (2012)
IMDB Rating: 6.8 /10
If you prefer a slow burn supernatural mystery that gradually delves into terrifying and ‘sinister’ conclusions, instead of blood and gore, then this movie is perfect for you. This is a well-crafted horror movie that pulls you into it’s dark, frightening world of loud noises, distant moans, thunderstorms and creepy children with a hypnotic appeal. It’s amazing how finely the movie transitions from a crime investigation into supernatural horror with an all-pervasive encroaching dread. Heavy on atmosphere, Sinister tells the story of a true-crime author (Ethan Hawke) with a large ego who moves into a new house, along with his wife and two kids, to investigate a horrifying murder that took place in the same house. As he finds a box with Super 8 films showing gruesome murders, he sets out to investigate the truth behind it only to realize the truth is far more sinister than he expected. Sinister is undoubtedly a smart scary movie that creeps up on you slowly.