It’s never too early for horror.

There are two kinds of people. Those whose only thought of fall is pumpkin spice and those who start celebrating Halloween in August and scream “SPOOKY SEASON!” when the first cool breeze hits and don’t have to bring out their Halloween stuff because it’s become a regular part of their house decor. (I say this as I stare at a three foot tall skull on one side of me and a life-sized ghost I’m building from scratch on the other side of me.)

One of my favorite things about October is that I have an excuse to binge horror movies and Hailey is finally old enough to appreciate them and inherited my strange tastes, so I now have a willing participant to snuggle up on the couch for my October fest where I try to watch one horror movie every day.

Normally I sort of let my Netflix and Hulu accounts choose them for me but it’s easy to get stuck in a rut so I thought I’d ask you…what are the best horror flicks we can’t miss? Hailey likes slasher and supernatural. I like supernatural and psychological thriller. Gothic is a plus. Campy is fine. So-bad-it’s-good is too. (I’m looking at you, American Horror Stories.) Torture p0rn/home invasion is a no-go and I don’t even classify those as horror because I hate them.

Some of my favorites: The Others, Get Out, Cabin in the Woods, Shaun of the Dead, The Tale of Two Sisters, Trollhunter, Border, Housebound, Grabbers, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Let the Right One in, Crimson Peak, Carnival of Souls, The Changeling, The Witch, The Golem.

Okay, your turn…what should we watch? What are some of your favorites? (Old, new, popular, unpopular…it’s all good.)

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  1. I came here to say Crimson Peak and Cabin in the Woods. It Follows and Fallen are two other good ones!

  2. I watch entirely too many horror films, some more than once. I’m in several discord servers for horror-fans (which also includes books, art and all genre related things). We’re just a bunch of spooky 👻 grown ups who still love to be scared. It’s pretty much Halloween 🎃 365 days a year in my house. So let me just give you this one recommendation for a film- ‘Extra Ordinary’ is a comedy horror that I really loved watching in the past year:
    I track movies I watch in Letterboxd, which makes it easy to sort by my own rating/like/genre (over 600 horror watched in 2 1/2 years 🤣).

  3. All time fav, The Shining. Watch it every year on my birthday in October. Other must watch, the Exorcist. So good. It’s not fall without them.

  4. Pet Sematary is delightfully campy and genuinely scary. Event Horizon is one of the scariest movies I’ve ever seen, may be more spacey than you want. And the Ryan Reynolds Amityville Horror is fun!

  5. You can’t go wrong with the Classics like Nightmare on Elm Street or Texas Chainsaw Massacre!

  6. This is an older one that is from Disney but it always made me feel uneasy. The Watcher in the Woods.

  7. I love pretty much any movie that Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax slaughter. Especially the it’s so bad it’s good horror flicks. Never forget “The Exorcist.” All three Conjuring movies. The 1963 version of “The Haunting.” “The Innocents” with Deborah Kerr. “Scream”! Check out “The Innkeepers.” I could go on and on. Fall is my favorite time of year. The cool in the air. The smell of the leaves. And it starts the party season!!

  8. One of my all time faves because it’s so campy and ridiculous is the 90s remake of House on Haunted Hill. The original is great too, but if you want a fun romp, the remake is great.

  9. As Above, So Below, The Conjuring, Overlord, Curve, The Thing, The Descent 1 & 2, 1408, Cloverfield, The Visit, The Strangers, Signs

  10. Only Lovers Left Alive is fantastic! Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston are vampire loves who reunite every few decades/centuries. Also stars Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, and Anton Yelchin. It’s a Jim Jarmusch film so there’s language and brief nudity, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  11. “Wait Until Dark” with Audrey Hepburn. Scared the blank out of me when my junior high showed it as our “holiday film.”

  12. Wait Until Dark, 1967, with Audrey Hepburn. From Wiki: its climax is ranked tenth on Bravo’s 100 Scariest Movie Moments

  13. The Exorcist III is the scariest movie I’ve ever seen in my life, and I’ve seen plenty.

  14. The campiest of campy: The Abominable Dr. Phibes with Vincent Price winking through the whole thing (and if that’s not enough, they had the crazy idea for a sequel, Dr. Phibes Rises Again).

  15. I just watched Crimson Peak last night! One of my favs. I also like Trick or treat. 3 stories in one kinds thing very similar to Cats eye, which is also a good one.

  16. I just saw Mayhem for the first time the other day – it apparently came out in 2017 and I missed it at the time. It has GOT to be one of the best movies I’ve seen in a while. Not exactly “horror,” but definitely more than mere “action.” And it involves a contagious virus, so it’s timely! And oddly, SO VERY funny. I HIGHLY recommend it!

  17. Shudder has a revival of the Joe Bob Briggs Drive In show and I just love it. So many great movies and he gets great guests from the movies to talk about making them. They had Roger Corman on this last season (Humanoids from the Deep) and it was fascinating to hear the behind the scenes stuff! Also Evilspeak with Clint Howard as the guest!

  18. Tucker and Dale vs Evil is awesome. The Evil Dead movies. The Conjuring series for newish movies.

  19. I’m with Christina!
    Dale & Tucker vs. Evil!
    Not a Slasher but …
    Love Practical Magic (& her books too)

  20. Just recently watched The Girl That Got Away. It kept me guessing. For horror TV shows, The Exorcist and Ash vs Evil Dead.

  21. Daybreak on Netflix!!! Zombies and humor is awesome. So much irony and sarcasm!!!

  22. I have always had a soft spot in my heart for IT (both old and new), the first Friday the 13th (the rest are trash), and the original Blair Witch Project (if you get motion sick, take Dramamine before this one).

  23. Ooooh try Fright Night. Delightfully ridiculous, with bonus Dr Who! (Well, David Tennant)

  24. Evil Dead 2
    All hail Bruce Campbell!

    Also, for some glorious so bad it’s good and it’s even better with the riffing, check out MST3K’s episode Werewolf and Rifftrax’s zombie I eat your skin and retro puppetmaster

  25. My friend, Billy Garberina, made two excellent low budget horror flicks that I love (he has more out there, but these are my personal faves): _I Heart You_ and _Necroville_. Give them a watch! They’re both very different and fantastic and a bit on the campy side.

  26. I second Dale and Tucker vs Evil. I loved Happy Death Day and Happy Death Day 2 You. Freaky is a new one that was good. The Scream series. When I was a kid I watched Night of the Scarecrow every Halloween. I think it was made for TV

  27. I do a scare fest film watch every October, too, and one of the most original stories I’ve seen is Hereditary. Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Ann Dowd. Blew me away.

  28. The original Halloween will always be my favorite! But I also love Sinister, all the Screams, The Skeleton Key, and The Ring. Happy horror watching!

  29. Okay, let me start by saying it’s been over 40 years since I’ve seen it so my good thoughts about it could absolutely be totally made up by this point but…

    Let’s Kill Uncle

    I remember a scene with sharks in a swimming pool that was bonkers and also a little scary because it was the time of Jaws.

  30. I remember Shaun of the Dead, with his plan to pick up his mum, take care of Philip, make a cuppa tea, and wait for it all to blow over.

    I’ll come back with some favourites. I don’t like torture porn, either, like Hostel.

  31. Not a movie, but Haunting of Hill House and Haunting of Bly Manor on Netflix are gothic and scared the crap out of me. Nothing usually scares me.

  32. Practical magic, alien series (including the predator movies), jeepers creepers, 13 ghosts, shutter island

  33. When I was a kid I was freaked out by Phantasm. But the scariest movie I’ve seen is The Vanishing (the 1988 Dutch version not the American remake). GAH

  34. Not a big fan of modern horror, but do like older stuff like the early Universal horror films (Frankenstein (1931) / Dracula (1931) / The Mummy (1932) through Creature from the Black Lagoon (1947) ) and some of the silents (Nosferatu (1922) and The Phantom of the Opera (1925) ).

  35. In the category of so bad it’s good (or at least funny) Lair of the White Worm (with Hugh Grant and Catherine Oxenberg) and Eyes of Fire. (apologies if these aren’t available, I saw them in the late 80’s/early 90’s, when we rented them from the video store)

  36. Hey there! Have to add my favorites to this list: The Haunting (1963)—contains a scene that spooks me even after dozens of viewings;
    Dead of Night (1945)—anthology movie that inspired Twilight Zone, it has an episode that led to many sleepless nights; Stir of Echoes; What Lies Beneath; The Autopsy of Jane Doe; The Frighteners; The Awakening (2011); and 13 Sins. Happy haunting!

  37. American Werewolf in London is a classic. Midnight Mass will be starting soon (same guys that did Hill House and Bly Manor).

  38. I absolutely can’t watch a movie with blood and gore. I’ll have a panic attack. So are these psychological thrillers? Those I love. The Sixth Sense, The Others, movies like that. Saw, Texas Chainsaw, I won’t even try to watch for fear I’ll see something I can’t forget. Can you or your readers recommend a movie?

    BTW, did you know the Texas Chainsaw house from the movie is now a restaurant in my town?

  39. Many many years ago I saw a movie called Crowhaven Farm, about a witches coven and how the couple who bought the house/farm got caught up in it. Scary plot twist. I don’t know if it is even available anywhere but I remember it being very scary / unnerving.

  40. I love watching the original Nosferatu, it’s ancient (1929) but truly spooky. Bram Stoker’s Dracula is good too, but it’s more of a supernatural romance than truly scary. A good friend of mine was an extra in it, so I enjoy watching him stroll through London with his on-screen “wife”.
    Steven King’s “Salem’s Lot” always scares the dickens out of me. I’ve seen it a dozen times. I’ll never respond to a tap on the window the same way ever again.

  41. Not sure if Pan’s Labyrinth counts as horror? Not a fan of horror myself, just trying to help. Anyway, it’s a good movie!

  42. well, this might be tame, but The Haunting, with Julie Harris, is one of the scariest films I’ve seen. And, you can’t go wrong with the Universal horror films – Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy and the Wolfman. Classics all!

  43. It just came out, but I was pleasantly surprised by how Malignant handled a common yet fairly recent (I think, I only noticed it happening in the last 20 years or so) but it is only on hbomax as a dual release so might be gone by October. (which just means horror month can start earlier and last longer)

  44. Oh, I forgot! The Roger Corman Edgar Allen Poe movies, especially The Masque of the Red Death, my favorite!

  45. New one we just had fun with campy The Wearwolves Within. Malevolence was ok and weird like The Meg, like what country or favor was being paid in the making of this movie? The adds for it were ALL over. All of the Simon Pegg Movies.

  46. Arsenic and Old Lace. Delightfully funny, while still being chilling. Plus, Cary Grant! ❤️

  47. I love Vincent Price! The Abominable Dr. Phibes (so stylish! and there’s a character named Vulnavia, who makes me think of the word vulva throughout the entire film) and Theatre of Blood are my favorites, and pretty much the same film but with different “plagues” or “plays.” Diana Rigg, who I also love, is in the latter. Have a great haunting season!

  48. The Descent and Ravenous are two of my all-time favorites. I recently rewatched The Descent on a huge TV screen with surround sound in a darkened room and it was truly terrifying – I heard a lot that I’d never noticed before. And Ravenous puts a satirical spin on manifest destiny, aligning the westward push with cannibalism. LOVE.

  49. Ooooo oh and I forgot about one I just saw after it was recommended by a pal: Final Prayer. British sort-of found footage style about the Catholic church’s investigation of a so-called “miracle” at an old Northern small-town parsonage….built over something older. It freaked me right the hell out. Streaming on Amazon.

  50. I’m all about the campy horror movies. My favourite is “Black Sheep”. No, not the Chris Farley comedy. The 2006 New Zealand movie where “An experiment in genetic engineering turns harmless sheep into bloodthirsty killers that terrorize a sprawling New Zealand farm.”

    Very little digital special effects. Most of the “waresheep” are puppets done by the Weta Workshop – one of their fun projects after working on Lord of the Rings!

    It’s ridiculous. It’s fabulous.

  51. Loved Bly Manor (more than Hill House). Tucker and Dale is definitely a winner. On my list of favorite movies ever is Train to Busan – a Korean film that is a zombie horror action movie with more heart than I ever expected.

  52. See, I don’t like horror because it’s scary. That seems logical to me. And all the horror (especially slasher films) fans are freaks to be avoided for fear of being chopped up in their basement, because clearly something ain’t right.

    That said, I have a few exceptions for films that are so good they’re worth watching despite scaring the bejeezus out of me. And pretty much all of mine are on your list. Except you need more del Toro—Pan’s Labyrinth, The Orphanage (he produced) and The Devil’s Backbone especially. It’s gotta have equal measures creepiness and beauty in the writing or production design to make the cut.

    If you’re going to binge scary things, those are the ones to binge.

  53. Tucker & Dale Vs Evil- even though it’s already been said, Silver Bullet, Fright Night (1985)- although either or both depending on your mood. Halloween (1978), The Fog (70s although the 2005 has decent moments), The Howling for old school werewolves from a bunch of special effects puppeteer guys, Nightmare on Elm Street A New Nightmare, and all the old universal horror films. 🍿🥤

  54. 1408 is the one my son and I watch together every October (and honestly, multiple times throughout the year too.) It’s my favorite psychological thriller ever.

  55. Rabid Grannies is so awful it’s hilarious, if you can find it. Monster Dog with Alice Cooper wasn’t supposed to be released in the USA, but you’ll be glad it was. (Makes no sense whatsoever). And of course the old Corman films, especially the Poe stories with Vincent Price. The Innocents and Children of the Damned are creepy classics, and I rather enjoyed the old Hammers, Captain Clegg, Dracula etc.

  56. I am too chicken for very scary movies. My heart must be soft because when people are hurt, I cringe. After September 11th, I haven’t been able to watch movies where buildings crumble without crying for the reality of it all. I am glad you enjoy it though. Funny story, I was back at college and I’d get home late, my middle child would still be up, and no, she should have been asleep. Sitting with her daddy watching the Crypt Keeper. She called him Mr. Boney. I was angry with my husband for allowing a 3 year old to watch that and be up that late. One night, she woke me up crying. I hoped I would get my revenge but I asked what was wrong. She said: “I had a bad dream” I asked her “Oh no, what was it about?” Hoping for the Crypt Keeper response. No, I got this “My sister took my crayons!” She loves scary movies still at 32.

  57. I think that The Shinning with Jack Nicholson is a definite classic. But for fun Idle Hands and People Under the Stairs are pretty great.

  58. I have always thought Bambi was pretty horrifying. Wizard of Oz is frightening too. The other one that totally creeps me out is Nosferatu. It’s a silent movie, but the creepiest movie ever.

  59. You and I have the same 3-foot skull. My husband keeps it on the fridge in his space. FYI: Lowe’s has them again this year.
    Horror Movies: always go for the classics. We used to do a “30 Days of Halloween” movie fest in our house. Yearly contenders included: “The Haunting” (1963), “The Pit and the Pendulum” (1961), “Alien,” “The Exorcist,” “Halloween” (1978), “Friday the 13th” (as many as we could make it through), “Shaun of the Dead”,” “Resident Evil” (1 and 2), “Silver Bullet,” “It” (1990), “30 Days of Night,” “The Lost Boys,” “28 Days/Weeks Later,” “The Ring,” and so many more. Look for “The Beast Must Die!” (1974) if you want a new one for your list.
    Also, check out “Lycan It” podcast if you want horror movie/werewolf recommendations.

  60. The Changeling, Cabin in the Woods, anything with Vincent Price, anything with Bruce Campbell, Fright Night (old and new), The Shining … and almost all the ones already listed. Horror is my jam!!!!

  61. Exorcist is still hands down the scariest movie. The Ring, The Woman in Black, Only Lovers Left Alive, Lost Boys, Underworld series, What We Do in the Shadows as a palate cleanser, Interview with A Vampire, Queen of the Damned,

  62. Have you seen The Wishmaster? It’s about an evil Djinn who steals souls for wishes and wants to unleash all the evil Djinn.
    It’s campy and the acting is horrible, but the cheese of it is FANTASTIC.

  63. The Others is a great one. But my vote is ‘The Thing’ Also, a movie called Frailty. With Matthew McConaughey. Oldie but a goodie.

  64. I humbly suggest some Canadian Horror – ginger snaps…excellent…but the OG is anything Cronenberg – yes he did the fly and dead ringers but have you seen naked lunch,crash or existenz…all creepy and horrific with a touch of humour. On a side note the scariest movie ever produced is Gatica…change my mind.

  65. Yeeessssss. You like all the same as me, and also exclude torture porn and home invasion. I celebrate horror movies all year! “Anna and the Apocalypse” is my kid’s favorite, though its technically a Christmas horror musical, so… “Jennifer’s Body” is a great one to watch and discuss with your daughter. I like “Case 39” and find it creepy. My daughter thinks “Dark Skies” is the scariest movie ever. And finally, I think “Don’t be Afraid of the Dark” from 2010 is the scariest movie of all time, but mainly because the only thing that truly freaks me out is black mold and mildew, and for some reason the creatures in the movie are what I imagine black mold would be like if it came alive like that.

  66. Winchester. It’s about the house of the winchester rifle heiress and how she believed she was haunted by the people killed by the winchester rifle. Takes place in 1906. It has Helen Mirren as Sarah Winchester, which is a bonus. I’m not sure how it’s rated but I thought it was scary (though admittedly I’m kind of a lightweight in this area).

  67. I think it’s more of a thriller/mystery, but I will ALWAYS rec Dead Again if given half a chance. I should do a re-watch of that myself – it’s been a while since I’ve seen it!

  68. Tucker and Dale vs Evil is amazing. I love the army of darkness/Evil Dead group of movies. For truly scary I like Event Horizon.

  69. If you haven’t seen the Fear Street series on netflix, it’s surprisingly good. Actual smart lead characters, instead of the usual “run right toward danger” type people. When I was a wee kid, I was terrified of The Hand but it reads more cheesy now. Tucker and Dale is a delight, much like others have said.

  70. We watched I am the Pretty Thing that Lives in the Walls. I don’t really like horror in general, but this was pleasantly confusing.

  71. I remember rewatching c.h.u.d ( cannibalistic humanoid underground dwellers) a few times in the 80. The 80s version of The Thing was pretty creepy too. Posting this before I rewatch and ruin my vague memories of them( I’m talking to you Bartles and James)

  72. It’s lovely to see so many of my favorites here: The Others, The Innocents, Crimson Peak… Oculus is one of the scariest, most masterfully disorienting movies I’ve seen, and it made me a fan of Mike Flanagan even before he did The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor for Netflix. The Awakening with Rebecca Hall and Dominic West is a beautifully eerie period piece that understands that most ghost stories are about loneliness. Stir of Echoes, The Uninvited (1944), The Haunting (1963 version), The Conjuring 1 and 2, and Ghost Stories (2017) are all good choices. I’ve also just discovered a movie called Scare Me that’s really enjoyable.

    Some favorite TV fare is The Secret of Crickley Hall (with a pre-Lucifer Tom Ellis), Crooked House (the Mark Gatiss one, not the Agatha Christie one), The Living and the Dead (great 19th-century atmosphere), and the modern vampire series Ultraviolet from 1998.

  73. The witch, Hereditary, Goodnight mommy, 28 days later, as above so below, train to Busan, all the purge movies…

  74. Some1 asked above about good horror books: if ur a fan of those movies with a “final girl” (Laurie Strode, Sidney Prescott, etc.) remaining, check out 2 great novels, The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix and My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones; great reads!

  75. LOVE your list. The Others? Fantastic. Love The Conjuring, the Insidious movies, anything with vampires. Love to imagine there’s a vampire lurking behind every tree during the month of October, especially if we’re lucky enough in Austin to have a chilly day here and there. Used to buy my Halloween costume at the 5 and dime – the kind with the plastic mask that came in an old timey box. Then progressed to the usual hippie, hobo, witch, and cheerleader. I ADORE Halloween!!

  76. You should just watch all the movies referenced in “My Heart is a Chainsaw.” I mean that book is straight up an homage to the genre.

    The ones I return time and time again are: Jaws, Alien, Aliens, Night of the Living Dead (original, with extra props for being ahead of its time in how the Black man is portrayed), and, of course Halloween parts 1-5 (but not 3. never, never watch part 3).

    All the Japanese stuff is freaky as all get out, and much better in Japanese than the English remakes (Ju-On and Ringu specifically). Have you seen “The Forest” with Natalie Dormer? Or try Train to Busan, a great zombie movie from Korea.

    Netflix “Haunting of Hill House” was a creepy series. Or if you’re down for some claustrophobia, try The Descent.

    Oooh, so many, many good choices out there! I look forward to starting my own October horror binge soon.

  77. I’m surprised there were no recs yet for Rosemary’s Baby. Classic! Another old classic is Diabolique (French with subtitles but worth it). DH and I recently watched A Quiet Place, which was really good too.

    I’m looking forward to checking out some of the other recs too!

  78. I recently saw “A Gril Walks Home Alone at Night” and really enjoyed it. “Psycho Goreman” was funny and campy (modern B movie with the best child actor I have seen in a while).

  79. Trilogy of Terror a made for tv movie with 3 stories. From 1975. It was on tv one afternoon in the late 70’s and the one story “Amelia” with the crazy Zuni doll still haunts my dreams and gives me a thrill. Would love to watch it again

  80. I must admit I’m a wimp when it comes to the more modern horror movies. I grew up watching the original Dark Shadows television show and absolutely loved it. I saw a movie at our local theater during the late 1970’s called Magic. It starred a young Anthony Hopkins as a troubled ventriloquist. I have watched it several times over the years, and it still gives me chills.

  81. I just finished watching the new Brand New Cherry Flavor (Netflix) and it’s the best horror creep-you-out-all-day-because-you-cannot-stop-thinking-about-it that I’ve seen in a long time.

  82. Weird creepy: The Lobster with Colin Farrell
    Human Centipede (1,2,3)(I felt like poking my eyes out after watching them)
    Strangeland (with Dee Snider)

    Movies that scared me as a child: Black Sunday (1960 black and white about vampires and a 300 year old witch)
    Crowhaven Farm (with Hope Lange, about Salem, MA)

    Fun and campy: The Lost Boys, Queen of the Damned, Interview with the Vampire

  83. I literally just finished watching “One Cut of the Dead”. Campy, silly, and so much fun to watch! Don’t let the first 30 minutes with the crazy director turn you off, it all gets explained, and we were laughing so hard!

  84. I love “Mama”. Freaks the crap out of me. Also, go with a classic – “Poltergeist”, the 1982 version.

  85. The Conjuring is my absolute favorite and the whole series is really good. It never fails to creep me out!

  86. I also love Practical Magic but it isn’t scary. If you like creepy books, Hunt for the Skinwalker by Colm Kelleher is way creepy and based on a true story about Skinwalker Ranch in Utah. I went to hear George Knapp, an investigative reporter who also wrote the forward to the book, talk about his experiences there. It’s the only book that ever truly terrified me.

  87. I have a hard time naming #1 favorites when it comes to books and movies, but in the horror genre, it’s easy:
    The original Japanese version of “The Eye” can be very difficult to find (the American version isn’t good), and subtitles are sometimes distracting, but it is hands down the.creepiest.bestest.ever.

    No torture, no gore, and very well done.

  88. My favorites are The Changeling with George C Scott, Firestarter with Drew Barrymore, Session 9 (a bit gruesome, but SO scary), and Something Wicked This Way Comes. That last one’s not that scary, but it is wonderful, and based on a book by Ray Bradbury. =)

  89. “Magic” with Anthony Hopkins. It’s likely the creepy precursor that inspired some of the “Goosebumps” books. My brother had a Charlie McCarthy ventroloquist doll when we were kids. He made me watch the movie w/ him, then placed the doll next to me in bed while I was sleeping. No wonder I need therapy… 🙂

  90. Black Christmas. Shot here in Toronto Canada where I live. Scared the crap out of me.

  91. The (OG) Scream franchise is a guilty pleasure this time of year. It was the first “horror” movie I ever watched. Get Out is FAB.

  92. Okay, don’t boo me, but I’m not much for horror, but these were so creepy!! 😬
    First, anything by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (the Endless movies and Synchronicity). Parallel is good. The Gathering is older with Christina Ricci, but interesting twist at the end!
    But hands down creepiest, most unsettling movie I have ever watched: Vivarium. I tend to forget that I have watched this movie or that, but that one, I will never forget. 😳

  93. Prince of Darkness scared the crap out of me when I was younger. Made me afraid to go to sleep… I think it probably falls into teh teh so bad its good category, plus bonus Alice Cooper cameo.

  94. Slither is a great one with some of the best one liners! October is my favorite month and I try and watch 1 scary movie each night (sometimes double features on the weekends). I start with John Carpenters “The Thing” and end on the 31st with the original Halloween. Other top favorites are Don’t Look Now, The Changeling, The Watcher in the Woods…I could go on. Have a great month!

  95. Unfortunately I can’t watch any movie that gives me nightmares or makes me jump from fright anymore because it makes my blood pressure skyrocket. But I used to watch Creature Feature and fright night on tv and the ABC movie of the week horror made for TV movies in the 1970’s and the classic horror stuff that used to air on the early days of late night tv and HBO and cable tv in the 1970’s-1980’s that used to keep me afraid to fall asleep until dawn.

    The crawling hand 1963
    This house possessed 1981
    Duel 1971
    Motel Hell 1980
    The Haunting 1963
    Picnic at hanging rock
    The Shining
    Nightmare on elm street
    Alien and aliens
    The exorcist
    The vanishing 1988
    The blob
    Attack of the killer tomatoes
    The night stalker
    The food of the gods
    The omen
    Empire of the ants
    The Amityville horror
    When a stranger calls
    The fog
    The thing
    Something wicked this way comes

  96. There’s a new Chucky series coming to SYFY, kind of a back story. I hate horror but am excited by this series because my friend is the head makeup artist on it and she really got into the work! Enjoy.

  97. The Legend of Hell House, creepy English gothic haunted house with Pamela Franklin and Roddy McDowell.

  98. What?!?!? No one mentioned “Santa Clarita Diet”? Well, its a series, not a movie, but…How about “Moon”? sneaky-creepy premise; “Slither” Nathan Fillion saves the world; “30 Days of Night” zombies in Alaska

  99. I don’t consider it a horror movie, but apparently other people do and it’s one of my favorite of all time, so I’ll mention Dead Ringers. The Orphanage is fascinating to me because I think it turns some standard horror tropes on their heads. Suspiria (1977) and Prince of Darkness are great classics.

    On the TV side, the first season of Channel Zero is one of the spookiest things I’ve seen in a long time.

  100. I’m a big fan of Alien and Aliens (one is terrifying, the other is action-packed).
    Add another vote for Tucker and Dale vs Evil.
    We really enjoy Hot Fuzz in this house – quite different from Shaun of the Dead, not really a horror as such, but zany Brit humour.
    Speaking of which, Book of Monsters is gory, campy, British weirdness that has a nice touch of creepy evil.
    The Frighteners is an almost-forgotten gem from before Peter Jackson went high fantasy.
    The Faculty (1998) is an excellent body-snatcher movie.
    Slither is great for gore and James Gunn weirdness. He also did The Belko Experiment but it’s a super-gory and OTT slasher so YMMV.
    What We Do In The Shadows is an absolute riot. Taika Waititi is both a fantastic director and actor and the campy, out-of-place gothic humour is totally warped.
    Anna and the Apocalypse is one of the better teen zombie movies (British, again).
    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is sheer zombie fun (and has one of the best flirty fight scenes ever filmed).
    Ready Or Not was a heck of a lot more fun than I expected.
    If you’re interested in a series (only 6 episodes, sadly), give Crazyhead a try. It’s Buffy on steroids, British weirdness, not zombies, but demons. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever watched.
    Otherwise my Halloween would not be complete without The Addams Family movies (including the animated one), The Witches (Angelica Huston version) and Hocus Pocus.

  101. Oh! Also REC (the original 2007, not the US remake Quarantine) is creepy AF. Rec 1/2/4 are actually a continuation of the same story and they freak me out a little too much. The jump scares are phenomenal and just as bad are the creeptacular scenes down the end of the hallway where you can’t really see what’s happening…

  102. Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block – creepy, scary, get-under-your-skin in a totally deranged sort of way – and it features Rutger Hauer

  103. Any Guillermo Del Toro. I’m a big fan of 50s era horror/suspense…original Cape Fear, Night of the Hunter, Shadow of a Doubt, Haunted Hotel, House on Haunted Hill, Last Man on Earth, Nosferatu. I’m a sucker for the cheese of Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, Also Happy Birthday To Me, Prom Night & Prom Night Two,

  104. Hush is bordering on Home Invasion, but it’s soooo good if you haven’t seen it. Also, Midnight Mass drops on Netflix Sept. 24th. It’s by Mike Flanagan who did Hush, The Haunting of Hill House, and The Haunting of Bly Manor. Early reviews are saying Midnight Mass is a must see.

    That’s what I know for now. 🙂

  105. I know this might be something you have already seen, but I hate scary movies and this is the one I made my boyfriend watch. He found it more disturbing than the last Halloween movie we saw in theaters (which he laughed through, like a psychopath). Coraline! Animated and quaint and terrifying.

  106. I love Halloween!!!!!! Okay, my list/recommendations will include some not scary ones because..I just loved them!

    Arsenic and Old Lace (classic, funny, dark humor)

    Rosemary’s Baby (still freaks people out)

    Alive (Korean zombie film on Netflix. Sooo good)

    Train To Busan (good zombie film, also kinda sad)

    Cargo (zombie film set in Australia staring Martin Freeman (Bilbo from the Hobbit) thriller and kinda sad)

    ParaNorman ( from the makers of Coraline. I just love this. It shows being a good thing)

    The Haunting (both versions. The original b&w and the Spielberg remake)

    Alien and Aliens ( Love much)

    Monsters (Amazon Prime. Just watched it, it was good)

    The Host (2006 Korean film, just watched it ..sooo good)

    Werewolves Within (part humor, part thriller, part love story. It has everything!)

    Save Yourselves! (So funny!! So good! Pooooofs!)

    The Fog (original still freaking people out!)

    Stir of Echoes ( I just love it! )

    Cornetto Trilogy, Paul, Truth Seekers (Why? Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and a bit of Martin Freeman)

    Halloween, Halloween II, Halloween H20 and the ones after.

    Exorcist ( yikes!)

    As Above, So Below

    Day The Earth Stood Still

    Cooties (Rainn Wilson and Elijah Wood! Funny)

    Forbidden Planet

    Jeepers Creepers (just saw it for the first time. Good)

    Cloverfield (don’t judge me, I love it!)

    Lights Out


    The Thing (both versions)

    The Omen

    The Conjuring

    There are soooooo many others..but I’ve made this list too long already. Sorry


  107. So many! Misery, Let the Right One In (the original Swedish version, not the remake), Nosferatu (1922), What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (not really scary but a classic), The Evil Dead/Army of Darkness series, The Lost Boys, Midsommar, The Shining (1980), The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920 – really funky visuals & impressive for the time), Psycho (the original), Night of the Living Dead (original – again, not super scary but resonates with the times), The Exorcist, Poltergeist, Fright Night (the original and the remake), A Nightmare on Elm Street (original), Deep Blue Sea (not that scary but fun as hell), Saw (the original was good, the sequels not so much), Alien/Aliens, Hereditary…I could go on and on!

  108. I’ll agree with those who said that “Wait Until Dark” was the most frightening movie I ever saw. Alan Arkin makes my hair stand up on end, and Audrey Hepburn’s terror is palpable.
    “Deliverance” is a close second.
    You can always binge on the original “Twilight Zone” series with Rod Serling. Some episodes are meh, but some can really have you looking over your shoulder for years!

  109. I don’t know why, but I live the movie with the giant rabbits that eat people. I can remember watching it with my best friend when we were young. It really scared us because her dad raised rabbits!

  110. I love dark comedies but can’t really get into horror, especially slasher or supernatural movies, but apparently suspense and/or aliens are fine because I liked A Quiet Place and the sequel, and I love the original Alien movie.

    Commenter #26, H Miller – What We Do in the Shadows IS a hilarious movie and a series. One of my favorite movies, actually. 🙂

  111. The Orphanage
    The Turn of the Screw with Lynne Redgrave
    The Omen (original)
    Sisters with Margot Kidder

  112. I’ve got a doozy for you: The Old Ways. It’s got witches, demons, possession, lots of jump-scares and beautiful jungle scenes. Something like the Exorcist with a bruja instead of a priest. My daughter (13) and I both loved it. It’s on Netflix in The Netherlands. Hope you can get it in Texas!

  113. My husband and I are Fall/Halloween weirdos who sing, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” at each other during fall, not winter. If Halloween falls during the week he takes the day off. His coworkers are probably like 👀 😂.

    It’s been a tough time, so I think some self care=decorating our place for Halloween this week!

    If you love the velvet voice that was Bing Crosby mixed with horror and classic Disney animation “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” made in 1949 is one of my all time Halloween favorites since I was little. If you search for it online it may also be listed under “The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.” The headless horseman’s laugh is terrifying in that movie.

    Also amen to the people chirping about the “Evil Dead” movies, as well as the tv series “Ash vs Evil Dead.” Bruce Campbell is the best!

    Lastly, if you want to lean into the spooky season, I highly recommend checking out Christine McConnell on Netflix as well as on YouTube or Patreon. I’m actually shocked you two aren’t bffs in real life 😂.

  114. I’ve got a doozy for you! The Old Ways. It’s got witches, demons, possession, lots of jump-scares and beautiful jungle scenes. Something like the Exorcist but with a bruja instead of a priest. My daughter (13) and I both loved it. It’s on Netflix in The Netherlands. Hope you can get it in Texas!

    And thanks to everybody for the horror lists! Can’t wait till October!

  115. There are two Elvira: Mistress of the Dark movies that I dearly love. They are very campy and funny. And if you are old enough to remember her Saturday night Creature Feature, any movie she showed/ narrated was amazingly bad. I miss that show. Sometimes it made the whole week worthwhile.

  116. The Annabelle series of movies which were a spinoff set of movies from the Conjuring.

  117. Also, Sweeney Todd, Demon Barber of Fleet Street and the timeless classic, Rocky Horror Picture Show. Love these SO much!

  118. I love horror movies! Especially the spooky/supernatural flavors, the comedies, and the weird ones. Here’s a sampling of some of my favorites:

    Pontypool (brilliantly different Canadian film)
    The Mortuary Collection
    The Girl with all the gifts
    Here Comes Hell (low-budget indie, but absolutely FUN!)
    Train to Busan
    A Quiet Place 1&2
    Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
    A John Carpenter trio of terror: Halloween (1978); The Fog; The Thing
    Evil Dead 1& 2 and Army of Darkness
    The Innkeepers
    Poltergeist (original is best)
    The Conjuring (1-3)

    I’ll stop there, but there is nothing I love more than sharing the spooky side with people. Happy Halloween! (and the lovely month of celebration!!)

  119. Whoops I forgot to mention “Willy’s Wonderland” with Nicholas cage! LOVE that movie. If Chuckie Cheese or animatronic anything ever gave you the creeps, this movie is for you-campy, hilarious, slasher-esque!

    Also another great Cage horror flick is “Mandy.” It is extremely disturbing FYI. Do NOT watch this with any kiddos. Extremely dark movie!

    There are extremely disturbing torture scenes especially in the beginning, which I completely and totally fast forwarded (I loathe torture anything too cannot do it) but I’m glad I watched the rest of the film because it’s truly masterpiece-a bloody, disturbing masterpiece. It’s like a psychedelic metal inspired Kill Bill.

  120. So-Bad-It’s-Good and Super Campy equals my new favorite terrible movie… VELOCIPASTOR! You can watch it for free on Tubi. You MUST watch this and report back here. PLEASE! You will not regret it.

    PS – Because I read your blog a very special young person in my life now has an imaginary pocket ferret that their little sister has named Zoey. So thank you for that great tip to help us remember to use their correct pronouns. <3

  121. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, Night of the Demon, Gabe Made a Maze,The Thing (original and the modern one)

  122. Every year, for the past couple of decades, I have done “31 Days of Horror”, and started cataloging them, on my FB page, a few years ago.
    The vast majority of them are obscure, and very old.
    And, I love every last one of them.
    Last years list:
    Day 1. DOUBLE FEATURE: Evil Dead II (1987) and Army of Darkness (1992).

    Day 2. Dracula (1931)

    Day 3. Vampyr – Der Traum des Allan Grey (1932)

    Day 4. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari* (1920) *Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

    Day 5. Blood and Black Lace (1964)

    Day 6. DOUBLE FEATURE: Village of the Damned (1960) and Children of the Damned (1964)

    Day 7. Hausu (1977)

    Day 8. The Giant Claw (1957)

    Day 9. The Giant Claw (1957)

    Day 10. Kyuketsuki Gokemidoro*. (1968) *Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell.

    Day 11. The Old Dark House (1932)

    Day 12. The Reptile (1966)

    Day 13. Night of the Lepus (1972)

    Day 14. White Zombie (1932)

    Day 15. Sisters of Death (1976) SUPER bad, and it was filmed where I currently live. SO NOT GOOD! LOL

    Day 16. Kuroneko* (1968) *Yabu no naka no kuroneko (original title)

    Day 17. Nosferatu* (1922) *Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (original title)

    Day 18. House of Dark Shadows (1970)

    Day 19. Horror of Dracula (1958)

    Day 20. Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)

    Day 21. Kwaidan* (1964) *Kaidan (original title)

    Day 22. Carnival of Souls (1962)

    Day 23. Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

    Day 24. Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)

    Day 25. Fiend Without a Face (1958)

    Day 26. Madhouse (1974)

    Day 27. Scream and Scream Again (1970)

    Day 28. Dracula AD 1972 (1972)

    Day 29. From Hell it Came (1957) Really, so very ‘not good’. And, I love it.

    Day 30. Mad Love (1935)

    Day 31. Island of Lost Souls (1932)

  123. In the ‘so bad it’s good’ category, I recommend “The Stuff.” The tagline: Do you eat it, or does it ear you?”

  124. Already suggested but can’t be said enough Tucker and Dale vs Evil is the best! I love it so! O a;sp really like the Scream franchise, TheThing both old and new IMO and if you watched home invasions I’d suggest Hush but I’ll put it out there for anyone reading the comments for good horror movie sugggestions.

  125. I just want to recommend Shudder if you don’t already subscribe. It’s definitely worth a few months subscription, at least. A nice deep catalog of everything from high brow to low brow. I’d also recommend following @scotteweinberg on Twitter. Horror is his life. And @massawyrm, he wrote Sinister, hey watch that!, but while his tweets are heavy on inspirational writing tweets, he does great -if you like this movie, watch these movie tweets.

  126. So bad, it’s good: Cabin Fever. Bonus!: It stars Sean from Boy Meets World (Ryder Strong). In high school, my friends and I went through a serious horror movie phase, so I’ve seen lots (mostly not good). El Orpheanato is one of the more terrifying films I’ve ever seen.

  127. Ok. In an attempt to not suggest a repeat of the above, I read all the previous posts and I’ve come up with: Otis (2008-), Undead (2003- aussie flick) and Dead Alive (1992 aka Braindead)
    Campy. Weird. Beautiful.

  128. Recently watched Eraserhead. Not technically horror but a masterpiece of weird. Cloverfield Lane is a favorite and the oldies like Damien and Halloween are for sure go tos. Never too early.

  129. Not sure if it really counts as horror, but I LOVE…
    REPO!The Genetic Opera

    Ash vs Evil Dead (tv series)

    And in the category of Utterly Ridiculous (But In a Good Way):
    One Eyed Monster
    Bloody Mallory

  130. I don’t know where you can watch this yet as I think it is still in the festival circuit but when you can watch Red Snow (released 2021). A delightful Christmas vampire movie that is just the right amount of campy and gory! The director clearly grew up with The Lost Boys and Fright Night along with the Hallmark Christmas movie of the day/week.

  131. The original Salem’s Lot that was made for TV. That one scared me to pieces. For a really bad corny one, Humanoids from the Deep. It was filmed where I grew up in Northern Calif.

  132. Hereditary is the best horror film in decades. Second only to The Shining on my list of favorite horror films.

    It Follows, Trick r’ Treat, The Babadook (also brilliant, and much more than just a horror movie), The Dark & The Wicked, The Thing, The Lodge, Jacob’s Ladder, Shutter (the Taiwanese original, NOT the abominable American remake), Ready or Not (batshit crazy fun horror-comedy).

    I could go on forever.

  133. Oh come sit by me, it’s my favorite time of the year!

    The original 1963, the haunting of hill house is a given
    The omen (original)
    The legend of hell house
    White noise
    The exorcist
    Halloween, the original
    The innocents (it’s the original version of the others)
    Village of the damned (original)
    The ring
    Ingmar Bergman’s, the hour of the wolf
    All the Peter Cushing/Christopher Lee/Hammer films like Dracula Prince of darkness, etc.
    Two that I never miss on TV but got bad reviews: the seventh sign, with Demi Moore and stigmata with Patricia Arquette
    The Entity
    The uninvited
    The changeling
    The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 1968
    Skeleton key
    The Conjuring
    House of wax, Vincent price
    Phantom of the opera, 1925 with Lon Chaney
    Dawn of the dead
    The new version of the invisible man, w Elizabeth moss
    If you read the book first, like me, you might not like the shining movie, but I do like dr sleep

    Highly recommend the tv series (3 seasons) penny dreadful w Eva green. Also, Bates Motel. I’m currently rewatching supernatural tv series onaccounta because.

    Mini series: storm of the century (one of the best versions of a Stephen king horror book put on film. He agrees.)

    Not scary, but in the Halloween rotation:
    Practical magic (I recently read the trilogy of books and loved them)
    The great pumpkin Charlie brown
    I’m watching the nine-year-old twins next-door this week and introducing them to the Halloween town movies

  134. My suggestions are Audition and Cat o’ Nine Tails. Both films scarred me for life 🙂

  135. Primal fear – some gore at the begining but mostly legal/psychological thriller. Silence of the lambs. And the original Black Christmas. It was filmed in my university form so every year we played it on Halloween. Violence and blood but lots of laughs at old hairstyles and clothes.

    But I am not really a horror fan. So take my advice with a grain of salt.

  136. Some old school films: Burnt Offerings, Poltergeist, The Birds, The Shining, The Omen. Also like It Follows, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,The Babadook, Let Me In.

  137. The Dead Don’t Die – definitely a campy zombie movie with a weird twist at the end.

  138. I’m so glad that a LOT of peeps here have mentioned my favorite—The Haunting (b&w version). And I love “The Fog” (again, original version) and all the classic Universal oldies!!

    One that freaked me out as a kid was “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” .

    Happy watching, everyone!!

  139. “Dreamcatcher” was one of a few horror movies I’ve seen because I’m a chicken sh*t scaredy cat. It had me in the beginning half but it took a turn towards hilarious and ‘wtf?’ really quick.
    “Hard Candy” was also pretty amazing when I first saw it. Many male friends did not share the same feelings but only due to some graphic details.
    “High Tension” was disturbing. One of the beginning scary scenes that has scarred me for life.

  140. What we do in the Shadows! Even better than Shaun of the Dead. So good they made a tv show.

  141. The Night of The Hunter, 1955 psychological thriller starring Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, and Lillian Fish. Robert Mitchum portrays a preacher who has “good” tattooed on the knuckles of one hand, and “evil” on the other. I don’t want to spoil the story line, so you and Hailey need to watch.

  142. I LOVE the Ju-on movies. Japanese ghosts are terrifying. There are so many amazing Asian horror flicks, there are also some insane horror comedies out there, too. The “Oh My Ghost” movies, prequels, sequels, remakes, etc. are OUTSTANDING. I think I’ve watched them all on Netflix. You will find a series of the same name, I don’t know what that is, but you’ll know the movies by the awesome drag queen cast right off the bat. PEE MYSELF FUNNY. Good stuff.

  143. Reading through these I agree with all of them. But anything with Vincent Price either campy or seriously scary (I love Vincent). One of my favorite is House on Haunted Hill. Fun and still creepy. For sheer terror and suspense Psycho, Alien and Wait Until Dark with Audrey Hepburn. Also the 80’s Brian De Palma movie Dressed to Kill with Michael Cane is scary and a tribute to Hitchcock.

  144. Highly recommend The Orphanage, a Spanish horror film from 2007 that made me legitimately terrified of children for weeks!

  145. The lost boys

    80s gold. Keifer southerland, both of the Corey’s and a lot of cheesey lines that you’ll be quoting to each other life you are in a secret club…

    Its been years but I still relish, “My own brother a goddamn, sh*t-sucking vampire! Oh, you wait ’til mom finds out buddy!”

  146. There is a Japanese horror film, House, that my friend took me to see at an indie theater. We were the only ones in the place so about 30 minutes I just started openly saying, WTF are you making me watch?!

  147. Hi Jenny! If you can find it, watch “Frankenhooker.” It’s campy fun and suitable for all ages. You’ll thank me later!

  148. What We Do In The Shadows – the original NZ movie – is a docufiction of the trials of being a suburban vampire (how do you find a cleaner that won’t question all the blood?) is wonderful. Meet The Feebles … when muppets go really REALLY bad (may not be completely suitable for Haile). Pontypool – psychological thriller from Canada, started out as a radio play so not too much gore from what I recall. And Slither, a spoof with Captain Tightpants from Firefly ( can’t remember actor’s name).

  149. TRILOGY OF TERROR! The 3rd segment of the Native American tribal doll that comes to life. CREEP SHOW!

  150. The original “Black Christmas “ from the 70’s starring Olivia Hussey (gorgeous!) and filmed in Toronto (one of the first!)…. I second “The Innocents” with Deborah Kerr and I also agree that the original “The Haunting “ is a terrifying movie.

  151. autopsy of jane doe. Only time i had to turn a movie off and finish in the daytime.

  152. As Above So Below (2014) (supernatural adventure)
    Fantastic movie, not super scary unless you’re claustrophobic mostly it’s just a super fun story told very well.

    Bug (2004) (Phycological thriller)
    This movie is a bad trip in a good way. It’s not real bloody or anything it’s just disturbing. This movie can mess with your head a little bit, the whole ‘am I crazy or is the world crazy?’ vibe.

    Usimiki (2000) (Japanese supernatural psychological thriller based on a Manga)
    Fantastic movie, very classic Japanese cinema before the US influences in horror really took hold. This movie is pretty psychological.

  153. It’s an older one, but truly excellent. “Wait Until Dark” (1967) with Audrey Hepburn. So good and just doesn’t get a lot of recognition.

  154. 2nd vote for Zombeavers–so much ‘better’ than you think it will be, especially after a couple of drinks!

  155. Oh! I forgot about Ginger Snaps (2000), there are 3 movies total, Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed & Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning. So bad but SO good!

  156. very old and not really horror, but psychological thriller “The Spiral Staircase”. Daniel Radcliff’s The Woman in Black.

  157. The original “Haunting of Hill House” or maybe it’s just called “The Haunting”- the one from the 60s. My favorite supernatural (and psychological) horror movie!

  158. Hi Jenny – Tucker and Dale versus evil is a lot of fun and I also love The Innocents (a gothic ghost story from 1955 starring Deborah Kerr, based on a Henry James novella). Happy watching!

  159. I’m really loving dark thrillers, the eat the rich kind of movies…I don’t typically watch straight up horror. There was a great analysis of these on the Happy Harvest Horror Show podcast.

    Anyway, I’d recommend The Hunt, and Ready or Not if you like Get Out. For dark campy slasher, The Babysitter, and The Babysitter: Killer Queen are both really fun.
    Recently I’ve been watching the Fear Street movie series on Netflix! And Midnight Mass on Netflix comes out next week and it looks real good 🙂

  160. No one has mentioned Near Dark. If you are going to hit Only Lovers Left Alive or Lost Boys you have to give it to Near Dark also. Near Dark directed by Kathryn Bigelow and with Bil Paxton & Lance Henriksen at their un-hinged bests.

    Also I used to volunteer for a film festival they maybe hard to find Tubi maybe–
    The Dead (2010 Ford Brothers) African Zombie movie Yes, there is a sequel I haven’t seen.
    The Hamiltons & sequel The Thompsons (2006/2012 not perfect but like from Near Dark family’s POV)
    Frostbitten (2006 Swedish teen house party goes badly & hilariously)
    Thale (2012 Norwegian triggers for unabashed although folklore based nudity)
    And the one I hope GDT will somehow get released in theatres or he will remake Viy (1967 Soviet)

  161. The Reanimator – an early Wes Craven film. Must see the unrated version of the decapitated head rape scene. trust me.

  162. I just washed some dishes and asked myself how did Neil Jordan get left off this list?
    Byzantium, In the Company of Wolves, (say what you will, the best attempted adaptation of Anne Rice, to date) Interview with the Vampire, and High Spirits* (the * is because this is a former roommate’s every Halloween celebration movie instead of say Hocus Pocus. Also slightly relatable to Hocus Pocus actors wearing red wigs– Liam Neeson is in a red wig so terrible and scary it should have it’s own category.)

    I do prefer his novel Shade which is kinda like Lovely Bones but better.

  163. Final destination, number one and number two. The ones that came after those, not so much.

  164. Have you all watched the new Fear Street trilogy on Netflix? They were surprisingly really good! Also Vampires vs. the Bronx was a lot of fun.

  165. The new Fear Street trilogy on Netflix is far better than it had any right to be. The first two are kind of normal-ish slasher style movies, but the last one wraps everything up in a bow in a way that goes harder than I ever expected. They’re so gooooood.

  166. I love The Others!

    I assume you have watched it already, but Netflix’s Haunting of Hill House was great (series). I have not yet watched The Haunting of Bly Manor (also a series), but have heard good things.

    I recommend The Good Son. It’s older, with Macaulay Culkin and Elijah Wood. Not exactly horror, listed as a thriller, but I recall it was creepy.

    The Shining is always a good watch, The Grudge, The Thing with Kurt Russell, Seven with Morgan Freeman & Brad Pitt, I recall The Omen being good but it’s been a while, Poltergeist, 28 Days Later…

  167. I’ll try to drop some new recs that haven’t been mentioned I don’t think:
    For slasher fans the Norwegian series “Fritt Vilt” (Cold Prey) 1 & 2 (skip 3) is terrific. The first is a good, scary slasher movie set in an abandoned ski resort. The second ramps up the action considerably and starts right where the first one ended. Makes a great double feature.

    “Grave Encounters” is one of the best found-footage style movies about ghost hunters filming an episode of their series in a haunted asylum. The sequel wasn’t bad either.

    “Night of the Creeps” for fans of 80’s horror and starring genre mainstay Tom Atkins as a seen-it-all police detective. About an extraterrestrial worm that reanimates the dead on a college campus. More fun than scary but has its creepy moments and the practical effects are great.

    “Dead Calm” for thriller fans. Nicole Kidman and Sam Neill are taking an extended trip on their boat when they come across Billy Zane in need of assistance.

    “Memories of Murder” from directed Bong Joon Ho ( Parasite). Brilliant thriller about cops trying to solve a series of murders in a small Korean village.

  168. Love the psychological spooky shows—Angel Heart is good, and The Mothman Prophecies is creepy (and based on true events), and Devil. The series Evil (on Netflix now, but moving to Paramount at the end of Sept.) is entertaining and deals with the nature of evil, faith and spirituality, and the limits of scientific theory and method—with demon possession! Happy hauntings!

  169. If campy is ok then perhaps a visit (or revisit) of the Evil Dead franchise? I want to rewatch them now that I’ve finished the Ash vs. Evil Dead series.

  170. The Babadook (2014), The Woman in Black (2012), The Innocents (1961), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Dragonwyck (1946). Any Vincent Price Hammer film, really.

  171. Dead Snow. 4 young adults in a Norwegian cabin encounter zombie Nazis. You will need a bottle of wine to watch this so bad it’s good movie.

  172. Velocipastor is goofy, not scary, not even so bad it’s good. It is written like a Mad Lib.
    Night of the Llama(or whatever) Is also goofy, but it is funny, if you like fountains of blood effects and glowing red eyes.
    I blocked the title from my memory,but there is a movie so bad I said that I wanted the hour and a half back.It is “arty” and the main character ends up with a horse’s head , walking across a beam in the barn. Of course he does. If anyone has seen this, please leave a comment!

  173. Full Moon Entertainment movies. Not scary, campy. All of the Puppet movies, tho the first few are actually good. Then, they just get nuts.

  174. Ouija Shark is absolutely the best thing you can ever watch. It appears to be only one small step up from a home movie. Ghost sharks, nuns, inexplicably appearing tr*mp….it really doesn’t get any better than this. Amazon prime. Please do yourself a favor and watch it.

  175. Sorry if someone else said this, but if you have not seen the Blair Witch Project then well, you must. Just be sure to have an ice cold soda with you you, cuz well you’ll see ….SOOOOOO

  176. Some perfect movies (not just HORROR movies, but movies regardless of genre) –
    John Carpenter’s The Thing
    An American Werewolf in London

  177. Let the Right One In, The Thing (w/Kurt Russell), Cowboys Versus Aliens, The House On Haunted Hill, The People Under the Stairs, World War Z was tense, Attack the Block, Mr Brooks, Cooties, Witches (the original), No One Lives, Tucker & Dale vs Evil, Shawn of the Dead, the Blade series, & The Woman in Black.
    Actually, I’m not sure if No One Lives would be good for you. We liked it though

  178. I love at least two-thirds of the films you mentioned, so I’ll add two votes for “The Babadook” and “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.” A slightly less scary option is Neil Jordan’s “Byzantium.”

    Of course, the scariest film I’ve seen in years is “Eighth Grade,” but it’s not at all a horror movie by conventional definitions, and it may be too traumatic for anyone who actually went to eighth grade.

  179. The Walking Dead is about as Horror as I get and I turn my head at certain scenes.

    But we did go see Brightburn – basically what would happen if Superman as a child was evil. More thriller than horror to me. A few scenes that were horrorish to me but I spent more time saying No! Don’t do that!

    Produced by James Gunn and I believe his brother Sean and another brother wrote and directed.

  180. Ready or Not is a fun campy watch and People Under the Stairs is an oldie but a goodie!

  181. How about something a little more light-hearted: “Tucker & Dale vs Evil” and “The Final Girls.” Taissa Farmiga stars in the second film and also stars in the more serious, psychological thriller, “Anna.” Enjoy!

  182. The Autopsy of Jane Doe is fantastic. As Above So Below (probably not good though if you’re claustrophobic or have vertigo), and along those lines, The Descent. Host (Terror by Zoom call during Covid – I screamed & scared my dog, and it’s only an hour long if you’re looking for something short). It Follows (one of the most original horror movie premises & very scary). Overlord (way more than a WW2 movie – crazy storyline, lots of action – so very good). You’re Next (serious adrenaline rush from about a quarter of the way in until the end). Hereditary (just … disturbing).

    And then there are the more straightforward & make me nostalgic: The Exorcist, Halloween, The Omen, Amityville Horror, Nightmare on Elm Street. Sort of more recent: The Ring, Scream, It (Parts 1 & 2).

    And if you’re looking for something more long term – The Haunting of Hill House. There are 10 episodes 45-60 minutes long. I cried when the last episode was over (I am not a crier), because I was going to miss the characters so much.

  183. I forgot: The Wolf of Snow Hollow. I can’t quite explain it, but I genuinely belly laughed, and it was still pretty scary. Absolutely loved it.

  184. Halloween ( the first one), The Spiral Staircase (1946)/(check your doors and windows to be sure they’re locked before you start watching… Not kidding!), and anything by Alfred Hitchcock…

  185. I just remembered an excellent horror movie Frailty. Oh is it great. Not sure where you can watch it but do so if your get a chance

  186. If you don’t mind gore and like your horror with a side of humor and real (not computer generated) special effects, find Dead Alive online. I think it’s on YouTube. By Peter Jackson before he got into Hobbits.

  187. I’m not sure it’s technically horror, but I enjoyed Spontaneous. It came out in 2020 and it’s about this groups of teens who start to explode for no reason.

  188. Save the Green Planet! (2003). It’s more like sci-fi with horror elements, but it’s SO good.

  189. I can’t believe that no one has mentioned “The Bad Seed.” Nothing better than when evil inhabits children (through no fault of their own). It’s a little old and campy, but the evil is really creepy watching it evolve . . . in such a precious little girl.

  190. Just watched the trailer; looks like a winner! Thanks for the tip, thanks to everyone here. This is becoming the ultimate guide to good horror!

  191. We just watched Freaky with Vince Vaughn. It’s horror comedy (a little bit slasher, a lot of silliness), and I enjoyed it.

  192. I love B horror movies. The entire “Mega Shark” series is hilarious. Also like the “Scream” series (there’s a new one coming out soon too), the “Halloween” series (also has a new one coming out soon), all the Freddy Krueger movies, and Bunnyman is a great B horror movie that pokes fun at bad horror movies (reading reviews on Letterboxd was funny because people were taking it WAY too seriously). I also watch 31 horror movies in October (try for one a day, but sometimes do more than one to make up for days I might not be able to do it).

  193. And Hitchcock’s The Fog. Saw it when I was young and still think about it decades later

  194. The Babadook! Possibly the best horror movie ever made. And if course the Cornetto Trilogy.

  195. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is perfectly equal parts gore and comedy!!!! You’ll be surprised that you can guffaw and scream at the same time!

    Also, Dead Alive (or Braindead as it’s know outside the US) is gory glory! Try to eat some ribs and tapioca pudding while you watch!

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