Happy October! Spooky season is officially upon us… the best season if you ask me.
I am a HUGE horror movie and general all round Halloween fan, so what better way to get the month started than with 31 movies to binge all the way up to the big day itself?
In no particular order:
1. Halloween (1978)
An all round CLASSIC! You can’t not watch this in the run up to Halloween… if you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t seen it before then here’s a mini summary. After brutally murdering his sister at just 6 years old, Michael Myers is locked away. But on October 30, 1978, while being transferred for a court date, the now 21-year-old Michael Myers steals a car and escapes. He returns to his quiet hometown where he looks for his next victims.
2. Mirrors (2008)
Ok this film really stuck with me when I first saw it and I couldn’t look at my reflection for weeks! I often think that I don’t get scared by horrors but it’s only later on, when I’m alone with my thoughts, that I realise actually maybe I was a little spooked!
Check out the trailer:
3. The Purge (2013)
I’m going to put my hands up here and admit that I’ve never actually seen any of the films in this franchise… BUT we all know the premise, don’t we?! Is there anything that can get you ready for Halloween more than a film about a dystopian future, with an annual day where no crime is illegal?
My question has always been, what on earth would happen if this was real?
4. Scream (1996)
A classic slasher and whodunit movie… A series of murders at a high school have everyone suspecting each other. Who did you think it was when you first watched?
5. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
You might have noticed already, but a lot of the films on this list are classics… but to be fair, they’re classics for a reason!
A group of friends is attacked one by one by the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface and they must do everything they can to escape!
6. A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
“Whatever you do… don’t fall asleep!”
7. Friday The 13th (1980)
In this classic, camp counselors are stalked and murdered while trying to reopen a summer camp that was the site of a child’s drowning.
8. Saw (2004)
I have to say this is probably the film that made me fall in love with horror. I know that might seem strange when there are so many other absolute classics, but this film really stands out to me… all the gore, the story itself and the plot twist of all plot twists!
9. The Ring (2002)
Another film that stands out for me and my discovery of horror… I recently watched this back and realised how simple it was but I honestly think that’s what made it so scary!
10. The Grudge (2004)
Clearly the early 2000s were good for horror films!
11. The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
This is one of those films that I still actually haven’t got round to seeing even after all these years and even though I have the DVD, but SO many people tell me how disturbing it is that I had to still include it.
12. The Shining (1980)
It’s just not Halloween without a Stephen King film fest is it… spoiler alert, there are many more of his stories in this list!
13. House Of Wax (2005)
This was another early 2000s film that sold me on the horror genre. There is something SO creepy about the plot to this one!
14. The Woman In Black (2012)
How this film was only rated a 15 in the UK I’ll never know! By 2012, my horror love affair had evolved and I certainly wouldn’t say that I scare easily but Christ this one got to me… I knew one of the kids in it too, which is pretty cool!
15. Insidious (2010)
There was something really different about this film when it came out. I’m not one for overly supernatural films normally but this one is simply gripping.
16. Carrie (1976)
Another Stephen King classic, enough said!
17. The Exorcist (1973)
Ok I’ll be the first to agree that to the modern audience, this film really isn’t scary… BUT you have to appreciate how terrifying it would have been when it was released in the 70s, which is why it’s still such a classic today.
18. Final Destination (2000)
I’m not exactly the biggest fan of this series, I’ll tell you that now. However, if the first film had been a stand alone then maybe it wouldn’t be so bad… it’s definitely something of a modern day classic though!
19. The Conjuring (2013)
Again, I’m not the worlds biggest fan of this film and the subsequent countless spin offs… but as modern horrors go, it’s not terrible and it does have a few good scares! As I said, I’m not one for overly supernatural films, which I find a lot of films this side of 2010 are all about – it’s still a great run up to Halloween film!
20. IT (2017)
Yep, I’m including the most recent film and not the original, please don’t hate me… I just absolutely adored this film!
21. The Amityville Horror (1979)
If you’re debating the original or the remake, I beg of you watch the original. It’s so gritty and makes for a much scarier watch… the remake is a lot more over the top and less believable. Yes I know I seem like a hypocrite considering I just opted for the IT remake over the original but that’s just different!
22. Sinister (2012)
Ok this film, for reasons I still don’t really understand, scared me way more than it should have. As I said previously, by 2012, horror films genuinely did not scare me… but when I saw this one at the cinema, I literally wanted to walk out because I was so scared! Something really got to me… I’ve watched it since and it wasn’t as bad as I remember so perhaps I was just feeling extra sensitive the first time but yea… a must watch!
23. Pet Sematary (1989)
Something I haven’t mentioned is that a lot of the classic horrors, I first watched during Halloween sleep overs with school friends. Every year on Halloween, we’d dress up in our best scary costumes, order takeaways and stay up all night watching horror films! Pet Sematary was from one of those nights and brings back many fond memories… despite the disturbing story line.
24. Wolf Creek (2005)
I was obsessed with this film when it first came out, I think because it’s quite gritty and simple, rather than all about the theatrics and special effects!
25. I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
The title of this film gives me chills for some reason, I must have a guilty conscience! This is another one from the sleepover days and even now, that raincoat is definitely the creepiest horror film outfit in my opinion.
26. The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
A classic performance by Anthony Hopkins and just all round horror movie gem!
27. Don’t Breathe (2016)
There aren’t many modern day horror films that really mess with my head but oh my, this film… It’s so tense, you might literally not breath whilst watching.
28. The Evil Dead (1981)
A group of teenagers staying in a remote cabin… in the woods… what could possibly go wrong?!
29. Crimson Peak (2015)
I don’t think this is considered a horror, but it certainly isn’t a family fun fest either! There isn’t all the classic horror scares but it definitely eerie and it stuck with me for a while after.
30. The Others (2001)
I know a lot of people don’t consider this one scary and would even say they saw the twist coming… but I’ll tell you now, when I first saw it… my mind was blown!
31. Gerald’s Game (2017)
Of course I’m finishing this list off with another Stephen King adaptation! This film is a definite edge of your seat, “how on earth is this going to end” type of ride… it’s SO worth a watch this Halloween!
Of course, there are so many more films that could have been included! What’s your favourite horror film, or another film to get you in the mood for Halloween?