Top 10 Halloween Movies

Staff Reporter Siobhan Brennan ranks ten spooky horror movies for you to watch this Halloween!

  1. The Blair Witch Projectblairwitch

Based on a true story, three journalism majors (Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, and Michael Williams, as themselves), go into the woods just outside of Blair, Maryland to determine if the Blair Witch legend is true. The legend states that Elly Kedward was banished to these woods after being charged for witchcraft. Many deaths have occurred since. Many witnesses state they see the Blair Witch or a different form of her. These journalists try to figure the story out, but they are in for a journey.

  1. 1408

Based on the Stephen King short story of the same name, the film is about Mike Enslin (John Cusack), who writes books evaluating supernatural phenomena in hotels, graveyards and other haunted places. He stays in these places to prove that they aren’t haunted. Soon, he gets an anonymous tip to stay in room 1408 of the Dolphin Hotel in New York. He takes the challenge, leading him into the worst night of his life. From being locked in the room, to seeing the former dead taken by the room, this movie is placed at number nine for its thriller non-stop story.

  1. A Nightmare on Elm Street

NightmareNancy (Heather Langenkamp) is having nightmares of a man in a fedora and knife fingers chasing her. When she finds out her dreams are also happening to her friends, she investigates the happenings. However, these aren’t normal dreams. Whatever happens from the knives in the dreams happens to herself when she wakes. A slash of her dress, a burn down her arm. But these are just dreams. Aren’t they?

  1.  7. Halloween

This low budget movie turned out to be a movie that transformed horror movies forever. Doctor Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasance), has been following the demented boy Michael Myers since he murdered his sister at age 8. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is babysitting Tommy Doyle (Brian Andrews) on the night of Halloween. Michael throughout the week has been stalking Laurie since escaping his mental hospital earlier in the week. This leads to many great scenes from brand new actors and changes the face of horror forever.

  1. Insidious

Renai (Rose Byrne) and Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson) spent a long day moving into their new home. They put their son Dalton to bed. He doesn’t wake up.  He is in a coma. Days go by and they the youngest Lambert says he sees Dalton (Ty Simpkins) walking around at night. Soon they find that he is being possessed by a figure that appears only through photos. This thrilling movie has many plot twists that keep you guessing until the very end.

  1. A Haunting in ConnecticutHauntinginConn

When the Campbell family moves into a new home because their son needs to be near a cancer hospital for treatment, they discover their nice little suburban home isn’t as innocent as it seems to be. As vivid hallucinations occur, the parents believe it is just the cancer treatments hitting the child. But the hallucinations get worse, ending in disaster.

  1. The Shining

In this film based off of Stephen King’s novel of the same name, Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) takes a caretaker job through the winter at the Overlook Hotel and takes his family along with him. As a writer, he looks forward to the seclusion to focus on his writing, but slowly he goes mad. His son Danny (Danny Lloyd) has a special gift called “the Shining” which helps him and his mother survive his mad father and the haunted hotel.

  1. The Amityville Horror

In 1973, in a small community of Amityville on Long Island, New York, the entire DeFeo family was murdered in their beds. Soon after, the Lutz family move into the house as non-believers with the belief that people kill people, houses don’t kill people. Based on the true story of George (James Brolin) and Kathy Lutz (Margot Kidder), and their real haunted house.

  1. The Exorcist

OmenChris McNeil (Ellen Burstyn) and her daughter Regan (Linda Blair) are just a normal family until Regan starts acting funny. Worried, Chris brings her to multiple doctors, but after Regan starts doing inhumane tasks he calls Father Lancaster Merrin (Max Von Sydow) to help perform an exorcism on Reagan.

  1. 1. The Omen

After Robert and Kathy Thorn (Gregory Peck and Lee Remick) have a stillborn, a priest comes to them asking if they will take in a child who was abandoned after birth. They agree and discover many atrocities happen with this child. This movie, through its crazy scenes, amazing plot twists, and real life problems that make you feel like this could happen to you, deems itself number one on our countdown.