Horror Movies For Halloween
Love horror movies for Halloween? From all-time classics to cult movies, these are the best ghost stories, slasher flicks, monster mashes, sci-fi shockers and old-school horror movies to watch this Halloween.
Several are among the best movies on Netflix. All are guaranteed to rank at the top of your list of Halloween events. So trick or treat. We’ll let you decide which to watch.
Director Gerard Johnstone
Cast Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata
If you’re a fan of Peter Jackson’s early, New Zealand-set splatter satires you’ll get a kick out of this witty tale of a young woman under house arrest who fears her mum’s crumbling home may be haunted by evil spirits.
The Babodook (2013)
Director Jennifer Kent
Cast Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman
This Australian chiller from first-time director Jennifer Kent is one of the best-reviewed horror movies of the past decade. It’s brilliantly acted, with Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman harrowingly convincing as a mother and son troubled by dark forces emanating from a mysterious children’s book.
World War Z (2013)
Director Marc Forster
Cast Brad Pitt, Mereille Enos
This noble attempt to make blood ‘n’ guts respectable stars Big Brad as a doctor trying to find the source of a worldwide contagion. The action setpieces are magnificent, though it does all grind to a halt when he ends up in a rural Welsh hospital with Doctor Who.
The Woman In Black (2012)
Director James Watkins
Cast Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer
A box-office smash, this old-school ghost story adapts the popular West End stage play into a sleek, intelligent horror movie packed with jump-scares and creeping dread. Daniel Radcliffe is not completely convincing as the young lawyer sent to a creepy house – you keep expecting him to whip out his wand – but he’s game.
Director James Wan
Cast Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne
A key film in the new wave of smash-hit mainstream horror (see also ‘Sinister’, ‘The Conjuring’), ‘Insidious’ is the one with the creepy kid, the astral plane and the demon hiding behind the Big Red Door. Watch it alone, and completely scare your own pants off.
Director Ruben Fleischer
Cast Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson
In a zombie-infested post-apocalyptic landscape, a group of wisecracking, armed-to-the-teeth survivors try to find a place to hide out. Bill Murray’s legendary cameo is the highlight of this fast and funny pastiche.
Director Christian Alvart
Cast Ben Foster, Dennis Quaid
In this entertaining sci-fi space schlocker Ben Foster and Dennis Quaid wake up from hypersleep to discover that the other inhabitants of their craft have turned into psycho zombie mutants. The presence of two such weighty actors lends ‘Pandorum’ more gravitas than it probably deserves, but it’s a fun watch and the twist ending is a doozy.
Paranormal Activity (2007)
Director Oren Peli
Cast Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat
Second only to ‘The Blair Witch Project’ in the terrifyingly convincing DIY horror stakes, ‘Paranormal Activity’ was shot for peanuts on cheap cameras, but the effect is freakier than a hundred mega-budget shockers. The sequels aren’t worth bothering with. Still, the original’s a terrifying winner.
Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
Director Guillermo del Toro
Cast Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil
Guillermo del Toro reinvigorated the fantasy genre with this nightmarish fairytale set during the Spanish Civil War. After her father dies, a young girl imagines an escape from her traumatic reality into an even darker world of monsters and spirits.
The Others (2001)
Director Alejandro Amenabar
Cast Nicole Kidman, Fionnula Flanagan
If you’re afraid of the dark, best to steer clear of this old-fashioned ghost story in which Nicole Kidman plays the isolated mother of two creepy children with a genetic sensitivity to sunlight.
Event Horizon (1997)
Director Paul WS Anderson
Cast Sam Neill, Laurence Fishburne
When intergalactic ghost-ship the Event Horizon mysteriously reappears in orbit around Neptune, a crew is dispatched to investigate. This efficiently creepy haunted-house-in-space flick riffs on everything from ‘Solaris’ to ‘The Black Hole’.
Director Wes Craven
Cast Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox
The film that spawned a thousand inferior knock-offs, Wes Craven’s original horror-movie-about-horror-movies works because it’s not just smart and self-referential, it’s also genuinely frightening.
Child’s Play (1988)
Director Tom Holland
Cast Catherine Hicks, Alex Vincent
Forget ‘Annabelle’, this is the ultimate psycho doll movie. Chucky may have suffered through almost three decades of inferior sequels, but this energetic, darkly clever original offers shocks and chuckles in roughly equal measure.
Director Tobe Hooper
Cast Mathilda May, Patrick Stewart
The loopiest film on our list, this hysterically off-beam tale of a nude, life-sucking vampire from outer space stalking the streets of London needs to be seen to be believed.
Night of the Comet (1984)
Director Thom Eberhardt
Cast Catherine Mary Stewart, Kelli Maroney
As funny as it is scary, this goofball sci-fi romp is the movie equivalent of a Cyndi Lauper song, following two airhead California girls who manage to survive when a comet destroys most of humanity and turns the rest into crazed zombies.
The Keep (1983)
Director Michael Mann
Cast Scott Glenn, Ian McKellen
The setup is amazing – a group of Nazi soldiers occupy an Alpine castle only to discover that it’s the lair of an ageless evil – and the cast is perfect. So while Michael Mann’s atmospheric chiller may lose its way in the final reel, there’s plenty here for fans of the bizarre and beautiful.
Psycho II (1983)
Director Richard Franklin
Cast Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles
Okay, so it could never live up to Hitchcock’s genre-defining original. But this sequel has plenty to recommend it. The script is sly and witty, the creaky old Bates Motel is a terrific location and Anthony Perkins is a gruesome treat as poor disturbed Norman.
White Dog (1982)
Director Samuel Fuller
Cast Kristy McNichol, Paul Winfield
The last movie from iconic American independent filmmaker Sam Fuller (‘Shock Corridor’), this tale of a ferocious German Shepherd trained to attack black people is part animal horror movie, part savage social satire.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Director Philip Kaufman
Cast Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams
One of the all-time great remakes, this witty, whip-smart and brilliantly creepy take on the old story of alien pods who turn people into lifeless automatons is fit to stand alongside the 1950s original. The cast is amazing – Jeff Goldblum and Leonard Nimoy are both on peak form – and the final shot will give you nightmares for months.
We think this is the best horror movies for Halloween, watch if you dare.