Alright, comic geeks and horror fiends! As we all know October is coming to an end soon and it always ends with the most frightening night of the year; Halloween! Now, what’s one thing most people love to do on Halloween? Watch Horror Movies! When it comes to scary movies there is only the best of the best and usually those are not the newest films on the block. However, there is a few more recent films on our list we have to admit is a bit all over the place. As a horror fiend myself, I decided I’d write up a little list about the 10 Best Horror Movies You Need To See This October. Hope you’ll use this list for Halloween night too!
10. The Nightmare on Elm Street
Wes Craven’s most successful horror movie of all time, right? How couldn’t you include this masterpiece! The amount of success and influence this film had on the horror community is huge! I might not be a huge fan of Freddy but you have to agree; there’s something about a burnt up man with butter knives trying killing you in your dreams, that is a bit terrifying. Wes Craven has done tons of phenomenal horror flicks like “Scream” and “The Hills Have Eyes” but “Nightmare on Elm Street” stood towering above of the others. And who doesn’t love Johnny Depp!
9. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Ten years after George A. Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” came “Dawn of the Dead” in 1978. Following the an ever-growing epidemic of zombies; two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a shopping mall. Some would argue that the Dawn is better than the Night! I would say they stand together perfectly. If you haven’t watched this classic 70’s zombie flick you must!
8. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
In 1968, George A. Romero created a phenomenon known as “Night of the Living Dead”. This wasn’t your typical zombie movie. Even though it is known to be one of the first. It has been studied at colleges for people to understand what happens to a group of people having to work together or not at all to survive. This black and white zombie flick is a Halloween must!
7. You’re Next (2011)
Alright, let’s move onto a more recent horror film. Directed by Adam Wingard in 2011 came the ever so smart horror film; “You’re Next”. Now, if you don’t know what the amazing Adam Wingard has done then here you go; VHS, VHS 2, Blair Witch, and Death Note! He also has been announced to direct “Godzilla vs Kong” in 2020. Now, with a genius director, writer, and phenomenal cast. They came together to make an amazing home invasion horror film. Our main protagonist was smart, sly, and clever. The deaths are insane and brilliant!
6. The Final Girls
Starring Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Alexander Ludwig, Nina Dobrev, Alia Shawkat, Thomas Middleditch, Adam Devine & Many more. About a young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980’s, finds herself pulled into the world of her mom’s most famous movie. Reunited, the women must fight off the film’s maniacal killer. If you like 80’s slasher references, horror comedy, and cliches being meta then this movie is for you. For me, it’s a must watch on Halloween!
5. Universal Monsters
Yes, I know this isn’t one movie but think about it, all the Universal movies are all on the same level. During the decades of the 1920’s through the 1950’s Universal began with The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Opera; both silent films starring Lon Chaney. Universal continued with talkies including monster franchises Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Wolf Man, and The Creature of the Black Lagoon. The films often featured Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, and Lon Chaney Jr. These classics are still huge influences to the horror community today. If you grew up watching tons of movies from Blockbuster or your parent’s movie collection then you know these’s are a must on the most frightening night ever!
4. Evil Dead & Evil Dead 2
Ok, I know what you’re thinking. Why just one and two? Well, let’s see here. One is a cult classic. Two is the most bad ass horror movie ever. Ash, chainsaw hand, shotgun… how couldn’t you not include Evil Dead on this list. Sam Raimi is one of the most brilliant and ambitious creators of horror and superhero films. Sam Raimi is also known for the Spiderman films starring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spiderman. Also, bringing in Bruce Campbell for a cameo in the films. Bruce Campbell is known for portraying Ash Williams through out the Evil Dead franchise. The reason I chose the first two films is because Army of Darkness is a classic comedy with aspects of horror. The elements of horror are there but doesn’t feel like an Evil Dead movie but it is. Strange, I know!
3. Trick r’ Treat
Alright, who wouldn’t include this flick on this list? “Trick r’ Treat” is one of those amazing Halloween themed anthology films done right. They took four twisted stories and led it all into one. I like to call it the “Circle Effect”. It’s when you control multiple stories and find a way to make them all connect. If you want a horror Halloween themed movie with a complex story and cinematic imagery then this is the one for you!
2. IT (2017)
2017’s “IT” was one of those instant hits in theaters. If you haven’t watch the mini series or this adaption then you are missing out big time! The novel was written by Stephen King, know for the Shining, Carrie, Dark Tower, and many more horror novels. In my eyes, this adaption is an now going to be a must watch! If you are terrified of clowns then this is the horror movie for you. I love all the stunning cinematography, the costumes, special effects, and even the breath taking story. The cast was brilliant plus they had Finn Wolfhard. Who is known for portraying Mike in Netflix’s Original “Stranger Things”.
1. Halloween (1978)
Of course, this classic is going to get number one. This little 1970’s indie horror slasher film made by horror mastermind; John Carpenter. Blew the minds of everyone when it was released in October of 1978. John Carpenter helped give slashers genre the surge it needed to put them back on the map. John was man who moved onto so many grand movies like The Fog, They Live, The Thing, and Prince of Darkness. The master of horror is someone different in everyone else’s mind. For me, it’s legend John Carpenter! His scores are brilliantly aghast and revolutionary.
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