Halloween Movies To Watch

Halloween just wouldn’t be the same without those creepy, classic movies that scare you senseless. Horror and Halloween go together so well, and scary movies have been around forever. Here are six classic favorites that will please (and probably frighten) all who watch them.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, filmed in 1974, is the ultimate slasher horror movie perfect for Halloween night. It tells the story of a group of friends who are caught by a bizarre family of cannibals in Central Texas. Its intense, gory violence gave it an R rating. Even more frightening, it is loosely based on the true story of a Wisconsin chainsaw murderer.

Once thought of as the scariest movie ever made, so disturbing that some movie theatres provided audiences barf bags, is The Exorcist of 1973. Its supernatural special effects are still pretty creepy today. It is based off of the true story of an exorcism that was performed in Maryland in 1949 on a young child believed to be possessed. Be warned: it has an R rating because of its disturbing images and over a hundred swear words.

There are still plenty of great Halloween movies to watch even if you object to R-rated movies. Filmed in 1982, Poltergeist provides enough supernatural action to scare practically everyone. A Southern California family is haunted by malicious ghosts who abduct their youngest daughter, Carol Anne. After watching her converse with a television set transmitting static and announce, “They’re here,” you will never be able to see your own television in the same way again.

Arsenic and Old Lace, released in 1944, gets a little intense at times as main character Mortimer Brewster tries to get his family of psychotic murderers sent to a mental asylum. Pouring arsenic in elderberry wine they serve, elderly aunts Abby and Martha are obsessed with putting old bachelors out of their misery. While it is not all that hair-raising, it is very funny.

First released in 1993, The Nightmare Before Christmas is a very comical Halloween film. A skeleton and resident of Halloween Town, Jack Skellington, discovers Christmas Town and attempts to celebrate the new holiday. Imagine the shock of the people of Christmas Town when “Santa” brings them frightening presents from Halloween Town!

Celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year, It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown is reliably funny. It never gets old watching Charlie Brown get rock after rock as he trick-or-treats in a ghost costume full of eye holes, or Linus and Sally spending their Halloween night waiting for the Great Pumpkin in a pumpkin patch.