Each fall we can expect the next Halloween (1978) or Insidious (2010), but it’s not always easy to find just the right spooky film for the occasion. This list is sure to satisfy anyone who’s looking to get their scary movie fix in for the fall!
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Cute But Still Creepy
If you still want to partake in the fun of a scary movie, but don’t feel like checking under the bed before you go to sleep, these selections are especially for you!
This Neil Gaiman classic turned stop motion animation film is a delightful watch. After begrudgingly moving into a new home with her family, Coraline (Dakota Fanning) unlocks a secret door to another world, one much better than her reality… until she uncovers its dark secrets.
Although Victor (Johnny Depp) and Victoria (Emily Watson) are arranged to be wed, fate has other plans when Victor finds himself engaged to a corpse! Together they uncover the mystery of her murder while Victor attempts to get back to his true bride. A master of sweet yet spooky films, any of Tim Burton’s films would make a great Hallow’s Eve watch.
Taking place in Salem, Massachusetts, teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) unleashes the wrath of a coven of witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who once occupied the abandoned house he was exploring. With the help of his friends, they must stop the witches from carrying out their evil plan!
A mother struggles to soothe her child’s fear of a monster inhabiting their home but soon finds herself witnessing the same creature. Fair warning, this is still a scary watch but a bit on the milder side. The bond between mother and son, as well as the film’s metaphor for grief make it a more wholesome horror movie than most.
Even something as dark as a horror movie can use a little light and laughter. These films have the perfect blend to make you giggle to death and keep you on the edge of your seat.
A bloodthirsty plant takes over the life of flower shop assistant Seymour Krelborn (Rick Moranis). Expect many musical numbers while he attempts to quell the plant’s thirst and win the heart of his coworker Audrey (Ellen Greene).
A cult classic, Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon) become entangled in the mansion of the mysterious Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry) without escape. If you have trouble keeping quiet during movies, this one’s for you! Each fall, live showings of Rocky Horror Picture Show occur across the country. Join the rowdy crowd for a different movie going experience!
Follow a documentary crew as they reveal the secret lives of modern (or not so modern) vampires. From director Taika Waititi, three vampire roommates share the hilarious ins and outs of all that being creatures of the night entails.
After the Maitland couple’s (Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin) tragic deaths, they find themselves haunting their former home. When the Deetzes (Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones) move in with their teenage daughter, Lydia (Winona Ryder), the ghosts make it their mission to scare them away without success until they meet the rogue phantom, Beetlejuice!
Night of the Chick Flick
It was a dark and stormy… girls’ night! This is the perfect group of movies to choose from for a girly Halloween get-together.
Mean Girls meets witchcraft in this totally 90’s style film. Sarah (Robin Tunney) transfers to a new school and is asked to become a 4th member for a group of amateur witches to practice their rituals. As they start to exact revenge on their classmates, things get out of control when they fail to realize the consequences of their powers.
Starring Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep, this iconic movie will get you cracking up. When a novelist ends up in a mental hospital after her movie star best friend steals her beau, she returns a revived and radiant woman. Her former friend grows suspicious and discovers the key to her newfound beauty is a miracle drug that grants eternal life. But after failing to follow the instructions, they learn that immortality isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
In this aesthetically-pleasing film, Elaine, a lovesick, young witch, aims to find the man of her dreams. However, when she isn’t selective enough with her spells, all she ends up with is a trail full of victims which lead her to murder and revenge.
Cheerleader Jennifer (Megan Fox) and her geeky counterpart, Needy (Amanda Seyfried) are inseparable best friends despite their different social circles. However, when one becomes possessed by a boy-hungry demon, the other must find a way to end the bloodshed.
If you thought online dating was bad enough, this flick has a whole new take on it. Noa (Daisy Edgar-Jones), disillusioned by modern romance, finds herself finally charmed by Steve (Sebastian Stan). But when he takes her on a weekend getaway, his odd taste might put a damper on their new relationship.
From the director of Euphoria, this fashionable film tackles current issues in the age of social media. Amid the screenshots and selfies, Lily, and her friends find themselves the victims of a deadly prank: the leaking of thousands of personal texts and photos via an anonymous hacker.
In the mood for a movie that makes you think twice? Here are some of the best eerie films that will leave you completely mind-boggled:
Three film students travel to a small Maryland town to create a documentary on a local urban legend. As they interview townspeople and hike into the woods searching for answers, their dynamic quickly begins to unravel leading them to what really occupies the deserted woods.
A mother (Toni Collette) tries to keep her family together after her estranged mother’s passing. But as unexplainable events begin to occur, she realizes what kind of powers are at play and what her family must face. Directed by Ari Aster, the A24 king of horror, you will definitely want to close your eyes for this movie.
Edith (Mia Wasikowska) marries the handsome (Sir Thomas Sharpe) and finds herself trapped with visions of ghosts in his distant gothic mansion. While she tries to understand the meaning of her undead encounters, Edith must also avoid alerting her sister-in-law (Jessica Chastain) to what she knows of their dark past.
Director Jordan Peele has mastered the art of the psychological thriller with the likes of Us (2019) and Nope (2022), but this debut takes the cake. Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), travel to meet her parents for the first time. But as he spends more time in her secluded hometown, he realizes that the family, and even his interracial relationship, is not what it seems.