Now that we’re well in to October, it’s time to get spooky! Geek Girl Authority Presents our Favorite Fall Movies: Scary Halloween Edition! We gave you movies that offered a cozy feel, now be prepared to be scared.These are the classics to give you thrills and chills, and meant to be watched while hopped up on candy. So grab the popcorn, a blanket to hide under if you’re the jumpy type, and get ready to scream!
The original, the classic, the unbeatable. With the best final girl ever, Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode, Halloween is the be all end all of classic scary flicks. It’s such a simple concept, directed to perfection by John Carpenter. From the music, to the mask, to the steady pace that builds to unbearable tension, it still works almost 40 years after its debut. It’s so good, Jame Lee Curtis is coming back for another sequel. Will she finally stop Michael Myers for good? You can’t kill the boogeyman after all…
Do not watch this darn movie alone, you will hide under a blanket (just ask me, the author of this article). Wonderfully creepy, deeply terrifying, with enough hints at a scary world beyond our own, Insidious is a near instant classic. From the creepy demon dancing to “Tip Toe Through the Tulips” to the spooky reaches of “the further,” this is a great mix of jumps scares and general unease. The best part? They actually move from the first house when they think it’s haunted! But what’s haunting them isn’t exactly bound to a house now, is it?
From the same people who brought you Insidious, The Conjuring is a modern movie with a classic feel. The “inspired by a true story” origin adds an extra layer of fear, as you think it could happen to you and your family. Even with psychic help from famed experts Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), things go from bad to worse until the final showdown. Not to mention, that clapping version of hide and go seek is one of the great all time nerve-wracking sequences.
Trick ‘r Treat
This anthology strikes the right balance between scary and hilarious. Trick ‘r Treat features five stories that are lightly interwoven and connected by one creepy little trick or treater, Sam. Each tale plays with expectations in fun and freaky ways. Plus there are lessons to learn: be careful who you take candy from, your neighbors aren’t always what they seem, and never take your Halloween decorations down early.
The Evil Dead
People often think of the sillier sequels, but the first Evil Dead has some truly terrifying scares on a low budget. Yes, that tree scene is icky for other reasons, but as Bruce Campbell’s friends are possessed one by one, the scares intensify big time. This one also has a lesson: Don’t read from the Necrinomicon, Ash, you dummy.
Another low budget indie that proves sometimes the simplest scares are the best. Yes, Micah is kind of an annoying boyfriend filming everything, but if he didn’t, we wouldn’t see the titular Paranormal Activity or all those times she just stands over the bed, staring. Revolutionary when it came out, it still holds up because of its realness and believability. The sequels go for big moments, but the original hits at the heart of what makes the idea so scary: No matter where or who you are, something evil can invade your life.
Night of the Living Dead
“They’re coming to get you, Barbara” And with those words, another classic was born, or reborn, since the dead begin to walk the earth. The one that single handedly launched the zombie craze that has been with us for almost half a century, Night of the Living Dead has. It’s scares are revolutionary too, with the little girl zombie attacking her parents, to the relentless shuffling of the undead. It’s such a classic, it appears in countless other films like Halloween, mentioned above.
Team Effort: Universal Monster Classics (Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Wolfman, The Creature From the Black Lagoon)
The OG monster squad. These aren’t maybe as scary now as they were when they debuted, but they are the creatures that set the tone for decades to follow. They’re worth a rewatch in these modern times, from hypnotic Dracula, to sad Frankenstein, to the insane Invisible Man, and many more, they all have moments that can instill chills to this day.
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