66 Best Halloween Movies To Watch In Canada in 2022

October brings with it some spooky nights and chilly air- thereby making it a perfect opportunity for a movie night.

They always turn out to be awesome and are a great way to bond with your loved ones.

There’s something about a Halloween movie night though: you’ve got to make it scary! The best Halloween movies are the ones that make your heart skip a beat and have you hooked on them till the end.

The one thing that might pop in your mind as soon as you’re planning a Halloween movie night is: mirror on the wall, which movie is the scariest of them all? Since finding the perfect movie can be a tedious job because you don’t want to invest some hours and end up feeling disappointed (or comfortably able to sleep, in this case!) but we’ve got your back.

Whether you want monsters, ghosts, witches, or even funny horror comedies for kids, we’ve prepared a list of the best Halloween movies that have short descriptions about each movie; meaning that you can choose a movie that fits your clan’s requirements without any hassle. So without further ado, relax and skim through this list to find your ideal fit:


Scream (1996)

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Runtime: 1 hr 51 min

Director: Wes Craven
Writers: Kevin Williamson
Cast: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette

IMDB Rating: 7.3/10

Looking to watch some thrill caused by serial killers? Your search ends here because Scream is sure to give you ‘screams’ (pun intended!).

Based on a young girl who recently lost her mother, the story is about how Sidney and her friends start receiving mysterious calls from unknown numbers.

They later find out that the person behind these calls is a deranged serial killer who’s hungry for revenge. The creepiest question that he asks in every call is: what’s your favorite scary movie?’.

 


It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1996)

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Runtime: 25 m

Director: Bill Melendez
Writers: Charles M. Schulz
Cast: Peter Robbins, Christopher Shea, Sally Dryer

IMDB Rating: 8.2/10

Ever heard of animated horror movies? The idea seems quite far from making you feel scared but don’t take this movie so lightly. The story is about a boy named Charlie Brown, who gets invited to the Peanuts Gang’s Halloween party.

Linus from the Peanut Gang is hoping for The Great Pumpkin to pay a visit while all the others are busy in the festivities. This short movie is aimed at people of all ages and makes a perfect light-hearted Halloween watch with your kids!


The Addams Family (1991)

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Runtime: 1 hr 39 min

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Writers: Charles Addams, Caroline Thompson, Larry Wilson
Cast: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd

IMDB Rating: 6.9/10

The Addam Family comes to life from Charles Addam’s cartoons and lives a wealthy life in a lavish home. One fine day, their door is knocked by a strange-looking man who claims to be their long-lost Uncle Fester and quickly starts living with them.

Soon, however, Morticia becomes suspicious about this man is an imposter but it’s too late- for his plans of evicting the Addam family from their house come into action.


The Addams Family Values (1993)

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Runtime: 1 hr 34 min

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Writers: Charles Addams, Paul Rudnick
Cast: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd

IMDB Rating: 6.8/10

A prequel to the Addams Family, this movie is based on the same characters, with an addition of a new baby boy. Wednesday and Pugsley despise the baby and seek ways of eradicating him from the household. At the same time, Fester is charmed by the kids’ nanny, who seemingly means no good to him.

Find out if Fester is in trouble and whether or not the kids manage to get rid of their new sibling, all on your movie night!


The Omen (1976)

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Runtime: 1 hr 51 min

Director: Richard Donner
Writers: David Seltzer
Cast: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, Harvey Stephens

IMDB Rating: 7.5/10

Robert and Katherine Thorn are a young couple who seemingly are living a pretty all-rounded life and look quite happy in their bubble. In their otherwise perfect life, there is just one longing: to have a baby.

When Katherine suffers from a stillbirth, a Priest approaches Robert and advises him to search for a newborn whose mother has just died. Without taking Katherine into confidence, Robert agrees and it is then that all hell breaks loose.


Hocus Pocus (1993)

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Runtime: 1 hr 36 min

Director: Kenny Ortega
Writers: David Kirschner, Mick Garris, Neil Cuthbert
Cast: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Omri Katz, Thora Birch, Vinessa Shaw
IMDB Rating:
6.9/10

A new kid in the town is struggling to blend in when he accidentally reincarnates the Sanderson Sisters. The 3 comedic villains had been maestros of witchcraft for a very long time before they eventually got executed. Now they have only one night to secure their existence otherwise they will be back to nothingness.

Max, together with his friends, decides to steal the witches’ spellbook so that their time runs out and they fail to resurrect completely.


Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

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Runtime: 2 hr 17 min

Director: Roman Polanski
Writers: Ira Levin, Roman Polanski
Cast: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon

IMDB Rating: 8.0/10

Rosemary and Guy, a young Catholic couple move into a house that is well-known for its haunting stories including mysterious occupants and harrowing events. The couple encounters a weird set of neighbors who seem to be very keen on helping them.

Rosemary soon gets pregnant but starts suspecting a number of things simultaneously. Their unusually helpful and eccentric neighbors make her feel like they intend some kind of harm to her baby. Things take an unexpected turn when she finally gives birth and finds out that it’s a stillbirth.


A Night on Elm Street (1984)

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Runtime: 1 hr 31 min

Director: Wes Craven
Writers: Wes Craven
Cast: John Saxon, Ronee Blakley, Amanda Wyss

IMDB Rating: 7.4/10

Regarded as one of the best classic Halloween movies, this is a story about a midnight mangler named Freddy Krueger who terrifies teenagers in their dreams. The teenagers are haunted in their dreams and get mysteriously killed by the same man.

A group of youngsters falls prey to Freddy in his same old ways which makes Nancy and her boyfriend Glen suspicious. Nancy starts suspecting that her friends are hiding something related to these peculiar dreams and deaths.


The Haunted Mansion (2003)

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Runtime: 1 hr 28 min

Director: Rob Minkoff
Writers: David Berenbaum
Cast: Eddie Murphy, Marsha Thomason, Jennifer Tilly

IMDB Rating: 5.0/10

Edward Gracey sets out to sell his property and gets in touch with Jim Evers and his wife who are an active part of the real estate business. The couple, sensing this as one of their greatest deals, decide to visit the mansion, only to get stranded there because of a thunderstorm.

Jim initially thinks of the mansion’s haunted history as hogwash, but as the movie goes on, they are forced to believe the stories to be true.


Friday the 13th (2009)

Runtime: 1 hr 37 min

Director: Marcus Nispel
Writers: Victor Miller, Danian Shannon, Mark Swift
Cast: Jared Padalecki, Amanda Righetti, Derek Mears

IMDB Rating: 5.5/10

Some adventurous explorers decide to camp in a location that has vicious legends attached to it. The place, long abandoned, had been a summer campsite where a child Jason had drowned. The legend implies that the spirit of Jason still lurks within the site, awaiting to behead people.

The campers, initially disbelieving the story and going about their activities, as usual, are soon made to believe that they might be the next target of Jason.


The Shining (1980)

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Runtime: 2 hr 26 min

Director: Stanley Kubrick
Writers: Stephen King, Stanley Kubrick, Diane Johnson
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd

IMDB Rating: 8.4/10

As its rating suggests, this has to be one of the best Halloween movies of all time. The story is about a recovering alcoholic writer who takes up a job as an off-season caretaker at Colorado’s Overlook Hotel.

In an unfortunate series of events the writer starts to lose his mind and Jack succumbs to suffering from strange voices and visions in his head. The voices tell Jack to murder- is he capable of it? Find it out with your next watch!


Halloween (1978)

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Runtime: 1 hr 31 min

Director: John Carpenter
Writers: John Carpenter, Debra Hill
Cast: Donald Pleasance, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran

IMDB Rating: 7.7/10

Looking for scary Halloween movies that actually live up to the term ‘scary’? Your search ends here because this movie is sure to give you the chills. The movie is focused on a 15-year-old boy who gets stabbed to death by his brother who’s only 6 years old.

Micheal, the murdering kid suffers for 15 years in an institution as a punishment and now his term is ending right on the night before Halloween. What is Micheal planning?


Halloweentown (1998)

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Runtime: 1 hr 24 min

Director: Duwayne Dunham
Writers: Paul Bernbaum, John Cooksey, Ali Marie Matheson
Cast: Debbie Reynolds, Kimberly J. Brown, Judith Hoag

IMDB Rating: 6.6/10

Marnie’s grandmother Aggie decides to visit her family and realizes that Marnie needs some witch training as soon as possible otherwise she’ll lose her powers on her 13th birthday.

Marnie is not the sole reason behind Aggie’s woes though, because she has sensed something dark and dangerous lurking about Halloweentown. During Aggie’s travel to her hometown, she and her daughter are attacked by an evil force and now Marnie and her siblings must find ways to save their family.


Labyrinth (1986)

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Runtime: 1 hr 41 min

Director: Jim Henson
Writers: Dennis Lee, Jim Henson, Terry Jones
Cast: David Bowie, Jennifer Conelly, Toby Froud

IMDB Rating: 7.3/10

This movie has a unique storyline as compared to other scary Halloween movies. Sarah does not get along with her little brother Toby but she’s forced to babysit him while her father and stepmother go outside. Toby cries continuously and in an impulsive moment, she wishes the Goblin King Jareth could take her brother forever.

She realizes the trouble she is in when she can’t find Toby and learns that the Goblin King might have held him captive in the middle of his Labyrinth.


Child’s Play (1988)

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Runtime: 1 hr 27 min

Director: Tom Holland
Writers: Don Mancini, John Lafia, Tom Holland
Cast: Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent

IMDB Rating: 6.6/10

Dolls and horror stories go a long way and so is the theme of this movie. Charles Lee Ray, a mass murderer on the loose has to quickly flee the scene because a cop is after him. He lands in a toyshop and transfers his soul into a doll called Chucky.

The doll finds its way into Andy Barclay’s arms who then has to struggle to prove the evil presence, with nobody believing him.


Beetlejuice (1988)

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Runtime: 1 hr 32 min

Director: Tim Burton
Writers: Michael McDowell, Larry Wilson, Warren Skaaren

Cast: Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Micheal Keaton

IMDB Rating: 7.5/10

Barbara and Adam tragically pass away in an accident but fail to move on in the afterlife and continue to live in their home peacefully. Soon, a new family decides to move into their home, much to their displeasure.

The dead couple tries their best to haunt the family away but there’s an unusual twist: instead of being afraid and running for their lives, the family sees their hauntings as an attraction and potential means of making money.


Get Out (2017)

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Runtime: 1 hr 44 min

Director: Jordan Peele
Writers: Jordan Peele
Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford

IMDB Rating: 7.7/10

Chris and his girlfriend Rose are an interracial couple who are ready to take the next step in their relationship. Rose takes Chris to her parent’s home for a weekend so that they can interact and get to know each other better.

Initially, Chris thinks that Rose’s parents’ extra affectionate behavior is because he’s not from the same ethnic background as him. As the weekend progresses, however, Chris finds out some strange things about this family and the mysterious events lead him to many things, including possession and bloodshed.


Edward Scissorhands (1990)

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Runtime: 1 hr 45 min

Director: Tim Burton
Writers: Tim Burton, Caroline Thompson
Cast: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest

IMDB Rating: 7.9/10

When a suburban lady Peg finds an artificial man living an isolated life on top of the hill, she’s overcome with a whirlpool of emotions that also include sympathy. This man was supposed to be the greatest invention of a scientist but the inventor died without completing him, leaving scissors in place of his hands.

Peg decides to bring him out of his miserable den and introduce him to the world. With curious neighbors, flirty mistresses, and bullying boys, this movie is one of the best classic Halloween movies of all time!


Ghostbusters (1984)

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Runtime: 1 hr 45 min

Director: Ivan Reitman
Writers: Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis
Cast: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver

IMDB Rating: 7.8/10

Peter, Ray, and Egon have an unusual field of interest: studying paranormal activities and subjecting young students to unethical experiments. A paranormal phenomenon grips Newyork city and the 3 friends, now going by a group called ‘Ghostbusters’, are called upon to get rid of the evil forces.

At the same time, a Gozer worshiper is all set to resurrect the ancient Hittite god, Gozer, which will be the end of human civilization.


Carrie (1976)

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Runtime: 1 hr 38 min

Director: Brian De Palma
Writers: Stephen King, Lawrence D. Cohen
Cast: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving

IMDB Rating: 7.4/10

Carie White is an unconventional individual who likes to do things her way which unfortunately does not let her blend in with other students. Carrie lives with an extremely conservative mother whose mindset is so backward that even menstruating or having sex is a sin in her eyes.

Carrie’s friend feels sorry for her and asks her boyfriend to take Carrie to the prom instead of her, which makes Carrie’s mother absolutely furious. All of these events cause Carrie to flee her house, only to discover the dangers awaiting her.


The Exorcist (1973)

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Runtime: 2 hr 2 min

Director: William Friedkin
Writers: William Peter Blatty
Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair

IMDB Rating: 8.1/10

Deemed as one of the best Halloween movies, this one is a right fit for you if you’re into demons and exorcisms. The story focuses on a young girl who suddenly starts acting strangely which gets her mother extremely worried. Her mother tries out every option and approaches multiple priests to no avail.

On the other hand, this one priest realizes that a demonic entity might be bothering both the young girl and him at the same time, so he sets out to perform an exorcism on her.


Casper (1995)

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Runtime: 1 hr 40 min

Director: Brad Silberling
Writers: Joseph Oriolo, Sherri Stoner, Deanna Oliver
Cast: Bill Pullman, Christina Ricci, Cathy Moriarty

IMDB Rating: 6.1/10

Carrigan Crittenden only gets a sad-looking mansion out of her father’s millions’ worth of fortune. The resentment makes her determined to burn the place down and when she finally puts her plan into action, she comes across a treasure map that claims to have a fortune hidden somewhere in the house.

Excited and glad that she’s finally getting what she deserves, Carrigan goes to search for this treasure but finds a group of ghosts unwilling to give the fortune to her.


Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

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Runtime: 1 hr 40 min

Director: Jim Sharman
Writers: Richard O’Brien, Jim Sharman
Cast: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick

IMDB Rating: 7.4/10

A well-known title amongst the Classic Halloween movies, this movie is centred around a couple who finds themselves stranded because of a terrible storm and are struggling to find themselves a refuge.

Just when they’re all drenched and exhausted, they unearth Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s uncanny mansion which becomes a perfect spot for them to kick start a romantic night. They don’t quite get to spend many pleasant hours together though, because the mansion is full of weird and creepy characters that start bothering the couple.


The Blair Witch Project (1999)

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Runtime: 1 hr 21 min

Director: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez
Writers: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez, Heather Donahue
Cast: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard

IMDB Rating: 6.5/10

The character of Blair Witch comes from an old fable and manages to garner the attention of 3 young filmmakers. These men become intrigued by the legend and set out on a mission to find the fabled Blair Witch.

The trio disappears shortly after taking up this project, leaving behind only a piece of raw footage. Nobody knows what happened to them, what they saw, whether they are still alive or when they are coming back.


The Craft (1996)

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Runtime: 1 hr 41 min

Director: Andrew Fleming
Writers: Peter Filardi, Andrew Fleming
Cast: Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell

IMDB Rating: 6.4/10

Looking for some creepy witchcraft? This movie is for you! Sarah, who’s recently moved into a new house with her parents is treated as an outcast in her new school, until she’s approached by Nancy, Bonnie, and Rochelle who’re rumored to be ‘witches’.

It only takes Sarah a short while to realize that she is a witch too. Together, these women form a coven and start lashing out spells on the people that have wronged them, along with a whole lot of other adventures.


Paranormal Activity (2007)

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Runtime: 1 hr 26 min

Director: Oren Peli
Writers: Oren Peli
Cast: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs

IMDB Rating: 6.3/10

Having difficulty sleeping? You might relate with the middle-class couple in this movie who also has something constantly keeping them awake.

This couple moves into a new house and after that is forced to bid goodbye to their sleep. Confused and terrified, Katie, the wife, sets up video cameras all over the house in the hopes of catching the culprit but what gets caught on the camera… is even more horrific than what they imagined.


Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (1993)

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Runtime: 1 hr 36 min

Director: Stuart Margolin
Writers: Jurgen Wolff
Cast: Mary-Kate OlsenAshley OlsenCloris Leachman

IMDB Rating: 5.7/10

Twin sisters Kelly and Lynn are extremely distraught to learn that they might have to lose their house because of their family’s debt. Determined, they decide to put an end to their family’s misery and learn that the person responsible for their state is none other than their Aunt Agatha.

The twins unearth that their Aunt Agatha has supernatural abilities but unfortunately uses them only to cause harm. Give this movie a go to find out how the twins manage to overpower their evil aunt!


Practical Magic (1998)

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Runtime: 1 hr 44 min

Director: Griffin Dunne
Writers: Alice Hoffman, Robin Swicord, Akiva Goldsman
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Stockard Channing

IMDB Rating: 6.2/10

Raised by their spinster aunts, Sally Owens and Gillian Owens are two young sisters and are the latest addition to their long line of witches. The weird part about the Owen women is their unsuccessful love lives: whichever man falls in love with them meets an unfortunate fate.

Seeing all these sad affairs, Gillian decides to leave her home and freely explore the outer world where she falls in love with a Bulgarian man.


The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

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Runtime: 1 hr 16 min

Director: Henry Selick
Writers: Tim Burton, Michael McDowell, Caroline Thompson
Cast: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara

IMDB Rating: 7.9/10

If you’re looking for scary Halloween movies that are animated, worry no more because this movie has you covered. The story is based on Jack Skellington who’s the Pumpkin King of Halloweentown.

Mr. Jack is now pretty bored with how Halloween is celebrated every year and comes up with a strange idea: celebrating Christmas instead of Halloween! He’s so excited about putting his plan into action that he gathers all the other residents to help him achieve his goal- but will he be successful? Find it out this Halloween!


The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

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Runtime: 1 hr 58 min

Director: George Miller
Writers: John Updike, Michael Cristofer
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon

IMDB Rating: 6.5/10

3 previously married best friends feel extremely exhausted, both emotionally and sexually. Just when they conclude that good quality men have simply ceased to exist, they come across a man named Daryl Van Horne and his butler Fidel. Daryl manages to charm all 3 of the ladies and also gets deep into their psyches.

As a result, the women start feeling better by a large margin but soon understand why Daryl is able to affect them this intensely.


Death Becomes Her (1992)

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Runtime: 1 hr 44 min

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Writers: Martin DonovanDavid Koepp
Cast: Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn

IMDB Rating: 6.6/10

Do revenge stories and frenemies appeal to you? If yes, then you’re surely going to love this movie. Based on the bitter-sweet relationship of an actress and a writer, this movie takes you through their rivalry over a man.

The writer Helen, is burning with a vengeance for her former friend Madeline who married the man Helen loved. Helen seduces the man again and together, they plot to kill Madeline. After a series of events, Helen’s love interest finally manages to kill Madeline but is she really dead?


Sleepy Hollow (1999)

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Runtime: 1 hr 45 min

Director: Tim Burton
Writers: Washington Irving, Kevin Yagher, Andrew Kevin Walker
Cast: Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson

IMDB Rating: 7.3/10

The story revolves around Ichabod Crane and his yearning to marry Katrina Van Tassel. Sleepy Hollow, as its name suggests, is a very ‘sleepy’ town where everything happens at an extremely slow pace. Everything in sleepy Hollow seems to be under a trance and the town carries a legend about the ghost of a Headless Horseman.

Ichabod travels to Sleepy Hollow to pursue teaching and goes missing shortly after. Could the Headless Horseman be after Ichabod’s sudden absence? Watch the movie to see for yourself!


Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

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Runtime: 2 hr 8 min

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Writers: Bram Stoker, )James V. Hart
Cast: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins
IMDB Rating: 7.4/10

A young man is doomed to live as a Dracula and settle in a lonely castle. Dracula lives off the blood of his victims and things seem to go monotonously until a lawyer, Jonathan Harker comes to visit him.

Harker is here to discuss a land deal but something totally opposite catches Dracula’s attention: the picture of Harker’s fiance, Mina. Dracula then imprisons Harker and sets out to search for Mina.


Interview With the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)

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Runtime: 2 hr 3 min

Director: Neil Jordan
Writers: Anne Rice
Cast: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Antonio Banderas

IMDB Rating: 7.5/10

This story is centred around the peculiar interview between a vampire and a reporter. The vampire, almost two centuries old, describes his transformation briefly and also tells him how dreadful his life is now.

According to Louis, there had come a time when he had finally decided to leave his vampire ‘family’ but his creator convinced him to stay by transforming a young girl into a vampire however, she might not be a positive addition…


The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

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Runtime: 1 hr 38 min

Director: Marcus Nispel
Writers: Kim Henkel, Tobe Hooper, Scott Kosar
Cast: Jessica Biel, Jonathan Tucker, Andrew Bryniarski

IMDB Rating: 6.2/10

Five young people are on a perfectly normal road trip until they come across a hitchhiker who asks them for a lift. They agree to help him and everything seems to be okay until the hitchhiker shoots himself in front of them. Highly panicked, the five individuals desperately search for help but are unsuccessful.

They finally find a homestead whose residents seem to be willing to help them; only to realize that these people are a bunch of psychopaths who might want something from them.


The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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Runtime: 1 hr 58 min

Director: Jonathan Demme
Writers: Thomas Harris, Ted Tally
Cast: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney

IMDB Rating: 8.6/10

Clarice Starling begins her training at the FBI and is careful to conceal her ethnic roots, which hail from West Virginia. During her training, she gets assigned the job of interviewing an imprisoned psychiatrist who has been famous for committing several murders.

The common thing about his victims is that they all are slightly chubby, especially around the hips; Clarice realizes that this is why she was chosen for this job, to trigger the serial killer and hopefully get some exclusive information.


Twilight (2008)

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Runtime: 2 hr 2 min

Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Writers: Melissa Rosenberg, Stephenie Meyer
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke

IMDB Rating: 5.3/10

Bella Swan is a teenager wishing to give her mother some privacy with her new husband, so she moves in with her father in a small town called Forks.

Her initial friends are welcoming and pretty flattering but this one boy in class, Edward, who’s extremely handsome acts like there’s nobody more uninteresting than Bella.

As things develop, Bella learns that Edward might not be a human and may also be behind all the strange events occurring in the town- but will this stop her from falling in love with him?


Frankenstein (1931)

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Runtime: 1 hr 10 min

Director: James Whale
Writers: John L. Balderston, Mary Shelley, Peggy Webling
Cast: John L. Balderston, Mary Shelley, Peggy Webling

IMDB Rating: 7.8/10

You must’ve come across a lot of merchandise and phrases related to ‘Frankenstein’s monster’ but did you know the actual story behind it? An excellent name on the list of classic Halloween movies, this is a story about Dr. Henry Frankenstein who’s on a mission to revive the dead.

He plans on doing so by assembling different parts from the dead and achieving his goal, but before he even gets to celebrate his success, the monster breaks loose and escapes.


Clue (1985)

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Runtime: 1 hr 34 min

Director: Jonathan Lynn
Writers: John Landis, Jonathan Lynn, Anthony E. Pratt
Cast: Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn

IMDB Rating: 7.2/10

Seven guests who are known murderers, get invited to an eerie mansion, along with a maid and a butler. Upon arrival, they find out that they all have a certain linkage with one another, be it ex-employment or the case of love affairs.

They all are handed a weapon and instructed to kill the butler, otherwise risk being exposed. Lights are turned off and from there begins the tangled drama of attacking and defending.


Poltergeist (1982)

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Runtime: 1 hr 54 min

Director: Tobe Hooper
Writers: Steven Spielberg, Michael Grais, Mark Victor
Cast: JoBeth Williams, Heather O’Rourke, Craig T. Nelson

IMDB Rating: 7.3/10

We all know how poltergeists create havoc and make noises but the family in this movie had to suffer from something even more terrible at the hand of some evil poltergeists.

The plot in a smart way; first befriending the family’s children and then using them as bait. The siblings interact with the ghosts with the help of a television set, and this communication eventually leads to Carol Ann, the daughter, being taken away by evil forces.


The Witches (1990)

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Runtime: 1 hr 31 min

Director: Nicolas Roeg
Writers: Roald Dahl, Allan Scott
Cast: Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Jasen Fisher

IMDB Rating: 6.8/10

The Grand High Witch is discussing her plan of making a formula that turns all children into mice. Young Luke, who’s staying at a hotel with his grandma, unintentionally eavesdrops on these witches and realizes the peril he’s gotten himself into.

When the witches find out that Luke has heard all of their plans, they decide to make him the first mouse in order to test their formula, which surprisingly goes successful, making Luke a squeaky mouse!


Dracula (1931)

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Runtime: 1 hr 15 min

Director: Tod Browning, Karl Freund
Writers: Bram Stoker, Hamilton Deane, John L. Balderston
Cast: Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners

IMDB Rating: 7.4/10

The old castle has a new occupant: a young and extremely handsome Count Dracula. This bloodsucking demon has a British companion whom he has hypnotized to do his bidding. Soon the town has to suffer from Dracula’s wrath because he keeps preying on the blood of young women to curb his hunger.

Just when the townspeople are fed up with his continued crimes, he sets his eyes on Mina who’s the daughter of a famous doctor.


The Haunting (1963)

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Runtime: 1 hr 52 min

Director: Robert Wise
Writers: Nelson Gidding, Shirley Jackson
Cast: Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson

IMDB Rating: 7.4/10

Luke’s inheritance comprises an eerie old mansion that has a history of unfortunate events taking place within it. Luke approaches Dr. Markway who’s researching the existence of ghosts and together they set out to investigate Hillhouse.

They’re also accompanied by a strange woman named Theodora and the underconfident Eleanor who can somehow connect with the spirits dwelling inside the mansion. As their investigation progresses, they find out new and scarier things about the spirits and it’s only a matter of time until they start experiencing the horrific activities themselves.


The Amityville Horror (1979)

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Runtime: 1 hr 57 min

Director: Stuart Rosenberg
Writers: Sandor Stern, Jay Anson, George Lutz
Cast: James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger

IMDB Rating: 6.1/10

George and Kathy are a thriving couple with 3 children, searching for houses to move into. The real estate agent hides nothing and gives them a fair warning regarding the house on the coast of Long Island but they pay no heed and choose to move into the very same house.

Based on true events, this story takes you through the demonic activities happening in the family’s house. Finally admitting that the house has a satanic presence, the couple approaches a priest to perform an exorcism but things get even scarier from here.


Trick’ r Treat (2007)

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Runtime: 1 hr 22 min

Director: Michael Dougherty
Writers: Michael Dougherty
Cast: Dylan Baker, Rochelle Aytes, Anna Paquin, Brian Cox

IMDB Rating: 6.7/10

This movie is a unique take on scary Halloween movies because it has 5 stories going on at the same time, all interrelated. The stories have different natures to them; one of them is based on a serial killer who’s disguised as a school principal, another is about a love affair, and one is based on a troubled couple.

The other two stories are about a group of teenagers and an old man who partners with a demon. Be sure to lock your doors and windows because this movie is sure to give you the chills!


Pet Sematary (1989)

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Runtime: 1 hr 43 min

Director: Mary Lambert
Writers: Stephen King
Cast: Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, Fred Gwynne

IMDB Rating: 6.5/10

This story is based on a young doctor Louis Creed who moves into a new house along with his family. All goes well until their daughter’s cat is killed in an accident and they have to search for places to bury his dead body.

Louis takes upon his neighbour’s advice and decides to bury his cat in a nearby burial ground, only to witness strange things happen, which makes him think that the ground might have reincarnating powers.


Brightburn (2019)

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Runtime: 1 hr 30 min

Director: David Yarovesky
Writers: Brian Gunn, Mark Gunn
Cast: Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn

IMDB Rating: 6.1/10

Tori Breyer embraces motherhood after an excruciatingly long wait- she and her husband Kyle feel ecstatic as this baby fills their lives with joy. He seems to be just the piece that completes their puzzle; however, their happiness is short-lived.

Their son Brandon, grows up to be influenced by dark forces that compel him to carry out strange activities. If Brandon is not contained soon, a lot of people along with his parents will be facing mortal peril.


House on Haunted Hills (1958)

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Runtime: 1 hr 15 min

Director: William Castle
Writers: Robb White
Cast: Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart, Richard Long

IMDB Rating: 6.8/10

Millionaire Fredrick Loren has a strange definition of fun and is quite quick to move on with his partners. Currently, with his 4th wife Anabelle, he throws a party on Haunted Hill and invites 5 people to spend a night in the haunted house.

The house is littered with ghosts, monsters and murderers; and the guests are stuck with them, struggling to get free. The person making it out alive gets $10,000 prize money from Fredrick so the 5 people are also after each other’s lives.


The Ring (2002)

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Runtime: 1 hr 55 min

Director: Gore Verbinski
Writers: Ehren Kruger, Kôji Suzuk, Hiroshi Takahashi
Cast: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox

IMDB Rating: 7.1/10

Rachel Keller, an aspiring journalist has been assigned a task of examining a videotape which took the life of 4 teenagers. One of the teenagers who died is Rachel’s niece, which makes her even more intrigued to investigate this tape.

The weird thing about it is that it comes with a warning: death of the listener within 7 days of hearing the tape. If, any chance this is correct, then Rachel must rush and do everything within her power to protect herself and her son.


Psycho (1960)

Runtime: 1 hr 49 min

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writers: Joseph Stefano, Robert Bloch
Cast: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles

IMDB Rating: 8.5/10

This story is about an office worker named Marion Crane, who’s currently fed up with her state of life. She yearns to marry her long-term boyfriend but can’t do so because he’s lost all his money in alimony.

When Marion is asked to take care of 40 thousand dollars by her boss, she decides to flee with the money. On her way to her boyfriend, she decides to spend the night at a motel whose manager happens to be a serial killer.


Us (2019)

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Runtime: 1 hr 56 min

Director: Jordan Peele
Writers: Jordan Peele
Cast: Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss

IMDB Rating: 6.8/10

The Wilson Family takes a break from their busy lives and goes on a vacation to Santa Cruz, California. The family initially has a great time but suddenly their son Jason almost gets lost which makes the mother Adelaide, super cautious.

The same night, the family finds out that Adelaide’s childhood house is broken into by 4 people who strangely resemble them; the only difference is that they looked like a gory and grotesque version of the Wilson family.


The Sixth Sense (1999)

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Runtime: 1 hr 47 min

Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Writers: M. Night Shyamalan
Cast: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette

IMDB Rating: 8.2/10

A child psychologist Malcolm Crowe is awarded for his services and on the same night, treats a young boy with the same medicines he used for an unhappy ex-patient. This boy, Cole Sear, is visited by ghosts every night and the shadows he sees make his life miserable.

Dr. Malcolm tries to delve deep into Cole’s mind to understand the reasons for these visitations, only to make his and Cole’s life even more difficult.


Fantasy Island (2020)

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Runtime: 1 hr 49 min

Director: Jeff Wadlow
Writers: Jeff Wadlow, Christopher Roach, Jillian Jacobs
Cast: Michael Peña, Maggie Q, Lucy Hale

IMDB Rating: 4.9/10

Fantasy Island is a tropical resort where Mr. Roarke is famous for bringing fantasies to life. A group of people hoping for their dreams to come true, arrive at this resort and Mr. Roarke gets to work.

At first, everything seems magical because all of them start living in their fantasies, but soon, they’re introduced to the dangers involved of living in an unreal world. With Mr. Roarke not knowing better and all of their fantasies clashing, this movie is a perfect watch for mystery lovers.


Ready or Not (2019)

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Runtime: 1 hr 35 min

Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett
Writers: Guy Busick, R. Christopher Murphy
Cast: Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Mark O’Brien

IMDB Rating: 6.8/10

Grace has a huge class difference with her in-laws and is determined to try her level best to please them. She’s getting married to a wealthy dynasty who have some very strange rituals. In order to prove herself, Grace must survive all the family trying to hunt her down.

Her family members use guns, crossbows and other weapons in an attempt to get her. Now, Grace desperately tries to save herself all night.


Candyman (2021)

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Runtime: 1 hr 31 min

Director: Nia DaCosta
Writers: Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld, Nia DaCosta
Cast: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett

IMDB Rating: 5.9/10

Years have passed since the Cabrini Towers were brought down and now Anthony and his partner decide to move into the present day, Cabrini. They soon encounter an old man who tells them all about the legend of a hook-handed killer, Candyman.

Anthony, who thinks that diving deep into this story will help him find new ideas for his paintings, decides to explore more about the macabre history of Candyman, oblivious to where his curiosity will take him.


Gremlins (1984)

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Runtime: 1 hr 46 min

Director: Joe Dante
Writers: Chris Columbus
Cast: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton

IMDB Rating: 7.3/10

‘Mogwai’ is sold to a salesman with three warnings: it must not have water, light, and food after midnight. The salesman intends to give this as a gift to his son and soon violates all of these conditions.

As a result, a humongous amount of gremlins decide to tear the city apart, that too on Christmas Eve. The gremlins disrupt peace and destroy houses, and nobody is able to come up with a way of containing them.


The Dead Don’t Die (2019)

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Runtime: 1 hr 44 min

Director: Jim Jarmusch
Writers: Jim Jarmusch
Cast: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tom Waits

IMDB Rating: 5.4/10

Centerville is a small sleepy town that is suddenly subjected to unexplainable changes. Animals are behaving strangely, the moon seems to be too low, and daylight never seems to end. News reports don’t help and scientists are going crazy to find a reason behind all of this.

The atmosphere gets even murkier when the dead are seen walking from their graves and feasting on the townspeople. Now the residents must hold onto their dear lives and find a way of combating these zombies.


Escape Room (2019)

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Runtime: 1 hr 39 min

Director: Adam Robitel
Writers: Bragi F. Schut, Maria Melnik
Cast: Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Jay Ellis

IMDB Rating: 6.4/10

A strange building has an escape room which is a game that involves a series of puzzles, with a reward of $10,000 if you make it through.

Six individuals set out to try their luck at this game and realize that this is not just a random game: it is a play of life and death. Initially, all the stages are easy and understandable but as the ‘game’ progresses, they get to know of the peril they’ve gotten themselves into.


I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

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Runtime: 1 hr 41 min

Director: Jim Gillespie
Writers: Lois Duncan, Kevin Williamson
Cast: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Heche

IMDB Rating: 5.8/10

If you’re a fan of mystery and thrill, you are going to love this movie for sure. The story is about 4 teens who accidentally kill a passerby and make an even graver mistake: dumping his body in the sea.

They initially think that their crime would go unnoticed; little did they know that the man they killed would return from the dead and haunt their wits out of them.


Midsommar (2019)

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Runtime: 2 hr 28 min

Director: Ari Aster
Writers: Ari Aster
Cast: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Vilhelm Blomgren

IMDB Rating: 7.1/10

Dani and Christian are on the verge of breaking up; to give things a chance, Chritian invites Dani on a trip to their mutual friend’s village. This village is particularly famous for its midsummer festival and the couple very excitedly takes part in it.

Initially, the festival is all fun and games and the couple finally starts looking at the positive side of their relationship; however, soon things start turning into gory and gruesome affairs, with Dani and Christian left all by themselves.


Fun Size (2012)

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Runtime: 1 hr 26 min

Director: Josh Schwartz
Writers: Max Werner
Cast: Victoria Justice, Johnny Knoxville, Chelsea Handler

IMDB Rating: 5.4/10

Sardonic Wren comes from a broken family and when she gets invited to a Halloween party, she can’t stop beaming at the idea of a night out.

However, her plans are ruined by her mother who has to go on a date with her recent boyfriend and leaves Wren to babysit her brother Albert. Determined, Wren goes out with her little brother, only to have him get lost in a sea of other kids. She then has to search the town, knowing nothing about the dangers involved.


Hubie Halloween (2020)

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Runtime: 1 hr 43 min

Director: Steven Brill
Writers: Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler
Cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Julie Bowen

IMDB Rating: 5.2/10

Hubie Dubois finds himself witnessing a real murder right when people are busy celebrating Halloween night. Hubie is a good-natured man who’s often a subject of jokes and mockery in the town.

What follows poor Hubie is an extended period of investigations; all this while Hubie is determined to save his town from whatever has gripped it into darkness. If you want to watch some mystery with a touch of comedy, you sure wouldn’t want to miss this movie..


Children of the Corn (1984)

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Runtime: 1 hr 32 min

Director: Fritz Kiersch
Writers: Stephen King, George Goldsmith
Cast: Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, R.G. Armstrong

IMDB Rating: 5.6/10

Burt Stanton is on his way to his new job along with his girlfriend Vicky, when they come across a dead body on the road. With a bit of digging, they find out that it’s a little boy who is murdered very recently.

In the hopes of getting any official involved, Burt and Vicky find themselves in a strange town where the population is only children- those two, who are keen on murdering every adult in the town.


It (2017)

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Runtime: 2 hr 15 min

Director: Andy Muschietti
Writers: Chase Palmer, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Gary Dauberman
Cast: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Martell, Finn Wolfhard

IMDB Rating: 7.3/10

This story is based in the small town of Derry, where children are mysteriously disappearing one after the other. 7 of these missing kids find themselves facing each other and recall their encounters with a deranged clown known as Pennywise. The kids decide that to defeat their enemy, they must battle their own fears first.


A Quiet Place (2018)

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Runtime: 1 hr 30 min

Director: John Krasinski
Writers: Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, John Krasinski
Cast: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds

IMDB Rating: 7.5/10

Regarded as one of the best Halloween movies, this story is based on a town that is suffering from silence. If you break your silence, you will be subjected to a horrible fate. Evelyn and Lee know the rules of the town yet are determined to fight back for their children.

The monsters were last sighted almost 12 months ago, but the town still drowns in silence and fear. The risk is high, the monsters are powerful and Evelyn and Lee are brave who’s going to win?


The Host (2006)

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Runtime: 2 hr

Director: Bong Joon Ho
Writers: Bong Joon Ho, Won-jun Ha, Chul-hyun Baek
Cast: Kang-ho Song, Byun Hee-Bong,Park Hae-il

IMDB Rating: 7.1/10

Due to a blunder by American military personnel, South Korea’s Han river is now a host to toxic chemicals. The accidental drop goes unnoticed but only a few years later, Koreans witness a strange creature rising from the waters.

This creature has a peculiar appearance and is not just any animal because it manages to attack residents whilst being half in the sea and also abducts the daughter of a local vendor.


Conclusion

The risk is high when you have a group of people to entertain and a movie to choose from. Lots of movies are rated to be good but don’t sit well with one’s guests.

In such circumstances where you’re responsible for a lot of people’s time and energy, it becomes exceedingly important to do your homework before choosing what to watch. You can’t sit and watch every movie though, before recommending it, and that’s where our list comes in handy.

This article provides you with brief descriptions of the best Halloween movies in 2022 so that you can choose the perfect one according to you and your guests’ preferences.

Halloween is all about celebrating spookiness in all its power, and what better way of doing that than planning a movie night? Sit back and surf through your favourite movies online and carefully craft a watchlist that keeps your Halloween party going on for hours!