A list of must-watch thriller, horror movies for Halloween

By: Reiley Bartel, Staff Writer

Halloween is the time to watch scary movies with friends, which is not something I have always loved. But I do now, having decided that everyone needs a good thriller now and then. I am not one who loves demonic horror films, but thrasher movies are fun and always keep you on the edge of your seat.

Here are my top 10 favorite scary movies, which you should give a try on Halloween.

“Scream,” 1996: This is a classic scary movie that should be watched at least once if not more during spooky season. It is a great thriller/slasher movie that almost everyone can enjoy. “Scream” really helps explain what the horror genre is about, and there are funny Easter eggs referring to other scary movies within the film. Not only does it have great kill but humor as well.

“I Know What You Did Last Summer,” 1997: This movie is great for people who love slashers and mystery. It is about a group of friends who dump a fisherman into the water and a year later receive a frightening letter that their deed had been seen. They have to run away from a killer and find out who wrote this message in hopes of saving their lives.

“Nightmare on Elm Street,” 1984: I loved this movie. It is a scary mystery that keeps you on your toes. Everyone knows Freddy Krueger and his knives for fingers as well as his creepy face that will haunt your nightmares. This movie is a classic horror film that shouldn’t die, no matter how old it gets. Not only does it have a great plot but good kills and special effects, especially for when it was made.

“It,” 2017: I loved this movie and how it all went down. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, rooting for Billy and hoping that he and his brother really would be reunited in the end. It offers a great mix of fear and suspense, and it is even hard to guess what the end of the movie will be like. It also doesn’t have the typical “chase around the house and up the stairs” plot you see in most horror films.

“The“Black Phone,” 2021: This is my favorite movie that has come out recently. I loved how the killer followed norms of psychopathic serial killer behaviors and that the audience had someone to root for the whole film. It’s a great suspense movie with less killing and more worry and mystery.

“Halloween,” 1978: This is one of the most classic horror movies of all time, a traditional, watch-every-year kind of scary movie that can’t be left out of any must-see list, like “Elf” for the Christmas season. Almost everyone knows the story of Micheal Myers and how he terrorized his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois.

“Scary Movie,” 2000: This is a classic thriller film that everyone should watch this Halloween. Who wouldn’t love a funny parody of all thriller/horror movies wrapped up into one fun bundle?

“The Silence of the Lambs,” 1991: Hannibal the Cannibal is one of the most infamous serial killers of all time. Though this movie makes him out to be a terrible killer, he was not that way in real life. The real Hanibal never ate any of his victims, but that is a story for another time. This movie is about a young FBI agent who ends up making friends with the worst killer at the time and needs his help to crack another case. “Cabin in the Woods,” 2012: I feel like this will be a movie that everyone, especially us ladies, will love. Chris Hemsworth is one of the main characters in this film, and it is a fun mystery thriller. Five college friends go on a cabin vacation in the woods, but relaxing is not the word to describe this horrific getaway. One by one, they are picked off by horrors that take them to their demise.

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