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Spooky Classics To Sink Your Fangs in This Halloween

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Illustration by Rebecca Bales

Illustration by Rebecca Bales

Spooky Classics To Sink Your Fangs in This Halloween

You smell pumpkin spice blowing in the wind. You feel the dead leaves crunching under your boots. It’s getting dark at 6 p.m; you can see your breath hang in the air as your heart pounds in your ears. The chill running down your spine can only mean one thing. It’s getting close to Halloween!

Halloween is a tradition that has continued throughout many generations. The Day of the Dead is the best time for spooky movies and cult classics. It also happens to be my favorite time of the year.

One of the most popular Halloween activities people do is binge scary movies on Samhain. This article will set you on track to discovering the absolute scariest horror movies to devour this spooky season!

Chucky (The Original Child’s Play)

What could be spookier than a murderous doll possessed by a serial killer with a knife sneaking around the house? Chucky is a cult classic from 1988. It is one of the most chilling movies ever created. It is an American slasher that has birthed six sequels to date.

Don Mancini, the writer of Child’s Play was originally inspired by the classic cabbage patch dolls and highlighted the craze of how marketing affected children at that time.

The original Child’s Play grossed 45 million dollars at the box office and has a huge cult following. You can even purchase Chucky Dolls on

Fun Fact: It took 11 people to operate Chucky.

Jeepers Creepers

What takes place in that deep, dark place is something no one wants to utter. Jeepers Creepers grossed 59 million dollars and went on to become the scariest movie of 2001.

Jeepers Creepers is an American horror film based on a true story. It is said that a woman disappeared under mysterious circumstances in Michigan in 1990. The fantastical monstrous appearance of the Creeper is mostly fictional, but stories regarding the case may hold some actual truth.

Jeepers Creepers was followed by 3 sequels and still chills my bones 20 years later.

The Hills Have Eyes (2006 Remake)

The Hills Have Eyes is one of the bloodiest movies to date. It was a remake of a 1977 classic horror film that is based on a true story. Which makes this almost sickening.

Sawney Bean was the head of a Scottish clan who was known for butchering and cannibalizing multiple people during the middle ages. The Hills Have Eyes is truly a horror movie that is sure to get your heart pumping during this Halloween season. Don’t watch if you’re squeamish!

The Hills Have Eyes grossed over 41 million dollars.

Fun Fact: The poster for The Hills Have Eyes 2 was banned for the depiction of torture.

Night of The Living Dead

No scary movie list would be complete without including the original classic of Night of the Living Dead. “I’m coming to get you, Barbara!”

Night of the Living Dead is the ultimate independent classic horror film. It was released in 1968 and was ahead of its time. It was the first zombie movie to break the genre. Because of this cult classic, we have shows like “The Walking Dead” and movies like “Shawn of The Dead”.

Gruesome and pure, we have this movie to thank for breaking into a new genre of scary!


Norman Bates. The same Norman Bates from “Bates Motel”. The same Norman Bates that is based on the serial killer Ed Gein.

This classic horror film has traumatized many with its classic shower and knife scene. I still check behind the curtain to make sure I’m safe before washing my hair!

Psycho is an American psychological thriller that was released in 1960. It was produced by the infamous director Alfred Hitchcock.

Fun Fact: Psycho was the first American film to feature a toilet.

Pet Sematary

This list would be nothing without at least one movie from the spook master himself Stephen King. I thought about have including “It” on this list, but due to the ending, I decided on Pet Sematary.

These classic films could be considered cheesy, however, this movie terrified me as a child. I was utterly appalled by the idea of one of my pets coming back from the dead. Pet Sematary will always hold a special dark place in my heart.

Pet Sematary grossed over 57 million dollars and still triggers millennials today.

Friday The 13th

Summer camp has never been scarier with this American slasher film. Friday the 13th has 12 sequels in the franchise. Many fans of this slasher would be furious if I didn’t include this classic horror movie.

Friday the 13th was one of my favorite films as a teenager to watch on Halloween. Along with other classic slashers like “Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Halloween”. I loved slashers during those times and I always feel nostalgic looking back at these classics during this spooky season.

Friday the 13th has spawned sequels, tv series, novels, and video games. Jason never dies, and neither will his legacy.

Fun Fact: Bill (Harry Crosby) was temporarily blinded by fake blood on the set.

The Exorcist

When you think of The Exorcist the theme music fills your thoughts and you suddenly are consumed by fear. This classic movie is still horrifying to thriller lovers today.

Many weird things happened on the set of The Exorcist. Ellen was badly injured by a malfunction of her harness on the set. Not only were there other injuries, but 9 people ended up dying who were associated with the film along with the burning down of the set.

This movie is truly scary, not just because the acting was insanely good, but because of the weird circumstances surrounding the film.

Lost Boys

I wouldn’t exactly call Lost Boys a true horror film, there is some campy humor. However, I wanted to add this to the list because this movie is an absolute classic film.

Lost Boys was released in 1987 and has some classic actors in it. This coming-of-age vampire movie stands the test of time as it is still being watched by all ages.

Cult classics like this one can’t be replicated with its dark theme. Bikers, vampires, and vampire hunters, oh my!

Fun Fact: Ben Stiller almost had the opportunity to be a Lost Boy.


I am going to end this list with Poltergeist. This amazing movie is riddled with spooky coincidences. Much like The Exorcist, many strange things happened on and off the set.

Many people that were included in the movie have died of mysterious circumstances. Heather O’Rourke passed away after the third installation of the sequel of a series of strange heart attacks. Dominique Dunne was unfortunately murdered by an aggressive ex-boyfriend.

Others died of more natural causes such as cancer. However, the mysterious deaths really do make one wonder if this movie may have been cursed.


Scary movies are such a big part of the Halloween season. Start your night off right with these awesome classics.

Binge-watching movies, eating candy, and getting a generally creepy vibe are all part of the fun.

This Halloween, get dressed up as your favorite Lost Boy and pop in some scary slashers of old.

© 2021 Rebecca Bales


Rebecca Bales (author) on October 25, 2021:

You are very welcome for the movie suggestions. You should definitely give those two a watch, they are great films!

Liza from USA on October 25, 2021:

Of all movies from the list, I have never watched The Hills Have Eyes and Night of The Living Dead. Thank you for the movie suggestion. I bet I can find them on iTunes Movie.

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