Top Ten Classic Scary Movies to Get You in the Spooky Spirit

By: Amanda Holt


1. The Shining (1980)

Directed by Stanley Kurbrick and starring Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance, this Stephan King classic is a great movie to make you feel spooky. The slow burn of this movie helps you feel as shut in as our main family as they are snowed in a hotel in Colorado during the winter. As things get weirder and weirder, you’re no longer sure if these things are real or apart of the cabin fever. 

2. The Exorcist (1973)

Directed by William Friedkin and starring Linda Blair as Regan and Ellen Burstyn as her mother, this horror classic is a must-see this Halloween season. Although it is an old movie, it is still terrifying as we follow a young girl who has been possessed by a demon and her mother’s fight to get her daughter back from the hands of the Devil. 

3. Friday the 13th (1980)

Directed by Sean S. Cunningham and starring Kevin Bacon as one of the young camp counselors, this slasher classic may not be all too scary but it is fun to watch. This movie is what started the classic troupe of teens at a summer camp being killed one by one. It’s a fun movie to watch with friends as you gear up for the spooks to come this month. 

4. Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Directed by Wes Craven and starring Robert Englund as Freddy, we follow a group of teens as they fight sleep. If you go to sleep you may have Freddy there to kill you in your dreams, but this time you won’t wake up. It is a scary concept and will make you think twice before going to sleep. 

5. Psycho (1960)

Directed by Alford Hitchcock and starring Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates, this classic psychological horror will make you think twice about motels in strange towns. We follow a young woman as she goes on a road trip and stops at the Bates Motel only to notice strange things with the owners Norma and her son Norman Bates. There is even a twist ending to keep you on the edge of your seat. 

6. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Directed by Roman Polanski and starring Mia Farrow as Rosemary, this classic horror film takes the beauty of motherhood and flips it on its head. This movie has stood through time as a creepy movie that will make you reconsider your relationship with your neighbors. 

7.Halloween (1978)

Directed by John Carpenter and starring Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, this movie brought to life the classic babysitter troupe that we all know and love. This movie is sure to scare you with Mike Meyer’s slow walk with his knife and creepy white mask. 

8. Saw (2004)

Directed by James Wan and starring Leigh Whannell as Adam and Cary Elwes as Lawerence, two men trapped in a gross bathroom not knowing how they got there. This film keeps you guessing to see who the mastermind of these traps, Jigsaw, really is. Be careful to avoid spoilers because the ending is a huge twist that will leave you with lots of questions. 

9. Scream (1996)

Directed by Wes Craven and starring Neve Campell as Sidney Prescott, this slasher was made to make a satire of the classic slasher troupes. Even with the satire, this film is fun to watch and the reveal of the killer Ghostface is still shocking and it’s fun to root for the main characters to survive the night. 

10. It (1990- the TV series)

Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace and starring Tim Curry as Pennywise, this Stephan King classic is sure to make you afraid of clowns and sewers. Many of us have seen the new movies, but this TV series which runs for 4 hours, was a classic and Pennywise leaves viewers feeling the need to check their plumbing. 

2019-10-01T20:54:29+00:00October 1st, 2019|Opinion|