Halloween Horror Movie Marathon Suggestions

Herner Klenthur

It’s Halloween which means its our favorite time of the year where we have all kinds of bonus reasons to do nothing but watch copious amounts of horror movies. Sitting down and building a list of excellent Halloween horror movies is no simple task. Just limiting the list to under 50 films is a challenge within itself.

My interests tend to lean more towards the older horror films so I have chosen a few classics as well as some new gems. Some of my films might surprise you but that’s what makes it my list and not yours! Here is my list of favorite horror movies to watch as part of my Halloween Horror Movies Marathon. This list will be updated all month long as we get more feedback from our readers and build the ultimate Halloween Horror Movie Marathon Guide!

Nightmare on Elm Street

Robert Englund is an icon in the horror genre for his portrayal of the sadistic and terrifying killer that stalks his victims in their dreams. Nightmare on Elm Street is one of the greatest horror movies ever made and what better time to enjoy it then at Halloween.

Do not confuse the 1984 classic with the 2010 remake starring Jackie Earle Haley because the remake is a complete debacle not worth buying, renting or using as a coffee coaster.



Toby Wilkin’s Splinter is a truly fantastic movie monster experience and is one of the best demonstration of practical effects in a modern horror movie. I actually mistook some scenes as being CGI when I praised the effects and Toby politely corrected me that it was done with practical magic. Toby Wilkins much like Steven C Miller is an under-rated director in the horror genre who deserves more opportunities.

SPLINTER for me is one of the 10 Best indie monster movies ever made and is the best isolation horror film since John Carpenter’s The Thing.  In Splinter two low life criminals and a couple of young love birds find themselves trapped in a gas station by a terrifying ecological nightmare. Splinter is nothing short of remarkable!


The Thing

This movie was recommended to me by my friend  Rene 15 years ago and its one of the best movie recommendations anyone has ever made to me. The Thing combines the cold arctic winter, extreme isolation and a terrifying shape shifting monster making it a truly spectacular film. Its worth noting I am referring to John Carpenters remake which stars Kurt Russell not the 2011 remake.

In The Thing a remote station isolated from society is crippled by mechanical failure and the crew and staff soon discover there is more to fear than the cold outside! Easily one of the best Sci-Fi horror films ever made!


Jeepers Creepers

I know a lot of people hate this movie but for me Jeepers Creepers is one of the truly great modern monster movies.

You can’t outrun it, you can’t kill it and nobody can save you from this terrifying nocturnal monster which comes out of its sleep to feast on human flesh. Jeepers Creepers is an awesome movie with a great level of carnage and an ending that will leave you with the heeby jeeby’s.

Easter Egg bonus: The movie takes its name from the 1938 song with the same name ‘Jeepers Creepers’ which is featured in the film. It had a solid sequel in 2003 and it has been long speculated that Victor Salva the director has been working on Jeepers Creeper’s 3 but we have yet to see its release.


The Shining

The Shining starring Jack Nicholson is without a doubt a classic that everyone should watch in a dark room with the volume turned up far to loud.  As children, even adult children we turn to our parents for patience, protection and assurance.

The Shining takes all of that and turns it on its face as dear old Daddy’s sanity pushes him to the bring and he decides to make hatchet work out of his young son and wife. A great film, very edgy, very disturbing and creepy! Easily one of the best adaptations of a Stephen King work to date. I am frankly surprised that it’s not up for a remake considering IT, Pet Semetary and The Stand are all set for remakes in the coming years.

The Shining Jack Nicholson

The Exorcist

Paranormal Activity is currently being billed as the scariest movie ever made but let’s be honest it has nothing on The Exorcist.  The Exorcist is a movie that shocked a generation of movie goers and continues to scare the hell out of new generations of movie fans who are introduced to it by older siblings, parents and dare I say it grand parents.

The Exorcist is a classic tale of the church vs the devil. The Exorcist is a terrifying film and one that will leave you wishing you were watching Paranormal Activity instead.

The Exorcist


George Romero is best known for his anthology of zombie films but do not overlook his work in Creepshow which is one of the greatest horror anthologies of all time.  George Romero teamed up with Stephen King on this anthology which is based on the EC comics of the 1950’s

Creepshow went on to inspire two sequels which although not nearly as good as the original are still solid movies worth checking out.



As scary as The Exorcist is Poltergeist is as equally terrifying. The only thing worse than one demon… is a bunch of them and Poltergeist pulls no punches as it unleashes the undead on an unsuspecting family.

The only thing scarier the movie itself is the legend of the curse around the cast and crew deaths that are tied to the film. Although many cast of the Poltergeist have thriving careers now, many have also died. Heather O’Rourke, Will Sampson, Julian Beck, and Dominique Dunne have all died since filming the movie leading to the online rumors of a Poltergeist curse!


Amityville Horror

We have seen horror movies where parents turn on siblings, kids turn on parents and the Amityville Horror amps it up even further when the house turns on its occupant’s. When I saw this film as a child it left me horrified and wanting to camp out in the backyard for months.

Amityville Horror is the tale of a demonic house which is ‘based on a true story’. Amityville Horror is easily one of the creepiest tales of possession and one of the few films that will leave you terrified of your household appliances.


Night of the Living Dead

You can not go wrong any time of the year with George A Romero’s Night of the Living Dead and no Halloween Movie Marathon is complete without it. Whether you watch the original George Romero directed version or the remake that Romero produced and Tom Savini directed either make

Night of the Living Dead is one of if not THE best zombie film ever made. A tale of isolation and flesh-eating terror its a commentary on society at the time as well as the weakness of mankind. Night of the Living Dead packs a deep message, lots of scares and some serious undead terror.

Night of the Living Dead

Children of the Corn

I was very young when I saw Children of the Corn and to say it left me scared stiff is an understatement. When you go to school and a kid bullies you.. you go to your parents but what happens when the Children kill all the adults and are under the trance of an evil force?

Children of the Corn is the first film that featured scores of children as the villains and to this day the concept is still incredibly terrifying.  Children of the Corn spawned a mediocre SyFy remake so be careful and make sure you watch the original 1984 film.


John Carpenters Halloween

Before we even started this list you know that John Carpenter’s Halloween would land on the list. Nobody in their right mind would make a list of Halloween Horror Movie’s to watch and exclude one of the 10 greatest horror movie classics of all time.

Many of the younger generation have seen the Rob Zombie remake but not the original John Carpenter classic and I urge you to experience the original if you have not.  

Halloween 1978

Trick R Treat

Trick R Treat is a truly fantastic film and is easily one of the 10 best films of the last decade. The fact that this movie was a direct to DVD horror release is just a sad testament to the state of modern horror and the lack of support the filmmakers had from their studio.

Modern movies like Paranormal Activity and Insidious get all the glory as being great modern horror movies but neither hold a candle to Michael Dougherty’s Trick R Treat.

This Halloween anthology is both entertaining and chilling and will go down with the likes of CreepShow as one of the greatest horror anthologies of all time.


Aggression Scale

Steven C Miller’s The Aggression scale is Home Alone meets Halloween and is candidly one of the best home invasion films of the last 10 years. If you loved The Strangers and appreciate indie horror which focuses on the complex characters and less on white teeth and big tits then you will love The Aggression Scale.

When out-on-bail mob boss Bellavance played by Ray Wise discovers that $500,000 of his money is missing, he sends four hardcore hit men (including Derek Mears) to send a “loud and messy” message to the suspected thieves’ families.

But when the killers invade the Rutledge home, they quickly find out why the money was stolen, to buy the freedom of Owen ( played by Ryan Hartwig ). Owen you see is an Autistic nightmare with an Aggression Scale rating of 99.5 out of 100. Whats that you ask? It means his likely hood of inflicting incredible suffering and pain is pretty much a sure thing. Think Michael Meyers level f*ck you up and leave you in the basement vomiting into your own intestines.


Now that I have shared my favorites for Halloween to leave you scared stupid what are yours? Leave some comments and tell me what films truly scared you and are worth watching on Halloween before you go walking the streets for some Trick or Treat.


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      1. Kyle Styres October 1, 2012 at 6:01 am

        what kinda drugs you smoking? i watched trick r treat couple days ago. it’s not that great. some of it is just plain stupid. bad choice, no, awful choice.

        • turboblip October 1, 2012 at 8:42 pm

          You must hate Halloween…Trick ‘r Treat is awesome.

      2. Jeff Rittenour October 1, 2012 at 10:59 pm

        Trick r Treat was garbage – pure SH*TE. If people enjoy – THAT’S FINE. A GOOD movie IT IS NOT.

      3. Edgar Allen October 2, 2012 at 3:48 am

        Great list of Halloween movies, Herner! You included a few of my favorites like The Thing and The Exorcist. I have a coworker at DISH that loves horror movies almost as much as I do. That’s why we were so excited to see DISH’s 31 Day Movie Fest on HD channel 102. They are showing several classic horror movies every night for the month of October, including some of my favorites like Night of the Living Dead, The Host and Dead Alive!

      4. Mike S October 18, 2012 at 11:43 pm

        There’s my list:
        1. “John Carpenter’s Halloween” (duh);
        2. “John Carpenter’s The Fog”;
        3. “The Changeling” (1980) with George C. Scott;
        4. The original “Night of the Living Dead”;
        5. “Nosferatu” (1921);
        6. “The Strangers” (2008);
        7. “The Exorcist”;
        8. “Dementia 13” (1963);
        9. “Creepshow”; and
        10. “Trick ‘r Treat”

      5. David Alejandro Gutiérrez Guti December 11, 2012 at 7:43 am

        1. Trick r’ Treat (2007)
        2. Carrie (1976)
        3. REC (2007)
        4. Saw (2004)
        4. Halloween (1978)

      6. jmatts78 April 3, 2013 at 11:48 pm

        I loved Trick ‘r Treat! I count it as one of my favourites now. I even somehow managed to miss all the hype surrounding it. I just saw it there looking all interesting, watched it, and fell in love. Instant Halloween staple.

        Other staples are Night of the Living Dead (original, then remake), JC’s Halloween, Halloween III depending on my mood, Suspiria, Nightmare on Elm Streets 1 – 3, Prince of Darkness, The Evil Dead, and all the Fridays up to part 7. No particular watching order.

      7. jasper August 20, 2013 at 7:58 pm

        I highly recommend Lady in White. Great Halloween Ghost story that will make the hair on your arms stand up. Not a well known movie. Really cool cinematography.

      8. Leviticus Headbanger Bandow October 4, 2013 at 5:11 pm

        American Psycho
        Trick R Treat (Of Course)
        H A L L O W E E N (Of Course)
        B L A D E
        ANOES (Old)
        The Devil’s Rejects
        Friday The 13th
        YOU’RE NEXT
        S L I T H E R
        And The Walking Dead till you pass out. You’re welcome.

      9. Becky Sauble October 4, 2013 at 5:30 pm

        Exorcist,Halloween,Devils rejects,Friday the 13th, and pumpkin head

      10. Tiago October 4, 2013 at 5:43 pm

        Great list. Thanks for it. I’m gonna watch Aggression Scale, that’s the only one I haven’t watched yet.
        The House of the Devil is my Halloween choice, along with House of 1,000,000 Corpses (best halloween dinner party ever) makes a great Halloween double feature.
        As for Children of the Corn, I really hate that movie. It totally changed the short story. And that ending, was so lame. The remake is actually a lot better. Bad Acting that’s for sure, but it stays true to the original story.

      11. Brandy Aldred October 4, 2013 at 5:53 pm

        Trick r Treat,Night of the Demons 1 & 2,Halloween 1 & 2,and Ginger Snaps.

        • Rex Ross October 4, 2013 at 10:34 pm

          You forgot Night Breed, Hellraiser 1 and 2, Zombie, and George Romero’s Night of Living Dead series!! :-)

        • Brandy Aldred October 5, 2013 at 2:31 am

          dude,you know I do horror flicks 365 days a year,but on Halloween I have a select few Halloween themed movies I watch….P.S. I will only watch Hellraiser on a Sunday….speaking of Hellraiser,am I the only one who think Cenobites sound tasty and not scary.

        • Rex Ross October 5, 2013 at 3:18 am

          On a Sunday how come? And yes, they are super sexy looking!

      12. Rui Espadinha October 4, 2013 at 6:31 pm

        Trick ‘r Treat, some good teenage slasher, the Shinning, Romero’s Night (in this order).

      13. Jeffrey A Perry October 4, 2013 at 6:34 pm

        Anything that had “Dead” in the name.

      14. RJ De Wit October 4, 2013 at 7:02 pm

        Masters of Horror.

      15. Daniel Loubier October 4, 2013 at 7:22 pm

        I cannot agree MORE with Trick R Treat. What a surprisingly smart, funny, creepy, edgy horror anthology! It’s in the rotation for my annual Halloween movie marathon. I’ll also +1 The Strangers, House of the Devil and The Evil Dead. Lady in White creeped me the hell out as a kid (Good call, Jasper!). Halloween is a staple (let’s not even recognize the remake for the purposes of this list). The Exorcist is very near and dear to my heart as I co-authored Eileen Dietz’s biography with her: http://www.amazon.com/Exorcising-My-Demons-Exorcist-ebook/dp/B00BT4QMB2. I’ll also go along with NOTLD, Splinter and The Shining, although I prefer to watch The Shining during the winter months :)

      16. Charles Vick Duncan October 4, 2013 at 7:41 pm

        i was half expecting it to be movies that take place during halloween night

      17. John DeGroot October 4, 2013 at 9:27 pm

        Phantasm,reanimator,legend of hellhouse,changling,cemetery man,tourist trap

      18. John Brenner October 4, 2013 at 9:28 pm

        Halloween 3, Night of the Living Dead, Carnival of Souls, Trick R’ Treat, and cap the night off with greatest of them all: HALLOWEEN…

      19. Donna T. Castaneda-Delgado October 4, 2013 at 9:32 pm

        VHS, VHS2, TrickorTreat and end with the original Halloween.

      20. Matthew Kaprutus October 4, 2013 at 9:45 pm

        The Obama Deception

        • Tiago October 7, 2013 at 11:28 pm

          definitely the best suggestion here.

      21. Brent Major Fondren II October 5, 2013 at 7:42 am

        Love this movie. Trick r Treat.

      22. Horror Warehouse October 5, 2013 at 11:22 am

        Halloween 3, Halloween 1, then original A Nightmare On Elm Street, Jason Takes Manhattan will be my line up this year

      23. Michelle Cohrs October 5, 2013 at 1:03 pm

        Hocus pocus, hehehe <3

      24. Scott Payne October 5, 2013 at 5:03 pm

        I would add In The Mouth Of Madness, Hellraiser 1&2,Nightbreed ,Lord Of Illusion, Audition and Susperia to that list

      25. Robert Angelo Masciantonio October 5, 2013 at 5:37 pm


      26. pizzainacup October 5, 2013 at 6:14 pm

        I prefer to watch films that actually connect to the holiday in some way as opposed to listing just Horror films that have nothing to do with it. The Aggression Scale? This isn’t even a Horror film.

        Here are my recommendations…

        Films, TV Specials

        John Carpenter’s Halloween
        Halloween III: Season Of The Witch
        Halloween II
        Kenny & Company
        It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
        Ginger Snaps
        Monster House
        Garfield’s Halloween Adventure
        The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow
        Witch’s Night Out
        The Midnight Hour
        The Halloween Tree
        Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers
        Trick or Treats
        Trick or Treat
        Night Of The Demons
        Lady In White
        Trick ‘r Treat
        Satan’s Little Helper
        Idle Hands
        The Halloween That Almost Wasn’t
        Halloween Is Grinch Night
        Murder Party
        Spaced Invaders

        TV series (optional)

        Scooby Doo, Where Are You!
        The Addams Family
        Courage The Cowardly Dog
        The Grim Adventures Of Billy & Mandy
        The Funky Phantom

      27. idleprimate October 5, 2013 at 10:14 pm

        I’ll second the 1978 animated special, witches night out. Its a glorious childhood memory.

        I’d add prince of darkness and in the mouth of madness to any carpenter fest–they get overshadowed. Christine too.

        Other additions to a great list: Carrie, Rosemarys Baby, Return of the Living Dead, Slither, and the People Under The Stairs.

      28. idleprimate October 5, 2013 at 10:22 pm

        Creepshow and TrickRTreat are great anthologies. But halloween isn’t really complete without some Amicus anthologies. Torture Garden and Vault of horror are good.

        My favorite is their final anthology, 1980’s Monster Club which includes Vincent Price and Robert Carradine in the framing elements, a lighthearted nightclub for monsters complete with new wave music numbers and a striptease (to the bone) and several great creepy tales that are downright poignant. I wish this movie recieved more love.

      29. idleprimate October 5, 2013 at 10:27 pm

        Now I’m going to be that guy and say that while Children of the Corn is great and scary, I believe the first horror movie to feature a group of children as the villains is nearly a quarter century earlier in the 1960 Village of the Damned.

        You could do a whole feature on scary movies involving children either as the villains/monsters or as the primary characters/targets.

        • Herner Klenthur October 5, 2013 at 10:34 pm

          we actually have and good call on Village of the damned :) Why is it not as scary to me? I saw children of tbe corn first when I was a kid in the 80’s and Village as an adult

      30. Patricia Coffin Ponterio October 6, 2013 at 12:07 am

        Chris Cybian Kneeland and more

      31. pizzainacup October 6, 2013 at 8:34 pm

        Here are a few more…


        Mad Monster Party?
        The American Scream (Documentary)
        Fun Size

      32. Derek Smith October 20, 2013 at 7:12 pm

        Demons & Demons 2,,Suspiria,The Beyond,Night of the Demons(the original)..Halloween 4:The return of Michael Myers,,House of 100 Corpses/The Devils Rejects,,Nightnare on Elm Street 3,,Freddy vs.Jason,,House aka Hausu(japanese horror/fantasy)!

      33. jeff October 25, 2013 at 3:28 am

        Jacobs ladder
        the crazies
        the entity
        peeping tom

      34. Baron von Funkenstaubenzaubersockenstopfen October 4, 2014 at 1:48 pm

        Trick r Treat? Splinter? What on earth….It’s obvious you have never experienced true horror. Apart from the obvious movies, you have picked some gems. Well, if it were opposite world. I know this is your personal list, but really? FOR SHAME!

      35. Christopher Thomas October 4, 2014 at 1:49 pm

        You used a photo from the Elm Street remake. : D

      36. Greg Baltzer October 4, 2014 at 4:23 pm

        How could you not mention Sleepy Hallow??? Or Night of the Demon’s ????? They’re both Halloween themed movies. It’s one of my favorite Halloween movies. One year my friends and I got a fog machine, put it in the living room and watched The Fog, and the Mist with the living room full of fog…that was fun.

        • Horror-Movies.ca
          Horror-Movies.ca October 4, 2014 at 5:36 pm

          Great call on Sleepy Hollow would make a good addition

        • Greg Baltzer
          Greg Baltzer October 4, 2014 at 5:45 pm

          Even Night of the Demons 1 & 2(3 sucked). The movie takes place at a Halloween party. Or course I’m talking about the original, the remake was terrible,

        • Becca May 17, 2016 at 4:16 pm

          I kind of want to do the fog machine idea now.

      37. Neil Hawkins October 4, 2014 at 9:37 pm

        Brilliant I love by bad horror film like the Halloween

      38. Becca May 17, 2016 at 4:13 pm

        Wow! I don’t know if I have any “must see” Halloween movies that you haven’t already mentioned. I try and do a “31 days of horror” every October and I try and mix it up with horror movies I haven’t watched in a long time, B- or C-grade horror movies I picked up in the Walmart bargain bin (many of which end up being awful), and the must sees. My must see list includes:

        The Thing (rapidly becoming one of my favorite horror movies of all time)
        Poltergeist (this is the [original] movie that got me started in horror)
        Trick R Treat
        One of the Friday the 13th movies (the original or one of the sequels)
        One of the Nightmare on Elm Street movies
        At least one Stephen King movie
        Ghost Ship (one of my favorite horror movies, primarily because of the opening scene and the montage later of “what really happened”)
        Sleepy Hollow (a guilty pleasure of mine)

        Now, I find that if I don’t insert some family friendly Halloween movies into the month of October, I turn into an absolute witch by Halloween (something about all the violence I’ve been subjecting myself to). So, my family friendly must sees:

        Hocus Pocus
        Halloweentown (a decent Disney Channel movie)
        Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (yes, I live in the US, so it is Sorcerer’s Stone)
        Addams Family

        Lastly, why do people insist on attacking others’ opinions? Everyone has their own likes and dislikes. There are some movies listed in the comments here that I can’t stand, but I’m not calling the individuals who wrote them stupid or idiotic. Grow up!