Halloween is only 11 days away! That means if you’re like us, you only have 11 days left to watch all of the scary movies you said you’d watch starting October 1st.
As you can see from our list, we’re not huge fans of gore movies (not because we’re scared of blood & guts, but because it just seems fake and over-the-top for us). We prefer psychological thrillers that get us thinking & keep us scared for the next few days. To us, the scariest movies are not related to monsters, but to the monsters that people can be. Get ready to get spooked!
#1 Hocus Pocus (1993)
Rotten Tomatoes: 30% critics | 70% audience
This one is on here purely for nostalgia purposes, not because it’s actually a scary movie. I mean it was definitely creepy when we were little, but now it just makes us feel excited for the season whenever it’s on TV. Also fun fact: Leonardo DiCaprio auditioned for the role of the brother. Yes, I only know that because it’s been ALL over pop culture news today.
#2 The Shining (1980)
Rotten Tomatoes: 87% critics | 93% audience
This is by far our favorite scary movie of all time. There’s really nothing more to say. It’s so well done & Steven King definitely has a way of getting under your skin. The scariest part of the whole movie is that we’re sure this type of thing happens more often than we even know when people are cooped up and start slowly going nuts.
P.S. Click the photo above for a fun drinking game that we’re dying to try next time we watch.
#3 Scream (1996)
Rotten Tomatoes: 79% critics | 79% audience
Everyone always talks about this movie, but we had never seen it until last year! We both thought it was going to be a stupid “teen” movie with a scary guy in a mask, but it was actually so good. Luckily no one had spoiled the twist at the end for us, so hopefully it’s the same for you! Also, we totally forgot Drew Barrymore was even in this movie.
#4 Signs (2002)
Rotten Tomatoes: 74% critics | 67% audience
and/or The Sixth Sense (1999)
Rotten Tomatoes: 85% critics | 90% audience
Both of these M. Night Shayamalan movies are on our list because they were the first two times we were ever really scared during a movie.
#5 The Babadook (2004)
Rotten Tomatoes: 98% critics | 72% audience
We both watched this last weekend because it was seriously on EVERY scary movie list we found online & now it’s on ours. While it wasn’t scary in the way you think it would be, let’s just say we had to force ourselves to release our grip & drink the wine in our glasses. When you’re finished watching, definitely read up on the theory behind the ending.
Now it’s your turn to tell us which scary movies to watch next!