Scary Movie Night Ideas

26 Oct, 2016

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Hosting a scary movie night, but not sure what to watch? Get the popcorn ready and cue up your Netflix (or hit the library to rent some of these classics). We’ve compiled a comprehensive list that includes some of the best movies for your scary movie party based on what you’re in the mood for.

You have young children in the room

Our recommendation: “Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993). The tale of Jack, the “King of Halloween,” who decides to kidnap Santa and run Christmas for a change. It has some creepy characters (it’s a Tim Burton film, after all) but overall isn’t too scary for kids seven and up. This is a great choice if you are going after a spooky movie night rather than scary.

An alternate: “Coraline” (2009)

You don’t have small children in the room but get scared like one

Our recommendation: “Hocus Pocus” (1993). This is a staple for many every Halloween season. It’s a tale of three witches who come back from the dead after 300 years. There’s a talking cat, a teen love connection and the heartwarming bond between brother and sister. It’s not scary, but it does contain many hilarious, quotable lines that we’ll never forget.

An alternate: “Beetlejuice” (1988)

You are obsessed with haunted houses

Our recommendation: “House on Haunted Hill” (1959). A millionaire offers money to five seemingly random individuals if they agree to stay in a haunted house overnight with him and his wife. As the night wears on, ghosts and murder are on the agenda.

An alternate: “The Haunting” (1963)

You want to binge watch a bunch of sequels

Our recommendation: “Saw” (2004 – ?). How many “Saw” movies are we up to now? At least seven (“Saw 3D: The Final Chapter” came out in 2010) and there are rumors circulating the Internet about “Saw VIII.” It centers on killer John Kramer, known as the Jigsaw Killer, who traps his victims in situations where they must complete a test to survive.

An alternate: “Friday the 13th“ (1980 – 2009)

You prefer the classic 80’s slasher movies

Our recommendation: “Halloween II” (1981). After murdering his sister at age six, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital 15 years later and returns to his hometown to track down his other sister. He wears a creepy mask and blue jumpsuit.

An alternate: “Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984)

You think 90’s slasher films are the way to go

Our recommendation: “Scream” (1996). Teens in the small town of Woodsboro, California are picked off by a masked villain with a knife. Will Sidney discover who the killer is before he gets her? Will she also discover who killed her mother? You’ll just have to watch to find out.

An alternate: “I Know What You Did Last Summer” (1997)

You like movies that make fun of scary movies

Our recommendation: “Scary Movie 2” (2001). Four teens visit a haunted house for a school project. You’ll like this movie best if you’ve seen the movies it parodies – “The Exorcist,” “The Legend of Hell House,” “The Haunting,” etc.

An alternate: “Shaun of the Dead” (2004)

You are in a Stephen King kind of mood

Our recommendation: “The Shining” (1980). Here’s Johnny! A family moves to a remote hotel in Colorado to take care of the property over the winter. The father loses his grip on reality as he sees increasingly disturbing visions and the young son is cursed with psychic premonitions.

An alternate: “Carrie” (1976)

You are in an Alfred Hitchcock kind of mood

Our recommendation: “Psycho” (1960). A secretary on the run stops overnight at The Bates Motel where she meets Norman Bates, a creepy but polite man with an unusual relationship with his mother. Warning: the shower scene in this movie may keep you up at night.

An alternate: “The Birds” (1963)

You are in an M. Night Shyamalan kind of mood

Our recommendation: “The Sixth Sense” (1999). Who can forget the first time you watched this film and were totally shocked by the revelation at the end (or maybe you saw it coming)? A psychologist attempts to help a troubled boy who claims he sees dead people who “don’t know they’re dead.”

An alternate: None! Really, were any of his other movies good?

You want something newer and different

Our recommendation: “The Cabin in the Woods” (2012). Five friends set off for a weekend together in, you guessed it, a cabin in the woods. But this isn’t your typical scary movie. Find out who is orchestrating the entire scary weekend.

An alternate: “It Follows” (2014)

You want ghosts who haunt with purpose and scare the heck out of you

Our recommendation: “Poltergeist” (1982). If hearing the name “Carol Anne” sends a shiver down your spine, you’ve likely already seen this movie. What happens when you build an entire neighborhood over former burial grounds? Nothing good. A family is haunted by a non-friendly poltergeist that comes out of the TV. And the closet. And really anywhere in the house.

An alternate: “The Ring” (2002)

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