If you’re looking for scary horror movies for Halloween, there are several overlooked titles that should do the trick. Though there are the usual go-to Halloween movies—horror films like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and of course, Halloween—many genre fans look for movies that are not as familiar to celebrate the spooky holiday. Some of the horror flicks listed below are classics that you may have forgotten about, and others are more modern movies that deserve a viewing.
When people think of Halloween movies, they often think of the classics like The Mummy, Frankenstein, and The Wolfman. Funny enough, most films that are focused on those themes usually receive poor reviews. But Ginger Snaps puts a nice twist on the classic werewolf story, and the 2001 film received rave reviews from both critics and audiences alike.
Two sisters, Ginger and Brigitte, are outcasts in their town because of their morbid obsessions. After being bitten by a werewolf, Ginger begins to behave strangely at night. Brigette must decide if she wants to save herself, or join her sister in her otherworldly activities.
This teen-horror film is witty enough to entertain even older audiences. Ginger Snaps is funny, unique, smart, and, at times, scary—all the ingredients for a perfect Halloween flick. And for those that like to dig deeper into a story, the werewolf theme is a great metaphor for teenage angst and mortification. But allegory aside, this is simply a fun and creepy treat for the scary season.
You know it’s the ’80s when the plot is about young women who are being dismembered on a college campus by a deranged lunatic who is building a human jigsaw puzzle. And if young coeds getting slashed doesn’t give away that this is an ’80s horror flick, then the tagline will.
“You don’t have to go to Texas for a chainsaw massacre.”
Though the film certainly has it’s unnerving and scary moments, this grindhouse horror movie is more bizarre than anything. With over-the-top gore, a plot that barely makes sense, and scenes filled with futile nudity, Pieces is likely to disgust casual genre fans, but diehard horror buffs will love it! Even when the acting is bad, which is most of the time, you won’t be bored. If you’re a fan of ’80s slashers, grindhouse cinema, or just inexplicable horror movies, then this film will be a fun watch on Halloween.
Pieces is currently available on a new streaming service called VRV. They have a nice section filled with Halloween movies on their Shudder channel featuring titles like Day of the Dead, Hellraiser, and among many others, Evil Dead 2.
The Exorcist III
If silly horror isn’t your style, and you’re really looking for nail-biting suspense, then check out The Exorcist III. Based on the novel Legion by William Peter Blatty (author of The Exorcist), the novelist also wrote and directed this movie. No, this isn’t as unyielding as the original 1973 film, but it’s still scary as all get-out. This is the highest-rated sequel of the franchise, and it plays out more like a detective story than a possession narrative, well, until the climax.
The story is centered on the character of the first film, portrayed by Lee J. Cobb, Detective Kinderman. In this outing, George C. Scott plays the angry and sarcastic investigator who is examining a series of murders that all have the signs of the “Gemini” killer. The only problem, aside from the brutal murders that is, is that the “Gemini” serial killer was executed 15 years ago on the same night of the original exorcism.
If you want unnerving movies to watch on Halloween with chilling visuals, it will be hard to top this one. The Exorcist III is streaming on Crackle, VRV, and all major VOD platforms.
The Glass House
After a fatal car accident kills their parents, Ruby (Leelee Sobieski) and her little brother, Rhett (Trevor Morgan), are taken in by their parents’ good friends, Erin (Diane Lane) and Terry (Stellan Skarsgard). But the new guardians aren’t as friendly as they appear to be.
Don’t let the PG-13 rating fool you—this film is filled with edge-of-your-seat suspense. Though some may argue that this is not a horror movie, which may make this perfect for Halloween with casual fans of the genre, it has plenty of scares and thrills. The Glass House is currently available on VOD.
The Funhouse Massacre
Currently available on Showtime, this is perfect for the holiday season as it takes place on Halloween night. This feature received positive reviews by most critics, and IMDb provides the premise for one of the most fun and scary horror movies of 2015.
“Six of the world’s scariest psychopaths escape from a local Asylum and proceed to unleash terror on the unsuspecting crowd of a Halloween Funhouse, whose themed mazes are inspired by their various reigns of terrors.”
The Funhouse Massacre has as many laughs as it does gore and suspense. Audiences are sure to love this movie that is considered a hidden gem in the genre. While the film pokes fun at horror tropes from yesteryear, it still provides some genuinely creepy moments. And aside from an entertaining watch, there is another treat to look forward to in this Halloween movie—Robert Englund portrays the warden!
Halloween III: The Season of the Witch
The problem with Halloween 3 is that it’s part of the famed franchise that usually features everyone’s favorite serial killer, Michael Myers. Halloween changed horror movies forever, and though the sequel was panned by critics, fans loved it! So, when this third part came out, and it didn’t feature Michael Myers, everyone was disappointed; The Season of the Witch didn’t stand a chance. But nonetheless, this is a good horror film and one of the most underrated movies of 1982.
In this third installment, the psychopath is a scientist who creates a line of Halloween masks that kill the kids who wear them. What makes this film enjoyable, aside from an original premise, is that John Carpenter was one of the producers and you can feel his essence all through the movie; the film is littered with weird concepts and dark scenes, and even though it’s a blast to watch, it’s still scary.
Michael Myers is this reporter’s favorite horror baddie, and Halloween is one of my favorite movies, but this film doesn’t deserve the anger and loathing that it still gets over 30 years later. It’s a good movie and perfect for the season. You are only doing yourself a disservice if you refuse to watch it (like this reporter used to do). Halloween III is currently available on Starz Encore.
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From classic slashers to modern films with unique and fun premises, there are plenty of overlooked horror movies to enjoy this Halloween.
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