Top Horror/Halloween Movies to Watch in October
By Gaby Maldonado
As the leaves fall and the nights grow longer, spooky season is upon us! With Halloween right around the corner, it's the perfect time to watch some horror and Halloween movies. Whether you're a fan of classic scares, plot twists, or international intrigue, this list has a film for everyone.
Classic Horror: "Psycho" (1960)
"Psycho" is a suspense-horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The story revolves around
Marion Crane, a woman who steals money from her employer and checks into the secluded Bates Motel while on the run. There, she encounters the odd owner, Norman Bates, and his
overbearing mother. "Psycho" is known for its iconic shower scene and its use of suspense.
Plot Twist: “Us” (2019)
"Us" is a horror-thriller film written and directed by Jordan Peele. The plot centers around a
family on vacation to their beach house, but their relaxing holiday becomes a nightmare when they are confronted by a group of identical doppelgängers filled with evil intent. These duplicates, known as "The Tethered," launch a violent home invasion, igniting a battle for survival.
Stop Motion: "Coraline” (2009)
This stop-motion film directed by Henry Selick is based on Neil Gaiman's novel. The story
revolves around Coraline Jones, a curious girl who moves into a new home and discovers a
hidden passage to a parallel world. In this new place, she finds a perfect, alternate version of her life. However, she soon realizes that this world is more sinister than it appears.
Best Horror: “The Conjuring” (2013)
This supernatural horror film directed by James Wan is based on the real-life experiences of Ed and Lorraine Warren, the famous paranormal investigators. “The Conjuring” follows them as they take a terrifying case involving a family that moves into a farmhouse afflicted by evil spirits. The movie is known for its effective scares and eerie tension, making it a modern blockbuster in the horror genre.
Disney Halloween: “Halloweentown” (1998)
This Disney Channel original movie directed by Duwayne Dunham follows Marnie Piper, a
young girl who discovers that she comes from a family of witches and the magical realm of
Halloweentown. The film is a family-friendly adventure that combines Halloween themes and magic.
International: “Parasite” (2019)
"Parasite" is a South Korean thriller film directed by Bong Joon-Ho. The movie revolves around the Kim family, a family living in a basement apartment struggling to make ends meet. When the son, Ki-Woo, finds a job for a wealthy family, the Kims begin to infiltrate the lives of the wealthy Park family, posing as unrelated workers. The film explores themes of greed and social inequality.
With these six movies, your Halloween is sure to be filled with spirit and scares. So go grab some popcorn, turn off the lights, and dive into the horror world.