Halloween is an exciting time of the year when it comes to horror movie consumption. It’s a great time to get together with friends and family and indulge in some of the scariest films out there. To save you the trouble of searching for the right movie, here’s a comprehensive list of the scariest horror movies of all time, perfect for a Halloween night.

The Exorcist (1973)

This film is arguably the most powerful and terrifying horror movie to ever exist. No other film elicits as harrowing an experience as The Exorcist. Directed by William Friedkin, its story follows the possession of a 12-year-old girl named Regan MacNeil, who must be exorcised of a demonic entity living inside her. The film’s visuals, sound design and horrific themes have made it one of the most acclaimed films of all time, not just in the horror genre, and a Halloween viewing staple.

The Shining (1980)

Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel is one of the most critically acclaimed horror movies of all time. In this psychological thriller, Jack Torrance (played by Jack Nicholson) takes his wife and son to stay in an isolated hotel while he works as the winter caretaker. The hotel’s ghosts and the psychological deterioration of Torrance make for an exceptionally frightening experience.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

The original installment of the “A Nightmare on Elm Street” franchise takes us on a blood-curdling journey of teenager Nancy Thompson attempting to fend off the villainous Freddy Krueger from her dreams. At the same time, Nancy is trying to rescue her friends who were murdered in their nightmares. The film challenges our notions about the safety of sleep.

Halloween (1978)

Another classic by horror mastermind John Carpenter, “Halloween” is considered to be one of the most significant slashers in the history of horror films. It follows the story of six California teenagers who are terrorised by Michael Myers, a supernatural serial killer who can almost never be stopped. His presence is sure to make you jump, and his accomplishments in the industry have made him one of the scariest slasher monsters of all time.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

This story follows five Texas teenagers, who accidentally stumble upon a family of cannibals and are subjected to torture and mayhem that doesn’t quit until the final frame. What makes this horror classic even more chilling is that it’s based on a true story. It was one of the first to popularize a new kind of terror and it’s still incredibly effective to this day.

It (2017)

This award-winning horror movie adaptation of Stephen King’s novel is set in the fictional town of Derry, Maine. It follows the story of a group of kids who must confront an ancient, shape-shifting evil known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown. The film is full of jump scares, and the performance of Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise is sure to haunt your dreams afterwards.

The Ring (2002)

This remake of the Japanese horror classic “Ringu”, directed by Gore Verbinski, gained popularity and critical acclaim upon its release. It follows the story of a journalist named Rachel who is investigating a supernatural curse through a cursed videotape. The horrific visuals, the clever mix of atmosphere and jump scares, and the eerie atmosphere will leave you feeling traumatised long after the movie ends.

The Descent (2005)

The Descent is a classic British horror movie directed by Neil Marshall. It follows a group of female adventurers who are exploring an uncharted cave network and are faced with even darker creatures living in its depths. The tension is so high throughout the movie that viewers find it hard to breathe at times.

Saw (2004)

This James Wan film is a modern classic in the horror genre. It follows a serial killer named Jigsaw (also known as “the Jigsaw Killer”) luring unsuspecting victims into deadly traps. The clever plot twists and mind bending puzzles will keep you guessing the whole way through. The psychological aspects of the film, coupled with the intense and bloody visuals, makes this a must-watch during Halloween.

Adventurous Horror Movies To Watch During Halloween

In addition to the classic horror films above, there are also some horror films that offer viewers a more adventurous viewing experience. Here are some of the best adventurous horror movies to watch during Halloween:

Cabin in the Woods (2012)

This horror comedy is a classic in the genre, written by Joss Whedon and directed by Drew Goddard. A group of college students visit a remote cabin in the woods when supernatural forces take control of the situation, resulting in an action-packed horror experience.

Creep (2014)

Directed by Patrick Brice and starring Mark Duplass and Patrick Brice, this horror movie follows a videographer who responds to a Craigslist ad for a short video making job, which turns out to be far more sinister than it appeared.

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010)

Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil is a horror comedy film directed by Eli Craig. It follows the story of two friends who, while camping in the woods, stumble across a group of college kids who believe them to be murderous hillbillies. It is jam-packed with hilarious misunderstandings, bone crunching violence and heartfelt emotions.

You’re Next (2013)

This horror film written and directed by Adam Wingard is a classic slasher-horror experience. A family is attacked by a group of mysterious assailants while they are vacationing in their remote vacation home. It’s an entertaining and suspeneful ride to the end.

The Babadook (2014)

This psychological thriller, directed by Jennifer Kent and starring Essie Davis, is a must watch. It follows the story of a single mother and her young son who are disturbed by a mysterious and sinister presence in their home. It is a thrilling and visually-arresting journey that is sure to leave you feeling disturbed.

Whether you’re a fan of classic horror films or adventurous horror films, these are the some of the scariest horror movies of all time to watch during Halloween. From classic slasher films to psychological thrillers, these movies are sure to provide you with a horrifying and entertaining experience. So grab some popcorn, turn off the lights and get ready to enjoy a night of pure terror!