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Spookylicious Films to Watch in October

Updated: Oct 18, 2021

One hundred choices spanning over a hundred years of horror films (1920 to 2021)

What do you think of when you think of films for Halloween? There are so many subgenres to tackle during the Halloween season. Some examples of the subgenres of horror films include psychological horror, slasher, gore, body horror, found footage, monster horror, paranormal horror, and comedy horror.


This time of the year, I like to choose films to get me into the spirit of the holiday. There are so many diverse types of films that will set the mood. There is no better way to prepare for the spooky season! There are only 15 days left in October so you better get busy! On a side note, I did not include any sequels in this list and remakes follow originals.


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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) d. Robert Wiene


Häxan, or Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922) Benjamin Christensen


Nosferatu (1922) F.W. Murnau


Frankenstein (1931) d. James Whale


Vampyr (1932) d. Carl Theodore Dreyer


The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) d. James Whale


The Wolf Man (1941) d. George Waggner


Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) d. Don Siegel

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) d. Philip Kaufman


Bell, Book & Candle (1958) d. Richard Quine


House on Haunted Hill (1959) d. William Castle

House on Haunted Hill (1999) d. William Malone


Psycho (1960) d. Alfred Hitchcock

Psycho (1998) d. Gus Van Sant


The Innocents (1961) d. Jack Clayton


The Birds (1963) d. Alfred Hitchcock


The Haunting (1963) d. Robert Wise

The Haunting (1999) d. Jan de Bont


It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) d. Bill Melendez


Night of the Living Dead (1968) d. George Romero


Rosemary's Baby (1968) d. Roman Polanski


The Exorcist (1972) d. William Friedkin


The Amityville Horror (1973) d. Stuart Rosenberg or (2005) d. Andrew Douglas


The Amityville Horror (2005) d. Andrew Douglas


The Legend of Hell House (1973) d. John Hough


The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) d. Tobe Hooper


Young Frankenstein (1974) d. Mel Brooks


The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) d. Jim Sharman


Carrie (1976) d. Brian De Palma


Carrie (2013) d. Kimberly Peirce


The Omen (1976) d. Richard Donner


The Omen (2006) d. John Moore


Suspiria (1977) d. Dario Argento


Suspiria (2018) d. Luca Guadagnino


Dawn of the Dead (1978) d. George Romero


Halloween (1978) d. John Carpenter


Friday the 13th (1980) d. Sean S. Cunningham


The Shining (1980) d. Stanley Kubrick


An American Werewolf in London (1981) d. John Landis


The Evil Dead (1981) d. Sam Raimi


The Howling (1981) d. Joe Dante


Creepshow (1982) George Romero


Poltergeist (1982) d. Tobe Hooper


Christine (1983) d. John Carpenter


Children of the Corn (1984) d. Fritz Kiersch


Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) d. Wes Craven


The Bride (1985) d. Franc Roddam


Day of the Dead (1985) d. George Romero


Fright Night (1985) d. Tom Holland


Fright Night (2011) d. Craig Gillespie


The Lost Boys (1987) d. Joel Schumacher


Beetlejuice (1988) d. Tim Burton


Pet Sematary (1989) d. Mary Lambert


Pet Sematary (2019) d. Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer


Edward Scissorhands (1990) d. Tim Burton


Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) d. Francis Ford Coppola


Death Becomes Her (1992) d. Robert Zemeckis


Interview with a Vampire (1994) d. Neil Jordan


Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994) d. Kenneth Branagh


Wolf (1994) d. Mike Nichols


The Craft (1996) d. Andrew Fleming


From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) d. Robert Rodriguez


Scream (1996) d. Wes Craven


Faculty (1998) d. Robert Rodriguez


Practical Magic (1998) d. Griffin Dunne