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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

Ringu (1998) d. Hideo Nakata

The Ring (2002) d. Gore Verbinski

Urban Legend (1998) d. Jamie Blanks

Idle Hands (1999) d. Rodman Flender

Sleepy Hollow (1999) d. Tim Burton

Donnie Darko (2001) d. Richard Kelly

The Others (2001) d. Alejandro Amenábar

28 Days (2002) d. Danny Boyle

Ju-On (2002) d. Takashi Shimizu

The Grudge (2004) d. Takashi Shimizu

The Grudge (2020) d. Nicolas Pesce

Haute Tension (2003) d. Alexandre Aja

Underworld (2003) d. Len Wiseman

Shaun of the Dead (2004) d. Edgar Wright

Cursed (2005) d. Wes Craven

The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005) d. Scott Derrickson

1408 (2007) d. Mikael Håfström

Invasion (2007) d. Oliver Hirschbiegel

Mirrors (2008) d. Alexandre Aja

Antichrist (2009) d. Lars von Trier

Insidious (2010) d. James Wan

The Cabin in the Woods (2011) d. Drew Goddard

The Conjuring (2013) d. James Wan

The Babadook (2013) d. Jennifer Kent

Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) d. Jim Jarmusch

World War Z (2013) d. Marc Forster

Annabelle (2014) d. John R. Leonetti

What We Do in the Shadows (2014) d. Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement

Victor Frankenstein (2015) d. Paul McGuigan

The Witch (2015) d. Robert Eggers

Get Out (2017) Jordan Peele

It (2017) d. Andrés Muschietti

Hereditary (2018) d. Ari Aster

The Quiet Place (2018) d. John Krasinski

The Dead Don't Die (2019) d. Jim Jarmusch

Midsommar (2019) d. Ari Aster

Us (2019) d. Jordan Peele

Freaky (2020) d. Christopher Landon

Relic (2020) d. Natalie Erika James

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