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We Challenge You To Keep Your Eyes Open All Throughout This Halloween Cult Classic Watchlist

If you're anything like us, you're going to need an XL-sized bowl of chips, a thick blanket, and a hand to hold to help get you through these Halloween-perfect movies! 

 

Saw (2004)

The movie that started the million-dollar franchise (and introduced Billy the Puppet to the world) is uncomplicated but compelling. An ailing villain who goes by the alias "Jigsaw" has one and one gruesome mission only: hunt down individuals who have lived ungrateful lives, capture them, then subject them to a series of life-threatening tests to teach them the value of living fully and fairly—whether they survive the tests or not is the stuff of (horror) movie magic. 

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The Shining (1980)

Jack Nicholson's career-defining role as the reserved father and husband-turned-psychotic killer pretty much distills the spirit of Halloween: he (and this masterpiece of a film) is unsettling, convincingly manic, and like any great movie baddie, delivers some of the best quotable quotes of the genre. A ton of scenes from The Shining are so legendary that pop culture has made countless references to them: the bloody elevators, the twins, "redrum", and of course, "Here's Johnny!"

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Feng Shui (2004)

Horror movies become extra scary when they tackle concepts or traditions close to him. Take this Filipino-made favorite starring Kris Aquino that scary-fies the Chinese practice of feng shui. Beginning with Kris' character receiving a cursed bagua mirror, the movie quickens its pace when unexplained murders begin to take place. How its protagonist will solve and stop them before she becomes the next victim is something better watched than read about!

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The VVitch (2015)

As one of A24's first movies ever, The VVitch proved to be a shining example of horror that banks on suspense and the power of imagination rather than jumpscares and in-your-face effects moviegoers have come to expect from scary movies. Atmospheric and moody, this gem of a horror flick is a slow burn, but one that's oh-so-worth it. You'll never see farm animals the same way again. 

Watch it on Netflix

 

 

Paranormal Activity (2007)

Resurrecting the found footage/quasi-documentary trend of horror movies popularized by The Blair Witch more than a decade ago, Paranormal Activity made the most out of a low-budget production and scared the wits out of everyone who dared watch it. Rather than invest on plot and complex characters, the movie's success was founded on its abiltiy to make something out of nothing; shadows on the wall, creaky floorboards, opening bedroom doors, and other mundane occurrences were turned into terrifying evidences of a malevolent haunting.

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Coraline (2009)

Neil Gaiman's young adult novel was transformed into a captivating animated feature that appeals to both children and grown-ups. Focusing on the story of little girl Coraline and her quest to find her real mom and escape a deranged reality where otherworldly beings are posing as her family, this movie is surprisingly thrilling. Don't let the fact that it's a cartoon fool you; it certainly has its own gripping moments that'll encourage you to munch on popcorn. 

Watch it on Netflix

 

 

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

Slasher fans will have their own favorite version of this movie that's been remade several times. The reason for its many iterations? It's (supposedly) based on a true story, or at least, an amalgamation of several true accounts of brutal murders that were carried out on chainsaw massacre-like fashion. Not for the fainthearted, this movie is all about gore, physical torment, and pretty realistic prosthetics and injuries. It's best to have dinner before, and not during, this film!

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It Follows (2014)

Right off the bat, this movie isn't for everyone, mainly because of its unconventional take on what a "horror" movie is. There are no ghosts, serial killers, possessions, or witches here, but boy are there vicious, uncanny deaths. Up to this day, there are debates on what the movie symbolizes and the true message it's trying to send. Not to reveal too much, It Follows gets you thinking about what you're willing to do and who you're willing to sacrifice to save yourself. How far would you go? 

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The Conjuring (2014)

As another film based on true events and real people, The Conjuring frightened viewers with its portrayal of the age-old battle of good versus evil, of light conquering dark—and the many events that take place in between. The havoc that demons and the devil himself bring into this world are put at front and center, but also worth mentioning is the film's non-cheesy use of timing and sound. Classic horror movie tricks are put to great use here. 

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The Amityville Horror (2005)

You won't see Ryan Reynolds doing (and succeeding in) a lot of horror movies, which makes this film a must-watch. Here, he plays the father who eventually murders his entire family after seemingly being taken over by unseen forces that reside in the home in the woods that they move into. Consumed by unexplained spirits, demons, and other aggressive beings that transform him into a soul-less killing machine, he feels no regrets about taking the lives of those he loves most. Watch the original film made in 1975 for extra bone chilling fun. 

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Scream (1996)

Cult classic Scream represents its era of horror movies perfectly; it involves teenagers, juvenile fun, scary phone calls (made on landlines, not smart phones), and a serial killer whose mask is now a mainstay Halloween prop. Watch it for the scares, campiness, and the sake of seeing some of today's biggest stars when they were young and on the cusp of international stardom; it's definitely still a scary movie, but one that's a nostalgic trip down memory lane, too!

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