Halloween Movie and TV Favorites: Reader Picks

by IMDb-Editors | created - 30 Oct 2013 | updated - 30 Oct 2013 | Public

After we shared our list of movies and TV shows that we watch on Halloween, many of you replied with titles that you find essential to make your Halloween spookily perfect. We compiled a list of some of those suggestions below - see titles fellow IMDb readers recommend watching this All Hallow's Eve. Happy Halloween!

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1. Halloween (1978)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

81 Metascore

Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran, Nancy Kyes

Votes: 216,191 | Gross: $47.00M

The most commonly recommended title of all was Halloween with readers AJ Gallagher, Tara Michaels, Jeff Wilder, Jaclyn Erhardt and many others naming it at essential movie to watch on its namesake day. For those of you with a little more free time on your hands today, Alexander Draganov advises you to watch the Halloween movies 1-7.

2. The Exorcist (1973)

R | 122 min | Horror

81 Metascore

When a 12 year-old girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb

Votes: 345,667 | Gross: $232.91M

The Exorcist was another title that many of you, including Fernando Schiavi Leite, Bill Smee, Pierre Chevrefils and Hugo Emanuel Melo, watch on Halloween.

3. Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

38 Metascore

Ernest accidentally unleashes an ugly troll that plots to transform children into wooden dolls in the town of Briarville, Missouri.

Director: John R. Cherry III | Stars: Jim Varney, Eartha Kitt, Austin Nagler, Shay Astar

Votes: 10,235 | Gross: $14.14M

Jeff Maynard's pick: "I always watch Ernest Scared Stupid. It still holds up after all these years."

4. Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Unrated | 127 min | Horror, Thriller

71 Metascore

Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, Gaylen Ross

Votes: 106,502 | Gross: $5.10M

Brian Reeves: "Dawn of the Dead (either one -- they're both good for different reasons)"

5. Candyman (1992)

R | 99 min | Horror, Thriller

61 Metascore

The Candyman, a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, is accidentally summoned to reality by a skeptic grad student researching the monster's myth.

Director: Bernard Rose | Stars: Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley, Tony Todd, Kasi Lemmons

Votes: 62,902 | Gross: $25.79M

1865 declares: "Candyman should be in the list."

6. Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995)

R | 95 min | Horror, Thriller

The Candyman arrives in New Orleans and sets his sights on a young woman whose family was ruined by the immortal killer years before.

Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Tony Todd, Kelly Rowan, William O'Leary, Bill Nunn

Votes: 9,569 | Gross: $13.94M

Bill Smee added: "Candyman 2 - one of the few sequels BETTER than the first."

7. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

PG | 76 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

82 Metascore

Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey

Votes: 278,779 | Gross: $75.08M

Uzong Films: "The Nightmare Before Christmas! Can curl up and watch it both on Xmas and Halloween."

Reaganross1 agrees, noting that the movie "always felt more Halloweenish than Christmas."

8. Orphan Black (2013–2017)

TV-MA | 44 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

A streetwise hustler is pulled into a compelling conspiracy after witnessing the suicide of a girl who looks just like her.

Stars: Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris, Kevin Hanchard

Votes: 95,817

Zindee recommended the whole first season of "Orphan Black."

9. An American Werewolf in London (1981)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror

60 Metascore

Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.

Director: John Landis | Stars: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Joe Belcher, Griffin Dunne

Votes: 86,191 | Gross: $30.57M

Adele Heather Taylor offered An American Werewolf in London as essential Halloween viewing.

10. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
Episode: Fear Itself (1999)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

On Halloween, Buffy and her friends find themselves trapped inside a haunted frat house complete with real bats, zombies, and a terrifying demon.

Director: Tucker Gates | Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Seth Green

Votes: 2,641

Ptoriadactyl says, "The Buffy Halloween episodes are some of the best on TV, so I'll go with those."

11. Event Horizon (1997)

R | 96 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

35 Metascore

A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned...with someone or something new on-board.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan, Joely Richardson

Votes: 149,094 | Gross: $26.67M

John Potter keeps it simple: "Two words, "Event" and "Horizon"."

12. The Cell (2000)

R | 107 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

40 Metascore

An F.B.I. Agent persuades a social worker, who is adept with a new experimental technology, to enter the mind of a comatose serial killer in order to learn where he has hidden his latest kidnap victim.

Director: Tarsem Singh | Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn, Vincent D'Onofrio, Colton James

Votes: 92,066 | Gross: $61.33M

Trish Barnes recommends: "For me personally I'd add The Cell (yes, the one with J-Lo and Vince Vaughn). That movie scares the pee out of me!"

13. Proxy (I) (2013)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

57 Metascore

The life of three parents who have all shared the loss of a child. Motives are not what they seem and sanity is in short supply in this thriller.

Director: Zack Parker | Stars: Joe Swanberg, Kristina Klebe, Alexa Havins, Alexia Rasmussen

Votes: 3,772

Linda Diane Brewer notes: "Saw Proxy at TIFF. Not spooky but terrifying."

14. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

66 Metascore

The next great psycho horror slasher has given a documentary crew exclusive access to his life as he plans his reign of terror over the sleepy town of Glen Echo.

Director: Scott Glosserman | Stars: Nathan Baesel, Angela Goethals, Zelda Rubinstein, Robert Englund

Votes: 20,493 | Gross: $0.07M

Chris Coffman offers: "Behind The Mask. (Perfect mash up of horror/mocumentary)."

15. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

50 Metascore

Kids all over America want Silver Shamrock masks for Halloween. Doctor Daniel Challis seeks to uncover a plot by Silver Shamrock owner Conal Cochran.

Director: Tommy Lee Wallace | Stars: Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, Dan O'Herlihy, Michael Currie

Votes: 40,597 | Gross: $14.40M

Mr Jackson: "A departure from the Michael Myers storyline and quite ghoulish."

16. Phantasm (1979)

R | 89 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

72 Metascore

A teenage boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps a lethal arsenal of terrible weapons with him.

Director: Don Coscarelli | Stars: A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Reggie Bannister, Kathy Lester

Votes: 29,844 | Gross: $11.99M

Nick Harper added Phantasm, Brandon Perrine agreed, noting the movie as "a solid choice".

17. Night of the Demons (1988)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

Ten teenagers party at an abandoned funeral parlor on Halloween night. When an evil force awakens, demonic spirits keep them from leaving and turn their gathering into a living Hell.

Director: Kevin Tenney | Stars: Cathy Podewell, Alvin Alexis, Hal Havins, Allison Barron

Votes: 12,446 | Gross: $3.11M

Geir Sundet says: "Try out Night of the Demons, a perfect Halloween-movie!!!"

18. 28 Weeks Later (2007)

R | 100 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

78 Metascore

Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again. But not everything goes according to plan.

Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo | Stars: Jeremy Renner, Rose Byrne, Robert Carlyle, Harold Perrineau

Votes: 248,176 | Gross: $28.64M

VonKaroliina's recommendation: "28 Weeks Later, it is a great zombie movie."

19. The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)

R | 98 min | Fantasy, Horror

64 Metascore

An anthropologist goes to Haiti after hearing rumors about a drug used by black magic practitioners to turn people into zombies.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Bill Pullman, Cathy Tyson, Zakes Mokae, Paul Winfield

Votes: 20,985 | Gross: $19.60M

Jackson J. Apure Rivera suggests: "Try The Serpent and the Rainbow, a must-watch Halloween flick!"

20. Dead Silence (2007)

R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

34 Metascore

A young widower returns to his hometown to search for answers to his wife's murder, which may be linked to the ghost of a murdered ventriloquist.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Ryan Kwanten, Amber Valletta, Donnie Wahlberg, Michael Fairman

Votes: 81,144 | Gross: $16.81M

Amanda Sofie Jensen singled out Dead Silence, including in the ominous quote:

"Beware of the stare of Mary Shaw, she has no children only dolls. And if you see her in your dreams... Remember not to scream!"

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