Halloween Movie and TV Favorites: Reader Picksby 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
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.
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
When a 12 year-old girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her.
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
Ernest accidentally unleashes an ugly troll that plots to transform children into wooden dolls in the town of Briarville, Missouri.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.
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.
Zindee recommended the whole first season of "Orphan Black."
9. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror
Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.
Votes: 86,191 | Gross: $30.57M
Adele Heather Taylor offered An American Werewolf in London as essential Halloween viewing.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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.
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
A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned...with someone or something new on-board.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
Kids all over America want Silver Shamrock masks for Halloween. Doctor Daniel Challis seeks to uncover a plot by Silver Shamrock owner Conal Cochran.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
An anthropologist goes to Haiti after hearing rumors about a drug used by black magic practitioners to turn people into zombies.
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
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.
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!"