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Horror movies for Halloween

The 5 best movies to watch on Halloween

With Halloween coming up, drench yourself in spooky festivity through classic scary movies. From jump scares to mental trips, these thrillers are ensured to startle your Halloween party visitors. Since Halloween is so close, you need to get into the spooky season with these thrillers that will entertain you and bring Halloween to you. I’m going to rank 5 of the best Halloween movies ever made.

#1: The Shining (1980)

The surreal thriller “The Shining,” which Stanley Kubrick directed, is a chiller. In the movie, Jack Nicholson plays Jack Torrance, a writer and sober family man who spends the off-season at the “Overlook Hotel,” which is only open during the summer. His son Danny has a talent known as “the shining,” which endows him with the psychic ability to perceive the hotel’s dreadful past. The family spends the winter in the abandoned hotel, and viewers see the cost of being cut off from the outside world. People who enjoy suspense will enjoy this film. Jack fights to distinguish between truth and dream, and Kubrick’s brilliant photography masterfully conveys this struggle to viewers.

#2: Scream (1996)

The 1990s thriller “Scream,” which Wes Craven directed, is a masterpiece. The movie has all the fantastic elements of slasher movies needed to create a constantly terrifying movie-watching experience. The movie is about a fictitious town named Woodsboro, where a masked killer by the name of Ghostface goes on the loose and slaughters a ton of defenseless teenagers without any immediately apparent motives. “Scream” builds tension as the tale unfolds by keeping viewers guessing about the killer’s identity up until the final reveal, thanks to its illusive storytelling and general ambiguity. Both the traditional horror movie enthusiast and a more humorous audience can like this film. “Scream” revived interest in slasher movies from the middle of the 1990s. The Ghostface mask made famous by Wes Craven is still current and well-known. 

# 3: The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

The film “The Silence of the Lambs,” which was directed by Jonathan Demme, is an unsettling psychological journey. Starring as FBI agent Jodie Foster and Clarice Starling, a research assistant, are given the task of speaking with brilliant psychopath Hannibal Lecter about a case involving a current serial killer known as “Buffalo Bill.” Throughout the interviews they conduct, Hannibal teases Clarice with clues, turning the narrative on its head. The discerning and educated audience will enjoy “The Silence of the Lambs.”

Instead of relying just on blood and gore for a quick shock, Deeme succeeds throughout the film in emotionally torturing spectators with disturbing portrayals of torture.

# 4: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

The horror film “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” directed by Wes Craven, is a departure from the norm. Robert Englund’s performance as Freddy Krueger, who appears in the movie as a ghost, gives the slasher genre a supernatural twist. Jumpscare and slasher fans will both enjoy this movie. There is no telling what will occur next because the dread in the film is based on people’s nightmares. With unexpected scares, Craven is successful in frightening his audience.  The pacing of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” keeps viewers guessing while consistently delivering terrifying thrills that will certainly startle your Halloween party guests.

#5: Halloween (1978)

The film “Halloween,” directed by John Carpenter, is a scary movie about a slasher named Michael Myers. Tony Moran’s performance as Michael Myers was amazing, with him pulling in viewers thinking he was a full-blown slasher and killer in the movie.  This movie has a lot of jumpscares and gore with backstory to it. It makes you jump out of your seat and want to watch more. Carpenter did an amazing job on this movie with the theme being on Halloween as well. “Halloween” is a great movie if you’re looking for a jumpscare and gore. 


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Lex Lee, Echo Staffer
Hi! My name is Lex Lee. This is my second year on staff and I took the position of a photographer and writer for Echo! I love many things such as playing soccer and hanging out with friends. My favorite artist and song is Love Galore by Sza and Travis Scott.

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