What Scary Movie Should I Watch This Halloween?

Seriously. You young kids don't get this, but it left me scared to death to accidentally leave the TV on when I fell asleep. photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment

Seriously. You young kids don’t get this, but it left me scared to death to accidentally leave the TV on when I fell asleep.
photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment

I LOVE Halloween, but I haven’t always been a fan of scary movies. Ok readers, I’m about to get real. Iwas a child during the rise of cable TV and when my family decided to get HBO, my little, curious brain soaked in everything it had to offer. Yes, I watched Mary Poppins until I had it memorized, but thanks to the near-constant airings of movies like The Shining and Poltergeist,

The Shining - Proving Jack Nicholson is more terrifying than ghost twins. photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment

The Shining – Proving Jack Nicholson is more terrifying than ghost twins.
photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment

I was glued to my TV even when my bedtime had long passed. Anyone born after 1990 might not understand how the image of a little girl sitting in front of a static-filled TV screen could cause nightmares, back in the day Poltergeist was one of the most terrifying movies one could watch. I eventually developed an intense fear of ghosts that made it impossible for me to sleep with the lights off until (go ahead and laugh…) I was well out of college. Yep! So as to not cause further trauma, I refused to watch any scary movies or TV shows until I moved back into the safe space of mom and dad’s house after graduating from Baylor. I started small with more supernatural-leaning shows like The X-Files and I soon discovered a love for all things vampire/alien/zombie/weird, but a random ghost story would still throw me back to my scared little 8-year-old self. It wasn’t until The Sixth Sense became THE movie to watch in 1999 that I attempted see if I could finally overcome my childhood fear. Once I knew I could actually fall asleep after watching a terrific ghost story, I decided that I needed to grow up once and for all and finally learn to enjoy some great scary filmmaking.

Since Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, it is the perfect opportunity for a scary movie marathon. So, then the question becomes, what movies are worth my time? The Shining and Poltergeist tend to show their age a bit, but they can still scare the pants off me. I feel like I’m constantly catching up on great horror movies since I refused to watch them for so much of my life, so I’m always on the lookout for great suggestions. Some of my favorite Halloween go-to’s include:

This year I have been told to check out:

So what are your thoughts? Which scary movies are you watching this Halloween? I would love to hear some great recommendations in the comments.

Download that film, grab a bottle of wine and some fresh popcorn and hunker down for a frightful night. Just don’t scream too loudly! You don’t want to give your Camden neighbors nightmares of their own!

Happy Halloween!

REDRUM! photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment

REDRUM!
photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment

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