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13 Best Scary Movies For The Ultimate Halloween Night 2023

by Note with Love Team - Oct 12, 2023
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Halloween is the scariest time of the year. And there is no better time to watch and rewatch some of the best scary movies to enjoy the Halloween spirit. So brace yourself to be terrified out of your wits with these 13 incredible movies.

1. Psycho (1960)

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Actors: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles

Available on: Peacock TV, Prime Video, Apple TV, Google Play Movies, Netflix

Description: Psychological cases are just as terrifying as old-school horror movies. All terrible psychopaths live in mundane hiding in our society. A person’s appearance does not reveal whether they are normal or abnormal. If you love psychological thrillers, then you must watch this movie.

Psycho is about a serial killer and it is remembered for its contribution to the horror genre.

These movies are so good that you will want to just send Halloween wishes to everyone and cozy up yourself at home and have a scary movie marathon.

2. Hereditary (2018)

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Actors: Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne

Available on: Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video

Description: It’s a near-perfect horror film for a scary Halloween. It’s filled with terrifying, shocking, and disturbing scenes that are intertwined with each other.

Hereditary is a story of a four-member family. The movie starts with the mother’s funeral. Later in the film, the family faces various horrific situations. It’s a tense, gut-wrenching, and psychologically disturbing horror film that should be in your Halloween movies watchlist. 

3. IT (2017)

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Actors: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Martell, Finn Wolfhard

Available on: Netflix, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video

Description: This is an excellent adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name.

The movie shows a group of bullied kids and their attempt to solve the mystery behind the disappearances of other kids in their neighborhood. Eventually, they become the target of a scary clown named Pennywise. Surprisingly, the actions of the clown will scare and amuse you at the same time.

4. Get Out (2017)

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Actors: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford

Available on: Amazon Prime Video, Peacock TV

Description: This Oscar-winning psychological horror film touches on a sensitive topic, the horrors of racism that persist in many parts of the world. The story starts when Rose takes her partner Chris, a young African-American man, to their farmhouse, where a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth he could never have imagined.

It’s a thought-provoking film that will make you question your own prejudices and where you stand, if you stand at all, in this racially charged world.

5. The Witch (2015)

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Actors: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie

Available on: Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix

Description: The Witch, unlike most Halloween movies, is unique and experimental.

The movie is based on a 16th-century New England folk tale about magic, witchcraft, and religious superstitions. The family falls apart because of their own sin, making them easy prey for unimaginable evil. It’s a must-see Halloween movie. Especially for fans of Gothic Horror.

6. His House (2020)

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Actors: Sope Dirisu, Wunmi Mosaku, Malaika Wakoli-Abigaba

Available on: Netflix

Description: A Sudanese couple takes refuge in a London home after fleeing their country. They notice something unusual in the house and the story builds from there. It will keep you on the edge with its jump scares and gripping storyline.

What is unique about this film is - it conveys a social message; which is quite uncommon for horror movies. Along with this movie, you can watch some other great movies on Netflix, perfect for a horror movie run.

7. The Final Destination (2000)

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Actors: Devon Sawa, Ali Larter, Kerr Smith

Available on: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV

Description: Final Destination pioneered a new direction in horror filmmaking. One of its distinguishing features is the absence of a ghost or serial killer as the antagonist, as seen in other horror films. Its antagonist is “death” itself. So far, five parts have been released in this series. Death scenes in films depict how “death” manipulates various elements of the environment to track down its victims.

Even though this is not your typical horror movie, it is terrifying enough to leave you traumatized. I know I am every time I re-watch!

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8. Insidious (2010)

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Actors: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins

Available on: Disney Plus Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix

Description: It’s one of those scary movies that gets scarier with every watch. The plot of the film revolves around the Lamberts family discovering their son in a comatose state, which doctors find inexplicable.

Various noises, blood-stained handprints, and movement of the deceased in the house and the entire mundane plot are very interesting and enough to creep the hell out of you to ensure a scary Halloween night.

9. Rosemary’s baby (1968)

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Actors: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon

Available on: Hulu, Paramount Plus, Amazon Prime Video

Description: It’s a psychological thriller with no jump scares or horrifying scenes. Rosemary’s Baby is all about the eerie atmosphere, tension, and mystery surrounding a young couple trying to have a baby who moves into an apartment building where they are surrounded by peculiar neighbors.

This is a true horror classic, and many subsequent films have been inspired by it.

10. Midsommar (2019)

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Actors: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Vilhelm Blomgren

Available on: Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix

Description: Midsommar is a ‘break-up’ movie with a pagan horror twist. Danny and Christian’s trip to a Swedish midsummer festival would turn into their worst nightmare. The story intensifies with the primitive and barbaric rituals of a cult. 

Midsommar, in contrast to traditional scary movies, takes place entirely in daylight and lacks any supernatural elements or creepy touches from the shadows. It draws a fine line between psychological trips and mythology.

11. Friday the 13th (2009)

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Actors: Jared Padalecki, Amanda Righetti, Derek Mears

Available on: Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix

Description: Friday the 13th is a 2009 reboot of the Friday the 13th franchise that originally began in 1980.

Jason is such an iconic character that there’s rarely any horror fan that doesn’t know him. It has got everything a horror fan would want to watch at a Halloween party. Excellent for both die-hard fans and newcomers for a great Halloween night!

12. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

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Actors: Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund

Available on: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max

Description: A Nightmare on Elm Street tells the story of a teen who discovers the dark truth about her parents. The spirit of a serial killer with a bladed glove, Freddy Kruger, attacks the teen and her friends in their dreams, where if they die, they also die in the real world.

This is a damn impressive movie with pretty cool special effects, disturbing sound effects, and befitting creepy music. Watch this movie and you will be afraid to fall asleep!

13. Sinister (2012)

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Actors: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, James Ransone

Available on: Netflix, Prime Video

Description: This is one of the best Halloween movies. You cannot avoid feeling scared while watching this film, no matter how hard you try.

Horror films rarely have a lot of twists, but the twist at the end of this movie was very unexpected, and the plot is very interesting. According to one study, the sinister nature of the film caused the heart rate to rise more than that in other such films, making it the scariest film in the world.

If you don’t feel like going to a Halloween party, you can always stay at home and watch some good Halloween movies. And if you want to host a Halloween theater night with your friends, light a campfire in the backyard and select a few from this list. Now you are all set! Happy Halloween!

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