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Horror movies to spook you this October


     One of the best things to do on Halloween is to sit down in a dark room watching a scary movie. However, with the endless pages of horror movies on the streaming service of your choice, it can be hard to decide which ones to watch. Lucky for you, I did the hard part already. In no particular order, here are some of my favorite movies to watch on Halloween.

     One go-to horror movie for Halloween is Halloween (1978). It might sound cliché, “watch the movie about the holiday on the holiday,” but it genuinely fits the spooky season so well. Not only is it set on Halloween day, it is a horror classic. While not the most scary thing you’ll ever watch, it has some decent scenes sure to keep you up at night. The scenes of Michael Myers looming in the distance are ones that hold up even to this day. In my opinion, this is a must-watch movie. However, if blood and graphic violence is something you are

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uncomfortable with you might want to try something else.

     Another fantastic movie for Halloween is The Nightmare Before Christmas. I know that it is technically a children’s movie but to me it's acceptable for all ages. This movie is a lighthearted story of a skeleton man who kidnaps Santa Clause and impersonates him. It was made with some impressive claymation. It also has an amazing soundtrack that will be stuck in your head for days. 

     This one is one of my personal favorite horror movies. It’s called The Blair Witch Project. It doesn’t relate to Halloween at all, but it is freaky. The movie is filmed in found-footage style which means it looks like it was all recorded on an old handheld camera. The Blair Witch Project is about a group of young adults who go into the woods in search of an urban legend called the Blair Witch. The movie was initially framed as actual footage found at the site of the recording which caused people to believe that everything happening in the movie was real. Needless to say, people freaked out. It is a slow burn but the ending will leave you permanently scared of forests. 

     I’m going to be honest: the next two, just like the last one, don’t have anything to do with Halloween. They’re just really good horror movies.

     If you have not seen the original version of The Exorcist (1973), I highly recommend it. I try my best not to talk too much about horror movie classics, but this is genuinely one of the best ever made. Even though it is an older movie, its special effects look fantastic, being one of the first movies to use special effects that looked graphic and grotesque. It influenced all horror movies to come and that’s easy to see when you watch it. It has good scares and a great story. A little girl gets possessed by a demon and the whole movie is her family and some priests trying to exorcise it from her. I know on paper that didn’t sound too exciting but trust me, it's great. However, it is graphic in imagery, language and content so if you are sensitive to that I would avoid this one.

     The last movie I recommend is The Sixth Sense. This M. Night Shyamalan movie is most widely known today for it’s famous line, “I see dead people,” whispered extremely creepily by a young Haley Joel Osment. This movie has some jump scares but the real appeal is the confusion factor and the twist ending. The whole time it will have you trying to figure out what is going on while simultaneously making you feel uneasy. After you watch the movie, I recommend you look up the clues to the ending and then rewatch it. You’ll be amazed at all the detail put into each scene. 

     With these new recommendations, I leave you to make the final decision on your own. Good luck! Pop some popcorn, sit down on your couch, turn off all the lights and enjoy.

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