13 Horror Movies to Watch This Spooky Season

From the classics to newer releases, here is every movie to hold you over this spooky season.

The Classics…

The Shining”:

Rated: R
Released: May 23, 1980

A struggling writer, Jack Torrence, decides that it would be a fantastic idea to become the winter caretaker of a hotel in the middle of nowhere to cure his writer’s block. He drags his wife, Wendy, and his son, Danny, along with him and as their time in the hotel passes it becomes clear that their supposedly relaxing getaway is quickly becoming everything but.

Scare Level: 2/5 Cheesy 80s Horror Movie: 5/5

The Conjuring”:

Rated: R
Released: July 19, 2013

Paranormal investigators and demonologists, Lorraine and Ed Warren decided that it’s a great idea to investigate the home of the Perrons and their five daughters, who have been haunted by a supernatural being. They quickly find out that this supernatural being is not here to just play a nice game of Scrabble, and what started as your average haunting escalates into straight up horrifying.

Scare Factor: 5/5
Will Keep You Awake at Night: 4/5


Rated: R
Released: October 27, 1978

Psycho in training, 6-year-old Michal Meyers, kills his sister on Halloween night and is quickly locked up, safely away from any potential victims. Then, years later on October 30th he escapes the mental hospital and heads back home to Haddonfield, Illinois for the world’s worst homecoming party ever thrown complete with a couple reckless teenagers and a whole lot fo stupid decisions.

Scare Level: 3/5 (Mostly for a jumpscare or two) “No! Why would you go look for the creepy noise? Just run!”: 5/5

Paranormal Activity”:

Rated: R
Released: October 16, 2009

Happy couple, Katie and Micha, move into a nice suburban home and come to find out that it’s super haunted. Hoping to capture evidence of the supernatural being, they set up some security cameras around the house and, completely unprepared for the events that follow, they discover that they really shouldn’t have bought the house in the first place.

Scare Factor: 3/5
Convincing Argument as to Why You Should Never Buy a House: 5/5

Silence of the Lambs”:

Rated: R
Released: February 14, 1991

FBI uses an attractive female agent in training, Clarice Starling, to convince ex-psychiatrist, violent psychopath, definitely a cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lector to provide insight on the newest murderer on the block, a madman who skins his victims. Creepy cannibal and crime-solving shenanigans ensue.

Scare factor: 2/5
Creep Factor: 4/5 (Cannibals and madmen, they’re as creepy as they sound)

The Exorcist”:

Rated: R
Released: December 26, 1973

When a young girl, Regan, starts hovering in the air and speaking in tongues, her mother seeks medical attention for her clearly possessed daughter. The local priest is pretty sure she’s been seized by the devil so he calls in an expert exorcist and they head on over to pull the devil out of a 12-year-old girl. Yet another reason to never have kids.

Scare Factor: 3/5
Keeping You Away From Children Under the Age of 13: 4/5

And Some New Ones as Well…

The Invisible Man”:

Rated: R
Released: February 28 2020

Celia escapes from her abusive ex and just when she’s sure she’s safe, word spreads that he’s taken his life and left her his fortune. Believing none of this, she’s determined to prove that he’s still alive and coming after her. When strange events turn sinister, Celia discovers that she’s being hunted by something no one can see and she’ll do anything to put an end to it. Except flour. She never uses flour.

Scare Factor: 2/5
Will Never Date Again: 3/5


Rated: R
Released: June 8. 2018

After the passing of their grandmother, the remaining members of the Graham family are left to cope with it in their own ways. Time passes, everyone obviously isn’t coping well and that’s when things slowly start to fall apart. The grieving and totally normal family begin to experience strange and disturbing events. People start seeing things, birds are mutilated, peanuts and weed kill someone and it only gets wilder from there.

Scare Factor: 3/5
“Why? What the- What is even going on?”: 5/5

Blair Witch”:

Rated: R
Released: September 16, 2016

After finding a tape that shows what may be the last moments of his sister before she went missing, James gathers up his group of friends and like the Scooby Gang gone wrong, they all head into the haunted woods to figure out what happened to his sister 20 years ago. They bring a whole ton of camera equipment, meet up with an interesting pair of paranormal believers and head into the forest. As expected when you go camping in the woods supposedly inhabited by a witch with a thing for brutally killing people, everything goes off the rails and filming a documentary is suddenly more terrifying than it was ever supposed to be.

Scare Factor: 4/5
Time to Burn all of Your Camping Equipment!: 4/5

Lights Out”:

Rated: PG-13
Released: July 22, 2016

Rebecca thought she was done with her family when she left home. That is until she finds out that her brother hasn’t been sleeping and his experience sounds eerily similar to what happened to her as a child. Suddenly, whatever thing used to terrify her when the lights went out is very, very real and somehow connected to her mother. Whatever it is, it’s back with a vengeance, sinking its claws into the family, and this time it won’t let go without a fight.

Scare Factor: 4/5
Sleep With The LIghts on for the Next Week and a Half: 5/5


Rated: R
Released: September 8, 2017

Seven young outcasts. One ancient, shape-shifting, sewer living, super freaky clown creature called Pennywise, a name that screams murder clown. The perfect mixing pot for a terrible, horrible summer and a whole lot of long-lasting trauma.

Scare Factor: 4/5
Hate More Clowns Even More Than You Already Do: 5/5

Train to Busan”:

Rated: TV-MA
Released: July 20, 2016

A father and his daughter board a train headed for Busan, intending for it to be a perfectly normal trip. Apocalypses come at the most inconvenient times though and their trip is derailed by a zombie outbreak. Shooting across South Korea in the world’s deadliest train they, along with the other unfortunate passengers, must pull it together long enough to survive both the zombies that want to eat them and the other people that will do anything to get out of this alive.

Scare Factor: 2/5
I’d never Survive an Apocalypse: 4/5


Rated: R
Released: March 22, 2019

Hoping for a relaxing getaway that they’re not actually going to get, Adelaide Wilson and her family head back to the beachfront home she visited as a child. Haunted by past trauma, Adelaide is worried that something bad is going to happen, and would you look at that, it does. Four masked strangers terrorize the family with some weapons and a really creepy aesthetic, forcing the unfortunate family to fight for their lives. When the masks come off the family sees everyone’s worst nightmare underneath… themselves.

Scare Factor: 4/5
Say No to Cloning: 5/5