Top 10 October films

My favorite month is here and with that comes spooky movies all month long! I usually watch these all year long anyway, but this is the one month to get away with it and not be called weird.

This took me a while to think about, especially the underrated gems you might not know without sounding like a total regurgitated list of the obvious that already exists. Facts are facts though and the obvious ones you’ve probably seen in other lists are there for a reason, that is they cannot be beat in the horror genre.

1. HALLOWEEN (1978)
To me this is the greatest horror movie of all time. Though some have come close, nothing will top it. I remember seeing this as a kid and just the theme music was already creeping me out. A killer who has no dialogue. He’s just there and doesn’t stop. I love the surban town feel it gives off throughout the movie alone with superb acting (which is rare these days). Every camera shot is perfect. Very little to no gore or profane language this relies all on suspense. I love being able to see the killer in the shadows while the victims are totally unaware. Watch this movie ASAP!

2. The Shining (1980)
This might be tied with Halloween for the best horror film ever, if not the best film ever. The only thing wrong with the Shining is that it eventually ends after 144 minutes of film time. One of the greatest directors ever Stanley Kubrick, taking a film adaptation of one of the greatest writers ever Stephen King, and having the greatest actor of film history Jack Nicholson as the lead role!? Yes please! The scenes from this movie will stay with you as they have with me for years after your first viewing. The acting is top notch. Jack Nicholson is an absolute madman with one of the most dominating roles of his film career. Check this out and enjoy your stay at the Overlook Hotel, folks.

3. The Birds (1963)
As I am creating this list, it’s still so hard to even put The Birds in at number three and not number one. This movie is literally flawless. Alfred Hitchcock; there are no words I can even type to begin to describe his work and this film. The acting blows away anything I’ve seen in the past 10-15 years. I saw this with my mother as a kid and remember freaking out anytime I saw birds flying around after that. It gets in your head for this is a real situation. This isn’t some killer running around in a mask who somehow lasts seven or eight sequels. No. This is real life. Birds are all over the place and the thought of them one day just attacking us, gives me goosebumps just even thinking of it. My favorite scene is when the lead played by the gorgeous Tippi Hedren is in a restaraunt after an attack. Some lady comes up to her freaking out yelling at her about being evil and the devil ever since she came into town. Though it might be a little dated to watch now with the special FX it still works and continues to serve up scares 50 years later. Fun fact: Hitchcock appears in every single film as a small cameo.

4. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

If you can’t tell by now I like older films. I personally think the horror genre has been dead for a decade if not more. Has there been anything entertaining here and there? Sure. Will they be talked about years to come like the first four films in my list? Not a chance. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is brutal. A group of friends driving across the country stopping for gas and sight seeing end up face to face with the most terrifying killer on screen; Leatherface. His face is compiled of past victims skin he sews together over his own face. That’s not creepy enough he’s in a full blood-soaked buther apron chasing you with a razor sharp chainsaw. Oh and his family are all cannibals. I love the pure terror caught on film by Tobe Hooper focusing on the victims eyes. It’s so creepy and effective especially with the loud buzz of the chainsaw going at the same time. Don’t mess with Texas!

5. The Gate (1987)

This is an underrated gem hopefully not many of you know, or haven’t seen in a long, long time. Well I suggest going back to it. It’s still very creepy to this day. It reminds me of my best friend and I as kids. Messing around, blasting heavy metal, and one day we somehow unlock the gate to Hell! Some very weird creepy scenes take place in this, I recall a phone melting and these tiny gross terrifying demons running around the house. It also stars Stephen Dorff as a kid who became the lead vampire years later in Blade.

6. Pet Sematary (1983)

This book 100 percent scared the hell out of me when I was younger. I actually didn’t see the movie until I was a little older though, even though I’d been watching horror films for years prior this one just never made it into my que. Once it did it’s become one of my top horror films ever and deserves a spot in any top ten list. This also did it for me and cats. I cannot stand cats to begin with and ever since I saw this, I now think they’re all little zombie pet sematary cats. The scenes with the demented sister all twisted laying in bed yelling “Rachheellllll” creep me out more than words can describe. I also personally loved the sequel to this with Edward Furlong one of my favorite B list actors. Oh and not to mention, the Ramones wrote one of the greatest song of all time for this movie soundtrack! Fun fact: Like Hitchcock, Stephen King makes a small cameo in most of his film adaptations, in this he’s the priest at the funeral.

7. The Exorcist (1973)

You know it was coming. It’s the Exorcist, how could it not make the cut? 40 years later this blows away anything in the demon possesion world of film. It does start out a little slow, I will admit it. At least it’s slow with great camera work and incredible acting, which again is rare these days. I saw this for the first time ever alone in Cape Cod, lights totally out and I was way too young for a movie of this caliber. It is based loosely on a true story also which gives it another layer of pure evil. A happy young innocent girl possesed by Lucifer Himself. Levitating beds, spinning heads, and pea soup vomit! Perfect combination for a possession movie. When she is actually possessed, the voice and make up job to this day are utterly terrifying. I will say I’ve never watched this alone since that first time and with good reason.

8. Monster Squad (1987)

Not overly scary or gruesome, this one is just for fun and pure nostalic reasons. I really grew up with this movie and loved everything about it. This also reminded me of my friends when I was younger. We would all get together on weekends and watch horror movies for hours on end just like the characters in this film. It’s great how they bring back all the classic monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolfman, etc. Check this out for a laugh and thrill. Stephen King Rules!

9. 28 Days Later (2002)

What would a horror movie list be without a zombie flick?! I spent way more time than I should have on deciding which zombie film to place in this list but I go with 28 Days Later in the end. I am a huge fan of George Romero’s “of the dead” movies but those are beyond obvious. They’re perfect zombie movies and never cease to amaze me. 28 Days however gave me a totally different view on the genre. It made me look at a zombie outbreak realistically. It’s also the only modern horror film to get into my list which is huge for me. This had me going in the theater like crazy when I saw it, seriously thinking of it as real life. WTF would you do if this ever happened?! Read the zombie survival guide for starters people.

10. Glitter (2001)

Mariah Carey. Scary. Mariah Carey acting? Scarier. This is an actual horror movie. A group of people invested money, and I mean A LOT of money on this film. The budget of Glitter was $22 million dollars! I’m sorry, what?! $22 mill for this? The country is in debt, people are starving, yet we can shell out millions for the worst movie ever? Check out the trailer for one of the most terrifying moments on screen.

There you have it. In my opinion, these are the top 10 best horror and October themed films ever made. The list could go on and on… and on. I didn’t even mention Child’s Play, Critters, Amityville Horror, Night of the Creeps, Sleepaway Camp, Alien, Friday the 13th, Jaws, Psycho, Troll 2, or A Nightmare on Elm Street. Well, now I mentioned them. Those are also excellent flicks. Happy October and Halloween!

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  • Bill White October 5, 2012

    Where is Hellraiser ??? No Pinhead ???

    • DJ T-REX October 5, 2012

      Ha, trust me, I own that movie and love it… and was wondering how I could fit it in! Hard list for me to make.

  • Colleen October 14, 2016

    Excellent review

    • DJ T-REX October 14, 2016

      Thank you!


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