With Halloween quickly approaching, we here at My Commons Life know one of the most vital elements of this spooky holiday: the scary movie. Below, we have detailed five of our favorite Halloween films, and as a bonus, each one is available on Netflix. Happy watching!
1. Coraline (2009)
This animated Halloween classic may be rated just PG, but its overwhelmingly creepy nature and eerie stop-motion puts Coraline up pretty high on our scariness scale. This one gave our child-selves nightmares for weeks.
2. The Conjuring (2013)
This one almost seems like a no-brainer. Apparently based on a true story, The Conjuring has received international acclaim since its release. With strong acting and classic scares, this film is perfect for those who love some good old-fashioned horror.
3. Scream (1996)
Here’s a true horror classic: Scream. Sure it spawned an entire franchise of films, some of questionable quality. But the original is a bona fide classic filled with inside jokes, self-aware characters, and some genuine scares, too.
4. The Sixth Sense (1999)
The Sixth Sense was one of only four horror films to ever be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. Accompanied by strong performances and multiple jump scares, this is a film you won’t want to watch by yourself. And that ending!
5. Stranger Things (2017)
Yes, we know that this one isn’t technically a movie, but we couldn’t resist. This Netflix original series has received high acclaim from both viewers and critics for its talented cast, special effects, and allusions to the 1980s. Though not as typically “horror” as the rest of the list, this series is definitely something to binge leading up to Halloween.