The best time of the year is upon us. Halloween is naturally our favorite holiday, and we feel that it should be celebrated every day of October. These 31 movies are our hand-picked favorites for viewing this month – one for every day. Can you handle the horror?
October 1st: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Let’s kick this thing off the right way. A classic with an original spin – a man who can only get you in your dreams. Can you stay awake?
October 2nd: The Changeling (1980)
A man living in a creepy house with a disturbing past is haunted by the ghost of a young boy. An underrated gem.
October 3rd: Zombieland (2009)
Funny, sad, and gory all at once. One of my personal favorite horror comedies that you won’t want to stop watching.
October 4th: The Innkeepers (2011)
Ti West loves a slow burn, and you will too as you follow two lovable, paranormal obsessed hotel employees as they try to track down a ghost that haunts the inn.
October 5th: The Burning (1981)
A burned man seeks revenge. If you like Friday the 13th, try this one on for size. You may find yourself preferring it.
October 6th: Phantasm (1979)
October 7th: The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
A sinister game pitting teens against monsters for sport. A unique story in a land of remakes.
October 8th: A Nightmare on Elm Street III: Dream Warriors (1987)
After a truly terrible Nightmare 2, Freddy is back with a vengeance (and more phallic imagery) in one of the best films in the franchise.
October 9th: Urban Legend (1998)
A deranged killer on a college campus uses urban legends to conduct their gruesome murders. Tons of nods to the horror genre with small appearances from Danielle Harris and Robert Englund.
October 10th: The Final Girls (2015)
Comedy for true horror lovers. The destiny of final girls are revealed when a group of friends get sucked into the reality of their favorite horror franchise.
October 11th: The Conjuring (2013)
A good old fashioned ghost story based on a real account by paranormal experts Ed and Lorraine Warren.
October 12th: Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Give yourself a break from the scares and indulge in hilarious zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead…but get ready to feel truly terrible for Shaun.
October 13th: Friday the 13th (1980)
Camp counselors think they’re going to have the summer of their lives, but someone lurks in the shadows, seeking revenge for a prior accident.
October 14th: The House of the Devil (2009)
Another slow burn from Ti West that gets under your skin. Based in the 80s, the story follows a babysitter tasked with a strange job – with the creep factor all the way up.
October 15th: The Omen (1976)
Terrifying and dangerous things keep happening around Damien – could he be the cause?
October 16th: The Blair Witch Project (1999)
October 17th: Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
Two major monsters face off in a sometimes scary, sometimes ridiculous, but lots of fun horror crossover.
October 18th: The Crazies (2010)
What happens when something in the water makes people in your town start to go insane? Sheer terror – for me, at least. One of the rare times I prefer the remake.
October 19th: Sinister (2012)
Truly chilling sequences of film are found in a writer’s new house. He sets out on a quest to find out more, but that may be a huge mistake.
October 20th: Night of the Creeps (1986)
This movie somehow knew how ridiculous the 80s were and was able to make fun of it while being filmed in 1986. Super fun, and a total classic for Halloween viewing.
October 21st: The Ring (2002)
After watching a truly horrifying and strange tape, you die. To save her son, a woman needs to find what’s behind the tape – but the answers may be even more terrifying.
October 22nd: The Shining (1980)
A writer’s descent into insanity in a secluded hotel brings horror to his family. Is it him, or is the hotel itself?
October 23rd: Psycho (1960)
Alfred Hitchcock’s classic still holds up as a deranged Norman Bates carries out his mother’s bidding.
October 24th: The Others (2001)
The atmosphere in this film is truly chilling in this period horror – and that’s not all there is to be afraid of.
October 25th: The Exorcist (1973)
Regularly heralded as one of the best horror films of all time, the story of demonic possession is often imitated but never lives up to the master.
October 26th: 28 Days Later (2002)
There’s a reason this indie zombie film became a fan favorite. Super scary with super fast zombies – and they’re the least of your concerns.
October 27th: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
If this movie doesn’t get you in the Halloween spirit, I don’t know what will. Revolting, disturbing, terrifying. One of the best ever.
October 28th: Night of the Living Dead (1968)
The Romero film that started an incredible craze. If you consider yourself a zombie film connoisseur, you must add this black and white horror into your Halloween repertoire.
October 29th: Scream (1996)
An amalgam of all horror cinema, Scream pokes fun at itself and the horror genre while maintaining truly scary roots. One of a kind, and one you can watch over and over.
October 30th: Trick ‘r Treat (2007)
Halloween legends may not be fictitious, after all. The perfect film to watch on Devil’s Night.
October 31st: Halloween (1976)
No Halloween is complete without a viewing of John Carpenter’s classic following crazed serial killer Michael Myers. The best horror film of all time, based on the best day of the year.