Sexy nurse costumes and funny politician masks aside, Halloween is a time to revel in all that is drop-dead scary. Some of us may shy away from gore and screaming scary antics throughout the year, but come October 31st, we’re first in line at the grown-up haunted house just for the seasonal thrill of jumping out of our boots. Or snuggled up at home, door locks double- and triple-checked, watching movies that promise to inspire a few heart-jarring nightmares in the nights ahead.
With that in mind, here is a selection of ten films that are really, super scary. It’s hard to say what qualifies as the scariest–some find the supernatural more frightening than realism, for others an escaped psycho trumps a vampire any day. Whatever keeps you up at night, we are sure you’ll find something here. And when you’ve viewed our selection, leave a comment about what movie scares the living daylights out of you.
The Others (2001) Director: Alejandro Amenábar. Otherworldly Nicole Kidman thinks her creepy, creepy house is haunted. Hmmm, what’s going on here? Subtle, surprising, and sooooo eerie. Boo.