The 10 Scariest Halloween Films of All Time

By October 31, 2014Top 10 Lists

It’s Halloween, 1981. Some friends and I eagerly wait in a long line at the theater for our tickets to see Halloween II. We are much too young to see the R-rated flick, but thankfully that doesn’t seem to matter to the uninterested teenager working at the box office. The theater has gone full out, and a makeshift coffin sits in the lobby with a headstone that reads “Michael Myers.” We sit second row in the overly packed theater and as the movie plays, the audience is literally letting out screams and pleading for Jamie Lee Curtis to look behind her. While it’s almost exhausting being so frightened, it’s also exhilarating. The fear is real even if there’s no danger and unlike all the characters in the film, we survived. Scary movies play on our most basic fears. Setting characters in situations either beyond their control or of their own making because of ill-advised decisions, filmmakers love to step into worlds that none of us hope truly exists. Horror, blood and gore at its best, here are my Top 10 Scariest Halloween Films of All Time…