Here at Staheekum, we’re always looking for excuses to stay inside and get cozy as the weather gets colder outside. It never hurts to have a pair of slippers around the house to relax in. Even though we love spending time adventuring in the outdoors, we also like to enjoy movies from time to time – especially the ones that scare our socks off.
This year, we put on our film buff caps and put together a list of the best scary movies to watch during the fall. There's a whole bunch of categories we broke our choices down into. So grab your popcorn and wrap yourself up in your favorite blanket and get ready to be spooked this season!
Best Monster Movie
This one is a classic for a reason and probably made a whole lot of people second-guess themselves every time they went for a swim when the movie first came out. Unlike many monster movies involving fictional creatures, the main threat of Jaws is a very real great white shark terrorizing the secluded town of Amity Island. That makes the threat all the more real as a group including the police chief, a fish scientist, and a hardened ship captain set out to try and capture the killer beast and make it back in one piece.
Honorable Mentions: It Follows (2015), The Thing (1982)
Best Zombie Movie
Train to Busan (2016)
Best Cabin Horror Movie
The Cabin In the woods (2012)
Talk about subverting expectations! This movie starts as a cliché setup for a typical horror movie involving a group of unsuspecting teens heading up to a remote cabin for some weekend fun – or so they think. However, the movie plot quickly turns into something completely different and self-aware to its own tropes. After realizing their role in a much greater conspiracy, the characters stop becoming helpless pawns and start taking back control. This is a refreshing one for fans of classic 80s slasher flicks.This would also be a great movie to watch while on a cabin getaway for extra thrills.
Honorable Mentions: Cabin Fever (2002), Tucker and Dale VS Evil (2010)
Best Ghost Movie
The Sixth Sense (1999)
This thriller follows a young boy as he comes to terms with his ability to see ghosts. Following the perspective of Bruce Willis’s character, a child psychologist, we get a peek into the disturbing visions that plague the boy’s gifted mind. This is widely regarded as M. Knight Shamylan’s best movie and contains one of his best signature twist endings. Whatever you do – don’t look this movie up before you watch. Otherwise it spoils the whole experience!
Honorable Mentions:The Conjuring (2013), Ghostbusters (1989)
Best Serial Killer Movie
Silence of the Lambs (1996)
A dramatic thriller where a FBI agent tracks down an elusive serial killer with the help of an imprisoned genius psychologist who happens to be a cannibal? There’s a premise for an interesting scary movie if we’ve ever heard one. Jodie Foster gives a career-defining performance here, alongside Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal who turns the creepy factor all the way up to 11. We wouldn’t recommend watching this one on a full stomach!
Honorable Mentions: Psycho (1960), Scream (1996), Halloween (1980)
Best Stephen King Horror Movie
The Shining (1980)
Even though The Shining might fit well into the Cabin Horror Movie category, we thought that Stephen King adaptations should get their own category here. Stanley Kubrick’s take on the King classic isn’t just a great scary movie, it’s a great movie period. Though it often differs from the book it’s based on, The Shining centers around the eerie yet luxurious Overlook Hotel and the Torrance family’s descent into madness as they are snowed in during the harsh winter. Jack and Wendy Torrance quickly turn on each other, leaving their son Danny to fend for himself with his special powers.
Honorable Mentions: Misery (1990), It (2017)
Best Family/Animated Scary Movie
Monster House (2006)
This is one we remembered from our childhoods that still sticks with us every time we see an old house. The animated movie centers around a group of kids trying to figure out what is possessing the demonic house across the street as stranger and stranger things start to happen in the neighborhood. This movie is seriously funny and still holds up years later. We’d definitely recommend for a more lighthearted, yet spooky time!
Honorable Mentions:The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Coraline (2009), Frankenweenie (2012),
Thanks for reading Staheekum's picks for our favorite scary movies. We hope you enjoy watching a few of these this Halloween season and stay cozy in your favorite pair of our slippers. Check out Staheekum.com for more men's and women's styles to stay comfortable indoors and outdoors this season.