Spooktacular Films


Kelli Cigelnik, Staff Reporter

These movies are on the top 10 list for how scared the viewers are going to be watching them, just in time for Halloween.

  1. The Conjuring (2013)

Although rather new, this movie seems to set the bar pretty high with its level of horror. Many scenes in the movie are suspenseful and have viewers covering their eyes with the palm of their hands. A family [couple played by Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson] moves into a new house, which seems to be on the perfect property, but in reality, it turns into the worst possible place to live. The presences that live there soon make themselves known. The scariest part of all is that it’s a true story from Rhode Island where the house is actually located, and the family that actually lives in the house helped create the movie. This R-rated movie isn’t something you can forget about before you go to bed. Rating: 9.5/10


  1. The Shining (1980)

As a twisted and suspenseful movie, “The Shining” will have the viewer in awe with the escalation of the turns of events that happen as the movie progresses. A writer (Jack Nicholson), his wife (Shelley Duvall) and his son (Danny Lloyd) are the winter caretakers of a hotel in the isolated, snowy Colorado. The writer takes care of this hotel in hopes of getting rid of his writer’s block while his son has psychic premonitions. As the winter carries on, things begin to downturn as the writer becomes homicidal and starts terrorizing his family. His family soon discovers that in a big hotel there aren’t that many places to hide. This movie is rated R. Rating: 8.5/10


  1. Insidious (2010)

Compared to all scary movies, “Insidious” offers up some unexpected twists. Usually the line for horror films would be “the house is haunted,” but for this movie, the line is “it’s not the house that’s haunted.” The insidious family just moved into their brand new home, but when their son goes into a coma and they start seeing demon-like figures around the house, they decide it’s time to move out. They move into a new house only to realize that it wasn’t the house that was haunted. This movie is for all ages because all ages can get the suspense they are looking for. This movie also has sequels, which are somewhat interesting because they all have the same plot but are out of order. Every time a new movie comes out, the viewer has to put the pieces together to decide which movie comes before or after another. Stars in the movie include Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne. This movie is rated PG-13. Rating: 9/10


  1. World War Z (2013)

In “World War Z”, the zombie plot is taken to a whole new level. Zombies have ‘upgraded’ to a newer and better version, not your typical slow zombie. Brad Pitt’s character and his family are going through their everyday life routines one morning when all of a sudden zombies invade their city. Brad Pitt soon learns he might be one of the few who can stop the zombies, and so the movie is Pitt’s scary and thrilling journey to stop the zombies from taking over the world. Zombie/horror film enthusiasts looking for a good thrill would find enjoyment in this movie. This movie is rated PG-13. Rating: 8/10


  1. 1408 (2007)

In this movie, divorced Mike Enslin (John Cusack) who lost his little girl to cancer seeks horror by staying in well-known haunted hotels and then writing reviews and sometimes even books about his experiences there. When he wants to stay in a haunted room, which is “1408” at the Dolphin hotel in New York, he is warned by the manager not to do so; he decides to stay anyway. Although he is a supernatural seeker, will he be after his night in “1408”, where he must revisit his past in a very horrific way? Viewers must follow the plot line closely to appreciate this PG-13 movie. Rating: 8/10


  1. Poltergeist (1982)

Steven Spielberg is at it again with another amazing horror film. When an average California family moves into their home, it seems like the perfect life until their daughter, Carol Anne (Heather O’Rourke), starts getting in touch with ghosts through her television. The ghosts seem friendly and kind at first, but once she disappears, the family has to do everything they can to get her back. Since this movie is rated PG, it’s for all ages, but it gives the scare and thrill of any PG-13 or rated R movie. Don’t doubt it based on what the movie is rated. This movie is perfect for people who love a mystery, exorcism movie, and sequels exist as well.  Rating: 7.5/10


  1. Halloween (1978)

This classic, typical Halloween movie should be watched every year before Halloween comes around. The beginning of the movie starts with a flashback of the killer, Michael Myers, when he was younger and killed his older sister on Halloween night. As a result, he was locked away for 15 years, but when he is transferred for a court date on Oct. 30, he steals a car and returns back to his hometown in Haddonfield, IL, (a horror film that hits close to home) just in time to search for his next victims before Halloween. Will his next victims be just like his last? This movie is perfect for people who love a good slasher movie mixed with suspense and thrill. There are also sequels to this movie, but this is the best one because it is the backbone of all the other movies. Stars in the movie include Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence. This movie is rated R. Rating: 7/10


  1. Psycho (1960)

As a typical Alfred Hitchcock film and one of his best, this movie is full of twisted turns that will leave the viewer on the edge of his or her seat wondering what will happen next. This movie is in black and white and is a little older than the others on this list, but that does not take away any of the suspense of the movie. In the movie, Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) ditches town after stealing $40,000 to be with her boyfriend. When it gets late, she decides to stop and stay at a motel for the night. To avoid the police, she chooses one called Bates Motel off a back road. It seems like a deserted dump of a motel, and the owner Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) is a very odd man with a love for taxidermy and a difficult relationship with his mother. What happens at this hotel is a mystery, and the plot is perfect for slasher/mystery lovers. This movie was recreated in 1998 starring Vince Vaughn and Julianne Moore. There is also a new show called the “Bates Motel,” which offers the back-story of Norman Bates growing up with his mother. This movie is rated R. Rating: 7.5/10


  1. Annabelle (2014)

This movie is perfect for people who hate creepy dolls because it tells the story of John Form (Ward Horton) who thinks he’s found the perfect present for his fiancé, a beautiful doll in a white dress. But one night, a devil-like figure starts to invade the couple’s home where the doll now resides. This is only the beginning. When the couple asks someone to summon the devil within the doll, it turns this innocent doll into a demonic figure. Will the demon ever be released or will it live within the doll, waiting for its next victim forever? This movie has many pop-ups and is very thrilling. It is the perfect horror movie for Halloween, particularly for those viewers who have ever had a creepy-looking doll. Starring Ward Horton and Annabelle Wallis, this movie is rated R. Rating: 6.5/10


  1. Scream (1996)

This movie is another classic that you have to watch before Halloween or even on Halloween. It is the perfect mystery and thriller movie because it will have the viewer confused and wanting to find out who the killer is. In a small town called Woodsboro, a killer on the loose has seen one too many scary movies. Suddenly, everyone becomes a victim. The killer wears a mask to hide his face and calls his victims, asking for answers about scary movies and serial killers within the movies. If the caller does not get the questions right, he then tortures them and moves onto the next victim. Once the killer is outed, the story does not finish. In the sequels, fans can follow the journey in order to find out when and how the killings finally stop. Stars in the movie are Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette. This movie is rated R. Rating: 7.5/10