10 Good Halloween Movies

Sunday, December 5 by Travis Petersen

Not every scary movie is perfect for Halloween, but thus list of ten good Halloween movies focuses on slasher films best watched with a group of people, a big bowl of popcorn, and a case or two of beer. These good Halloween movies are perfect for a party, with the girls screaming and the guys laughing, and everyone having a good time. Here they are, ten good Halloween movies to watch with friends.

  1. "Halloween" – The one that started it all, John Carpenter's film features the unstoppable villain Michael Myers, equal doses of terror and humor, and some hot high schoolers doing bad things. Jamie Lee Curtis was the lead, but sexy PJ Soles may have been the star. 
  2. "Friday the 13th" – Another classic slasher villain was birthed in this entry on the list of ten good Halloween movies. Jason Voorhees was actually not the killer in this one.
  3. "A Nightmare on Elm Street" - Freddy Krueger haunts the dreams of the teens of Elm Street in this classic of good Halloween movies. Watch out for a young Johnny Depp as well.
  4. "House" – This is on this list of good Halloween movies because it is just so strange. A horror film that doesn't make a lick of sense, it's nevertheless perfect for a party. Some may scream, others will just say, "What?"
  5. "The House on Sorority Row" – A slasher preying on a group of sorority girls trying to hide a murderous secret? That is the perfect recipe for inclusion on this list of ten good Hollywood movies.
  6. "Child's Play" - The villain in this case is a doll, Chucky, voiced by the terrifying Brad Dourif. It's great for anyone whose ever found a toy just a little bit creepy.
  7. "Scream" – The self-aware slasher film that revived the genre, "Scream" is essential for this list of ten good Halloween movies. It explains the rules of the genre, even as it sometimes breaks them.
  8. "When a Stranger Calls" – The first half-hour of this film is genuinely terrifying and suspenseful. After that, it falls off a little bit, but still makes for good viewing and inclusion in this list of good Halloween movies.
  9. "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" – A pioneering gore film, "Massacre" isn't for the faint of heart. It is, however, essential Halloween viewing.
  10. "Halloween II" – Starting where the original left off, it gets going and doesn't stop. When viewed in a marathon with "Halloween," it makes a perfect double feature for this list of ten good Halloween movies.

Additional Resources:

Child's Play on IMDB

Scream on IMDB

When a Stranger Calls on IMDB

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Halloween II on IMDB