My TOP 10 Spooky Movies For Fall…

Yes. I said “fall”. This list is coming out now for several reasons. First of all, fall is my absolute favorite time of the year.  Also, as a teacher I go back to work today, making it officially fall in my book. And finally, a friend of mine works in a flower shop. Apparently they just started changing the window display for FALL! That’s all the excuse I need, so light a few candles (another fall favorite) and here we go.  

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Hocus Pocus (1993)

As a young teenager I loved this movie because it had all of the elements a spooky movie needed to have… witches, spells, Halloween theme, graveyard, a black cat, and a cute main character. But of course, what makes this movie fabulous is the hilarious trio of Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, and Bette Midler. It used to be on cable a lot more, but I try to catch it every time it’s offered. Most of these movies are on my list because of the nostalgia that they bring, and this one brings back feelings of the excitement I’d get as a kid around Halloween. 

 

What Lies Beneath (2000)

This (along with several others on this list) is college nostalgia for me. I was lucky enough to have HBO in my apartment back then, and this was shown a LOT for a year or two. It’s just a creepy movie with some pretty intense spirit communication, including a funny scene with a Ouija board. Right up my alley. Plus, who could forget the amazing bath tub scene? I’ve never personally had one of those “lounge in a tub” kind of bath tubs, but when I see one I immediately think of this scene. 

 

Halloween H20 (1998)

This is another college movie for me. I used to be into these old slasher movies a lot more than I am now. Don’t get me wrong, if a Nightmare On Elm Street, Friday the 13th, or a Michael Myers (Halloween) marathon catches me on the right day in October, I just might get sucked in. But even though this is probably on many lists for being a really horrible movie, it is my favorite of the Michael Myers films, with the possible exception of the original Halloween, which I haven’t seen in a long time. It is the Halloween movies that has forever changed the meaning of  The Chordettes’ Mr. Sandman for me. And of course, there is the unforgettable classic Halloween theme

 

The Birds (1963)

What can I say about this classic from Alfred Hitchcock? I actually haven’t seen it many times. I remember watching it in high school with my parents. I don’t see it on cable very often so it might be worth a DVD purchase. The scene that sticks out in my mind is the tense schoolhouse evacuation scene.

 

 

Psycho (1960)

Another Hitchcock classic. When I was a kid, I knew this to be the movie about “The Bates Motel”. This movie is probably most known for the bloody shower scene. According to Wikipedia, “it is often ranked among the greatest films of all time and is famous for bringing in a new level of acceptable violence and sexuality in films.” Psycho has its own unforgettable classic theme written by Bernard Herrmann. The theme written specifically for the shower scene is titled The Murder, and in my opinion, forever changed film music.

 

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

People often make fun of me for loving this movie. It is a movie I have often watched late on Halloween night by myself after the trick-or-treaters fizzle out. I’m not sure why, because this movie doesn’t exactly scream “HALLOWEEN”, but ah well. I think the improvised faux reality style in which it was made was ground breaking and shocking. If you’re not familiar with this movie or the way it was filmed, it might be worth checking out its wikipedia page. Then again, that might ruin it for you. Watch it first and then check out the page. Though a lot of people complained about getting nauseous in the theaters due to the amateur shaky film footage, I think they’re whiners! 

 

Carrie (1976)

This movie first played at screens just two years before I was born, but it was actually only like 5 years ago that I saw it. I’ve seen it many times since. The wonderful Sissy Spacek hasn’t aged a day since filming it. Also, I had no idea that Betty Buckley (a Broadway star to me) was in the film. Carrie has an amazing film score that I think is really beautiful, but unfortunately it isn’t really accessible or recognized. The final scene is amazing and is embedded below. The music is great! And guess what? It’s even a musical now! 

 

The Sixth Sense (1999)

Speaking of spirit communication. This one is more of an autumn movie for me than “Halloween”. Not only is it one of the brilliant M. Night Shyamalan films, but the scenes, with their rustling leaves and the vibrant fall colors, make me want to visit Philadelphia. In my opinion, the best scene isn’t spooky at all. It is the heart-wrenching scene with Toni Collette (one of my favorite actors) and Haley Joel Osment. Toni is brilliant and the scene still makes me cry. 

 

The Others (2001)

This movie tries to give us a glimpse into what happens when we die and what it might be like. That, of course, is probably not how Hollywood describes it, but that’s the question that is pondered and brought up so many times in this blog and in other paranormal circles. This film has all of the spooky elements to it. Creepy old house, creepy children giggling, lots of darkness, and a séance scene that includes some automatic writing. 

 

Roseanne 2nd Season Halloween Episode “Boo” (1989)

So I guess this is an exception. It’s definitely not a movie, but it is definitely fall tradition in my house. I’ll probably watch this two or three times before Halloween… and I’ll say all the lines as it plays (while texting my friend Amy, who has the same obsession). All of the early Roseanne episodes are amazing, but “Boo”, from season two, is the first and greatest Halloween episode of them all! It wouldn’t be fall without it!

 

 

What would your top spooky fall movie list look like?

 

 

About Patrick Keller

Patrick Keller is an educator, blogger, and the host of the Big Séance Podcast, which is a place for paranerds to have an open discussion on all things paranormal, but specifically topics like ghosts and hauntings, paranormal research, spirit communication, psychics and mediums, and life after death. He’s the founder of the now inactive Missouri Spirit Seekers and has spent a lot of time experimenting with spirit communication tools and techniques, such as EVP. Patrick also has a passion for spending hours at a time in cemeteries and loves cemetery photography. Visit BigSeance.com! View all posts by Patrick Keller

14 responses to “My TOP 10 Spooky Movies For Fall…

  • Ash

    Good list! I also happen to like Signs, which I didn’t see on there. But I know you’re no into the whole Aliens thing 🙂

  • LeeAllenHoward

    Love this post, Patrick. There are a few on your list I haven’t seen, but must now. The Others is one of my favorites, as is What Lies Beneath and the Sixth Sense. Love Hitchcock, of course. A few titles on my shelf include In Dreams, The Machinist, and Lake Mungo. And Young Frankenstein, naturally. Best wishes in your new school year!

  • Randall keller

    Well, to each his own, and I think you have some great choices, but I’ll bite:
    1. Exorcist
    2. Aliens
    3. The Ring
    4. The Grudge
    5. Exorcism of Emily Rose
    6. Paranormal Activity
    7. Sixth Sense
    8. The Others
    9. Blair Witch
    10. Alien

    Isn’t diversity GREAT?!

    • Ash

      Ooooh Exorcism of Emily Rose is a great one!

    • Patrick

      Totally wanted to drop a line about biting but I’ll leave it. Diversity is FABULOUS! Exoricist is a great movie, but sometimes creeps me out. Same with Paranormal Activity. As Ash said, totally not into Aliens. The Ring and The Grudge were great as well! To you and Ash, my favorite part of Emily Rose is when she gets her jumping jacks on and counts 1-2-3-4-5-6-1-2-3-4-5-6 🙂 HAAA!

  • Thomas Spychalski

    In no particular order:

    1. Exorcist
    2. Shining
    3. Fright Night
    4. Org Halloween
    5. 1st Rob Zombie Halloween
    6. Org Nightmare on Elm Street
    7. Org Amityville Horror
    8. Interview with the Vampire 9More like gory drama but oh well)
    9. Carnival of Souls
    10. Poltergeist 1 & 2

  • Thomas Spychalski

    I do like Hitchcock film a lot though…just not sure they fall on my ‘spooky’ list.

    • Patrick

      Ooooh I like The Shining… but it tends to be a “winter movie” for me. 🙂 I saw Interview but I don’t remember much about it. Never seen Carnival of Souls. I do like Amityville and Poltergeist… don’t think I saw a 2 though.

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  • Brandie Sellers

    Oh I LOVE Hocus Pocus! And I’ll have to add to the list Nightmare Before Christmas. As soon as it hits October, I’m putting that baby in!

  • Dar Perry-Counts

    1.The Others
    2. Sixth Sense
    3. House on Haunted Hill – Watched in the theaters so much they let me watch free! lol!
    4. Ringu (NOT the Ring, bc it never made sense until I watched the original)
    5. SAW.. body mutilation freaks me out.
    6. 1408 – Cool concept
    7. Cemetery Man – cus its just awesome.
    8, Hostel- Again, body mutilation :O
    9. Pet Semetary 1st
    10. The Haunting in Connecticut- Even though they added a lot to the original story, still super scary.
    11. Skeleton Key – Creepy concept and Kate Hudson is beautiful.
    12. The Amityville Horror (2005) – Ryan Reynolds shirtless.
    13. The Changeling original- good story line and surprisingly creepy considering the year they made it.

    That’s my list in no specific order. 🙂

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