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Get Ready to Scream With These Classic Halloween Movies

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October 11, 2012

The month of October is a great time to curl up and enjoy some classic scary movies – or even discover new ones to add to your collection.  In the weeks leading up to Halloween, it’s time to stock up on these spooky movies and prep for the big night. That is, of course, after watching Monsters Inc. and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown with the little ones!

We’ve compiled a great list of movies, both new and old, so grab your pumpkin seeds, cider and your favorite blanket and prepare to be scared:

The Omen (1976, 2006) – There are times when your kids act so badly that you can’t figure out where they came from – but what if you learned your child is the antichrist and that the future of humanity depends on whether he lives or dies?

The Amityville Horror (1979, 2005) – Allegedly based on a true story, the plot follows a family that believes they’ve just moved into the home of their dreams. But the supernatural manifestations and dwelling’s murderous past make it seem more like a nightmare.

Rosemary’s Baby (1968) – Expectant mothers may want to skip this one.  This chilling movie follows the lives of a young couple who move into an apartment building known for its bad reputation.  The neighbors seem friendly, at first, but when the wife mysteriously becomes pregnant, she soon realizes  something is terribly wrong.

The Exorcist (1973) – A mother desperately seeks out the help of two priests when she suspects her 12-year-old daughter is possessed by a mysterious entity.   Meanwhile, one of the priests suffers a crisis of faith as he deals with the terminal illness of his mother.  What results is one epic showdown between good and evil.

Halloween (1978, 2007) – The Halloween movie franchise has taken on many different forms over the years (including a third film, Season of the Witch, that didn’t even include the main antagonist, Michael Myers) but its staying power shows it was a winning formula even from the first film.  Audiences love watching victims scramble and try to run to safety while Myers calmly stalks his prey.

Poltergeist (1982) – “They’re heeeeeeere.”  An announcement of impending guests has never been scarier.  A young family moves into a home and soon finds themselves being visited by ghosts.  It seems harmless in the beginning, but then things take a sinister turn for the worst.  The situation only gets more dire when the parents discover their little girl has gone missing and can only seem to communicate with them through the television.

The Shining (1980 ) – Being inside can certainly make us a little stir crazy – but this adapted Stephen King novel gives us a glimpse of what could happen if that went terribly wrong (with the help of some nasty ghosts).  You will never want to visit a remote hotel or navigate an outdoor maze again.

Shaun of the Dead (2004) – When it comes to zombie movies, there are a lot to choose from but not too many offer real comedy to offset the gore.  This movie features some seriously laugh-out-loud scenes as well as tear-worthy moments.

The Cabin in the Woods (2011) – It always starts with the best-laid plans.  In hopes of enjoying a little getaway, five friends decide to take off to a remote cabin in the woods. They soon realize that they are about to get anything but the rest and relaxation they were hoping for.

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