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Classic Horror Films to Watch for a Quarantined Halloween

October 23, 2020
2020 has undoubtedly been a scary year but it's about to be even scarier with Halloween almost here. But this year, don't expect a lot of parties or trick-or-treating to go down. Unfortunately, the world hasn't solved the Covid-19 pandemic yet, which means the holiday will likely be spent indoors. Though that's not necessarily a bad thing! At least, there are classic horror films to watch to keep up the Halloween spirit. And here is a list of the quintessential flicks you just have to see!

Classic Horror Films to Watch for a Quarantined Halloween

 

Halloween (1978)

The title alone should tell you just how suitable this film is for the holiday. The 1978 slasher film, "Halloween," practically pioneered the genre, elevating it to lead to other classic horror flicks (some of which are also on this list). It also gave birth to one Michael Meyers, the central serial killer in the film whose emotionless mask has become a go-to Halloween costume over the years. With his sinister vibe and violent streak, even you would likely close your eyes every time he's on-screen! 

Classic Horror Films to Watch for a Quarantined Halloween

Source: IMDb

 

Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

What's better than one monster flick? Two in one! Freddy Kruger, the long steel-nailed monster that feeds on people's nightmares, and Jason, the hockey mask-wearing machete-wielding serial killer, are two of the most iconic monsters of all time. Fronting two separate monster movie franchises, fans went wild when both appeared on the same screen for the 2003 movie, "Freddie vs. Jason." Here, they battle it out in an all-out killing fest, terrifying both the characters and the audience in a semi-literal bloodbath. 

Classic Horror Films to Watch for a Quarantined Halloween

Source: IMDb

 

Carrie (1976)

While Carrie Bradshaw may have been the most famous 'Carrie' in the 1990s and early 2000s, another 'Carrie,' Carrie White, took the mantle first during the late 1970s and early 1980s. But she was no lovable fashion icon. Instead, she was a teenaged psychotic telekinetic who brought people to their bloody end. More than just a classic horror flick, the 1976 film "Carrie" is a lesson to society about never underestimating the ostracized. As well as never covering them in pig's blood either! 

Classic Horror Films to Watch for a Quarantined Halloween

Source: IMDb

 

Scream (1996)

"Scream" isn't just the title of this 1996 slasher movie. It also describes what you'll be doing during the whole 111 minutes of it. The film is the quintessential slasher flick, with a masked serial killer wielding a huge knife cutting people up left and right and up and down. His victims only have time to scream before he chops them up and leaves their courses drenched in blood. And who could ever forget that iconic long-faced ghost mask the killer is wearing? 

Classic Horror Films to Watch for a Quarantined Halloween

Source: IMDb

 

Child's Play (1988)

If you ever have pediophobia (fear of dolls), it's probably because of this movie. The 1988 film "Child's Play," introduced Chucky, a red-haired life-sized baby doll whose main qualities include killing you with his cuteness and his knife. It turns out even the most adorable toys can be the most frightening thing in the world, especially when it's possessed by the soul of a serial killer. Since then, the Chucky doll himself has gone unto immense fame, becoming more iconic than the film itself. And no matter where you store him, he just might suddenly appear before you! 

Classic Horror Films to Watch for a Quarantined Halloween

Source: IMDb

 

The Conjuring (2013)

If you thought Chucky from "Child's Play" was terrifying, wait until you see Annabelle from "The Conjuring." Though the possessed pigtailed doll looks far from the actual toy from the real-life events, you have to admit that this fake movie version does look more sinister. Either way, the 2013 supernatural horror movie has catapulted Annabelle's popularity to new heights. As well as introducing the Warrens' story to a new generation.

Classic Horror Films to Watch for a Quarantined Halloween

Source: IMDb/ Warner Bros.

 

The Ring (2002)

If there's one country that has truly mastered the art of horror filmmaking, it's Japan! And one of their most famous and scariest is "The Ring," which premiered back in 1998. But for international audiences, they're probably more familiar with the 2002 American film adaptation starring Naomi Watts. Though the original Japanese is by far the scarier version, this movie is terrifying nonetheless. Who wouldn't be scared off their wits upon seeing Samara (Sadako in Japanese) coming out of the TV? 

Classic Horror Films to Watch for a Quarantined Halloween

Source: IMDb

 

The Grudge (2004)

After the success of "The Ring," Hollywood adapted yet another Japanese horror flick, "The Grudge." Centering on a curse developed through rage, the film is a horrific chain of events, with one gruesome death after another. They're all brought about by two central monsters, mother and son Kayako and Toshio Saeki. The former appears as a black-colored onryō, while the latter becomes a ghost version of his former self. Together, they wreak havoc and take the lives of those who enter their home in Tokyo Japan. 

Classic Horror Films to Watch for a Quarantined Halloween

Source: IMDb

 

I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

This late 90s cult classic may have risen to popularity because of its attractive main stars, but the movie itself remains a Halloween favorite among slasher film fans. Julie, Ray, Barry, and Helen are four high school friends who, before going off to college, were driving to the beach one summer when they run over a local. Believing to have killed him, they dump his body in the water and never speak of the incident ever again. The following year, all four friends start getting threatening notes about "what they did last summer," all while people are attacked and murdered by a man in a raincoat with a hook. 

Classic Horror Films to Watch for a Quarantined Halloween

Source: IMDb

 

Paranormal Activity (2007)

There's nothing scarier than reality. That's what the 2007 cult classic, "Paranormal Activity," proves. Following a found-footage style, the movie tells the story of Katie and Micah, a young couple who sets up a video camera to film what goes on in their house at night. To their and the audience's horror, they discover that strange things often happen while they sleep, not the least of which is Katie waking up in the wee hours of the night and stares blankly at Micah for a long period of time. It only gets worse from there! 

Classic Horror Films to Watch for a Quarantined Halloween

Source: IMDb

 

2020 doesn't have to be as bleak as it has been, especially since Halloween is around the corner. If you're stuck at home doing quarantine, then celebrate the scary holiday with a couple of classic horror films sure to give you the fright of your life! 


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