I grew up watching monster movies with Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi, Vincent Price, and Jack Nicholson, absolutely the best scary movie actors that ever lived. I also grew up watching classic creepy movies like Vertigo and The Birds from Alfred Hitchcock, one of my favorite creepy movie makers of all time. Not many people know that Boris Karloff was one of the founding members of the Screen Actors Guild. Karloff was concerned about safe working conditions during the filming of Frankenstein because of the extensive makeup and costume requirements. Each shoe Karloff wore in the movie weighed 13 pounds and the number of hours required for makeup was grueling.
Every Halloween, watching the horror movie classics and also scary movies by Stephen King and John Carpenter is a tradition in our house. John Carpenter’s Halloween with his Michael Myers character is among our favorites! There are a few haunting movies on my list of Best Halloween Movies that actually caused me nightmares for several months after watching the movie: The Exorcist, Psycho, and Texas Chain Saw Massacre. These favorite Halloween movies all depict horror of real life events that just send me diving under the covers!
I live in Texas and I was a senior in high school when Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) hit the movie theaters and the newspapers. The film was loosely based on real-life Wisconsin serial killer Ed Gein and was so horrifying that it was banned in many countries. During the sneak previews, people actually walked out because it was too gruesome. It cost around $84,000 to make and grossed almost $31 million.
Although I was around seven years old when I watched my first horror movie, The Pit and the Pendulum, I would not recommend showing any of the movies on my list of Best Halloween Movies of All Time to children. If you need a break from Halloween movies, check out this MP3 playlist of Top 100 Halloween Songs and Halloween Free Coloring Pages, Party Games, and Activities. Have a spooky, screaming, happy holiday!
Best Halloween Movies of All Time
Pit and the Pendulum with Vincent Price
The Sixth Sense
A Tale of Two Sisters
Frankenstein with Boris Karloff
Bride of Frankenstein with Boris Karloff
Son of Frankenstein with Boris Karloff
The Witches of Eastwick
House of 1000 Corpses
The Blair Witch Project
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Amityville Horror
Children of the Corn
What Lies Beneath
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Night of the Living Dead
Friday the 13th
An American Werewolf in London
Trick ‘r Treat
The Invisible Man
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