Five Psychologically Terrifying Horror Movies To Watch On Halloween


Hera Serna, Staff Writer

BOO! It’s finally that time of the year. Halloween is here and it’s time to bring out the scary movies. It doesn’t matter if your movies are the cheesiest of cheesy or the scariest you’ve ever seen, but I don’t think you want to go for jump scares this year. We all know that now at least 99.99% of scary movies now use a cheap tactic of jump scares in order to get their movies scary. When was the last time you felt scared from a cheap jump scare compared to the feeling of real terror? The last time a movie truly scared people out of their wits was The Shining. It was a masterpiece made by Stanley Kubrick and managed to scare it’s audience not by jump scares but by the lighting, sounds, script, and even the ending. It was named the best horror movie ever made and after watching the movie, it’s hard to disagree. The type of movies that leave you gripping the edge of your seat just from a story is a movie that should be seen by everyone. It leaves a print of terror not from catching the audience off guard but from telling them a story that you can’t help but shiver from. So here are 5 movies you need to watch this Halloween that don’t rely on cheap jump scares.

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  1. The Conjuring~2013~R

The story follows a family as they move into their new home and strange events start occurring  just as they start unpacking. A few events happen with the children of the family and the family has a tragic loss with their pet. The family’s parents Carolyn and Roger Perron contact paranormal investigator and demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren. When the two investigators arrive, things start to get worse than before as the family tries to survive. The movie does have a little amount of jump scares but other than that it does an amazing job of scaring the audience with their own imagination. Many would say that the Conjuring isn’t scary but those people don’t take a moment to think about if it would be scary if it happened to them. It seems impossible that this would happen, but no one can forget that the story was actually true. The family went through all the events and even faced a fear of almost losing each other. The main thing that scares a lot of people though is the fact that unlike the movie, the spirit that haunted the family never left. Parental Guidance is advised when watching the film.

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2. Cloverfield~2008~PG-13

The movie is about a group of highschool friends as they go to a party in New York to say goodbye to one of their best friends. During the night the friends find out that an alien type creature has descended on the earth and is wreaking havoc on anything in its way. As the friends run around New York they come face to face the army and even other creatures that have descended as well. The friends lose each other and lose themselves on this journey. The storyline is scary as it shows us the chaos that would happen if there were to ever be an alien invasion. Not only does it scare the audience with a storyline but the movie also uses the found footage type of recording. This is a genre that tells a story through a camera’s view as if the whole thing is being filmed by the protagonist. Many popular films have used this technique and Cloverfield does an amazing job as it tells the story without letting you see the alien once.

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3. When A Stranger Calls~2006~PG-13

When a stranger calls is a terrifying movie, especially if your someone who has ever babysitted before. The story follows Jill Johnson as she goes to babysit two children in a luxerious home nearby a recent murder.With the children fast asleep, she settles in for what she expects to be an ordinary evening. Her plans change though when she receives a call from an unknown number asking if Jill has checked on the children. Jill only dismisses this as a joke and hangs up the phone only to be called once again with the same question. It isn’t long with these phone calls that weird things start to happen, and soon Jill’s evening turns into that of a terrible nightmare. The movie tells a realistic story that could happen to anyone and even uses the music as suspense so that the audience will be terrified.

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4. The Birds~1963~PG-13

The film follows Melanie Daniels as she meets Mitch Brenner and the two share a sort of connection. The two spend time together and while this is happening birds are starting to act weird around their small town. The people start to realize something is wrong when birds start attacking at Mitch’s sister’s party. The children are hurt and many parents are worried that something might be stirring. Soon the birds are attacking everywhere, in schools, at work, and even in homes. Everyone is scared an no one knows what to do as the birds are found everywhere. The movie left many people cared to look at a bird for weeks, especially those who lived by lots of seagulls. The cause of the bird attacks are never explained and makes the film even more terrifying with the thought that it could happen at any time with no signs or symptoms. Just as suddenly the bird attacks start they stop and our movies ends with the audience to scared to move.

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5. The Shining~1980~R

This is a list about horror movies that have the ability to scare the audience without using jumpscares and when it comes down to it, The Shining takes the cake. The story follows Jack Torrance becomes winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer’s block. He settles in along with his wife, Wendy, and his son, Danny, who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As Jack’s writing goes nowhere and Danny’s visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel’s dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac hell-bent on terrorizing his family. Many have called the director the greatest in the world because when he makes a movie, he does it a hundred times until it’s perfect. You could say the horror is the stress that every actor went through but because of all the work put into it, the Shining is an amazing. It scares the audience without jumpscares and many directors have paid homage to Stanley Kubrick by using his way of filming. Parental guidance is advised when watching this film.

Halloween is on it’s way and this year should be filled with horror movies left and right. If you run out of your favorites to watch, then give these 5 movies a try and it’s guaranteed that you won’t be disappointed.