1. Psycho (1960)
This movie is one of Alfred Hitchcock’s popular works, centering around the handsome Norman Bates all alone in his creepy motel. Though the classic scene of Marion Crane being stabbed in the shower is kind of unsettling, Hitchcock’s combination scary music and sense of paranoia may prevent you from ever taking a shower again.
2. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
A Tim Burton classic, Johnny Depp stars as Edward, a pariah living in an eerie black house on a hill surrounded by the colorful neighborhood. Hands made of giant scissors are scary, but what makes the movie really frightening is how easily the neighborhood accepts an alien into their society, then how quickly they turn against him.
3. The Stepford Wives (1975)
The movie centers around photographer Joanna Eberhart moving to Stepford, Connecticut, where the men are dominant in the house while the wives are cooking, cleaning, and not forming their own opinions; it is almost as if they’re robots. This film does not have the typical horror aspects – sorry, Jason – but the movie is a “cult classic” about how far people will go for the perfect neighborhood. And a little modern feminism is an added bonus.
4. It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
The Charlie Brown special might not make the hair on your neck stand up, but it takes you back to your childhood with Snoopy and the gang. This special focuses on Linus’s love for “The Great Pumpkin,” a holiday figure almost bigger than Santa or the Easter Bunny. The short animation elicits that feeling of joy from giving faith to those big miracles.
5. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
The movie is a Tim Burton claymation focusing on Jack Skellington getting out of his rut by stealing Christmas. What makes the movie so wonderful is its ingredients: a dash of holiday spirit, a cup of Tim Burton creepiness, and a sprinkle of morality (be yourself, kids). It is not just a great Halloween film, it also prepares you for the upcoming winter season.