Spooky Movies to Watch This Halloween

Staff writer: Kylise Carino

If you’re looking for terrifying movies to spice up your October, then look no further. I have created a list of some very spooky movies to indulge yourself in right before Halloween comes.

The Shining is probably one of the most well-known out of this list. It was released on May 23, 1980 directed by Stanely Kubrick.


picture credit: gstatic.com A movie poster for The Shinning with one of the most icon scenes on it. The dude with the crazy facial expression is the main character Jack Torrance.

The story follows a writer and former teacher, Jack Torrance, as he arrives at the remote Overlook Hotel in the Rocky Mountains to be interviewed for the position of winter caretaker for a hotel built on the site of a Native American burial ground.

Once hired, Jack was planning to use the hotel’s solitude to write, but manager Stuart Ullman warns Jack about the hotel’s history. He tells him about a previous caretaker who had become insane and killed his family and himself. Despite the disturbing story, Jack dismisses it and gets the job. Meanwhile, Jack’s son, Danny, has a terrifying premonition about the hotel.

The story doesn’t stick to Stephen King’s original novel, which doesn’t make the movie less enjoyable. The film has plenty of genuinely scary moments and manages to keep a creepy atmosphere all the way through.

Woodstock High School sophomore Joseph Mines said, “The Shining was a pretty scary movie, it was actually very entertaining.” If you don’t get scared easily then this movie certainly will make you spooked.

Another very well-known terrifying movie would be The Exorcist. This movie of an exorcism is based loosely on real events. In Georgetown, the actress Chris MacNeil is living on location with her 12-year-old daughter, Regan. Regan begins acting strangely, including making mysterious noises, stealing, and exhibiting abnormal strength. Chris consults several physicians but finds nothing physiologically wrong with her daughter, despite Regan undergoing a numerous diagnostic test.

A local priest thinks the girl may be possessed by something unnatural. The priest then requests to perform an exorcism, and the church sends in an expert to help with the difficult job.

Ian Wheeler, a sophomore at Woodstock, loves this movie. He said, “It scared the heck out of me when I first watched it.” It’s a classic and if you haven’t already seen it then I don’t know what you’re doing with your life.

If you feel like the other movies were a little too old for your taste, then The Babadook is a more recent movie. It was released on November 28, 2014. Directed by Jennifer Kent. About six years after the death of her husband, Amelia struggles to discipline her 6-year-old son Samuel. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both.

When a disturbing storybook called “The Babadook” turns up at their house out of nowhere, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control, and he becomes more unpredictable and violent. But when strange things happen all around Amelia, she slowly realizes that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.

Emily Zapata, a sophomore, said that The Babadook was one of her favorite movies. She went on to explain “When I first watched it, I didn’t really expect much out of it, but it pleasantly surprised me.”


Picture credit: ifcfilms.com The movie poster for The Babadook, with the main characters inside of the black figure looking scared, out of a window.

The final movie I’m going to talk about is IT. Released on September 8, 2017, directed by Andy Muschietti. The story begins on October 1988, Bill Denbrough crafts a paper sailboat for his six-year-old brother Georgie. Georgie sails the boat along the rainy streets of small-town Derry, Maine, only to have it fall a storm drain.

As he attempts to retrieve it, Georgie sees a clown in the drain, who introduces himself as “Pennywise the Dancing Clown”.


Pennywise entices Georgie to come closer, then Georgie is attacked and taken away inside the drain. The following summer, Bill and his friends Richie Tozier, Eddie Kaspbrak, and Stan Uris run into difficulty with older bully Henry Bowers and his gang.

Bill, still haunted by Georgie’s disappearance, thinks that his brother’s body may have washed up in a marshy wasteland called the Barrens. He gathers his friends to the investigate and search for Georgie believing he may still be alive.

This movie is an amazing ride all the way through, and the sequel has just come out recently so if you haven’t already, be sure to check it out.

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