Let this be the year—if you haven’t already done so—to finally work up the courage to see Tobe Hooper’s criminally underrated classic, a top-rank satire of American class warfare (survival of the hungriest), teenage misadventure in the backwoods and one of the darkest masterpieces of the ’70s. Though shrouded in a gruesome reputation generated by that title, Texas isn’t particularly gory. It is, however, the scariest movie ever made.
Halloween comes but once a year, but if you know what you’re doing, it’s possible to stretch the festivities out for a full month. As soon as the clock strikes midnight on September 30, true spooky season professionals grab in with a piping hot cup of candy corn-spiced cocoa, settle in under their 12-foot-tall plastic Home Depot skeleton, flip on the television and slip into a 31 days of horror movie binge-watching.
There is, however, a fine distinction between horror movies and Halloween movies. Sure, something good and artsy like Don’t Look Now might unsettle you, but it also might make you think too hard. But zombie attacks? Rampaging monsters? Chainsaw murders? All manner of things going bump in the night? That’s the stuff Octobers were made for. So to help you put together your queue, we’ve assembled the ultimate Halloween movie watchlist to scare the crap out of you this season.
😱 The 100 best horror movies of all-time
🩸 The 15 scariest horror movies based on true stories
🔪 The 31 best serial killer movies
👹 The 50 best monster movies ever made
🧟 The best zombie movies of all-time
🎃 The best Halloween movies for kids
👻 The best Halloween movies for kids on Netflix