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Beyond the Great Pumpkin: Classic Movies for a Classically Creepy Halloween

Scary movies for Halloween night

Get fright night right

Whether you’re just back from trick-or-treating or staying home to hand out candy, the scary movie is an indispensable part of the Halloween tradition. Of course, there’s no shortage of recent kid-friendly additions to the list of great Halloween movies, from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, to Nick Park’s Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, to last year’s Hotel Transylvania. And the well of options produced by the combined minds of Pixar, DreamWorks, and J.K. Rowling seems nearly inexhaustible.

But if you’re looking to put a few genuine shivers and scares back into your family’s Halloween, without the nudity, language, and gore that has adorned every horror film since 1978, consider looking back to the classics — the timeless films that defined the genre — and get a good dose of shivers without all the splatter.

Important note: These are scary movies. Some are merely creepy, some are outlandishly campy, and some are downright terrifying. But every last one of them has nightmare potential, so as with all things Halloween, know your audience.

The Wolf Man The Day the Earth Stood Still The Tingler Night of the Living Dead
 Classic Creeps  Saucers and Robots  Fantastic Terrors  Really Scary


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