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Horrifying Halloween hits: what to watch this fall

Amber Wang / Thresher

By Hamza Saeed     10/18/23 12:01am

What is it about this strange, freakish date of Oct. 31 that has gripped the hearts of Americans nationwide? Is it the free candy? The ability to dress up? The fact that RUPD finally can’t get mad at me for carrying around an ax? 

One thing is for sure: The numerous scary movies for horror-lovers to watch in October have definitely contributed to the mysterious allure of the holiday. The Thresher has rounded up a few horror movie classics that are sure to have your whole friend group spooked. Fair warning, though, some of these movies are not for the faint of heart — and we wouldn’t recommend watching alone. 


Never want to sleep comfortably in your own house ever again? “Poltergeist” may be the movie for you. This 1982 classic horror film disturbs audiences not because of any special effects, but because of the chilling ambiance Steven Spielberg was able to create the entire runtime.

Where to watch: Max, Amazon Prime

“The Descent”

Can this 2006 movie classic be described as an empowering feminist masterclass of cinema? Actually, it probably can, and the all-female cast should be given massive props for that. More than anything, though, “The Descent” is a gruesome tale of a group of cave explorers who seek a way to escape reality in the aftermath of personal tragedy. Once they fully descend into the depths of the Earth, however, they discover some haunting secrets.

Where to watch: Max, Amazon Prime

“The Wicker Man”

The movie follows policeman Edward Malus (Nicholas Cage) as he investigates a missing children’s case on a creepy island. He soon finds that the mysterious residents of the town have more to them than meets the eyes. 

All in all, “The Wicker Man” is not a good movie, but it is a spectacular dumpster fire of a film that deserves your adoration this Halloween.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime, Apple TV


“Cloverfield” is a found-footage style film that captures the moment that a massive monster attacks Manhattan. 

Told from the perspective of an average Joe and his friend group, “Cloverfield” will have you waiting with baited breath to see what becomes of our protagonists as they desperately try to escape an Eldritch abomination.

Where to watch: Apple TV, Amazon Prime

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