Best Halloween Movies of All Time, List of Top 10: ‘Psycho,’ ‘Hocus Pocus,’ ‘The Evil Dead’ & More [PHOTOS]
Year Released: 1960
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
What makes it great: This Hitchcock movie is still considered a classic because of the iconic shower scene, but it has come to recent light again because it is the basis for the successful prequel show Bates Motel on A&E. The show tries to figure out what really happened between Norman and Norma Bates before long before Marion Crane checked into the motel.
With Halloween almost here, now is the perfect time to curl up on the couch and watch movies that will not help keep the festive mood alive.
Some of the best movies to watch are horrors -- both ones that are genuinely scary and others that contribute more suspense than anything else. Though the modern horror film genre has generally lacked decent fare, some modern films can make the cut.
Most films released in recent years have failed because a large portion of them are either a modern re-telling of the traditional horror movies of the 1970s, or a sequel which takes away from the original material. Movies of the 1970s were able to scare their audiences not necessarily because of the action occurring onscreen, but because the movies were actually social commentaries on real-life. Trying to remake them today largely fails because the social context surrounding what makes them scary isn't the same as it was 40 years ago.
Those who may have younger children, however, may prefer less traditional fare, and will want to opt for the family-friendly and comedic kinds of movies devoted to the genre. These movies work because while they won't necessarily scare young children, they still evoke some traditional characters that make for great Halloween stories-be it witches, ghosts, or zombies.
Whether you go for the more family-friendly fare or choose the traditional horror route, here is a list of 10 of the best Halloween movies of all time: