The 20 Best Haunted House Movies to Watch on Halloween

    One of the scariest horror stories are those that focus on a haunted house. They are a classic both in series as in horror movies. What’s scarier than knowing that the place you call home, a place you consider a safe haven, is haunted by a macabre and malevolent entity? Also, it’s hard to believe that something is actually happening in your own home. Wouldn’t it be easier to think that it’s all in your head, a trick of the light or a standard creak in an old house? Haunted houses are scary, in real life or in a movie, because they are a living nightmare. There is no escape. And that’s exactly why haunted house movies are one of the best horror subgenres. Even if the characters end up, um, not making it out alive, it’s fun to watch them lose their minds as things shake in the night.

    Haunted house movies are also timeless. Whether it’s a ’70s movie or some recent classic, being trapped in a house full of things that want to kill you never gets old. That’s exactly why a movie like ‘The Bottom of the Stairs’ still holds up after all these years, or why James Wan’s ‘Warren Files: The Conjuring’ is one of the most successful horror franchises in recent times. recent years (along with Wan’s equally creepy ‘Insidious’ franchise). And there is even room within the subgenre for comedy, such as Tim Burton’s classic Halloween movie, ‘Bitelchús’ (one of the Halloween classics that aren’t too scary).

    Whether you’re looking for a recent indie gem or a classic haunted house flick, we’ve got you covered. Because if you like to celebrate Halloween at home instead of in a club full of people dressed as things that are not scary, the normal thing is that you stay at home with the lights off. There are those who will say that this is a quiet night, but those people surely have not seen any of these movies to remember how “entertaining” the home can be. Here are the 20 best haunted house movies.

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It’s not a list of haunted houses without ‘The Shining’. Starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall, the film follows a writer and his family as they stay in a hotel during a blizzard. However, the longer they stay, the more the hotel influences their psyche. Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, although the writer did not like the changes made by the director, Stanley Kubrick.


Scarlet Peak (2015)

Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska and Jessica Chastain star in this gothic romance from Guillermo del Toro about a woman who falls in love with a mysterious man and moves in with him and his sister. As she gets used to her new home, she discovers that there are secrets that will change her forever.


The Haunted Mansion (2003)

Who said every entry on this list had to be terrifying and adult-friendly? ‘The Haunted Mansion’ stars Eddie Murphy as a workaholic who is trapped with his family when a storm prevents them from leaving the house. During their stay, they meet the haunted residents of the mansion and manage to discover their own hidden connection to the place.

A family’s home is haunted by spirits seeking to take their daughter in this classic haunted house movie. Since its release, ‘Poltergeist’ has often been touted as one of the best horror movies of all time.


Terror in Amityville (1979)

This 1979 film (not to be confused with the 2005 remake), centers on a young couple who buy a house that turns out to be haunted. It is based on the supposed true story of a New York family who moved into a house where a mass murder took place the year before.

This Oscar-nominated animated film is creepy, yet heartwarming. Three children investigate a terrifying neighborhood house and suspect that it is actually alive. The film is notable for its use of motion capture, a technique relatively little used in animated films today.

A couple struggles to bring their son back from a coma in ‘Insidious’. To try to contact him, they bring in a medium and are forced to deal with the evil spirits trying to ensnare their son. The movie could be said to count as much as a possession as a haunted house, if we’re being particular and specific about it.

‘Bitelchús’ is not only more comedy than horror, but the film turns the classic disturbing story on its head. Instead of a family moving into a new house and calling in an expert to get rid of the ghosts, it’s the ghosts calling in an expert spirit to get rid of the new, living owners of their house.


The Woman in Black (2012)

Daniel Radcliffe stars in this movie based on a book of the same name. When a young lawyer goes to a small town to settle a deceased woman’s estate, he becomes embroiled in the local supernatural legend of a woman in black.

Sarah Michelle Gellar stars in ‘The Scream’, an American version of the Japanese film ‘Ju-On’. Gellar plays a nurse dispatched after her patient’s caretaker disappears upon arrival at her home. When she arrives, she finds herself face to face with the vengeful spirits of a family murdered years before.


Warren File: The Conjuring (2013)

Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga star as the Warrens, a married couple and team of paranormal investigators who travel the country ridding people of demonic entities, director James Wan’s first film set in The Conjunring universe.


At the bottom of the stairs (1980)

A New York City composer moves into a Seattle house, only to realize that it is most likely haunted. Since its release in 1980, the film has earned the status of a cult classic in the horror genre.

A horror anthology film, ‘V/H/S’, follows a group of criminals who break into a house, only to find a dead man and a videotape. As they watch the tape, they see several horrific stories…only to realize that the “dead” man has now disappeared from his former location.

This mockumentary follows a family grieving the unexpected death of their daughter. As they cry, they begin to experience supernatural events that may reveal secrets about their daughter’s life.


Drag Me to Hell (2009)

A loan officer looking to advance her career decides not to extend an elderly woman’s loan. In retaliation, the old woman curses the officer to go to hell after three days of torture. We rank ‘Drag Me to Hell’ as one of the best films from legendary director Sam Raimi.

When a lonely woman receives the ashes of her estranged mother, she begins to suspect that her mother’s restless spirit haunts her. Sandra Oh stars in this 2022 film.

When a family travels to the UK to start a new life, they realize that aggressive spirits are after them and want them to leave. Without a doubt, one of Netflix’s best contributions to the genre, with an interesting subtext about immigration and refugees.


Oculus: Mirror of Evil (2013)

Two brothers are haunted by an antique mirror in their home and struggle to escape their deadly hallucinations.

A woman grieving the loss of her mother begins to experience strange and unexplained events that terrify her family. You’ll want to see this one with the lights on, Ari Aster’s groundbreaking first work.

Before his great success with ‘X’ and ‘Pearl’, Ti West directed ‘The Guests’, a story of two hotel workers who are terrified by a ghostly apparition and have to get the hotel guests out alive.

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The 20 Best Haunted House Movies to Watch on Halloween