You can feel the chill in the air. The leaves are changing color and store shelves are filled with costumes, candy and decorations. October is upon us, as well as Halloween. What better time to kick back and watch a scary movie with friends? To help you get started, here is a list of 10 of America’s highest rated horror films and where to find them!

Psycho (1960)

Rating: 5/5 Buffalo Chips

A Phoenix secretary steals $40,000 from her employer’s client, goes on the run and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, and Vera Miles.

Available for online rental from all major retailers for $2.99 and available for digital purchase from all major retailers starting at $8.99

The Shining (1980)

Rating: 4/5 Buffalo Chips (Top Pick!)

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.

Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, and Danny Lloyd.

Available for online rental from all major retailers for $2.99 and available for digital purchase starting at $8.99.

The Thing (1982)

Rating: 5/5 Buffalo Chips

Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills.

Directed by John Carpenter and starring Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, and Keith David.

Available for online rental from all major retailers for $2.99.

Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Rating: 4/5 Buffalo Chips

Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.

Directed by George A. Romero. Starring David Emge, Ken Foree, and Scott H. Reiniger.

Available for online rental from all major retailers for $2.99 and available for online purchase from all major retailers starting at $8.99

The Exorcist (1973)

Rating: 5/5 Buffalo Chips

When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

Directed by William Friedkin. Starring Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, and Linda Blair.

Available for online rental from all major retailers for $2.99.

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Rating: 4/5 Buffalo Chips

A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living.

Directed by Edgar Wright. Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Kate Ashfield.

Available for online rental from all major retailers for $2.99.

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Rating: 4/5 Buffalo Chips

A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse.

Directed by George A. Romero. Starring Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, and Karl Hardman.

Available for online rental from Amazon and VUDU for $2.00

Halloween (1978)

Rating: 3/5 Buffalo Chips

A psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood for the murder of his sister, escapes and stalks a bookish adolescent girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets.

Directed by John Carpenter. Starring Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Tony Moran.

Available for online rental from iTunes, Google Play and Vudu for $2.99 and available for online purchase from iTunes, Google Play and Vudu starting at $6.99.

Poltergeist (1982)

Rating: 5/5 Buffalo Chips

A young family are visited by ghosts in their home. At first the ghosts appear friendly, moving objects around the house to the amusement of everyone, then they turn nasty and start to terrorise the family before they “kidnap” the youngest daughter.

Directed by Tobe Hooper. Starring JoBeth Williams, Heather O’Rourke, and Craig T. Nelson.

Available for online rental from iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, Youtube, Sony Entertainment Network and Redbox Instant for $2.99 and available for online purchase from all major retailers starting at $8.99.

Friday the 13th (1980)

Rating: 3/5 Buffalo Chips

Camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp that was the site of a child’s drowning.

Directed by Sean S. Cunningham. Starring Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, and Jeannine Taylor.

Available for online rental from Google Play, Vudu and Sony Entertainment Network for $2.99 and available for online purchase from iTunes and Google Play for $9.99.

All descriptions are provided by IMDB.com.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Ever since I was a child, I always enjoyed horror movies. To be honest, it scared my mom a lot, considering I was so young. However, even at that age I knew it was fake and the thrill of a horror film always had me on the edge. This is a holiday were everybody gets to feel like a kid again; dressing up and just having fun, eating candy, and all that unhealthy stuff. I have to say, Halloween makes my day. 🙂

  2. Horror films were always films that I was very scared to watch all my life. I use to believe all that stuff with monsters and vampires were so real!! I remember people dressing up for Halloween and me being terrified with the way people looked on that day. As I got older I started to realize that these things were fake. But for some reason I am still afraid of horror films and I believe that they are getting worse each year.

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