Top 5 Spooky Movies (That We Think Are Scary)

It’s Friday the 13th and here’s our Top 5 Spooky Movies List:

To celebrate this spooky day, we’ve decided to assemble a list of the Top 5 Spooky Movies. Obviously, this is a broad genre so it will be challenging to narrow it down to our favorites.

The Birds (1963)

Despite the fact that Psycho usually steals much of the thunder, The Birds is a spooky film. The premise of attacking birds might seem funny, but Alfred Hitchcock does a great job of subtly building the tension and suspense. The scene that sticks with me is the one where the crows are perched outside of a school — gives me goosebumps every time.


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That Scene from The Birds

Oculus (2014)

Oculus is one of those movies that doesn’t get enough recognition. Yes, it’s silly — it’s about an evil mirror. But what works in Oculus is Karen Gillan’s character’s determination to prove that the mirror was responsible for the death of her parents. What makes the movie spooky is the way in which the mirror manipulates people. It’s so subtle that people generally don’t realize they’re being manipulated by the mirror — until it’s too late.


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photogenic picture with the Evil Mirror

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

While Sleepy Hollow isn’t perfect with it’s shifting tones, it fits this spooky list. Just check out the dreadful scenery. Tim Burton is masterful in the way he creates the grim setting, which blends well with the cinematography, visual effects and musical score.  For more awesome stuff, check out Nostalgia Critic’s video on how Sleepy Hollow might be Secretly Brilliant.


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It Follows (2014)

I heard a lot of great things about this movie.  What makes this movie unique is the fact that it doesn’t rely on jump scares or typical slasher tropes. It feels like a homage to 80s horror with slow building tension and a creature that doesn’t require speed to frighten audiences.  That’s what makes it spooky.  If you’re unfamiliar with this one, allow me to explain the plot.  After sleeping with her semi-boyfriend, a young woman becomes cursed and she must find a way to destroy a creature that perpetually follows her.


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Truly Spooky Scene

Poltergeist (1982)

Poltergeist is one of those classic horror movies. As many of you might know, the post-production curse is as infamous as the movie itself (for more info check out the Snope’s article. My favorite horror movies are the subtle ones with spooky visuals and suspenseful scenes. Poltergeist is a great example of this. One scene that sticks out to me is the one when Heather O’Rourke as little Carol says “they’re here.”


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For more spooky movies stuff, check out our Top 5 Monster Movies List:


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Top 5 Monster Movies List

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