Best Movies for Adults

Add a little spook to your celebration with these Halloween movies.

  • Halloween (1978) From IMDB: “A psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood for the murder of his sister, escapes and stalks a bookish teenage girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets.” Run time: 91 minutes Rated R Director: John Carpenter Writers: John Carpenter, Debra Hill Stars: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis and Tony Moran Distributed by: Compass International Pictures imdb.com

  • Psycho (1960) From IMDB: “A young woman steals $40,000 from her employer’s client, and subsequently encounters a young motel proprietor too long under the domination of his mother.” Run time: 109 minutes Rated R Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: Joseph Stefano, Robert Block Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh and Vera Miles Distributed by: Paramount Pictures imdb.com

  • Night of the Living Dead (1968) From IMBD: “A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse.” Run time: 96 minutes Rated R Director: George A. Romero Writers: John A. Russo, George A. Romero Stars: Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea and Karl Hardman Distributed by: Continental Distributing Inc. imdb.com

  • Scream (1996) From IMDB: “A killer known as ‘ghost face’ begins killing off teenagers, and as the body count begins rising, one girl and her friend find themselves contemplating the ‘Rules’ of horror films as they find themselves living in a real-life one.” Run time: 111 minutes Rated R Director: Wes Craven Writer: Kevin Williamson Stars: Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, Drew Barrymore and David Arquette Distributed by: Miramax Films imdb.com

  • The Exorcist (1973) From IMDB: “When a girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.” Run time: 122 minutes Rated R Director: William Friedkin Writer: William Peter Blatty Stars : Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow and Linda Blair Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures imdb.com

  • The Shining (1980) From IMDB: “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 his future.” Run time: 142 minutes Rated R Director: Stanley Kubrick Writers: Stanley Kubrick, Diane Johnson and Stephen King Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall and Danny Lloyd imdb.com

  • Evil Dead 2 (1987) From IMDB: “The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holds up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack.” Run time: 84 minutes Rated R Director: Sam Raimi Writers: Sam Raimi, Scott Spiegel Stars: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry and Dan Hicks Distributed by: Rosebud Communications Releasing imdb.com

  • Ghostbusters (1984) From IMDB: “Three unemployed parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.” Run time: 105 minutes Rated PG Director: Ivan Reitman Writers: Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Rick Moranis Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver Distributed by: Columbia Pictures imdb.com

  • Dawn of the Dead (1978) From IMDB: “Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia SWAT team members, a traffic reporter, and his television-executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.” Runtime: 126 minutes Rated R Directed by: George A. Romero Writer: George A. Romero Stars: David Emge, Kevin Foree and Scott H. Reiniger Distributed by: United Film Distribution Company imdb.com

  • Signs (2002) From IMDB: “A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come.” Runtime: 106 minutes Rated PG-13 Director: M. Night Shyamalan Writer: M. Night Shyamalan Stars: Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix and Rory Culkin Distributed by: Buena Vista Distribution Company imdb.com

  • The Omen (1976) From IMDB: “An American ambassador learns to his horror that his son is actually the literal Antichrist.” Runtime: 111 minutes Rated R Director: Richard Donner Writer: David Seltzer Stars: Gregory Peck, Lee Rimick and Harvey Stephens Distributed by: 20th Century Fox imdb.com

  • 28 Days Later (2002) From IMDB: “Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.” Runtime: 113 minutes Rated R Director: Danny Boyle Writer: Alex Garland Stars: Cillian Murphy, Naomi Harris and Christopher Eccleston Distributed by: Fox Searchlight Pictures imdb.com

  • The Sixth Sense (1999) From IMDB: “A boy who communicates with spirits that don’t know they’re dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.” Runtime: 107 minutes Rated PG-13 Director: M. Night Shyamalan Writer: M. Night Shyamalan Stars: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment and Toni Collette Distributed by: Hollywood/Buena Vista imdb.com

  • Hellraiser (1987) From IMDB: “An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover, who’s being chased by demons after he escaped from their sado-masochistic Hell.” Runtime: 94 minutes Rated R Director: Clive Barker Writer: Clive Barker Stars: Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins and Ashley Laurence Distributed by: New World Video imdb.com

  • Pet Sematary (1989) From IMDB: “Behind a young family’s home in Maine is a terrible secret that holds the power of life after death. When tragedy strikes, the threat of that power soon becomes undeniable.” Runtime: 103 minutes Rated R Director: Mary Lambert Writer: Stephen King Stars: Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby and Fred Gwyne Distributed by: Paramount Home Video imdb.com

  • Friday the 13th (1980) From IMDB: “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.” Runtime: 95 minutes Rated R Director: Sean S. Cunningham Writers: Victor Miller and Ron Kurz Stars: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King and Jeannine Taylor

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) From IMDB: "In the dreams of his victims, a spectral child murderer stalks the children of the members of the lynch mob that killed him." Run time: 91 minutes Rated R Director: Wes Craven Writer: Wes Craven Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp and Robert Englund Distributed by: New Line cinema imdb.com

  • Alien (1979) From IMDB: "A mining ship, investigating a suspected SOS, lands on a distant planet. The crew discovers some strange creatures and investigates." Run time: 117 minutes Rated R Director: Ridley Scott Writers: Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt and John Hurt Distributed by: 20th Century Fox imdb.com

  • Carrie (1976) From IMDB: "A mousy and abused girl with telekinetic powers get pushed too far on one special night." Run time: 98 minutes Director: Brian D Palma Writers: Stephen King and Lawrence D. Cohen Stars: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie and Amy Irving Distributed by: United Artists imdb.com

  • Dracula (1931) From IMDB: "The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and beings to prey upon the virtuous young Mina." Run time: 75 minutes Director: Tod Browning and Karl Freund Writers: Bram Stoker, Hamilton Deane, John L. Balderston, Garrett Fort and five others Stars: Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler and David Manners Distributed by: Universal Pictures imdb.com

  • Jaws (1975) From IMDB: "When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and a grizzled fisherman set out to stop it." Run time: 124 minutes Director: Steven Spielberg Writers: Peter Benchley and Carl Gottlieb Stars: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss Distributed by: Universal Pictures imdb.com

  • Poltergeist (1982) From IMDB: "A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts." Run time: 114 minutes Director: Tobe Hooper Writers: Steven Spielberg, Michael Grais and Mark Victor Stars: JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke and Craig T. Nelson Distributed by: MGM Home Entertainment imdb.com

  • Rosemary's Baby (1968) From IMDB: "A young couple move into a new apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safer of her unborn child beings controlling her life." Run time: 136 minutes Director: Roman Polanski Writers: Ira Levin and Roman Polanski Stars: Mia Ferrow, John Cassavetes and Ruth Gordon Distributed by: Paramount Pictures imdb.com

  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) From IMDB: "Five friends visiting their grandpa's old house are hunted down and terrorized by a chainsaw wielding killer and his family of grave-robbing cannibals." Run time: 83 minutes Director: Tobe Hooper Writers: Kim Henkel and Tobe Hooper Stars: Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal and Allen Danziger Distributed by: Bryanston Pictures imdb.com

  • The Thing (1982) From IMDB: "Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills." Run time: 109 minutes Director: John Carpenter Writers: Bill Lancaster and John W. Campbell Jr. Stars: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley and Keith David Distributed by: Universal Pictures imdb.com