5 of My All-Time Favorite Spooky Movies and Shows

5 of my All Time Favorite Spooky Movies and Shows


I can’t believe that Halloween is in two days already! Some years, I really go hard with playing spooky video games and watching a lot of horror movies, but this year I’ve really dropped the ball. The only slightly spooky game I’ve played is Back 4 Blood and I quit watching the one spooky movie on Netflix I picked up, because I didn’t think it was scary. Despite my utter failure in watching and playing scary things for Halloween, I do have a list of 5 of my All-Time Favorite Spooky Movies and Shows in case anyone wants to have a list minute scary movie marathon before Halloween!


1. The Ring

It sounds like just another urban legend — a videotape filled with nightmarish images leads to a phone call foretelling the viewer’s death in exactly seven days. Newspaper reporter Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) is skeptical of the story until four teenagers all die mysteriously exactly one week after watching just such a tape. Allowing her investigative curiosity to get the better of her, Rachel tracks down the video and watches it. Now she has just seven days to unravel the mystery.


The Ring came out when I was in middle school and completely terrified me. I even figured out when I was supposedly going to die from watching the tape (aka the movie) and sat there a mess waiting for my death to come claim me. Good times. To this day, The Ring remains one of my favorite horror movies because I love the mystery surrounding the tape that kills those who watch it and the suspense. There’s also a sequel, which isn’t quite as good, but is still worth a watch.


2. Signs

Everything that farmer Graham Hess (Mel Gibson) assumed about the world is changed when he discovers a message – an intricate pattern of circles and lines – carved into his crops. As he investigates the unfolding mystery, what he finds will forever alter the lives of his brother (Joaquin Phoenix) and children (Rory Culkin), (Abigail Breslin). A unique story that explores the mysterious real-life phenomena of crop signs and the effects they have on one man and his family.


Signs is a classic M. Night Shyamalan movie that came out back when his movies were still scary. Like most of his movies, it features a fun twist at the end.  I really love how long this movie goes without showing the “monsters” outright, building the suspense up to a big reveal at the end.  Plus, this movie features Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix, so you know it’s got spectacular acting.

Trigger warning: There is a dog death in this movie, but it happens mostly off camera.


3. The Grudge (2004)

An American nurse (Sarah Michelle Gellar) living and working in Tokyo is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse, one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim.


The Grudge is another movie that scarred me for life when I was younger. This movie is another remake of a Japanese horror movie, originally titled Ju-On. I’ve never witnessed the Japanese version of this movie, because I always feared it would be even scarier! The Grudge has a lot of great hallmarks of the horror genre, a terrifying lady, creepy children, and the main character being an out-of-towner/foreigner in a new place and getting swept up in something sinister. There is also a sequel to this movie, and a third movie, but the third one is pretty laughable and not worth watching.




4. The Haunting of Hill House

Flashing between past and present, a fractured family confronts haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it.


My best friends convinced me to watch The Haunting of Hill House with them and I’m so glad they did. This show has everything, complex characters, jump scares, an interesting mystery, and an ever-present looming dread. Though I enjoyed the spiritual successor to this show, The Haunting of Bly Manor, I really believe this show was superior in almost every way. Even though it’s been years since I watch it, I still think about this series a lot.











5. The Others

A woman who lives in her darkened old family house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that the home is haunted.


The Others is a pretty notorious horror movie, because it’s definitely one where things are not what they appear! This is another movie that does a phenomenal job with its build up and suspense, as well as creating an incredibly creepy and haunting atmosphere. If you like twist endings, don’t hesitate to watch The Others. 













There you have it, here are my favorite horror movies and shows of all time! I know most of them are a bit old at this point, but these are the shows and movies I keep coming back to time and time again and have never disappointed me.


If you’re more into spooky anime, check out my post on 5 Anime Perfect for Halloween.

For those that prefer reading and less-scares, check out my post on Non-Scary Books to Get You In the Halloween Spirit.


What are some of your favorite spooky movies and shows? Let me know in the comments below! Happy Halloween!


5 of My All-Time Favorite Spooky Movies and Shows

Posted October 29, 2021 in Movies, Other Shows, Watch

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