Many different parts of the world celebrate Halloween (or any local name it is called) on the evening of October 31st. It has become a tradition, providing an excuse to wear costumes and frighten people.
Halloween has its origins back in the 19th century and it is considered to have a religious component. However, it is now more associated with parties, pumpkins, and people in costumes trying to scare others. The film industry has also taken advantage of the date by releasing its best horror films.
Although it might seem odd, people pay to be frightened at the movies. New horror movies sequels are always released, becoming box office hits. If you have decided to skip the Halloween parties this year and want to stay at home watching tv, check out the list of the 10 best horror movies, courtesy of Esquire
10. The Human Centipede (First Sequence)
Director: Tom Six
Two American tourists are traveling in Europe. While in Germany, they decide to party, but their car breaks down on the side of the road and they have to walk to get help. Instead of finding assistance, they meet a deranged surgeon with Nazi tendencies who has something worse than death planned for them.
9. The Shining
Director: Stanley Kubrick
An alcoholic writer and his family move to a mountaintop hotel, where he has taken a job as a caretaker while he writes his next book. Things get complicated, though, when he begins to suffer from a personality disorder and his family starts experiencing terrifying supernatural phenomena.
8. The Last House on the Left
Director: Wes Craven
After kidnapping and violently assaulting two young women, a gang unwittingly seeks shelter in a vacation home that belongs to the parents of one of the victims: a mother and father who plot their revenge step by step.
7. The Night of the Living Dead
Director: George A. Romero
Panic seizes an entire country when it is attacked by the dead, which have suddenly come back to life. The movie follows a group of people trying to escape the living dead on an old farm.
6. The Wicker Man
Director: Robin Hardy
A police sergeant is sent to a town on a Scottish island to investigate the disappearance of a girl, but the community’s inhabitants insist the child never existed—but the oddest things are the strange rites they perform there.
5. Rosemary’s Baby
Director: Roman Polanski
A young couple who wants a child, move to an apartment, only to find themselves surrounded by strange neighbors and disturbing incidents. When the wife gets pregnant, her paranoia about the safety of her unborn child starts to control her life.
4. The Silence of the Lambs
Director: Jonathan Demme
A young FBI agent must trust a manipulative, imprisoned murderer to provide assistance in capturing another serial killer, most of whose victims are teenage girls.
Director: John Carpenter
Fifteen years after killing his sister on Halloween night, Michael Myers escapes his mental hospital and returns to the small city of Haddonfield to wreak revenge and kill again.
Director: Pascal Laugier
A young woman’s search to take revenge on the people who kidnapped and tortured her as a child lead her and a friend, who also suffered child abuse, on a terrifying journey to a living hell, filled with depravity.
1. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Director: Tobe Hooper
The movie tells the story of two brothers and their friends who go visit their grandfather’s tomb in Texas. Upon arrival, they are attacked by a family of psychopathic cannibals and must fight to survive.