It’s nearing the end of October, so its that time again to open up the crypt and binge watch some old scary movies. Sometimes, they’re so bad they’re actually funny instead of scary. Seeing an intruder appear in the bathroom mirror while the character looks away gets tired as the horror genre just isn’t what it once was.
The effects may not be as good, but there is something decidedly creepy about watching black-and-white films in October. The following are some movies that you may have not heard of, but perhaps deserve a look on your must-watch list.
A reporter witnesses a murder in the neighbor’s apartment, but the police don’t believe the crime happened. With the help of a private detective, she tries to figure out the truth.
From the beginning of the movie, it is a thriller. You’ll be on edge during the first hour of the movie. This is for those who love bizarre films.
Let’s Scare Jessica to Death, 1971
A woman released from an institution moves into a haunted farmhouse, and she starts to fear she may be going crazy again.
This film goes from chilling to outright frightening. There is a scene on the lake that will give you nightmares. Let’s Scare Jessica to Death has a scary title, and the movie lives up to your expectations.
Tourist Trap, 1979
The series of scary scenes starts when a car breaks down near a crazy man’s wax museum filled with mannequins.
Tourist Trap is one of the most underrated horror movies you’ll find. This has all that you would want in a horror flick—mannequins, masks, a psycho.
The Woman in Black, 1989
A widows dies in the town of Crythin, so a solicitor goes over to settle the estate. The people in the town don’t go near the home, but he goes there alone and discovers the place has a terrible history. The backdrop and setting alone is frightening enough.
Black Christmas, 1974
The members of a sorority house are harassed by a stranger making phone calls. One of the best slasher films, right up there with Halloween.
The Sentinel, 1977
After a model moves into her apartment, a series of chilling events unfold. You may not have heard of this movie before, but it is a classic almost on the same level as Carrie, Rosemary’s Baby, and The Exorcist.
Anthony Hopkins stars as a ventriloquist who is being controlled by his dummy. Sounds like a simple plot, but this is Anthony Hopkins. He knows exactly what to do to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Magic is well-written, and it has one of Hollywood’s best actors playing the lead. Thrilling from start to end!
Carnival of Souls, 1952
This film is eerie from start to finish. A lot of horror films look bad decades after they are released, but this is one exception that remains scary. There is an intense buildup that ends in pure terror.
The Brood, 1979
This features a group of mutated children. They’re even more terrifying than the Children of the Corn. It’s a mix of sci-fi and horror without a dull moment in between.
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, 1962
The story of a former child star who tortures her handicapped sister in an old mansion.
This film gets better the older it gets. It’s a thriller that is in a league of its own. There’s nothing scarier than a really crazy human being.
In the Mouth of Madness, 1994
Creepy kids, creepy old people, and masks… What more do you need?
Dead of Night, 1945
Guests at a country house take turns telling supernatural stories. Dead of Night takes you to the dark side of the souls that are within us all.
Night of the Hunter, 1955
A overzealous religious fanatic marries a widow, and her children refuse to tell him where their father hid his stolen loot of $10,000.
This is thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Robert Mitchum plays a horrible manipulative monster like nobody else can.
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