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Underrated Halloween Movies You Should Watch This Year

Updated November 7, 2019 96.0k votes 20.7k voters 1.7m views23 items

Isn’t Halloween the best? Not only do you get to dress up and eat candy, but you don't look weird for watching spooky movies every day of the week. Some of the most fun horror movies are those that actually take place on Halloween. There are lots, but many horror fans only think about John Carpenter's Halloween. Plenty of underrated horror movies also feature events that take place on or around Oct. 31, but you might not catch it unless you're really paying attention.

For instance, the gross-out horror Slugs has Halloween written all over it, but it's not necessarily regarded as a "Halloween" movie. There are so many movies like this, you could make a film festival with just the ones on this list. Some of these underrated Halloween movies are spooky, others are fun for the whole family, and some are perfect for when you want to Netflix and chill.

Vote up the most underrated Halloween films and comment with any other spooky Halloween movies you think deserve to be on the list.

  • Trick 'r Treat is a spooky anthology movie that revolves around a creepy kid in a burlap sack on Halloween. It should've become a massive franchise, but Warner Bros. released the movie straight to video, dumping it into the DVD bargain bins of America.

    Luckily, the film found new life online, and horror fans everywhere are finally getting to see what happens when you blow out a jack-o-lantern before midnight.

    • Actors: Anna Paquin, Leslie Bibb, Brian Cox, Tahmoh Penikett, Lauren Lee Smith
    • Released: 2007
    • Directed by: Michael Dougherty

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  • What would Halloween be without Stephen King? If you dig werewolves but feel like they've been taken over by the Twilight movies, then check out King's Silver Bullet. It's a gritty portrayal of lycanthropy that'll make you look over your shoulder every full moon.

    • Actors: Gary Busey, Corey Haim, Terry O'Quinn, Tovah Feldshuh, James Gammon
    • Released: 1985
    • Directed by: Dan Attias

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  • Since its release in the mid-'90s, The Crow has become a cult classic. But the final movie starring Brandon Lee (who died in an on-set accident while filming) is so much more than what it seems. Set on Halloween, it's a supernatural action flick that manages to conjure emotions that several sequels and copycat movies never could.The Crow really does deserve a second viewing.

    • Actors: Bai Ling, Brandon Lee, Tony Todd, Ernie Hudson, Jon Polito
    • Released: 1994
    • Directed by: Alex Proyas
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  • Not every Halloween movie needs to give you nightmares, although Monster House does have a few surprising scares. It's about three young friends who believe a creepy house in their neighborhood is actually a living creature, but it's a Halloween movie the whole family can enjoy. 

    • Actors: Kathleen Turner, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Steve Buscemi, Nick Cannon, Kevin James
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Gil Kenan

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