The Golden Arrows Top 10 Horror Movies to get Yourself in the Halloween Mood

With Halloween here, here are the movies you could watch to get yourself ready and in the Halloween mood

10.The Candyman (2021) 


This film was written and directed by Nia DaCosta, Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld. The plot of the film revolves around the housing projects of Chicago’s Cabrini-Green, in which the people involved with the projects were terrorized by a ghost story about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand. This film was probably one of the most talked about movies last year. As this film was a remake of the 1992 version, this film definitely had a lot more advanced technology to work with than its original version. However, regardless of the advanced technology this movie had access to, it is enjoyable to be able to sit down and watch for only an hour and a half. The acting was nothing less than typical for your casual thriller/slasher film, and when delivering their lines, the actors did a good job of expressing realistic emotions through their vocals and facial expressions. Overall, Rotten Tomatoes rated the film at 84% with an audience score of 72%. The Candyman receives a Golden Arrow rating of 75%.


9.The Shining (1980) 


This film, stars Jack Nickolson (playing Jack Torrance), as he gets a job as a winter caretaker at the Isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, bringing his wife and son with him. He looks to clear his writer’s block as he settles in along with his wife Wendy (played by Shelley Duval) and his son Danny (played by Danny Lloyd), But his son starts getting tormented by psychic premonitions. As Jack doesn’t make any improvements in his writing, Danny’s hallucinations become more and more disturbing. Jack discovers the hotel’s dark secrets and slowly becomes a murderous maniac dead set on terrorizing his family. The Shining was one of the most successful horror films when it was released, and even today it is still an incredibly popular horror film. 41 years later, the story of the terror and horror the family went through in this film is a legendary scary story. The acting, lines delivered, and screening make it one of the most iconic films not only in the horror industry but in cinema history. However, The Shining has not had a large enough audience in order for its writers and creators to create successful prequels and sequels unlike other 80’s classics such as Aliens, Nightmare On Elm Street and Beetlejuice. Some critics have also described it as “unscary.” Overall for a 1980s classic Golden Arrow would rate the movie at 88%. 


8.The Black Phone (2021)

A skeleton wears the mask worn by The Grabber, who stars as the main antagonist of The Black Phone (2022). To the right of the skeleton, Frankenstein wears the mask of Michael Myers, the classic villain of the Halloween franchise. (Yejin Song)

This film features Ethan Hawke, who plays a fiendish masked killer that kidnaps a 13 year old boy by the name of Finney Shaw (played by Mason Thames). As he holds him hostage in a soundproof basement, on the wall of the basement there is a disconnected phone which starts to ring at random times. He discovers that these callers turn out to be past victims of this killer who is known as “The Grabber,” as they become set on making sure Finney doesn’t experience what these victims went through. Overall, the movie was confusing at times, and with it being labeled as a horror/thriller some did not find it scary at all. Vudu gave it a rating of 4.4 out of 5 and IMDb gave it a 7/10.It was enjoyable to watch, however, and Golden Arrow would personally rate it at 82% which is equivalent to the Rotten Tomatoes rating.


7.The Invisible Man (2020)


After faking his own suicide, a deranged scientist by the name of Adrian Griffin (played by Oliver Jackson-Cohen) uses his abilities to become invisible. He then uses this invisibility to his advantage to stock and terrorizes his ex-girlfriend. As the police refuse to believe her story, she decides to fight back and deal with the situation herself. When some watched this film, they personally enjoyed the plot but did not find it scary at all due to the fact that the character of the invisible man was really just a regular human with no actual supernatural abilities other than the fact he turned himself invisible. Based on this, Golden Arrow would rate this movie at 81%. This film received a fairly high Rotten Tomatoes score, however, at 92%. IMDb rated it a 7.1/10. 


6.The Hatching (2022)


This is about the story of a 12 year old gymnast named Tinja who is desperate to please her egomaniac mother. After Tinja finds an injured bird in the middle of the woods, she discovers it has laid a rather strange-looking egg and she decides to take it home to nourish it in her bedroom until it hatches. The creature that pops out of the egg soon becomes her best friend but at the same time a living nightmare, driving Tinja into a twisted reality that her Mom refuses to see. This movie seemed like it tried to be a replica of E.T. but for a more mature audience, and it succeeded. The film starts off very weird and slow, but towards the middle, it starts to improve. However, the film focused too much on her staring at the egg waiting for it to hatch. As a result, Golden Arrow would say this movie deserves a rating of 86%. Rotten Tomatoes gave this film a very high 92%, Metacritic rated it 75%, and IMDb gave it a 6.2/10.


5.It Chapter One (2017) 

Pennywise, the killer clown starring as the primary antagonist in the movie adaptation of horror author Stephen King’s 1986 novel “IT”, holds a Halloween-themed movie clapperboard. (Yejin Song)

With this film being a remake of the 1990 version (both of them written by Stephen King), “It” is about seven young outcasts living in the small town of Derry, Maine as they are on the verge of facing their worst nightmare: an ancient, shape-shifting evil which emerges from the sewer every 27 years to prey on the town’s children. Teaming together during one terrifying summer, the friends must overcome their fears to battle a murderous, bloodthirsty clown by the name of Pennywise. The Golden Arrow enjoyed this movie very much, one of my personal favorite horror films of all time. Everything from the acting, screening and editing was perfectly executed and I would give this film a very high rating of 93%. Rotten Tomatoes, however, gave it a lower rating of 86%, audiences however enjoyed it very much with it receiving an audience score of 4.4.


4.Us (2019)


This film is about a woman named Adelaide Wilson as she is joined by her husband, son and daughter to return to the beachfront home where she grew up as a child. As she begins to be haunted by a traumatic experience from the past, Adelaide becomes drastically concerned that the worst is yet to come. Her worst fears soon become a reality when four masked strangers come down upon the house, forcing the Wilsons into a fight for survival. As the masks come off, the family is horrified to learn that each stranger takes the appearance of one of them. The Golden Arrow really enjoyed this film and it is some people’s favorite horror film ever due to the tremendous acting, and screening. Golden Arrow would rate this movie very high at 94%. This is just one percentage different from the Rotten Tomatoes score of 93%. Metacritic gave it a much lower rating of 81%


3.A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)


This film features Johnny Depp and Robert Englund, with Englund playing the role of a disfigured midnight supernatural killer who preys on teenagers in their dreams but kills them in reality. This film is one of the most popular horror films; when you think of horror movies, you think of “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” Golden Arrow has watched this movie multiple times and every time we always enjoy it. I would give this movie a rating of 95% making it equal to the rating by Rotten Tomatoes. IMDb gave it a very fair rating of 7.4/10 and Metacritic gave it a 76% rating. 


2.The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)


This movie is based on true events as the killer was inspired by a real man, Ed Gein. The film starts with a teenage girl named Sally (played by Marilyn Barns) who hears that her grandfather’s grave may have been vandalized. As Sally, her paralyzed brother, and a group of their friends go on a journey to investigate, it soon turns into their biggest nightmare as they discover a group of insane murderous rejects living next door to their family’s old farmhouse. The group of friends is then hunted down one by one by the iconic chainsaw-waving Leatherface (played by Gunnar Hansen). As he wears a mask that completely covers his face made of human flesh. The Golden Arrow has watched the entire series for this film and it is one of my favorite horror films of all time. This is also one of the most iconic films in the horror industry and is often put as one of the scariest films ever created as sources like Rotten Tomatoes and Paste Magazine have put it no lower than the top 20 of their lists. It could also be considered one of the most uncomfortable films to watch as it has a lot of gore, blood and cannibalism. Golden Arrow really enjoyed this film no matter how many times I have seen it and I would give it a 97%. Rotten Tomatoes, however, gave it a rating of only 88%. IMDb gave it a 7.4/10, and Metacritic gave it a 78%. This movie is almost guaranteed to put you in the Halloween mood.


1.Halloween (1978) 


The year is 1963 and it is a cold Halloween night; a six year old by the name of Michael Myers goes berserk as his 17 year old sister, Judith, refuses to take him trick-or-treating with their Mom being stuck at work. Michael also has a younger baby sister played by a young Jamie Lee Curtis, as his older sister refused to take him trick-or-treating he then brutally murders her and her boyfriend. He was then taken to a mental institution where he stayed there locked up for 15 years. On Oct. 30, 1978, he was being transferred for a court appearance, but instead, he attacked the police officers, stole a car and escaped the facility. He then returns to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois where goes out looking for his next victims. Golden Arrow has watched the entire series, including the remakes, and they have all been amazing. Out of all the films on this list, this one by far had the most success and is the most recognizable of all. The mask and knife that Myers carried around with him are still in Halloween stores all around the United States and the world. This movie, hands down, is guaranteed to bring you into the Halloween spirit. The Golden Arrow would definitely give this movie the highest rating among all on this list at 98% which would be just 2% lower than Rotten Tomatoes’ score of 96%. IMDb gave it a score of 7.7/10, and Shudder gave it a score of 4.8/5.