Top 4 scary movies to watch in October

by Student Writer Hannah Zimmer

Every holiday has movies, and Halloween is no exception. There are hundreds of horror movies, but there are some only a few people find scary.

With the help of fellow classmates, I picked four movies that were the scariest. I numbered these movies one to four with one being the scariest. I also listed the Rotten Tomatoes score for the reader to have a better idea of each film.

1. The Conjuring (2013)

Ed and Lorraine Warren go to a house in Harrisville, Rhode Island, to investigate paranormal activity that plagued the home of the Perron family. A Satanist named Bathsheba, who sacrificed her newborn to the devil, haunts the land. The years following the sacrifice were followed by murders and suicides on the land.

The Warrens must save the family members before the another mother on the land kills her child. They must stop history from repeating itself.

The movie is full of heart-stopping moments that leave the viewer petrified.

This is, without a doubt, the scariest movie I have ever seen. It scares me that a demon will possess a mother so it can kill a child. “The Conjuring” is the epitome of horror films.

Rotten Tomatoes’ Score: 86%.

2. Lights Out (2015)

The main characters of this film are three members of a very dysfunctional family. A young boy named Martin lives with his mother who has mental illness and depression that has recently resurfaced in her life. Martin’s older sister, Rebecca, investigates her mother’s wellbeing and realizes that a spirit that haunted her as a child has returned into their lives. The spirit latches onto the children’s mother and causes havoc in their lives. The spirit thrives in darkness, so the characters must find all the light possible to escape alive from the spirit.

“Lights Out” is more than a scary movie. This film includes characters with real-life problems, apart from an evil spirit haunting them, to which a viewer can relate. I found the movie to be refreshing and original.

Rotten Tomatoes’ Score: 77%.

3. Insidious (2011)

After a family of five moves into a new home, odd occurrences begin happening. One of the children, Dalton, falls into a coma. After being in the hospital for three months, the doctors allow the parents, Josh and Renai, to take Dalton home, and paranormal activity begins. They soon discover that he inherited the ability from his father to travel mentally to the astral plane.

The movie focuses on the father and his journey to save his son from the demon realm. A creepy twist comes in the end of the movie that will keep the viewers on the edge of their seats.

In this film, viewers see the demon that haunts Dalton. I believe this takes away from the mystery of the demon realm, but “Insidious” is sure to frighten anyone brave enough to watch.

Rotten Tomatoes’ Score: 66%.

4. Devil (2010)

The plot begins when five strangers file into an elevator in a building in Philadelphia when the elevator mysteriously gets stuck in the shaft. While this is happening, a character named Ramirez gives a voice-over of a story of the Devil himself sometimes coming to Earth in the form of a human to punish those who have committed transgressions. An unknown force begins to kill the people in the elevator. Suspicion looms as the passengers try to figure out who the guilty party is.

In my opinion, this film did an excellent job of keeping the viewer guessing. This movie did, in fact, lack in scare factor, but it made up for it with its suspense.

Rotten Tomatoes’ Score: 52%.