Joey’s Top 10s: Top 10 Scary Movies

These 10 are perfect to keep Halloween spirit going



Ari Aster’s horrifying “Hereditary” takes the top spot on this list.


Spooky season is upon us! With the Pullman weather finally starting to cool down, the leaves are turning orange and there is an all-around sense of calm after the long hot summer we all endured. It is the perfect time to cozy up and watch some good ol’ scary movies.

  1. “The Lighthouse”

“The Lighthouse” is more enthralling and intense than downright scary, but it has its fair share of high-tension moments that keep the audience gripped.

  1. “The Ritual”

This movie is about a group of friends who are honoring a dead friend by hiking through Sweden and get caught up in some nightmarish cult-like experience. This movie is roughly an hour and a half, which I think is a great length for a movie like this; there’s no need to drag it out to be super long.

This is a good “entry-level” horror movie, not too scary, but still unsettling enough to be fun.

  1. “A Quiet Place”

This movie might not be “horrifying,” but it certainly is intense.

The gist of the movie is the world has been invaded by aliens who hunt off sound, so the characters in the movie have to stay perfectly silent to survive. Experiencing this movie and its sequel in theaters is crazy, you feel like you must stay so quiet and even hold your breath during the climaxes, as if you too were being hunted by the monsters.

  1. “As Above, So Below”

This found footage movie of a group of people going into the Paris catacombs is pretty scary. The film is supposed to represent the seven layers of hell and is frightening when you consider the context of what is happening.

  1. “The Fly”

The character design in “The Fly” by director David Cronenberg is absolutely disgusting (but brilliantly done), but it is hard to turn away from this movie. The eccentric Jeff Goldblum plays the main character, Seth Brundle, who is on the verge of a great scientific discovery …

  1. “Alien”

“Alien” is one of the best science-fiction movies of all time, and it has stood the test of time since its release in 1979. This movie revolutionized sci-fi and introduces us to probably the coolest alien design in movie history.

It covers the story of the doomed crew of the Nostromo responding to an emergency signal from an unexplored planet.

  1. “The Witch”

“The Witch” is not downright horrifying, but the constant suspense of this movie is what makes it one of the scariest movies I have seen. It takes place on a Puritan farm during the Salem witch trials.

  1. “The Thing”

Another exceptional piece of practical effects, “The Thing” pits a group of Antarctic researchers against each other when they are under siege by an alien who can shapeshift into other people and animals.

  1. “Tusk”

This is the most disturbing movie that I have ever watched, bar none. This gruesome tale is about a man who is kidnapped by an old man who sews him into a walrus costume. I do not really have to say anything else. Proceed with caution.

  1. “Hereditary”

I watched this movie in the theater and was on the edge of my seat the entire time. I was not sure why it was hailed “one of the scariest movies ever” by critics until everything came together during the last half-hour of the film.

Wow. Terrifying. I lost sleep for a couple of nights after watching it.

I would recommend this movie to anyone who wants to watch it, but it should not be watched by the faint of heart.