When you mention scary Halloween movies, most people generally think of movies like Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, or Friday the 13th and the endless sequels and remakes. However, if you're tired of watching these same old movies every October, year after year, you need to check out my list of "other scary movies." They may not feature masked, knife wielding, psychopathic, serial killers, but they definitely have a creep factor making them worth a watch. And in no particular order, here are some of my favorite "other scary movies" for Halloween.
The Happening (2008)
Directed and written by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, and John Leguizamo, The Happening is a movie about a high school science teacher, his wife, and the young daughter of a friend struggling to survive a plague that causes those infected to commit suicide. Something like a zombie apocalypse but with a unique twist, The Happening is definitely a movie with a big creep factor.
Another movie written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, Signs stars Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin, and Abigail Breslin and is about a preacher who looses his faith after the death of his wife. When mysterious crop circles begin to appear, the preacher and his family (his two kids and brother) must stick together to survive. If you're like me and love extraterrestrials, you'll love this movie.
1408 stars John Cusack and is a movie about a cynical and skeptical writer of supernatural phenomena. While writing his latest book, Mike Enslin stays in cursed room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel to do some research. Over 50 people have died in this room and he soon finds out that those who check into this room might never leave. This is a very, very creepy movie and while I'm still very confused by the ending, it's definitely worth a watch.
Ghost Ship (2002)
Starring Julianna Margulies, Ghost Ship is about a crew who finds a passenger ship floating adrift on the Bering Sea that has been missing since 1962. Once the crew begins towing the ship towards harbor, a series of bizarre occurrences happen and they become trapped inside with the ghosts of the former passengers, including that of one young girl. They soon find out that it was one of their own who brought them there. This movie also happens to be accompanied by an awesome soundtrack and if you've never seen it, you really need to check it out.
The Mothman Prophecies (2002)
Starring Richard Gere, Debra Messing, and Laura Linney, The Mothman Prophecies is sorta kinda based on actual events, with of course a Hollywood twist. The Mothman Prophecies movie is about a couple who was involved in a car accident and the wife mentions a moth shaped creature appearing around the time the accident occurred, similar to the Mothman. When she later dies as a result of the accident, her husband John starts investigating the Mothman, which brings him to the small town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia where Mothman sightings had been occurring. If you've never heard of the Mothman, The Mothman Prophiecies, or the Silver Bridge for that matter, this is definitely a movie to add to your watch list.
After watching this movie, I researched the Mothman and my family and I even visited Point Pleasant, West Virginia (because we don't live too far away) where we visited a museum dedicated to the Mothman. It was a very interesting visit and made a believer out of me.
So, have you seen any of these movies? Do you think they deserve to be on this list? What other movies would you add?