These movies aren’t just for Halloween, but what better time of year to put together a list of dark films to enjoy?
Creepy Not Scary (Kid-Friendly)
An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.
Tim Burton presents a stop-motion animation of a young man who is whisked away to the underworld and wed to a mysterious Corpse Bride while his real bride waits in the land of the living.
You’re in for a devil of a time when three outlandishly wild witches return from 17th-century Salem after they’re accidentally conjured up by some unsuspecting pranksters!
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Bored with the same old scare-and-scream routine, Pumpkin King Jack Skellington longs to spread the joy of Christmas. But his merry mission puts Santa in jeopardy and creates a nightmare for good little boys and girls everywhere!
An innocent girl is evilly possessed — and a doubting priest becomes her last hope. Linda Blair and Ellen Burstyn in the two-time AcademyAward® winner that shocked the world.
The Amityville Horror (1979)
Supposed true story about George and Kathleen Lutzm whose dream house turns into a nightmare. James Brolin and Margot Kidder are the unsuspecting new tenants of a house whose previous occupants had been murdered in their sleep. The Lutzes and their children are menaced by the lingering evil in this frightening ghost story.
Based on a true story, ghost hunters Lorraine and Ed Warren help a family terrorized by a dark spirit.
The Cabin in the Woods
A rambunctious group of five college friends steal away for a weekend of debauchery in an isolated country cabin, only to be attacked by horrific supernatural creatures in a night of endless terror and bloodshed.
A woman is haunted by a creature that only appears when the lights go out.
I Saw the Devil
A dangerous psychopath’s latest victim is the pregnant fiancée of elite special agent Soo-hyun. Obsessed with revenge, Soo-hyun is determined to track down the murderer, even if doing so means becoming a monster himself.
The Devil’s Backbone
The most personal film by Guillermo del Toro (Cronos) is also among his most frightening and emotionally layered. Set during the final week of the Spanish Civil War, THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE tells the tale of a ten-year-old boy who, after his freedom-fighting father is killed, is sent to a haunted rural orphanage full of terrible secrets. Del Toro effectively combines gothic ghost story, murder mystery, and historical melodrama in a stylish concoction that reminds us—as would his later Pan’s Labyrinth—that the scariest monsters are often the human ones.
Let the Right One In
Lonely, 12-year-old Oskar is regularly bullied by his stronger classmates. A new friendship develops when Eli, a pale, serious young girl who only comes out at night, moves in next door.
A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying.