It’s October so TV and movies roll out their so-called horror fare for those of us that enjoy that genre. Everyone’s horror tastes seem to vary a lot. There are too many movies out there that just don’t feel scary to me. There are some that have good jump-scares but very few are consistently scary. I’m not a fan of possession movies, just because they aren’t my thing. Some of my favorite horror movies are adaptations of Stephen King novels. The Shining, The Dead Zone, Carrie, Cujo and others. Some zombie movies are good, like original Dawn of the Dead as well as the remake from 2004.

To me, the best horror movies have a comedic element to them, either very subtle or even more prominent. Ready or Not, Happy Death Day, The Belko Experiment and The Hunt are some of my recent favorites. Right in the middle of a laugh you are bludgeoned with something that shocks you from out of nowhere.

Speaking of subjective horror movies, Midsommar is definitely in that category. A lot of people didn’t like it, didn’t get it or just didn’t give it a chance. If it was in your wheelhouse, as it was mine, it is firmly in my Top 5 horror movies of all time right now. The sense of dread that you see coming that can’t be stopped as well as the unexpected will literally take your breath away.

Old man. Large Rock. Enough said.

So here are some of the recent horror movies that I’ve seen this month, most of them, fortunately, in a theater on a big screen which makes all the difference in the world.

Poster for the movie "Psycho"

Though it has been quite a long time since I’ve watched Psycho, I imagine what it must have been like for viewers when it first came out.

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Poster for the movie "The Shining"

If you are a horror movie fan, you’ve undoubtedly seen The Shining. Though opinions vary on how good it is and how it compares to the original novel,

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Poster for the movie "A Nightmare on Elm Street"

Wes Craven is a giant in the world of horror movies and he knows how to check all the boxes to make a good movie.

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Poster for the movie "Ready or Not"

Ready or Not isn’t everyone’s kind of movie. It’s violent, it’s over the top, it’s black comedy…it’s my kind of movie. 

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Poster for the movie "Paul Blart: Mall Cop"

If I have to explain, you won’t understand.

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Poster for the movie "Halloween"

It was October of 1982 and the original Halloween was being shown on network TV. I had never seen it in a theater but I couldn’t wait to see what I already knew was a classic horror movie. 

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Poster for the movie "The Hunt"

If you’re easily offended, stay far away from The Hunt. You know what, on second thought, go see it. …and see it again and again and again until you get over yourself. 

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