Fright Night: 18 Scary Movies to Watch on Halloween

ESSENCE.COM Oct, 31, 2015

1 of 18 Warner Bros.

Gothika (2003), starring Halle Berry.

A thriller to keep you on the edge of your seat! A psychologist (Berry) wakes up as a patient in a psych ward, with no memory of how she got there.

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Queen of the Damned (2002), Starring Aaliyah. 

Watch Aalyiah’s second (and sadly last) feature film, where a rock star vampire’s music awakens the queen of all vampires.

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Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (1995), starring Jada Pinkett-Smith. 

A protector of an ancient reclic and his newest recruit (Pinkett-Smith) try to keep it out of the hands of a demon known as the Collector.

4 of 18 Screen Gems Productions

No Good Deed (2014), starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson.

In a break from playing our beloved Cookie, Henson stars as a mother trying to protect her daughter from the terror of an escaped convict (Elba) who rings their bell unexpectedly.

5 of 18 Paramount

Vampire in Brooklyn (1995), starring Eddie Murphy and Angela Bassett.

Maximillian (Murphy) is the last of his line of Carribean vampires in this kitchy cult classic. He finds a suitable mate to keep his bloodline going: A half-vampire woman from Brooklyn played by Bassett.

6 of 18 Polygram Filmed Entertainment

Candyman (1992), starring Tony Todd.

A crazed killer is summoned back into reality by accident in this freaky film sure to give you nightmares!

7 of 18 Valcor Film

Vamp (1986), starring Grace Jones.

Grace Jones serves us vampire-style, playing the blood sucker in charge at a downtown bar.

8 of 18 Image Ten/Photofest

Night of the Living Dead (1968), starring Duane Jones.

Zombies have been a fan favorite for decades. Take a look at this vintage flick about--you guessed it--people running from the undead. Come for the zombies, stay for the social commentary.

9 of 18 Savoy Pictures

Tales from the Hood (1995), starring Clarence Williams III, Lamont Bentley, Rosalind Cash, David Alan Grier and Paula Jai Parker.

An eccentric funeral director tells spooky stories to three drug dealers in a funeral home. Little do they know he intends to keep them there!

10 of 18 Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios Inc.

Blacula (1972), starring William Marshall and Vonetta McGee.

An ancient African prince is turned into a vampire and finds himself in modern day L.A. Think Coming to America, but with blood.

11 of 18 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.

Scream, Blacula, Scream (1973), starring William Marshall and Pam Grier.

Round two of the African Vampire prince, once again on a murderous trail thanks to a voodoo spell.

12 of 18 Universal Pictures

The People Under the Stairs (1991), starring Brandon Quintin Adams and Ving Rhames.

Ving Rhames leads a ragtag group that breaks into an apartment, not knowing the terror locked within.

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Ghostbusters (1984), Starring Ernie Hudson.

Ghosts and laughter totally go together in this classic comedy! We bet the theme song will get stuck in your head.

14 of 18 Dimension Films

Scary Movie (2000), starring Shawn and Marlon Wayans.

Shawn and Marlon rule this spoof on horror flicks. Don't choke from laughter on that popcorn!

15 of 18 New Line Cinema

Blade (1998), starring Wesley Snipes.

Sink your teeth into chocolately Wesley as you watch him protect the human race from evil vampires.

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Bones (2001), starring Snoop Dogg, Pam Grier, Michael T. Weiss, Clifton Powell, and Bianca Lawson.

Jimmy Bones (Snoop Dogg) comes back as a ghost after 20 years to seek revenge on his killers and restore his neighborhood to the state it was in when he was alive.

17 of 18 Columbia/Getty Images

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998), starring Brandy Norwood.

Memories! Brandy was on fire in '98 with her album Never Say Never and starring with Jennifer Love Hewitt in this teen horror flick.

18 of 18 Disney

Twitches (2005), starirng Tia Mowry-Hardict and Tamera Mowrey-Housely.

Who can resist anything with Tia and Tamera? Twin teenagers, separated at birth and sent to earth to hide from evil, find each other and discover their superpowers that develop on their 21st birthday.