This movie about the infamous Michael Myers breaking free from the psychiatric hospital — and is out for blood. The film saw extreme success and made $70 million around the world on a budget of $325,000. Though several sequels and remakes have since followed, the very first movie in the franchise can’t be beat.
#2 “Psycho” (1960)
No Halloween movie compilation would be complete without at least one film by the late, great Alfred Hitchcock. The plot follows a secretary who embezzles money from her boss. She finds herself in an isolated hotel shortly after, and soon deals with the consequences.
#3 “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968)
The story follows a couple who moves to New York City so the pregnant wife’s husband can become a successful actor. She soon gets the impression that her husband has made a deal with their strange new neighbors to sacrifice their child to their occult ceremonies for a fruitful acting career.
#4 “Black Christmas” (1974)
The Canadian horror flick centers on the college students of a sorority house. While they throw a Christmas party, a serial killer hides in their attic and plots to take them down one by one. In 2006 a remake was released, but the original still trumps.
#5 “Poltergeist ” (1982)
Easily recognizable from its notorious tagline, “They’re here,” a family’s home in California is haunted by harmful ghosts — who eventually snatch their young daughter. The Steven-
Spielberg-produced film struck a chord with (as well as terrified) audiences in the ’80s.