Halloween Movies Picks: R-Rated

Recommended scary R-rated movies for Halloween

Halloween Picks

Our top picks for scary R-rated movies for adults.

Alien

Alien

directed by Ridley Scott
Rated R
Alien played on universal human fear: fear of the monster within and fear of parasites. The genius of the movie is it’s delayed gratification. While viewers wait to see the alien in full, their imaginations cook up all sorts of terrifying images.


The Exorcist

The Exorcist

directed by William Friedkin
Rated R
The Exorcist might just be the scariest movie ever made. A perfectly normal little girl is possessed by an evil spirit, and before the demon can be exorcised, her body is wracked by satanic disfiguration. Twenty years after its release, this movie still scares the bejesus (pun intended) out of most viewers.


Halloween

Halloween

directed by John Carpenter
Rated R
A psychotic killer murders his sister on Halloween, and 15 years later he’s anxious to relive the experience. Jamie Lee Curtis plays the unfortunate baby sitter who spends her Halloween trying to ward off the knife-wielding maniac. Halloween payed tribute to movies like Psycho even as it spawned its own imitators.


Psycho

Psycho

directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Not Rated
Norman Bates is a little disturbed, so it’s no surprise when his interest in Janet Leigh takes a turn for the twisted. Famous for its shower sequence, Psycho stands up to repeated viewings.


Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow

directed by Tim Burton
Rated R
Johnny Depp plays Ichabod Crane, a constable sent to rural New York to investigate a decapitation. The locals think the murderer is the ghost of a Hessian soldier, also known as the Headless Horseman. Sleepy Hollow is an eerily beautiful film, full of fantastic gadgets and a captivating atmosphere of fear and dread.


 

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