Recommended scary R-rated movies for Halloween
Our top picks for scary R-rated movies for adults.
directed by Ridley Scott
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.
directed by William Friedkin
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.
directed by John Carpenter
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.
directed by Alfred Hitchcock
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.
directed by Tim Burton
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.