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Best Scary Movies For The Family

What are your favorite scary movies to watch with the fam­ily this Halloween?

Here are some great PG-13 scream­ers.  Pop some pop­corn, curl up on the couch and enjoy.

  • 1408” Mike Enslin (John Cusack) is a skep­tic who checks into room 1408 of the Dol­phin Hotel intent on debunk­ing its para­nor­mal legacy. Unbe­knownst to Mike, how­ever, he’s lock­ing him­self in with his own demons. “1408” gets under your skin and bur­rows straight to your spine with psy­che­delic twists and psy­cho­log­i­cal bogeymen.
  • I Am Leg­end” A twist on the tra­di­tional hor­ror yarn, “I Am Leg­end” tells about Robert Neville (Will Smith), pos­si­bly the last man alive after a vio­lent dis­ease turns most of the globe into crazed blood­suck­ers. It’s only a mat­ter of time before he and the zom­bies come mano-e-undead-mano in humanity’s last stand. Taut sus­pense mixed with the stark­ness of the apoc­a­lypse helps under­score this movie’s theme of one man’s strug­gle to pre­serve mankind’s bet­ter nature.
  • Wait Until Dark” Susy Hen­drix (Audrey Hep­burn) is a blind woman ter­ror­ized mer­ci­lessly in her own home by a gang of crim­i­nals look­ing for drugs mis­tak­enly given to Susy’s hus­band. Of spe­cial note is the end­ing, a cli­max that will have you wet­ting the edge of your prover­bial seat after nearly two hours of roller coaster dread. As good as Hal­loween movies get.
  • Car­ri­ers” Most dis­ease flicks can’t make the grade for best PG-13 Hal­loween movies because their abject gross­ness begets the scar­let R rat­ing. “Car­ri­ers,” a tale about four friends try­ing to out­run civilization-ending dis­ease, keeps fluid-spillage to a restrained min­i­mum all the while mak­ing you fear the very air you breathe.
  • Mon­ster Squad” A sta­ple of ‘80s sleep­overs, “Mon­ster Squad” for­ever belongs in the pan­theon of great Hal­loween movies for its infu­sion of camp and tour-de-force of clas­sic mon­sters culled from early hor­ror lore. To pre­vent said mon­sters from tak­ing over the world, the self-titled “Squad” of neigh­bor­hood kids must recover a prized amulet with mag­i­cal pow­ers. Watch it to rekin­dle your child­hood love of all things scary and fun.
  • Red Eye” By focus­ing on mood and con­stant ten­sion, “Red Eye” is a nat­ural inclu­sion in the best PG-13 Hal­loween movies cat­a­log. Lisa Reis­ert (Rachel McAdams) is tak­ing the red eye flight home when she learns she’s sit­ting beside a sociopath who will kill her if she makes one wrong move. “Red Eye” is the quin­tes­sen­tial Hal­loween movie that will play your expec­ta­tions like a finely-tuned fid­dle and leave you beg­ging for an encore.
  • What Lies Beneath” This is one of those Hal­loween movies that ramps the sus­pense to almost unbear­able, nail-chewing lev­els. Claire Spencer (Michelle Pfeif­fer) is a woman haunted by ghostly goings-on in her home while try­ing to keep her men­tal health and the health of her fam­ily in check. The most Hitch­cock­ian of the Hal­loween movies on the list, “What Lies Beneath” casts long shad­ows that will have you flip­ping on lights the sec­ond the cred­its roll.
  • The Inno­cents” Mar­tin Scorsese—maybe you’ve heard of him?—ranks “The Inno­cents” as one of the great­est scary movies of all time, and with good rea­son. Miss Gid­dens (Deb­o­rah Kerr), a wet-behind-the-ears gov­erness, is charged with over­see­ing a coun­try man­sion hold­ing more deadly secrets than rooms. A met­ric ton of creepy atmos­phere keeps this film afloat nearly five decades after its smash debut.
  • The Ring” The king of Hal­loween movies dur­ing the 2000’s, “The Ring” chron­i­cles Rachel’s (Naomi Watts) inves­ti­ga­tion into the ori­gins of a mys­te­ri­ous video­tape alleged to have caused a series of grue­some deaths. The hair-raising eeri­ness begins in the open­ing scene and never slackens.
  • The Sixth Sense” Of the best PG-13 Hal­loween movies, noth­ing beats undis­puted cham­pion “The Sixth Sense.” Mal­colm Crowe (Bruce Willis) is a child psy­chol­o­gist forced to con­front shock­ing truths about him­self while help­ing Cole (Haley Joel Osment), a trou­bled young boy who com­mu­ni­cates with spir­its. The rela­tion­ship between Mal­colm and Cole is so rich and the scares so mean­ing­ful and well-timed that it makes this film well worth repeated view­ing. Hands down, the absolute pin­na­cle of Hal­loween movies.

 

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