8 Must-See Thrillers to Watch this Halloween Season

If slasher movies aren't your cup of tea.


If you don't quite have the stomach for chainsaws and ghoulish spirits ::raises hand::, but are still looking for a fright fest this Halloween, may we present the psychological thriller. This genre, filled with mystery, drama, and, of course, paranoia, is sure to make your stomach churn and your heart palpitate with fear (masochists, welcome!). Here, the best thrillers to watch on October 31 that aren't your standard slasher flick (but let's be honest, we'll still be sleeping with all the lights on).

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1 '10 Cloverfield Lane'

Sequels are rarely better than the original movie, but 10 Cloverfield Lane is an exception. The follow-up to the first alien flick is vastly different, following a woman who, after a car crash, wakes up chained to a wall in a bunker with two strange men. The bunker owner (played by John Goodman) leads her to believe that a massive chemical attack has left the air unbreathable, but she starts plotting her escape when life inside the bunker becomes poisonous, too.

2 'Don't Breathe'

Don't Breathe is one of those movies that's best watched from behind splayed fingers. A trio of robbers breaks into the home of a wealthy ex-soldier who was blinded in war, thinking that it will be an easy heist. Everything's hunky-dory...until the blind man wakes up. Soon, the group realizes they've chosen the wrong man to cross—the house they've entered is actually a maze of horrors.

3 'The Girl on the Train'

If you're not into actual spooks, there's always creepy, suspenseful The Girl on the Train. Emily Blunt plays a divorcée who's captivated by a couple she sees every morning from the train—until one day she spots something unnerving. She blacks out for a night only to find out when she comes to that the woman she watches from the train is dead and she's called into question for the murder.

4 'The Invitation'

Take a seat at the table for The Invitation, which tells the story of a casual dinner party gone awry. A man defies the basic rules of not visiting exes (classic mistake!) when he meets his ex-wife and her new husband for a party. He finds out that they've returned from Mexico recently, where they cozied up with a cult leader, and things get fishier from there.

5 'Hush'

Hush plays off of our worst nightmares by imagining a break-in from a sadistic masked man. A deaf and mute girl gets ambushed in her secluded home in the woods and must use her wits to escape him in a cat-and-mouse game. Pro tip: Lock the doors before watching.

6 'Se7en'

Se7en takes the seven deadly sins (sloth, greed, etc.) and adds a murderous psychopath and two cops intent on catching him before he strikes again. The result is a classically creepy, edge-of-your-seat thriller. (Oh, and it stars Brad Pitt.)

7 'The Silence of the Lambs'

The Silence of the Lambs changed the way the world looked at thrillers. It was terrifying, thought-provoking, and a genuinely great movie (it won the Best Picture Oscar!). It's scary enough for Halloween without entering chainsaw-wielding murder territory.

8 'The Sixth Sense'

The Sixth Sense is best known for its famous twist ending, but it has incredible rewatchability too. Plus, this is a thriller that's also a ghost story, making it perfect for Halloween fright fests.

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