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Scary movies to rent for Halloween

Released in 1973, "The Exorcist" ($441,306,145) has become

Released in 1973, "The Exorcist" ($441,306,145) has become a classic horror movie starring Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Kitty Winn and more. Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

With Halloween just around the corner, you may be looking for some scary movies to get you into the spirit. While “Paranormal Activity 3” is this year’s main Halloween horror movie release, out in theaters Oct. 21, we've got some favorites of our own here at Pet Rock headquarters.

We took an informal poll of ghouls sitting around us here in the newsroom, and here are their suggestions for your Halloween movie night.

"Phantasm" (1979): It's been 32 years since I saw this one as a too-young child. It was double-feature billed in theaters with "The Fog," and The Tall Man still visits my nightmares. And "The Ring" (2002) creeped me out big time, too. -- Jessica

"Poltergeist" (1982): I remember watching this as a kid and I was terrified when the old creepy man walks along the block singing "God is in . . . his holy temple.." Ugh . . . still hate it today! "The Ring" (2002): Freaky girl, enough said. "1408" (2007) with John Cusack: The whole movie was just creepy but the WORST scene, which still has me looking over my shoulder, is when he sees his reflection in the window of the building across the street from where he was staying. He waves at himself and then all of a sudden you see something pop up behind him. All the "Saw" (2004-10) movies: I watched one and it made me sick to my stomach. "Seven" (1995): Anything to do with torturing people scares the heck out of me. And there's "The Exorcist" (1973): I still hear her voice LOL. -- Jen

"It" (1990): Because it was about an evil clown that lived in the sewers, and that's terrifying when you're only 9. -- Mark 

"The Silence of the Lambs" (1991) is the scariest movie I've ever seen. Anthony Hopkins is absolutely terrifying in the role of Dr. Hannibal Lecter. -- Ben

"The Exorcist," (1973) but I really don't watch many horror films. -- Jamshid

I stay away from scary movies for the most part, but "Amityville Horror" really crept me out because it took place way too close to home, and was supposedly based on a true story. I hate anything gory, but I especially hate watching a scary movie and thinking somewhere in the back of my mind that it could happen in real life. I saw the 2005 remake, but the original was from 1979. I didn't see the original so I can't compare the two. Also "When A Stranger Calls" (2006) that came out when I was in high school baby-sitting all the time, and the main character being chased/watched was a young girl baby-sitting. I couldn't baby-sit at other people's houses for weeks after seeing that! -- Nina

"The Exorcist," (1973),  of course. Though don't think I've actually watched the whole thing. -- Martha

"Jaws" (1975): I saw it as a kid and since I can't swim, the thought of a gigantic shark that can eat a boat made me even less interested in going into the water. -- Herman

The Hills Have Eyes II (the 1985 version): I didn't know you could get a hatchet that far in somebody's forehead. -- Josh

Steven King's "It": Clowns freak me out. -- Carl

"The Sixth Sense" (1999) because it's the only movie that made me scream out loud in the movie theatre, and the twist at the end was brilliant. -- Bobby

More ideas:


1. “Psycho” (1960)
2. “Dracula” (1931)
3. “The Haunting” (1963)
4. “Dawn of the Dead” (1978)
5. “Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984)

More recent spooky flicks:

1. “Scream” (1996)
2. “The Blair Witch Project” (1999)
3. “The Orphanage” (2007)

Movies in theaters this Halloween:

1. “Paranormal Activity 3” (Oct. 21)
2. “The Thing” (Oct. 14)

Tell us your about your favorite scary movie in the comments section below.

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