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Top 10 Halloween Movies on DVD of All Time [2023 Updated!]

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As you gear up for the spookiest and most captivating holiday of the year, Halloween, your preparations may vary from adorning your surroundings with creative decorations to curating the perfect costume. However, for those who lean toward a more intimate celebration with family, a spine-tingling horror movie can be the ideal choice. The question is: which movie should you choose to embrace the Halloween spirit? Look no further, as we've compiled a list of the top 10 Halloween movies on DVD of all time, ensuring a memorable and chilling cinematic experience for you and your loved ones.

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Part 1. Top 10 Classic Halloween Movies on DVD of All Time

#1. Psycho (1960)

  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001.
  • Director: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Stars: Anthony Perkins | Janet Leigh | Vera Miles
  • Production Co.: Shamley Productions
  • Genres: Horror | Thriller | Mystery
  • Rated: R

Plot: Marion Crane embezzled $40,000 from her employer and left Phoenix with the hope of starting a new life. Mario stopped to take a rest in the Bates Motel after 36 hours' exhausted driving. Something would happen...

At very beginning, Psycho received mixed reviews from praises on great performances by actors to blames on dull plot. However, it is loved by the public and recognized one of the most shocking films in whole history. It got 4 nominations of Academy Awards containing Best Director and Best Supporting Actress and is topped on AFI's 100 Years…100 Thrillers chart. As one of the most famous Halloween movies on DVD, it is absolutely the No.1 choice if you want a creepy night with a Halloween DVD.


#2. Halloween (1978)

  • DVD Release Date: The DVD video edition of Halloween was initially released on September 28, 1999 and the special 25th Anniversary Edition came out on August 5, 2003.
  • Director: John Carpenter
  • Stars: Donald Pleasence | Jamie Lee Curits | Tony Moran
  • Production Co.: Compass International Pictures | Falcon International Productions
  • Genres: Horror | Thriller
  • Rated: R

Plot: 6-year-old Michael Myers was sent to mental hospital for killing his sister on Halloween night. 15 years later, he escaped and returned to Haddonfield to commit the brutal murder again.

Halloween was criticized imitating techniques of Hitchcock (Director of Psycho) and despised by some critics at the start. Through several years, it won the reputation as an iconic Halloween movie widely influencing modern horror genre and considered as one of the best halloween DVD films of 1978. It was nominated as the Best Horror Film on Saturn Awards 1979 and received Best DVD/Blu-ray Special Edition Release, Best DVD/Blu-ray Collection on Saturn Awards 2014/2015 respectively.

Halloween (1978)

#3. The Shinning (1980)

  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2007
  • Director: Stanley Kubrick
  • Stars: Jack Nicholson | Shelley Duvall | Danny Lloyd
  • Production Co.: Warner Bros. | Hawk Films | Peregrine | Producers Circle
  • Genres: Horror | Drama
  • Rated: R

Plot: Jack Torranc was employed as the off-season takecarer of Overlook Hotel. His son Danny who has the "Shining" ability to see horrific past of the hotel, awared that the spirits in the hotel drives Jack crazy. How can Danny and his mother get away from the danger?

Based on the Stephen King's 1977 novel with teh same name, The Shinning is now widely recognized as a masterpiece of modern horror although it wasn't received favorable contemporary responses from critics. It is included in the list of greatest horror movie films for Halloween ever made for it gave an innovative and immersive look and feel. This best Halloween movie also made enormous influence on popular culture.

The Shinning (1980)

#4. Insidious (2011)

  • DVD Release Date: July 12, 2011
  • Director: James Wanbr
  • Stars: Patrick Wilson | Rose Byrne | Ty Simpkinsbr
  • Production Co.: Alliance Films | IM Global | Haunted Moviesbr
  • Genres: Horror | Mystery | Thrillerbr
  • Rated: PG-13

Plot: The Lambert family moved into a new big house which is haunted. The young son Dalton accidently felt into a coma because of a mysterious incident in the attic. Something evil was in the house and the parents must find a solution.

Despite of a little bit low rating (about 6-7) on movie review aggregation sites, for example IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes, it received a commercial success with a total of 97 million gross becoming the most profitable film of 2011. Critics reviewed it as "not terrifically good" but can please moviegoers with a scary and funny suspense. It was also nominated as the Best Horror on Empire Awards. Compared with other two best Halloween movies on DVD, Insidious is better for watching with whole family.


#5. The Witch/The VVitch: A New-England Folktale (2015)

  • DVD Release Date: May 17, 2016
  • Director: Robert Eggers
  • Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy | Ralph Ineson | Kate Dicki
  • Production Co.: Parts and Labor | RT Features | Rooks Nest Entertainment | Code Red Productions | Scythia Films | Maiden Voyage
  • Genres: Horror | Mystery
  • Rated: R

Plot: In 1963 New England, William family built a farm on the edge of an ominous forest after being banished from a Puritan plantation. Strange things happened soon. The new-born baby abruptly disappeared and crops failed. It is seemingly that an evil spirit possessed everything.

The Witch was critically acclaimed for its cast, terrific sound effects and chilling suspense. However, some critics and audiences figured out that this film paid much attention on regions, sins while didn't correctly fit into the genre of horror. Put those mixed reviews aside, this Halloween DVD movie won Best Horror (Film) on Empire Awards and received other 37 wins and 62 nominations.

The Witch

#6. Us (2019)

  • DVD Release Date: June 18, 2019
  • Director: Jordan Peele
  • Starring: Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex
  • Production Company: Monkeypaw Productions, QC Entertainment, Blumhouse Productions
  • Genre: Horror, Thriller
  • Rated: R

Plot: A family's beach vacation is interrupted by their nightmarish doppelgängers, leading to a disturbing exploration of the darkness within.

As a good Halloween movie on DVD, Us created a significant buzz not only for its thought-provoking storyline but also for its outstanding box office performance. The film grossed over $255 million worldwide, making it a financial success. Critics and audiences alike were captivated by Peele's unique take on horror, praising the film's unsettling atmosphere and the exceptional dual performance of Lupita Nyong'o. It received critical acclaim, with Rotten Tomatoes giving it a 93% approval rating. Jordan Peele's "Us" left an indelible mark on the horror genre and solidified his position as a master of socially conscious horror.


#7. Umma (2002)

  • DVD Release Date: Not applicable (as of my knowledge cutoff date, this film may not have a wide DVD release)
  • Director: Nick Vallelonga
  • Starring: Sandra Oh, Russell Wong, Françoise Yip
  • Production Company: Driven Productions
  • Genre: Drama, Mystery
  • Rated: R

Plot: A woman returns to her ancestral home in Korea, where she discovers dark family secrets, including the legend of the "Umma," a mysterious female figure.

Umma garnered attention for its intriguing storyline and the stellar performance of lead actress Sandra Oh. This Halloween DVD movie offered a mysterious blend of drama and horror, leaving an impression on those who explored its family secrets and Korean folklore. Reviews were mixed, but Sandra Oh's performance was widely acknowledged as a standout.


#8. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)

  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2001
  • Director: Steve Miner
  • Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Hartnett, Michelle Williams
  • Production Company: Dimension Films, Nightfall Productions, Trancas International Films
  • Genre: Horror, Thriller
  • Rated: R

Plot: Laurie Strode, now living under a new identity, must confront her brother, Michael Myers, who has returned to continue his murderous rampage.

The halloween movie marked a triumphant return for Jamie Lee Curtis as the iconic Laurie Strode. At the box office, it proved to be a success, earning over $75 million globally. While it reinvigorated the Halloween franchise, critics and fans appreciated Curtis's reprisal of her role, giving the film a fresh sense of tension and nostalgia. The movie was praised for its suspense and acknowledgment of the original series. "Halloween H20" secured its place in the slasher film canon with a blend of financial success and fond reminiscence.

Halloween H20

#9. Candyman (2021)

  • DVD Release Date: Not available (as of my knowledge cutoff date, it may not have had a DVD release)
  • Director: Nia DaCosta
  • Starring: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Tony Todd
  • Production Company: Monkeypaw Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Bron Creative
  • Genre: Horror, Thriller
  • Rated: R

Plot: In a contemporary take on the urban legend, an artist unwittingly reawakens the vengeful spirit of the Candyman, leading to a series of terrifying events.

The reimagining of "Candyman" directed by Nia DaCosta made a significant impact on both horror enthusiasts and box office revenue. This contemporary take on the urban legend generated over $77 million worldwide, underscoring its commercial triumph. The film was lauded for its social commentary, with critics applauding its poignant themes and provocative narrative. The chilling performance of Yahya Abdul-Mateen II further added to its acclaim. "Candyman" proved that it could be both a commercial and critical success, reigniting interest in the legendary character and his haunting story.


#10. Black Phone (2021)

  • DVD Release Date: August 16, 2022
  • Director: Scott Derrickson
  • Starring: Ethan Hawke, Jeremy Davies, James Ransone
  • Production Company: Blumhouse Productions
  • Genre: Horror, Thriller
  • Rated: R

Plot: A young boy, kidnapped and imprisoned by a serial killer, discovers a mysterious old phone that allows him to communicate with the spirits of the killer's victims, leading to a chilling confrontation with evil.

The Halloween DVD movie generated substantial buzz in the horror community. Directed by Scott Derrickson and featuring Ethan Hawke, the film was a promising addition to the genre. It places character development at the forefront, relegating gore to a supporting role, yet it never sacrifices its ability to keep you on the edge of your seat. Instead, it's your emotional investment in Finney and the meticulously crafted suspense that will have you clutching your knees and biting your nails in exhilaration.

The Black phone

Part 2. New Horror Movies Worth Watching at 2023 Halloween

Movie Director Release Date
Scream VI Matt Bettinelli-Olpin March 6, 2023
Evil Dead Rise Lee Cronin April 21, 2023
M3GAN Gerard Johnstone January 6, 2023
Knock at the Cabin M. Night Shyamalan February 3, 2023
The Boogeyman Rob Savage June 2, 2023
Talk to Me Danny and Michael Philippou 27 July 2023
The Pope's Exorcist Julius Avery April 14, 2023
Skinamarink Kyle Edward Ball January 13, 2023
The Nun 2 Michael Chaves September 8, 2023
Scream Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett January 14, 2022

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author - Donna Peng

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Donna Peng's fascination with multimedia began at an early age - shortly after she licked the physical disc and then she's been obsessed ever since. Her decade-long career at Digiarty after the graduation has seen her unmatched expertise in the field of DVD, digital video, software and anything related to home theatre. She is currently fascinated with photography.

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