aesthetic collage with the best scenes from dark movies

As the crisp autumn breeze ushers in the season of falling leaves and pumpkin-spiced everything, there's a certain electrifying anticipation in the air. Halloween approaches, and with it comes the perfect excuse to indulge in some spine-tingling cinematic experiences. For those of us who revel in the darker aspects of this holiday, Halloween isn't just about costumes and candy; it's about embracing the eerie, the macabre, and the unsettling. In this article, I'll take you on a journey through the realm of dark Halloween movies that not only send shivers down your spine but also celebrate the captivating allure of Halloween aesthetics.

  • 1. The Witch (2015)

Kicking off our sinister journey is "The Witch." This period horror piece unravels a tale of a 17th-century New England family grappling with forces beyond their comprehension. The film's unsettling atmosphere and slow-burning tension make it a standout example of a psychological thriller that leaves you with an eerie sense of dread long after the credits roll. I literally watched this movie twice in a day, beguiled by its dark, aesthetic creepiness.

Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman / Selina Kyle
Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman / Selina Kyle

  • 2. Batman Returns (1992)

While superhero movies might not be the first thing that comes to mind for Halloween, "Batman Returns" takes us on a dark and gothic journey into the heart of Gotham City. Tim Burton's signature style infuses this sequel with a chilling ambiance, and the enigmatic Catwoman adds a layer of intrigue to this Halloween classic. By the way, you can rewatch this movie not only during Halloween, but on Christmas as well, as this movie features this festive holiday.

  • 3. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

Guillermo del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth" is a mesmerizing blend of dark aesthetic and historical drama. Set against the backdrop of post-Civil War Spain, this film guides us through the labyrinthine corridors of a young girl's imagination as she faces both the horrors of reality and the enchantments of her fantasies.

Behind the Scenes, The Crow (1994)
Behind the Scenes, The Crow (1994)

  • 4. The Crow (1994)

"The Crow" stands as a somber testament to the late Brandon Lee's legacy. This cult classic follows a man who returns from the dead to avenge his own murder of his fiancée. Its dark themes and gritty visuals make it an ideal choice for a Halloween movie night. The Crow's main protagonist is the classic superhero from the 90s, at least in my mind...I loved this movie when I was a kid and rewatched it numerous times!

  • 5. Shutter Island (2010)

Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island" thrusts us into a psychological labyrinth as two U.S. Marshals investigate the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane. With its mind-bending twists and ominous atmosphere, this film blurs the lines between reality and delusion.

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  • 6. The Craft (1996)

For a dose of '90s witchy nostalgia, "The Craft" delivers a coven of teenage witches who dabble in dark magic. Exploring themes of power, friendship, and the consequences of playing with supernatural forces, this film has earned its place as a cult favorite. Last year I watched this movie for the first time and was stunned by the tasteful, minimalistic usage of SGI and the wonderful cast!

  • 7. Silent Hill (2006)

Based on the popular video game series, "Silent Hill" transports us to a nightmarish town shrouded in fog and inhabited by grotesque creatures. Its unsettling visuals and atmospheric horror contribute to a Halloween-worthy experience.

cosplay of a nurse from the silent hill movie
A nurse from the Silent Hill movie, cosplay 
  • 8. The Fly (1986)

Body horror takes center stage in David Cronenberg's "The Fly." The gradual and horrifying transformation of a scientist into a human-fly hybrid is a grotesque yet captivating exploration of the consequences of unchecked curiosity.

  • 9. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)

"Perfume" takes olfactory obsessions to a disturbing level. This adaptation of Patrick Süskind's novel follows a perfumer's journey to create the ultimate scent, leading him down a path of murder and morbidity. Its unique premise and exploration of the senses make it a darkly intriguing choice for Halloween.

  • 10. The Mist (2007)

Based on a Stephen King novella, "The Mist" maroons a group of people in a supermarket as otherworldly creatures shroud the surrounding area. The film's tension and moral dilemmas make it a thought-provoking addition to our list.


As the nights grow darker and Halloween approaches, our fascination with the eerie and unsettling finds its perfect cinematic companions in these dark Halloween movies. From psychological thrillers to supernatural horrors, these films invite us to explore the inner corners of our imagination and embrace the dark aesthetics that make Halloween so irresistibly haunting. 

So, why not brew some hot apple cider, gather your friends, and embark on a journey into the shadows with these captivating cult classics and creepy tales?