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5 weird/scary/creepy movies to watch this Halloween

by Richard Hall Modified: October 24, 2013 at 8:35 am •  Published: October 24, 2013

The idea of what’s scary is completely subjective. For instance, I don’t find "The Exorcist” to be scary, but I have a friend who had to pause the movie a few times during his first viewing just so he could catch his breath (he is overly dramatic, but I digress). It’s that “to each his own” kind of thing.

But the movies in this list can be considered scary, or even weird and creepy. Or, all three. All I can do is suggest them for viewing and leave you be.

Do note that most of these movies aren’t typical horror films, and that they might be too much for some to stomach. Be sure to check out the links to the IMDb pages for descriptions and reviews, and Google for the movie trailers.

What are some of your favorite horror/creepy/weird movies? Share them in the comments below!


5. “Meet the Feebles”

A dozen years before Peter Jackson won our hearts and imaginations with his “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, he made “Meet the Feebles,” a truly unsettling movie involving Muppet-like characters that partake in everything from sexual deviancy to cocaine. Really, it’s a pretty good black comedy with satirical tones, but it’s still unsettling to watch.

The story is about a theater troupe that wants to make it big, but adultery, lies, secrets, drugs and crime get in the way.

That’s it, that’s what it is. And also what it is is mentally disturbing.

Where you can find it:

Sadly, “Meet the Feebles” isn’t on Netflix, Hulu, iTunes or Amazon Instant Video. Your best bet is to check a local Hastings for a rental copy, or buy it online.


4. “Freaks”

Oh my, this movie. I saw “Freaks” for the first time when I was in junior high, so around age 11 to 13. You can’t imagine the mental and emotional scarring this movie did to me.

It follows a trapeze artist named Cleopatra who marries a circus sideshow freak, Hans, because he’s rich. The other freaks are skeptical of her but allow her into the fold anyway during some bizarre cultish initiation ceremony. When they find out of her affair with another circus performer, and when they overhear the two planning Hans’ demise, all hell breaks loose as the freaks go on the attack.

It’s a film that is made very well and includes a great deal of authenticity (most of the actors were actual circus freaks). But it’s also unnerving and makes you want to look away from time to time. Word is, during some of the initial test screenings, people were getting sick because some of the scenes, so the production company, MGM, took out more than 30 percent of the movie to make it more appealing to audiences.

Where you can find it:

“Freaks” is available to rent or buy on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video, but is not available on Netflix or Hulu.


3. “Gummo”

Filmmaker Harmony Korine basically does what he wants to do. I think this is evident if you take a look at his body of work which is both worthy of admiration and worthy of a good head scratch. Korine caught my attention with his screenplay for “Kids,” and it’s that movie that pushed me to look for examples of his filmmaking talents.

That’s when I found “Gummo,” the summer before I entered high school. I had no idea what to expect, and I’m still not sure I completely understand the movie.

The movie is about a group of people in a small town in Ohio. They’re nihilists and the movie essentially just follows them around as they get into things. It’s adventurous as much as it is thought provoking and scary. No doubt Korine knew full well what he was doing: creating an uncomfortable and eerie movie that feels both like reality and a dream at once.

A lot of people give the movie flack for being “too out there,” or for portraying “white trash” people in a negative manner. But now we have “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” on TV and all of a sudden it’s cute and fun, so go figure.

“Gummo” is honestly a good movie, if not a little crazy.

Where you can find it:

Sadly, “Gummo” isn’t on Netflix, Hulu, iTunes or Amazon Instant Video. Your best bet is to check a local Hastings for a rental copy, or buy it online.


2. “Irreversible”

There are different types of terror in the world of movies and “Irreversible” reminds us that there are some seriously screwed up people out there. It’s not a traditional horror, and I don’t think I’ve ever heard it called a horror film, but it is completely terrifying, and it’s one of the few movies I admire that I’ve yet to watch more than twice.

The movie’s description on IMDb puts it best: “Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in an underpass.”

On the surface it might not sound like much and you “Law and Order: SVU” fans might think, “psh, seen it all before,” but think again. There’s one scene in the movie that’s so horrific, you’ll be tempted to skip it entirely. What helps the scene come across as real and devastating is how it’s filmed: it uses a lone, static camera to focus on the event, and is almost unapologetic for being a watcher in an almost-wallflower capacity.

“Irreversible” is a hard one to get through, but you’ll be glad that you did.

Where you can find it:

“Irreversible” is currently available to stream on Netflix, and for rent and purchase on iTunes. It is not available on Hulu or Amazon Instant Video.


1. “Audition”

"Audition” is easily described as a gem of Japanese horror, one that uses a mundane backdrop to tell an eerie story.

The story follows a widower who is looking for a new wife. He does this by auditioning women for the part, but gets more than he ever bargained for when he meets a former ballerina whose story just doesn’t add up.

To call “Audition” nerve-wracking is an understatement. It’s unabashed in everything it does, and the acting is exceptional. It’s not for the squeamish, but it does everything a thriller should do: sinks its hooks in you, refuses to let up and gives you an unforgettable experience.

Where you can find it:

“Audition” is available for streaming on Amazon Instant Video, and for rent and purchase on iTunes. It is not available on Netflix or Hulu.


by Richard Hall
Digital Media Specialist
Richard Hall is an award-winning newsroom developer, editor and blogger for NewsOK. He was born in Austin, Texas, spent his childhood in southern California and has lived in Norman since 1999. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2008.
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