4. Halloween (1978)Photo: fabfitfun.com
Directed by John Carpenter, Halloween routinely appears at or near the top of best Halloween movie lists. The film had a lot to do with Jamie Lee Curtis’ rise to horror film fame. Halloween has a simple, but sinister story that appeals to horror film fans. It tells the tale of a psychotic killer who escapes the mental institution just in time to go on a killing rampage for Halloween.