this was so hard to narrow down to only seven. i went through a scary movie phase (as a teenager trying to get my love interests to hold my hand), and have seen a lot of scary movies. there are some good ones out there (and some super lame ones), but here are my recommended top seven ultimate halloween movies:
Dracula sets the standard for vampires everywhere.
Night of the Living Dead the birth of the modern zombie.
Psycho the reason we check behind the shower curtain when we're home alone.
Poltergeist it's not halloween without a good old haunted house.
Halloween as if the name wasn't enough...
Silence of the Lambs "hello, clarice..."
The Shining stephen king + jack nicholson = redrum.
interesting tidbits: did you know jack nicholson adlibbed the famous line, "here's johnny" in the shining? also, michael myers' mask in halloween is actually a captain kirk mask spray painted white!