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Scary Movies to Watch on Friday the 13th

BY: Carolyn Alterio | Dec 11, 2018

It's Friday the 13th in the month of October—a spooky alignment that has only happened three times in the past 20 years. What better way to celebrate this sinister date than by settling in with a scary movie? We've asked the Groupon Coupons team to share their favorites.

Friday the 13th 

"When my sister babysat me, she usually had her friends over to watch scary movies. The ones that scared me the most were the Friday the 13th films. There was a town near me called Crystal Lake, so naturally I assumed that Jason Voorhees lived around the corner and would eventually kill me. I still don't go to Crystal Lake, or rent out vacation cabins, but I do enjoy these campy movies. Sort of. When the sound is muted and I'm buried under a pile of blankets. And I have my dogs for protection."  —Carolyn A.  

The Blair Witch Project

"First watched this film as a middle schooler, thought it was real and told my mom I was quitting school and going east to find out what really happened."
—Lauren L.  

Pet Sematary

"I was under the (very, very mistaken) impression that this was a children's movie. I only made it about 30 minutes in before the creepy soundtrack and eerie characters got the best of me and I had to turn it off." —Jolene G.  

When A Stranger Calls

"Any realistic horror creeps me out so bad cause this can really happen!!!!!" —Marisa R.  

Green Room

"This horror gem, released in 2016, is a terrifyingly relevant and brutal film about a punk rock band getting trapped at a venue by a bunch of Neo-Nazis. Unlike most horror films, the characters don't make any decisions that feel silly or dumb, and so the tension is SKY-HIGH, and you will be on the edge of your seat the entire time! Plus, Patrick Stewart as a black-hearted Nazi is suuuuper scary."  —Joe R.  

Exorcist 3

  "This film was hypnotic. My favorite part was Brad Dourif's performance as the Gemini Killer. The director (William Peter Blatty) drew on the original film's visual devices and narrative while taking the story in a unique direction. In other words, Exorcist III wasn't just scary: it was funny and felt at times more like a crime drama or a psychological thriller. It really got in my head. (If you haven't seen any of these films, I recommend watching Exorcist I and III only; the second one sucks and isn't necessary to follow the story arc of I and III.)" —Gayle M.  

The Strangers 

"I had a hard time recovering from this one. The plot line is plausible, and the event was a random pick-and-kill at a cabin in the middle of the woods. 'Nuff said." 
—Anne P.  

The Exorcist

"Rather than "favorite", I would say that this is the scary movie that had the greatest impact on my life. I saw The Exorcist when I was around six years old and my sisters were babysitting me. I was completely terrified, and when my mother came home and I looked to her for comfort, she told me that the movie was fictional but "the devil is real". I was not able to sleep in my own bed for at least a year after." —Chris M.  


"A bunch of people wake up in an unfamiliar room with strangers and as they try to get out, they slowly find out they're all creepily connected. And not everyone makes it out alive. It's part Se7en and part Matrix, so it makes my head explode in all the ways I prefer my head to explode."
—Sandy K.  


"I firmly believe Alien is the scariest movie ever made. A film that plays on the inherent trauma of sex/reproduction? C'MON. Everyone remembers the first time they saw that dinner table scene..." —Joe R.  

Rosemary's Baby

"Rosemary's Baby didn't scare me while I watched it. To be honest, it was kind of boring at first. But that's why I found it so horrifying after the fact. Even if we remove the demonic elements, it's still frightening to watch the slow drip of gas-lighting, manipulation, and abuse slowly fill Rosemary's life. The mundane moments and (seemingly) trivial nature of these infractions lull Rosemary (and the viewer) into a kind of false sense of security. And by the end, we have to confront reality with her. I think it's an excellent film that symbolically shows the evil that women face—and often have to accept—to survive."
—Gayle M.  

Drag Me To Hell

"There's nothing more beautiful than Fall in Michigan—the rich tapestry of colors, freshly pressed cider, and pumpkin patches as far as the eye can see. Which is why it's weird that Michigan also produces some of the most horrifying horror movies around. Sam Raimi—the Michigan State Alum behind cult-classic Evil Dead—brings his signature brand of body horror to Drag Me To Hell. The plot follows a gypsy about to lose her home to foreclosure and a callous banker who lets heartless rules get in the way of her humanity. Naturally, there's a curse involved. It's part metaphor for the 2008 housing crisis, part campy b-movie, and 100% terrifying." —Jeremy S.  

The Haunting (1963)

"A good, classic ghost story without the frou-frou of exaggerated special effects and gore. Black-and-white film helps."
—Anne P.  

It Follows

Made by another Michigan director—David Robert Mitchell—It Follows finds horror in the interplay between the "safety" of the suburbs and imagined dangers of Detroit. You won't find a whole lot of jump scares, and that's what makes It Follows so straight-up creepy. Instead, you get a monster that takes the form of loved ones and neighbors. Then, it walks straight toward you, slowly and forever until it finds you. The movie manages to evoke the claustrophobic nightmare of Night of the Living Dead with one baddie instead of hordes, and it'll give you the heeby-jeebies for weeks. —Jeremy S.
Have a favorite scary movie? Tell us in the comments!