With Halloween on the horizon that means there will soon be (if not already) an influx of horror movies—both new and old—flooding our timelines, screens, and streaming queues. These days the choices are endless and if you’re a newbie to the genre things can get overwhelming. But don’t fret as we’ve compiled an essential list of horror classics broken down by the four main sub genres (slasher, paranormal, ghouls & ghosts, and zombies) to help make your decisions that much easier. That way you can avoid picking a movie that is trash (like Saw), or one of those embarrassing PG-13 horror flicks (like Ouija). So whether you’re a horror buff or a horror virgin (which truthfully can be the kiss of death in these films), here are a few topline choices that you can’t go wrong in choosing this Halloween.

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