See the Scariest Movies in Los Angeles

Enjoy cinematic thrills and chills this Halloween season!

Janet Leigh in "Psycho" (1960)
Janet Leigh in Psycho (1960) | Photo: Alfred Hitchcock, Facebook

Get ready for spooky screenings at landmark theatres and unique venues across Los Angeles! Enjoy horror classics and modern masterpieces that will surely get you in the Halloween spirit.

Jamie Lee Curtis in "Halloween" (1978)
Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween (1978) | Photo: YouTube

Rooftop Cinema Club (October 2019)

Rooftop Cinema Club screens contemporary classics, cult and new releases at two outdoor venues: Downtown LA's LEVEL, an urban oasis in the sky; and the 3rd-floor terrace at NeueHouse Hollywood, located in the former CBS Studios.

LEVEL gets into the spirit of the season with "Beetlejuice" (Oct. 18), "Death Becomes Her" (Oct. 18), "The Blob" (Oct. 19), "Village of the Damned" (Oct. 19), "Fright Night" (Oct. 20), "Halloweentown" (Oct. 23), "Hocus Pocus" (Oct. 24), "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street 3" (Oct. 25), "Tales from the Hood" (Oct. 26), "The Blair Witch Project" (Oct. 27), "Carnival of Souls" (Oct. 30), and "Halloween" (Oct. 31).

For more info including NeueHouse screenings, visit the Rooftop Cinema Club website.

"The Woman of the Snow" from "Kwaidan" (1965)
"The Woman of the Snow" from Kwaidan (1965) | Photo: Criterion Collection

New Beverly Cinema (October 2019)

Quentin Tarantino's New Beverly Cinema is showing Halloween movies throughout October, including the return of the All–Night Horror Show on October 19: a mind-blowing 12-hour horror marathon with six rare feature films, trailers, cartoons, and shorts. All titles will remain secret until they unspool on screen to surprise, shock and amaze the audience. Will you make it until the end when the survivors exit into the daylight?

Upcoming October screenings include: "Hellraiser III" (Oct. 18), "From Dusk Till Dawn" (Oct. 18), "Blackbeard's Ghost" (Oct. 19-20), "The People Under the Stairs" (Oct. 21), "Eyes Without a Face" (Oct. 23), "Halloween H2O" (Oct. 25), "Grindhouse" (Oct. 25), "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" (Oct. 26-27), "A Nightmare on Elm Street" (Oct. 28), Triple Feature: "Strait-Jacket", "Berserk!", "Trog" (Oct. 28); "The Innocents" (Oct. 30), Triple Feature: "The Return of the Living Dead", "A Nightmare on Elm Street 2" (Oct. 30); and "Kwaidan" (Oct. 31).

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Photo courtesy of Nuart Theatre, Facebook

"The Rocky Horror Picture Show" - Nuart Theatre (October 2019)

The longest-running midnight movie of all time, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) stars Tim Curry as the kinky yet endearing “transsexual from Transylvania” Dr. Frank N. Furter; Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick as his hapless guests Brad and Janet; Meat Loaf as motorcycle-riding rough trade; and author Richard O’Brien as the hunchbacked butler Riff Raff.

Nearly 45 years after its original release, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is still the best interactive movie experience for longtime fans and newbies alike. The Nuart Theatre in West LA is screening Rocky Horror every Saturday night in October at 11:59 p.m. plus Friday, October 25 and a special 10 p.m. screening on Halloween Night. Let's do the Time Warp again!

Cary Grant in "North by Northwest"
Cary Grant in North by Northwest | Photo: Warner Bros.

Three Films by Alfred Hitchcock - Norton Simon Museum (October 2019)

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition AIR LAND SEA: A Lithographic Suite by William Crutchfield, the Norton Simon Museum is screening three cinematic masterpieces by Alfred Hitchcock. The trio of films showcases the auteur’s unmatched skill at capturing tension and terror, whether in the air, on land or at sea.

  • October 4: Lifeboat (1944)
  • October 18: Strangers on a Train (1951)
  • October 25: North by Northwest (1957)

The three films screen on Fridays at 5:30 p.m. (except for Friday, October 11, when the Museum participates in Art Night Pasadena) and are free with Museum admission.

"Shaun of the Dead"
Dylan Moran, Kate Ashfield, Simon Pegg and Lucy Davis in Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Street Food Cinema: Cinema Phantasmagoria - Million Dollar Theatre (Oct. 12-31, 2019)

Street Food Cinema presents Cinema Phantasmagoria, an immersive experience where guests step into a haunted 1920s movie palace where time stands still. Sinister ushers, strolling musicians, a demonic barber and an undead Master of Ceremonies will entertain as you hit the bar before settling in to watch a modern classic horror film. If you dare, take the spine-chilling Backstage Ghost Tour and step into the depths of the gothic and cursed Million Dollar Theatre.

Screenings include "Saw" 15th Anniversary (Oct. 18), "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (Oct. 19), "The Thing" (Oct. 20), "Shaun of the Dead" 15th Anniversary (Oct. 25), "Beetlejuice" (Oct. 26), "The Conjuring" (Oct. 27), "Sleepy Hollow" 20th Anniversary (Oct. 30), and "It" (Oct. 31).

Advance tickets are now on sale at the Cinema Phantasmagoria website. Guests can bring in food from Grand Central Market. Note: Cinema Phantasmagoria is 21+ only.

"The Hills Have Eyes" Michael Berryman
Michael Berryman in The Hills Have Eyes | Photo: Secret Movie Club, Facebook

"The Hills Have Eyes" - Vista Theatre (Oct. 18, 2019)

The Secret Movie Club presents a midnight screening of The Hills Have Eyes (1977) at the Vista Theatre in Los Feliz. Written and directed by Wes Craven, the cult classic tells the story of the Carters, who become stranded in the Nevada desert during a road trip and cross paths with a family of cannibal savages. Tickets are on sale at Eventbrite.

Leatherface in "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (1974)
Leatherface in "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (1974) | Photo: @cinespia, Twitter

Cinespia - Hollywood Forever (Oct. 19 & 27, 2019)

Cinespia presents two special anniversary screenings at Hollywood Forever Cemetery: "The Sixth Sense" 20th Anniversary with M. Night Shymalan (October 19) and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" 45th Anniversary on October 27. Tickets on sale at the Cinespia website.

Janet Leigh in "Psycho" (1960)
Janet Leigh in Psycho (1960) | Photo: Alfred Hitchcock, Facebook

"Psycho" - Heritage Square Museum (Oct. 20, 2019)

The Heritage Square Museum and Street Food Cinema present Halloween Movie Night on Sunday, October 20 featuring Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece, Psycho (1960). The screening features picnic-ready food trucks, beer & wine bar, and a DJ. Doors at 5:30pm, DJ at 6:30 and movie at 8. Advance tickets are $22 and on sale at Street Food Cinema. Limited tickets will be available at the door for $29. Explore the Perry Mansion, Hale House, Knudsen House and Colonial Drugstore before the movie begins! Building tours are included with the admission price.

Keanu Reeves and Gary Oldman in "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992)
Keanu Reeves and Gary Oldman in Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) | Photo: Bram Stoker's Dracula, Facebook

"Bram Stoker's Dracula" - Big Bar (Oct. 24, 2019)

Will you cross "oceans of time" to watch Gary Oldman as Count Dracula? On Thursday, October 24, Big Bar presents Bloody Thirsty Classics: Bram Stoker's Dracula, a special Halloween edition of its outdoor movie series. Hosted by cocktail blogger Daniel Djang (aka Thirsty in LA) and featuring drinks by guest bartender Spencer Recor (Mess Hall), Blood Thirsty Classics will include three coursed cocktails inspired by Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 film; free popcorn, and a pre-screening spirits tasting. Limited tickets are now on sale at Eventbrite.

Janet Leigh in "Psycho" (1960)
Janet Leigh in Psycho (1960) | Photo: Alfred Hitchcock, Facebook

LA Opera Presents "Psycho" - The Theatre at Ace Hotel (Oct. 25-27 & 30-31, 2019)

LA Opera's annual Halloween mash-up of opera and cinema returns to the spectacular Theatre at Ace Hotel with Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 classic, Psycho. Hitchcock’s masterpiece of suspense will be shown on the big screen accompanied by a live performance of Bernard Herrmann's hair-raising score played by the LA Opera Orchestra. Warning: you won’t be able to shower for weeks! LA Opera Presents Psycho is taking place on October 25-27 and October 30-31. Tickets are on sale at the theatre website.

The October 26 performance is followed by the Ace's annual Halloween party, A Hitchcock Halloween. This 21 and over event features music, "devilish potions," and all manner of dark arts carrying deep into the witching hour.

Jack Nicholson in "The Shining"
"Here's Johnny!" | Photo: "The Shining," Facebook

"The Shining" - Skirball Cultural Center (Oct. 25, 2019)

To coincide with the exhibition Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs, the Skirball Cultural Center presents Late Night! Stanley Kubrick, featuring an outdoor screening of The Shining. On Friday, October 25, visit the Skirball between 6:00 and 10:00 pm to enjoy after-hours access to the galleries, a DJ, food trucks, and a cash bar. Then bundle up and brace yourself for a special outdoor screening of Kubrick’s 1980 horror masterpiece, The Shining at 7:30 pm. General Admission is $5, free to Skirball members.

John Carpenter's "Vampires" (1998)
John Carpenter's "Vampires" (1998)

"Vampires" - Autry Museum (Oct. 27, 2019)

The Autry Museum presents Vampires (1998), part of the Weird West Series, an occasional series that explores wild and weird genre hybrids, from horror to science fiction Westerns. Horror master John Carpenter (Halloween) goes West in this entertaining mix of action and scares. Vampire hunter Jack Crow (James Woods) and his band of “slayers” face their greatest challenge when ancient bloodsucker Valek arrives in New Mexico. Featuring gorgeous cinematography and outstanding makeup effects, Vampires is one of best vampire Westerns of the ’90s. Introduced by Brad Sykes, filmmaker and author of Terror in the Desert: Dark Cinema of the American Southwest.

Lon Chaney and Nigel De Brulier in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) | Photo: IMDb
Lon Chaney and Nigel De Brulier in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) | Photo: IMDb

"The Hunchback of Notre Dame" - Walt Disney Concert Hall (Oct. 31, 2019)

It's "Horror in the Hall" with The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), screening on Halloween Night at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown LA. Organ virtuoso Clark Wilson will provide an eerie, atmospheric soundtrack on the Hall’s magnificent pipe organ to accompany one of the most influential horror films of the silent era, directed by Wallace Worsley and starring the legendary Lon Chaney in the title role.