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: Universal Pictures

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

Beyond Fest 2023
Beyond Fest 2023 | Photo: NEON

Beyond Fest (Sept. 26 - Oct. 9, 2023)

The highest-attended genre film festival in the U.S., Beyond Fest returns for its 11th edition with a 55-feature slate spanning 15 days of cinematic excess. Screenings will take place at the Aero Theatre, Los Feliz 3 and Regency Village Theatre.

The stacked lineup features numerous Q&As, including James Cameron (The Abyss), Michael Mann (Manhunter), Malcolm McDowell (Caligula), Brad Bird (The Iron Giant), Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim) and a tribute to Roger Corman, featuring a panel with Corman, Joe Dante, Ron Howard and more.

Halloween-themed highlights include the World Premieres of History of Evil (Sept. 30), All You Need is Death (Oct. 5), Slashers (Oct. 5), Cemetery Man 4K Restoration (Oct. 5), It's a Wonderful Knife (Oct. 8), and The Church 4K Restoration (Oct. 9); the International Premiere of The Funeral (Oct. 2); the North American Premiere of Hostile Dimensions (Oct. 4); the U.S. Premieres of Omen (Oct. 2), Lovely, Dark, and Deep (Oct. 3) and Vincent Must Die (Oct. 7); and the West Coast Premieres of SPOOKTACULAR! (Sept. 28), When Evil Lurks (Oct. 1), Totally Killer (Oct. 4) and Suitable Flesh (Oct. 5).

For the full schedule, visit the Beyond Fest website. Tickets are on sale at American Cinematheque.

"Hocus Pocus" (1993)
"Hocus Pocus" (1993) | Photo: Buena Vista Pictures

Rooftop Cinema Club (October 2023)

Rooftop Cinema Club offers a premier outdoor movie experience at ROW DTLA in the Arts District, LEVEL in Downtown LA, and in El Segundo.

October highlights include: Hocus Pocus 30th Anniversary (Oct. 2, 8, 9, 13, 15, 17, 21, 25, 28, 31), Scary Movie (Oct. 3, 16, 23), The Conjuring (Oct. 5, 21, 27), The Blackening (Oct. 5, 26), Get Out (Oct. 6, 12, 19), Practical Magic (Oct. 6, 11, 18, 20, 28, 30), The Shining (Oct. 7, 9, 16, 25), Scream 2 (Oct. 7, 15), A Nightmare on Elm Street (Oct. 8-9, 18), Scream (Oct. 8, 11, 17, 18, 28), The Ring (Oct. 10, 24), Halloween (Oct. 12, 14, 26, 31), The Descent (Oct. 13), Friday the 13th (Oct. 13, 27), The Nightmare Before Christmas (Oct. 14-15, 26-27), Halloweentown (Oct. 14, 28), The Addams Family (Oct. 14, 22, 30), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Oct. 14), It (Oct. 14, 21), Evil Dead Rise (Oct. 15, 28), Nope (Oct. 16, 24), Scream (Oct. 17, 30-31), Scream VI (Oct. 17 & 20), The Silence of the Lambs (Oct. 18), The Craft (Oct. 19, 27, 29), Candyman (Oct. 19, 24), Ghostbusters (Oct. 21-22), The Exorcist (Oct. 22, 29), Paranormal Activity (Oct. 22), Bram Stoker's Dracula (Oct. 23, 30), The Sixth Sense (Oct. 24), Edward Scissorhands (Oct. 27, 29), Death Becomes Her (Oct. 28), Haunted Mansion (Oct. 29) and The Boogeyman (Oct. 29).

For tickets and the complete movie schedule, visit the Rooftop Cinema Club website.

Janet Leigh in "Psycho" (1960)
Janet Leigh in "Psycho" (1960) | Photo: Universal Pictures

Alamo Drafthouse (October 2023)

Located at The Bloc in Downtown LA, Alamo Drafthouse features a month-long slate of Halloween movies that ranges from the 2023 sequel The Exorcist: Believer to the classic Psycho and Universal Monsters double features.

Highlights include: Doctor Sleep (Oct. 2), The Exorcist: Believer (Oct. 5-18), Double Feature: Frankenstein + The Invisible Man (Oct. 8-9), The Thing (Oct. 9-10), Dracula (Spanish, Oct. 11), Friday the 13th Part IV (Oct. 13), The Others (Oct. 13 & 15-19), Ghostbusters (Oct. 14), Poltergeist (Oct. 15), Psycho (Oct. 15), Double Feature: Dracula + Dracula's Daughter (Oct. 21), The Exorcist (Oct. 21 & 23), Crimson Peak (Oct. 22), Little Shop of Horrors (Oct. 22), Beetlejuice Movie Party (Oct. 23-24), The Black Cat (Oct. 23), Monster House (Oct. 28), Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Oct. 28), Halloween (Oct. 28 & 31), Wendell & Wild (Oct. 29), Double Feature: The Mummy + The Wolf Man (Oct. 29) and Scream (Oct. 30).

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in "Shaun of the Dead"
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in "Shaun of the Dead" | Photo: Universal Pictures

Street Food Cinema (October 2023)

Featuring a wide range of films, gourmet food trucks and live music, Street Food Cinema presents Saturday night screenings at outdoor locations from The Autry Museum to Los Angeles State Historic Park, Will Rogers State Historic Park and Verdugo Park in Glendale.

Halloween screenings at The Autry include Shaun of the Dead (Oct. 7), the original Halloween (Oct. 14) and Hocus Pocus (Oct. 28). Other screenings include Practical Magic at Will Rogers on October 7; and Halloweentown at Verdugo Park on October 21. The Ford will host a special screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Saturday, October 28.

For most SFC events, doors open at 5:30pm, the band plays at 7pm and the movie starts at 8pm. The Autry and Verdugo Park are dog-friendly! Full schedule and tickets at the Street Food Cinema website.

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

Tropicana Spooky Movie Nights - Hollywood Roosevelt (October 2023)

This Halloween season, the Hollywood Roosevelt's popular poolside movie series transforms into Tropicana Spooky Movie Nights, taking place every Tuesday at 8pm. Screening at the famed David Hockney pool, the lineup includes the original Ghostbusters (Oct. 3), The Addams Family (Oct. 10), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Oct. 17), Hocus Pocus (Oct. 24) and The Shining on Halloween Night.

Advance tickets at Eventbrite are required. Food and drink available to order at the bar to be delivered to your table. Dress up in the theme of the movie to receive a free cocktail or candy at the concession stand. The event is free for hotel guests, and everyone gets free popcorn!

Drew Barrymore in "Scream" (1996)
Drew Barrymore in "Scream" (1996) | Photo: Dimension Films

The Montalbán (October 2023)

Located near the iconic intersection of Hollywood and Vine, The Montalbán is getting into the spirit of Halloween with its October lineup, including: Let the Right One In (Oct. 5), The Shining (Oct. 6), Brain Scan (Oct. 7), Rosemary's Baby (Oct. 12), The Lost Boys (Oct. 13), Poltergeist (Oct. 14), Sleepy Hollow (Oct. 19), A Nightmare on Elm Street (Oct. 20), Sweeney Todd (Oct. 21), Night of the LIving Dead (Oct. 26), Scream (Oct. 27) and Jason Goes to Hell (Oct. 28).

The Montalbán’s rooftop OASIS is outfitted with a bar, concession stand, and kitchen. Doors for each screening open at 6pm, with the feature film starting 10 minutes after sunset (8pm).

Roger Corman's "Attack of the Crab Monsters" (1957)
"Attack of the Crab Monsters" (1957) | Photo: Monogram Pictures

Philosophical Research Society (October 2023)

The October calendar for the Philosophical Research Society is filled with screenings, lectures and events that take a deep dive into horror, magic and tradition.

Movie highlights include Hocus Pocus on Friday the 13th; Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Santa Sangre, presented by the RENDEZVOUS DJ collective (Oct. 14); "Road House as Folk Horror" lecture and screening (Oct. 20); and a family-friendly Sunday matinee on October 22, featuring Roger Corman's Attack of the Crab Monsters and a book signing with the authors of Giant Beast Cinema.

Tickets for all events are on sale at the PRS Eventbrite page.

"Freaks" (1932)
"Freaks" (1932) | Photo: Criterion Collection

New Beverly Cinema (October 2023)

Quentin Tarantino's New Beverly Cinema is showing Halloween movies throughout October, from double features to grindhouse flicks to kid-friendly matinees. On Halloween Night, the New Beverly will screen a Tod Browning double feature: Freaks and Mark of the Vampire.

Highlights include: Invasion of the Body Snatchers / The Thing From Another World (Oct. 3-4), Pet Sematary (Oct. 6), From Dusk Till Dawn (Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27), Hold That Ghost / Who Done It? (Oct. 9), Christine (Oct. 13), Jason X / Hellraiser: Bloodline (Oct. 13), Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Oct. 14, 15), Frenzy / Tightrope (Oct. 14, 15), Cabin Fever (Oct. 14), Heartbeat 100 / Return of the Demon (Oct. 16), Frankenstein / The Bride of Frankenstein (Oct. 19, 20), The Mummy (Oct. 21, 22) Addams Family Values / Casper (Oct. 21), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Oct. 21, 22), The Gates of Hell / House by the Cemetery (Oct. 23, 24), Cure / Pulse (Oct. 25, 26), Tales From the Darkside (Oct. 27), Night of the Living Dead (Oct. 27, 28, 29), Beetlejuice (Oct. 28, 29) and The Fly (Oct. 28).

NOTE: The New Beverly's annual 12-hour Horror Show marathon on October 7 is sold out, but there will be a standby line for the extremely limited number of seats, if any, that may become available at showtime.

Heroes and Villains 2023 at Brain Dead Studios
Heroes and Villains | Photo: Brain Dead Studios

Heroes and Villains - Brain Dead Studios (October 2023)

Located in the former Silent Movie Theatre space in the Fairfax District, Brain Dead Studios is a repertory arthouse cinema showing an eclectic lineup of films from the silent era to modern day.

The month-long Heroes and Villains lineup celebrates monstrosity in destruction, glory and misunderstanding: "Let’s strap on the costumes and go into the Id for dress-ups, debauchery, and leaning towards the next world from this one. The monster is you, you is the monster — the reflection in the water goes from Orpheus to Frankenstein to The Spirit of the Beehive to Zoolander."

"The Rocky Horror Picture Show"
"The Rocky Horror Picture Show" | Photo: 20th Century Fox

"The Rocky Horror Picture Show" - Nuart Theatre (October 2023)

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 Janet and Brad; Meat Loaf as motorcycle-riding rough trade; and author Richard O’Brien as the hunchbacked butler Riff Raff.

Nearly 50 years after its original release, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is still the best interactive movie experience for longtime fans and newbies alike. In October, the Landmark Nuart Theatre is screening Rocky Horror every Saturday night (plus Friday, October 27) at 11pm with Live Shadow Cast. Let's do the Time Warp again!

Christina Ricci in “Addams Family Values”
“Addams Family Values” | Photo: Paramount Pictures

“Addams Family Values” - Hollywood Forever (Oct. 7, 2023)

On Saturday, October 7, Paramount Scares and Hollywood Forever present a special 30th anniversary screening of Addams Family Values. The Addams welcome a new addition to their household, a baby boy named Pubert. While Gomez (Raul Julia) and Morticia (Anjelica Huston) dote on their new son, Wednesday (Christina Ricci) and Pugsley (Jimmy Workman) are less enthusiastic about their new sibling and plot ways to get rid of him. Meanwhile, a nanny (Joan Cusack) is hired to help and ends up capturing the heart of Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd). When the nanny’s true intentions are revealed, the Addams family must come together to stop her evil plans.

Tickets are $18. Gates open at 5:45pm and the movie starts at 7:30pm. Guests may bring blankets, pillows, low chairs and picnics including beer and wine – NO distilled spirits. There will also be food and beverage available for purchase on-site.

"The Nightmare Before Christmas” 30th Anniversary by Shepard Fairey’s Studio Number One
"The Nightmare Before Christmas” 30th Anniversary | Photo: Walt Disney Company

"The Nightmare Before Christmas" - El Capitan Theatre (Oct. 20-31, 2023)

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, Disney is re-releasing the wonderfully macabre classic on the big screen. No matter how many times you’ve watched The Nightmare Before Christmas, there's nothing like experiencing it at the El Capitan Theatre with interactive 4D sensory effects - lights, fog, scents, wind and snow! There's also a new commemorative poster created by Shepard Fairey’s Studio Number One, specialty concessions, souvenirs and more.

Boo-ze, Bites & Frights 2023 at Heritage Square
Boo-ze, Bites & Frights | Photo: Heritage Square

Boo-ze, Bites & Frights - Heritage Square (Oct. 20-21, 2023)

LA's living museum of 19th and early 20th century architecture and history, Heritage Square is hosting Boo-ze, Bites & Frights - back-to-back outdoor double features presented in collaboration with Street Food Cinema.

Co-presented by Paramount Scares, Night 1 features Scary Movie and Scream on Friday, October 20. Saturday night's "screamings" are I Know What You Did Last Summer and The Cabin In the Woods. Both nights feature Haunted Victorian Home Tours, Adult Trick-or-Treating, Food Truck Delights and Eerie Elixirs.

Tickets for the double features are on sale at the SFC website. 21 and over.

Elsa Lanchester and Boris Karloff in "The Bride of Frankenstein"
Elsa Lanchester and Boris Karloff in "The Bride of Frankenstein" | Photo: LA Opera

"The Bride of Frankenstein" - The Theatre at Ace Hotel (Oct. 27-28, 2023)

LA Opera's annual Halloween mash-up of horror and live music returns to the spectacular Theatre at Ace Hotel with James Whale's The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), starring Boris Karloff as the legendary monster and Elsa Lanchester in the dual role of Mary Shelley and the titular character.

Conducted by Jenny Wong, the LA Opera Orchestra will perform Franz Waxman's groundbreaking original soundtrack live - the ultimate audience experience for a truly iconic film. Performances on Friday and Saturday, October 27 and 28. Tickets on sale at the Theatre website.

"The Nightmare Before Christmas" 30th Anniversary at the Hollywood Bowl
"The Nightmare Before Christmas" 30th Anniversary feat. Danny Elfman | Photo: Hollywood Bowl

"The Nightmare Before Christmas" - Hollywood Bowl (Oct. 27-29, 2023)

"What's this? What's this?" It's the 30th anniversary of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, and LA's reigning Pumpkin King, Danny Elfman will return to the Hollywood Bowl for three nights to perform his role of Jack Skellington with a live orchestra and special guests TBA! Come early for the costume contest and explore the grounds in an incredible trick-or-treat adventure for kids of all ages.

Lon Chaney as Erik in "The Phantom of the Opera" (1925)
Lon Chaney in "The Phantom of the Opera" (1925) | Photo: LA Phil

"The Phantom of the Opera" - Walt Disney Concert Hall (Oct. 31, 2023)

It's "Horror in the Hall" with The Phantom of the Opera (1925), screening on Halloween Night at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown LA. The great Lon Chaney ("The Man of a Thousand Faces") stars in the title role as Erik, wearing ghastly makeup that he famously designed himself. Organ virtuoso Clark Wilson will perform an eerie, atmospheric soundtrack on the Hall’s "monstrous" pipe organ to accompany one of the most influential horror films of the silent era.

"Rosemary's Baby" movie poster
"Rosemary's Baby" | Photo: Paramount Pictures

"Rosemary's Baby" - Orpheum Theatre (Oct. 31, 2023)

On Halloween Night, Cinespia presents a screening of Rosemary's Baby (1968) and costume party at the historic Orpheum Theatre in Downtown LA.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest horror films of all time, Rosemary's Baby tells the story of a young couple that moves into a spooky building with an infamous past. After a monstrous, hallucinatory night, Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) learns of a pregnancy that turns her saccharine life into something sinister. Is it paranoia that makes Rosemary suspicious of her neighbors, or is there cause for satanic panic? The stellar supporting cast includes John Cassavetes as Rosemary's husband Guy; Ruth Gordon in an Oscar-winning performance; Ralph Bellamy and Charles Grodin in his feature film debut.

Brush up on your anagrams, sip themed cocktails, and dance with the devil to DJ sets before and after the film. Costumes required!

Deborah Kerr in "The Innocents" (1961)
Deborah Kerr in "The Innocents" (1961) | Photo: TCM

American Cinematheque: "The Innocents" (Oct. 31, 2023)

American Cinematheque presents The Innocents (1961) at the Los Feliz Theatre on Halloween Night. The brilliant Deborah Kerr stars as a repressed governess who's convinced that ghosts haunt the mansion and grounds of her innocent young charges (Martin Stephens, Pamela Franklin). Jack Clayton’s gothic psychological thriller was inspired by Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw and adapted with the help of Truman Capote.

The program begins at 7pm with a live recording of the Greg Proops Film Club podcast. Feature starts at 7:30pm. For more info and tickets, visit the American Cinematheque website.