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I have to say: I am not a fan of scary movies -- the creaky doors, the unnecessary gore. But when I started thinking about some Halloween films to screen at my home, I realized I'd better have some good ones for guests who love a good fright night.

While I can only recall Hannibal as the last film that truly creeped me out, the home and decorating editors provided a frighteningly long list of movies that I should include at any scary movie night.

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Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 movie, The Birds, is such a classic film that every generation must see.

1 Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 movie, The Birds, is such a classic film that every generation must see.

This scene is very dramatic and probably the scariest in The Birds.

2 This scene is very dramatic and probably the scariest in The Birds.

Naomi Watts plays Rachel in The Ring -- such a creepy scene when she is in the well.

3 Naomi Watts plays Rachel in The Ring -- such a creepy scene when she is in the well.

I didn't know what creepy was in The Ring ... Until this scene.

4 I didn't know what creepy was in The Ring ... Until this scene.

Naomi Watts (Rachel) is a journalist that investigates a movie and and urban legend about a tape that may have killed four teenagers. (If I were her, I would back away from the television.)

5 Naomi Watts (Rachel) is a journalist that investigates a movie and and urban legend about a tape that may have killed four teenagers. (If I were her, I would back away from the television.)

Newely weds Ben and Jane (Joshua Jackson and Rachael Taylor) find ghostly images in their photographs after their wedding. Jane looks for the truth behind the pictures in the movie Shutter.

6 Newely weds Ben and Jane (Joshua Jackson and Rachael Taylor) find ghostly images in their photographs after their wedding. Jane looks for the truth behind the pictures in the movie Shutter.

Ben realizes he knows who the ghost is in all of his photos...

7 Ben realizes he knows who the ghost is in all of his photos...

Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford star in the spooky movie What Lies Beneath.

8 Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford star in the spooky movie What Lies Beneath.

Nicole Kidman stars in The Others -- a movie about a woman who believes she is living in a house that is haunted. The ending has a great twist like the movie The Sixth Sense.

9 Nicole Kidman stars in The Others -- a movie about a woman who believes she is living in a house that is haunted. The ending has a great twist like the movie The Sixth Sense.

Nicole Kidman walking through her dark eerie mansion.

10 Nicole Kidman walking through her dark eerie mansion.

Sally (Sandra Bullock) plays a modern-witch in the movie Practical Magic.

11 Sally (Sandra Bullock) plays a modern-witch in the movie Practical Magic.

Even though the movie, Practical Magic, has some spooky parts -- there are several scenes in their beautiful kitchen (which I love).

12 Even though the movie, Practical Magic, has some spooky parts -- there are several scenes in their beautiful kitchen (which I love).

The Practical Magic House has a New England charm.

13 The Practical Magic House has a New England charm.

The old hotel in The Shining is a character in itself.

14 The old hotel in The Shining is a character in itself.

Some ghostly unwelcome residents that play a key role in the film.

15 Some ghostly unwelcome residents that play a key role in the film.

Editor Rebecca Robertson used to be afraid of Halloween when she was a child. Now she finds eerie and psychological thrillers such as The Sixth Sense to be the most frightening films to watch.

When he was younger, senior editor Anthony Santelli thought the hockey mask in Friday The 13th was the freakiest thing. But The Shining, Fatal Attraction, and The Silence of the Lambs are the scariest movies he has seen as an adult.

Web editor Kerstin Czarra used to be afraid of Jaws (it's all about the music) when she was younger, but now she loves watching it when it comes on television. As with Anthony, she cited The Shining as a chilling favorite. The book, she says, is even scarier.

Editorial assistant Sara Garrison’s grandfather was in charge of the scouting, set design, and construction of a classic scary movie: The Exorcist. And she doesn't need to Netflix it to revisit it. She sees one of the creepiest sets whenever she visits her grandfather’s house in New Jersey: He brought "the attic" home and placed it over his garage. But her childhood scary movie? Bambi. The scene when Bambi's mom is shot terrified her.

When she was 4, editorial intern Cayla Rasi was afraid of Edward Scissorhands. One time her dad’s best friend dressed up as Edward for a Halloween party, and Cayla freaked out because her dad told her he threw out the movie. Now the movie that haunts her most is The Others.

Editorial Assistant Yvette Gonzales said that nothing has ever really scared her (except for the things that she could concoct in her brain when she was young). But if she had to pick a scary movie that spooks her even a little, it would be The Grudge (well, at least parts of it).

Which movies scare you?

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  • Psycho was the movie that scared the heck out of me..and still does! I keep my bathroom door locked when i am home alone taking a shower

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