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'Carrie,' 'World War Z' and more scary movies by topic

Looking for a ghost movie? Classic monsters? Have a look.

October 26, 2013
  • Chloe Moretz stars in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Screen Gems' "Carrie."
Chloe Moretz stars in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Screen Gems'… (Handout / MCT )

"Carrie" is back, and the billboards all over town give notice that she's out to instill fear in us. But with all the ways to see movies these days, and all the many franchises of hit horrors, there's plenty of cinematic fear to go around.

Here are a few ways to raise goose bumps this season. (And, yes, we tried to avoid the super-gruesome). We're sure to have missed some of your favorites; let us know on Twitter with #LATscarymovies or email

Haunted houses and ghosts: "What Lies Beneath" (2000), "The Amityville Horror" (1979 and 2005), "The Sixth Sense" (1999) with a young Haley Joel Osment, Julie Christie in "Don't Look Now" (1973) or "Poltergeist" (1982).

Science fiction and zombies: This year's "World War Z," with Brad Pitt, "Dawn of the Dead" (1978), or the "Alien(s)" movies, starting in 1979.

Killing teenagers: "Scream," and its ancestors and offspring (starting in 1996), movie creep Jason Voorhees of "Friday the 13th" fame, or the nine films in the Freddy Krueger empire of "A Nightmare on Elm Street."

The supernatural: "Carrie," the new one or the 1976 classic starring Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie, or the mock doc "The Blair Witch Project" (1999).

Classic monsters: Plenty of them have been reimagined, such as "The Wolfman" (2010) or "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992). Others are classics, such as Boris Karloff as "Frankenstein" (1931).

Satan: "The Omen" (1976 and 2006), "Faust" (the 1926 version), "The Exorcist" (1973) or Mia Farrow in "Rosemary's Baby" (1968).

— Mary MacVean

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