7 College-Themed Scary Movies to Watch Before Halloween


A big part of Halloween is watching scary movies, but since there are so many to choose from, it helps to settle on a theme. The perfect theme for students is, of course, college! That way, you’ll be able to relate to the main characters and feel right at home in the story’s setting.

Hold a movie night to watch a few flicks with friends — you may want to turn it into a slumber party afterward to avoid needing to be alone when the lights go out.

1. Flatliners

Worth watching for the all-star cast alone, the 1990 movie “Flatliners” is a psychological horror. A group of medical students who want to find out what happens after death use their medical skills to take it in turns to have near-death experiences. However, they soon get caught up in the experience — with disturbing consequences.

There is also a 2017 remake of the movie with the same name, which has a similar story, but the plot goes in a different direction.

2. Scream 2

Any of the “Scream” movies are essential Halloween classics, but Scream 2 is particularly perfect because it’s set on a college campus. It’s best if everyone has seen the original first because the movie follows on from where the other left off — although with a new, copycat killer.

3. Truth or Dare

A creepy, rather than scary, movie to add to your list is “Truth or Dare.” It’s about some friends at college who want to have one last vacation together before they graduate. They head to Mexico, where they meet a stranger who invites them to play truth or dare. However, as soon as the game starts, they learn it will have a new set of rules: if they don’t complete their truth or dare, they may perish.

4. Happy Death Day

If you’ve always wished “Groundhog Day” was a slasher, look no further than “Happy Death Day.” The movie follows a college student who meets her untimely demise on her birthday — in multiple different ways as she keeps reliving the day. The only way to break free from the loop is to figure out the identity of her killer.

5. Sorority House Massacre

Another slasher, “Sorority House Massacre” begins with a murderous scene and is therefore not for the faint of heart. The story then cuts to years later, when the lone survivor has started an entirely new life and is heading off to college. She ends up joining a sorority that happens to be located in her childhood home, exactly where the murders took place — but she doesn’t remember the house. Her brother, who is now living in a mental facility, senses her presence in their old home. What follows next will have you on the edge of your seat.

6. The House on Sorority Row

A second option if you want a scary movie about a sorority is “The House of Sorority Row.” This cult classic is about a group of sorority sisters who attempt to pull a prank — but it goes horribly wrong and results in a crime they must cover up. However, things turn from bad to worse as each of the sorority sisters is targeted by someone else.

7. The Dorm That Dripped Blood

The original title of this movie is “Pranks,” which does not do it justice at all. “The Dorm That Dripped Blood” gives you a much better idea of what to expect from the movie: it’s one of the goriest on this list. The story is about a group of college kids who are being stalked. Although it’s a low-budget movie, it has a surprise ending that may make it worth watching.

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