Halloween is just around the corner and you know what that means. Haunted houses, freaky costumes, and most importantly, horror movies. While you can always enjoy horror movies year-round, there is just something different about watching them around the season of Halloween.

And the spirit of All Hallows Eve, an analysis of Google search trends has compiled a list of some of the most popular horror movies in the state of Texas. So without further ado, here are the thrillers that have caught the Lone Star State's attention.

#10. A Quiet Place

This might just be one of this list's most unique horror movies. Despite not having the blood and gore that you would expect to find in most horror films, this movie plays on the premise of its characters having to be absolutely silent. This in addition to great writing and acting makes this film quite the suspenseful watch.

#9. Nightmare On Elm Street 

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It's no surprise that Wes Craven's iconic masterpiece would make it up on the most popular horror films in Texas. This 1984 classic checks out just about every box needed for a scary film and was a trailblazer in its time. Its influence is still seen in movies today, and despite its age, Freddy Kruger's terrifying portrayal still holds up in 2023.

#8. Scream

Yet another classic horror flick by Wes Craven Scream, Scream was a trailblazer when it came to the slasher genre. The film flipped classic tropes on their heads, surprising and terrifying audiences.

#7. The Exorcist

Widely regarded as one of the scariest movies to ever be made, The Exorcist continues to reign as the king of horror films, despite its age. Released in 1973, The Exorcist was a groundbreaking film, that redefined what horror films could be. The film famously terrified audiences in 1973 who had never seen such terrifying imagery on the big screen before.

#6. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Released in 1974 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre released, horrifying audiences at the time. The movie essentially pioneered the slasher genre, spawning countless films that drew inspiration from its gory and scary spectacle that almost seemed like it pulled out of real life.

#5. The Shining

This iconic film is one that almost anyone can recognize and for good reason. Directed by Stanley Kubrick, The Shining takes audiences down a terrifying psychological rabbit hole. The movie also features one of Jack Nicolson's and Shelly Duval's most groundbreaking performances.

#4.Saw X

Doing the most to top itself in over-the-top gore, Saw X is the latest entry that is slowly becoming a never-ending franchise. According to some critics however, this entry may actually be the beginning of a renaissance in the Saw franchise.


Another entry in a lengthy franchise, Haloween Ends is the supposed finale to this iconic horror series. Despite its name, the chances that this is truly the end to the antics of Michael Myers are extremely low.

#2.The Boogeyman

Being the newest entry on this list, The Boogeyman has garnered much attention from horror movie fans. If you are looking for a good thrill this Halloween, this may be a film worth watching.


Is it surprising that a creepy clown would top the list of most popular horror movies in Texas? This horror movie reboot is quite the spectacle and gives audiences a thrill that lingers even after leaving the movie theatre.

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