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Scary and creepy films to watch on Friday the 13th

Whether you're superstitious or not, these films will fill the bill on the 'unlucky' day.

It doesn't matter whether you throw salt over your shoulder and are afraid of opening an umbrella indoors or you're just a fan of Stevie Wonder's hit song; Friday the 13th brings up all sorts of thoughts in those who believe in superstition. It's a creepy day to think about, to be sure, made much creepier over the last 35 years since the "Friday the 13th" horror movie series hit theaters. To some people, just the mention of the date gives them visions of Jason Voorhees in the hockey mask.

Instead of being afraid of the day, though, some people lean in and celebrate it for all it's worth. For those people, we offer a few movie selections for you to watch tonight. Some are slasher flicks, others are just plain scary; all of them are designed to remind you what Friday the 13th is all about.

'Friday the 13th'

Of course, this needs to be on the list. You can watch any of them in the series, but going to the 1980 original is a good idea, because it's not Jason-centric. Plus, it stars a young Kevin Bacon!


The first film by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado – and the first Israeli slasher film – involves a serial killer, a rabid dog, young people lost in the woods and a big twist. Fans of "Jane the Virgin" will recognize Yael Grobglas as one of the damsels in danger.


Remember the 2002 film "The Ring," with the creepy girl crawling out of the television? The one where people who watched a certain video died within a week? This is the original Japanese edition from 1998 ("Ringu" meaning "Ring" in Japanese)... and it's even weirder.

'Shaun of the Dead'

Sure, this is one of the best-known films from the funny team of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright. But zombies are still zombies; if you're fighting the undead, you might as well have a laugh while doing it, right?

'Paranormal Activity'

It didn't take long for Oren Peli's found-footage scarefest to become a classic. It's also spawned a series; the sixth installment is set to come out this year.

'Haute Tension'

This is the version of "High Tension" that is in its original French, not dubbed into English. Two college friends encounter a serial killer in the woods (those darn woods are just full of serial killers, aren't they?) around one of their parents' cabin. Directed by Alexandre Aja, who gave us scary classics like "The Hills Have Eyes" and "Piranha 3D."


Got to have one Hitchcock film on this list. End your night with Norman Bates and his dead mother, just hanging out at a roadside motel.


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Scary and creepy films to watch on Friday the 13th
Whether you're superstitious or not, these films will fill the bill on the 'unlucky' day.