Fright night at the theater: 6 scary movies playing in Atlanta

Prepare to get your scream on ahead of Halloween, Atlanta.

Atlanta movie theaters are screening classic scary movies and a few brand-new offerings this October.

There's something for most every taste, from the staggering undead to modern day psychos – and a very famous shower scene.

Here are six scary standouts to consider:

When the Bough Breaks

Debuted September 2016 and still showing at AMC and Regal locations in metro Atlanta, Movies 278 in Hiram, Movie Tavern Northlake in Tucker, Movies ATL in Atlanta, Carmike locations in Snellville and Conyers, NCG locations in Peachtree Corners and Marietta, Starlight Drive-in Theatre in Atlanta, Satellite Cinemas South DeKalb in Decatur

Kind of a Fatal Attraction thing that will make you want to run screaming. An upscale couple played by Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall only want a surrogate mother for their child. They end up with Anna (Jaz Sinclair), whose psychotic and dangerous fixation on the husband grows as the pregnancy progresses.

For a trailer, click here.

The Thing (1982)

Beginning Oct. 14 at the Plaza Theate, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE. 404-873-1939

In this gory oldie-but-goodie set in remote Antarctica, a group of American research scientists take in a bullied sled dog. The victim becomes beast, a vicious monster that can assume the shape of the victims it picks off one by one. Kurt Russell plays the helicopter pilot who teams with the camp doctor in a gory, desperate battle with "The Thing."

For a trailer, click here.

Ouija: Origin of Evil

Opens Oct. 21

AMC locations in Atlanta, Alpharetta, Cumming, Morrow, Lithonia, Decatur and Lawrenceville; Studio Movie Grill in Duluth; Cinemark in Fayetteville

The sequel to the 2014 sleeper that proved Ouija isn't just for slumber party squealing stars Annalise Basso and Henry Thomas. A mere game of Ouija leads to supernatural activity.

For a trailer, click here.

Psycho (1960)

Oct. 24, 7 p.m., UNICEF Movie Night at the Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE. 404-873-1939

Get frightened in a good cause. Plaza Theatre donates all the proceeds from the screening to UNICEF, so go ahead and enjoy the genius of Alfred Hitchcock's direction or drag a young friend along and introduce them to this classic psychological horror-thriller. The scenario: secretary, Marion Crane steals money and ends up at a secluded motel with the disturbed owner-manager, Norman Bates,

For a trailer of Psycho, click here.

I Drink Your Blood (1970)

Started playing Oct. 7 at the Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE. 404-873-1939

A little campy and very creepy, this is a the throwback tale of satanic hippies who are fed meat pies injected with dog blood. Full disclosure: not for the faint of heart, 'cause those freaks become not just rabid, but cannibalistic.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

The residents of “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” ready themselves for an epic battle against powerful and dark forces. Left to right: Enoch (Finlay Macmillan), Emma (Ella Purnell), Jake (Asa Butterfield), Hugh (Milo Parker), Bronwyn (Pixie Davies), the twins (Thomas and Joseph Odwell), Claire (Raffiella Chapman), Fiona (Georgia Pemberton), Horace (Hayden Keeler-Stone), Olive (Lauren McCrostie), and Millard (Cameron King). Jay Maidment (Photo Credit: Jay Maidment)

Opened Sept. 30 and still playing at Cinebistro in Atlanta, Merchants Walk Stadium in Marietta, NCG locations in Stone Mountain, Movie Tavern Northlake in Tucker, Aurora Cineplex in Roswell, Movie Tavern in Roswell, Park 12 Cobb Stadium in Roswell, Studio Movie Grill locations in Duluth and Alpharetta and Regal and AMC locations throughout metro Atlanta.

Reviewers have described this as a good scary movie for families with school-age children. It's not terrifying, just pretty scary with people eating eyeballs and monsters tracking down lovable oddball kids via time travel. Neat special effects from director Tim Burton and lots of bravery against unseen and eerie foes.

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