9. Poltergeist (1982)
Director: Tobe Hooper
Cast: Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Zelda Rubenstein
The story: A lovable suburban family discovers that their home has been invaded by malicious spirits. When their little girl disappears, all hell breaks loose.
Why it's great: Sometimes horror films are grim, gruesome, and shocking. Other times they're massively fun, like a two-hour carnival ride. This collaboration -- between the late Tobe Hooper, director of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and good ol' Steven Spielberg -- is most definitely the latter. There's an undeniable playfulness to the film, even as its creepiest moments, making it a perfect pick for family horror night.
Where to watch it: Rent/buy on iTunes, Amazon, YouTube, and VUDU