Some people like to watch scary movies all year-round. Those people must be very brave. I myself think it best to save the frights for the Halloween season, and as a meek and scare-averse human, I generally need the presence of a sturdy shoulder to cringe against when the going gets too spooky. My best advice for beginners: never watch alone. You might have bad dreams later, and that’s a real bummer. My picks may not be the blood-dripping-est, or the most horrifying. That’s someone else’s list. My list is a genteel mix of the old and the new, with just enough scares to induce shrieks and arm-clutching (if you have taken my advice and provided yourself with a companion).