What’s Your Favourite Scary Movie?
Just like Christmas has its music and Valentine’s Day has its chocolates, Halloween simply wouldn’t be Halloween without the movies that go along with it. The candles, pumpkins and costumes are nice, no doubt. But to really set the mood? There’s nothing like a movie night filled with all the greatest frightening, spell-binding, hair-raising flicks to get you in the spooky season spirit. You don’t have to be fan of horror to appreciate a good Halloween movie either (I am a P*SSY when it comes to horrors)
So get those chocolates out (you know, the ones you bought early and were saving for the trick or treaters?), turn off all the lights, lock every last door, and settle in for the best of the best Halloween movies. Here is the list you need to get you through spooky season.
We’ve all seen it right?!
My favourite and a timeless classic, you can’t go wrong with Hocus Pocus. The family friendly comedy is brought to life by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as they star as three Salem, Massachusetts witches, resurrected just in time for Halloween. A tale is told about the devil, and there are various gross-out moments. But it’s important to note that all of the above is done in the playful, spooky spirit of Halloween.
Paranormal Activity (2007)
One that I cannot watch on my own and regularly question why I watched it at all as I could not sleep properly for about a week after. The first film in the hyper-successful Paranormal Activity franchise uses “found footage” to follow a couple being haunted in their own home. If you like the movie, you’re in luck: there are six films in the franchise.
A classic, although it took me several years to gear myself up to watch it. The most classic of scary movies, you can’t let Halloween pass by without watching this one. In Scream, a group of teens in California uses their knowledge of horror films to outsmart—or try to outsmart—real-life killers.
A great family friendly option, also a good watch for scaredy cats like me, stream the Halloween comedy classic, Ghostbusters. But, be warned, you may not be able to get the jingle out of your head for days.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
I can actually watch this, Bruce Willis is one of my favourite actors and actually this was the first film of his I ever watched… “I see dead people” is by far one of the most popular Halloween movie quotes to this day, and rightly so. In this paranormal drama, Haley Joel Osment plays a 9-year-old boy who has to help spirits move on, in sometimes unexpected ways.
Before I was traumatised by a certain horror film I was once upon a time brave and on many sleepovers, tried and tested calling out for The Candyman, a murderous soul with a hook for a hand. Why I did this and locked myself in a bathroom when doing it? is beyond me now. If you’re not familiar this Halloween legend is accidentally summoned to reality by a skeptic grad student researching the monster’s myth.
The Addams Family (1991)
I would be lying if I said I didn’t like a light hearted horror. This kid-friendly classic is an easy choice for a spooky — but not nightmare-inducing — Halloween movie night. There’s a recent cartoon version, but you can’t beat the OG — and its 1993 sequel, Addams Family Values — for its chemistry between Raul Julia and Anjelica Houston.
The Ring (2002)
I kind of have to watch this from behind a cushion but hey… Four teenagers die after watching a mysterious video, prompting reporter Rachel Kelly, played by Naomi Watts, to investigate the film. She then finds herself fighting for her own life, of which she only has seven days left to live.
Jeepers Creepers (2001)
Yeah, I was scared to go exploring in unused buildings for a while once I had watched this… After making a horrific discovery in the basement of an old abandoned church, Trish (Gina Philips) and her brother Darry (Justin Long) watch their routine road trip home from college turn into a heart-stopping race for their lives. They find themselves the chosen prey of an indestructible force that relentlessly pursues them and gives a new and chilling meaning to the old song “Jeepers Creepers.”
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Is it just me or can you already hear “1, 2 Freddy’s coming for you?” The original Freddy Krueger film still gives a fright decades later. If you really want a serious spook, have a marathon with all the sequels, including the 2010 remake.
The Exorcist (1973)
You can’t call yourself a scary movie buff unless you’ve seen The Exorcist. At 10 years old I watched this and this is the one that traumatised me for life, I could not sleep for weeks on end because I kept seeing this demonic girls face every time I tried to sleep… This is also why there is no photo above, I cannot look at it… But no amazing Halloween film list would be complete without it. This horror favourite (not mine) follows the demonic possession of a young girl, and her mother’s attempts to save her through—you guessed it—exorcisms.
Finally, after Halloween was delayed about two years (lockdown induced) we have a selection of spooky films in the cinema for 2021. I do not wish to go see them all, you may have gathered by now that I am in fact not that fond of Horrors but I did recently pay a visit to Vue with my siblings and mum (a pleasant surprise) to watch Halloween Kills.
So last on the list is Halloween’s 2021 movie instalment;
Halloween Kills (2021)
I can watch Michael Myers. Just about. Finally we get to see how dangerous Michael can be. I don't want to spoil it for others but this feels like the most brutal, violent and inhumane version of Myers that we have ever seen. Although Michael clearly has no emotion, the flashbacks and under tones in the story really help to shape his character. This movie is definitely one for the fans of the Halloween franchise and did not fail to make me jump several times. One of the best sequels to the Halloween movies that Horror fans will appreciate! You should probably book your tickets now.
Stay safe, lock your doors and take care,
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