Top 10 Movies to Watch During Halloween
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By Anna Konen and Jeanie Goulde-McElhone
Halloween goes hand in hand with cult classic movies, jump scares, and spooky stories that are sure to keep you up all night long. From old classics to new favorites, Halloween flicks are always popular, but nothing says October like a big bowl of popcorn and screaming so loud your neighbors might hear. We are giving you the perfect list of Halloween movies you will not want to miss.
An alternate universe where your parents are as kind and caring as can be and everything is perfect... the only downfall? In place of eyes there are buttons and things are not as picture perfect as they seem. Coraline is a favorite of many old and young. No matter how you feel about this unsettling children's movie- it is a classic and a good watch to get in the mood for the Halloween season.
When thinking about Halloween films, Beetlejuice is often one of the first to come to mind. This movie details a couple that has risen from the dead as ghosts to haunt their former home. Tim Burton is without a doubt THE director and specialist of Halloween movies. His movies stand out and he has an incredibly unique and distinguishable style that you cannot miss. Not only is Beetlejuice a classic, but the film’s A-list cast includes household names like Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp. This is one movie you will not want to miss this Halloween season.
3. American Psycho
American Psycho features business executive Patrick Bateman is the ultimate male manipulator. A secret psychopath who works hard to hide his crazed tendencies and double life, Bateman, played by Christian Bale, is much more than a pretty face. As the movie takes you through classic horror twists and turns, you will be on the edge of your seat waiting for Bateman's true psychopathy to unveil itself.
Scream is a cult classic that contrasts the original structure of movies as the antagonist uses horror films to manipulate his victims. A teenage girl and her friends are terrorized through anonymous phone calls and horrifying sounds. This clever and gruesome film will have you laughing, screaming, reaching for the popcorn, and hiding under your blanket all at the same time.
5. Rocky Horror Picture Show
Rocky Horror Picture Show pairs musical, comedy, satire, and horror together in a way that only films from the 70s can. This movie has quickly turned into a classic and an LGBTQ+ tradition. With elaborate dances and rock music, there is no better break from scares than Rocky Horror Picture Show. Catch this flick at Mt. Pleasant’s own Broadway Theatre on Thursday, October 27th at 8pm, and make sure you are wearing your best Brad and Janet costumes!
Halloween Jamie Lee Curtis is one of the first notable final girls in the horror genre. Halloween is it No offense to the clown community, but clowns are objectively terrifying. It is one of many movies about scary, killer clowns but objectively one of the best. Set in Derry, Maine, a group of young misfits face their biggest fears throughout the summer. Pennywise-who is naturally in the form of a clown could shapeshift into children's worst fears. This movie is a classic for jump scares and a feel good-coming of age story all wrapped into one.
7. The Shining
Although not necessarily a classic “Halloween” movie, Stanley Kubrick’s timeless tale is enjoyed by many all year long but particularly during the October season. This classic horror flick follows a family that stays in an isolated and creepy hotel for the winter season. With a psychic son and jump scares at every turn, there is no telling what will happen next.
8. Hocus Pocus
Following the resurrection of a trio of hysterical witches, on Halloween night, Hocus Pocus is sure to deliver a few laughs and jump scares. These three witches and their villainous escapades, provide for perfect mixture of spooky stories and sinister satire. Although this movie and its timeless humor has always been a classic, the highly anticipated sequel premiered on September 30th might have just taken the cake.
A Disney Channel Original Movie full of ghouls, ghosts, monsters, and of course witches. This story follows a teenage Marnie who learns on her 13th birthday she is a witch; she is sent to the legendary Halloweentown to fulfill her family’s destiny and naturally destroys evil curses and warlocks along the way. This movie is perfect for all ages and will have you on the edge of your seat wondering what obstacle comes next.
10. The Addams Family
A campy and parody film for the ages, the Addams Family is fun for all. The movie depicts a family that cares little about what others think. Their appearance and quirky values set them apart from “normal” families, and many think that they are bizarre, however, the story runs deeper than their frightening look. Although the family is human, their powers and distinct personalities lead many to believe they are not, but their loyalty to one another is heartwarming to say the least. This story will have you giggling all night long and embracing your own freak flag.