Happy Friday the 13th! As a Horror movie fan and a lover of Halloween, I think today is the perfect day to roundup my list of favourite movies to watch for the spooky holiday.
Keep in mind, I LOVE scary movies and I really can’t just choose a handful, so there may be some that didn’t make the list. *Side note: Friday the 13th is a classic and should obviously be on the list – but to help me not write 5 pages of content, it’s an honorable mention*
- Trick R Treat: (2009) Probably one of the best Halloween flicks to come out in a long time. This movie tells 4 stories, that are all connected. The little guy that connects all of these stories is Sam. (Samhain) He is the cutest when wearing his onesie, but behind the mask is something really ugly and sinister. The story telling is amazing and it really captures the true essence of Halloween.
- Nosferatu: (1922) This was one of the first films to legit give me nightmares as a kid. Not just the fact that his long, bony fingers looked like the tree branches outside of the window, but the music is terrifying. This adaptation of Dracula is one of the best.
- Scream: (1996) As cheesy as some of the movies in this franchise are, it was one of my faves growing up. It makes fun of the “rules” that come up in the genre time and time again. Along with the gore factor and campy kills (ie. Garage Doors), the sheer fear I felt when I saw the ghostface mask for the first time in public makes this a super memorable movie. And of course, it’s the movie that sparked my crushes on Skeet Ulrich and Matthew Lillard. *Dont judge me*
- House of 1000 Corpses: (2003) I love Rob Zombie, and I love his films. The actual plot of this movie is pretty generic – Young couples on a road trip in search of an “urban legend” (Dr. Satan) and they get lost and find themselves the targets of some sick and twisted individuals. What makes this movie great, is that Zombie didn’t give a F***k about being the next big block buster. You can tell he had fun paying homage to the older genres of horror. Even when you listen to his music or watch him live, you can see the clear old school influences of these genres. House of 1000 Corpses is a great gory adventure and pair it with the 2005 sequel, Devils Rejects, and you’ll be set for a scary, cringy night.
- Jeepers Creepers: (2002) This is another movie with a generic plot, but I was obsessed with this movie when it came out! I love the old timey music and the special FX makeup for the Creeper is terrifying. It’s about a flesh eating creature who eats the parts of his victims that he needs to survive. (“lungs so it can breath, eyes so it can see.”)
- Hush: (2016) This has such a simple concept, but it’s absolutely terrifying. The story revolves around a deaf Writer, Maggie who has moved to live a life of solitude in the woods. A killer shows up on her property who quickly realizes she’s deaf and starts tormenting her trying to get into the house. There’s something so chilling about the concept, but it was executed so well!
- Nightmare Before Christmas: (1993) On a slightly lighter note, this Tim Burton film is a classic AND it doubles as a go-to movie to watch on two different holidays! The soundtrack is awesome and the animation is pretty brilliant. It’s funny and has some ghoul-ish imagery to put you in the holiday spirit!
- Halloween: (1978) I actually love all of the movies in this franchise, but nothing compares to the original. There’s something so terrifying about a killer who doesn’t run after his victims, he just slowly walks while his prey is running at Usain Bolt speeds and somehow manages to pop up behind them after a minute.
- Saw: (2004) When this came out, it seemed fresh. The concept hadn’t really been done, and it got you thinking. Yes, it’s a gore-fest and some of the films have fallen short, but I REALLY love the concept of a murderer who doesn’t kill his victims. Now getting into the 8th installment of the franchise with Jigsaw, I think it’s a great time to marathon all of them one night.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hush: (1999) There seems to be a theme here…I like silent films apparently. Realistically, watching all of Buffy is a good idea but this one episode in particular is the one that is ingrained in my head. The Gentlemen along with their evil grins and henchmen, float across the town in search of victims in order to cut their hearts out – the catch? They first stole all of the voices from the people of Sunnydale. As a Nine year old watching this, I didn’t want to go to sleep.
- Young Frankenstein: (1974) Gene Wilder is amazing! This spoof of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is hilarious and you’ll end up quoting the movie all night. If you enjoy classic monster movies and classic spoof comedy, watch this!
- Hocus Pocus: (1993) I can’t say anything bad about this movie. It’s a Disney film telling a story about three witches from Salem, who get freed by a high school kid and hilarity ensues. It’s a fun film to get you into the Halloween spirit and the music is pretty awesome. Bette Midler’s version of “I Put a Spell on You” is so good!!
- Thirteen Ghosts: (2001) In my opinion, this one doesn’t get enough credit. Apparently, critics hated this when it came out – but this is a really good Halloween movie. The movie mostly takes place in a glass house that moves walls, creating a maze of sorts and there are ghosts trapped in the basement, each ghost has a backstory and they look creepy as hell! It’s a cool and entertaining film
This is barely the tip of the iceberg, there are so many more movies that I know I’ve missed or even just classics that almost go without saying. I know this has gone up a bit late in the evening but better late than never!
If I’ve missed any great movies on here or if you have any recommendations for a great Halloween movie, let me know!