Top Ten Movies to Watch on Halloween Night
I considered doing a Halloween books theme but I’ve kinda done that to death on here (check out these posts here, here, here, and here if you are so inclined) so I opted for Halloween-themed movies instead. Some are scary, others are just good family fun but all would make perfect Halloween viewing IMHO. 😉
Funnily enough, I actually have already listed my favourite films to watch on Halloween about three years ago in this post. I had totally forgotten about it until I was nearly finished this list. It’s quite interesting to see what choices I made back then – some are the same but others have changed a bit.
This might be a painfully obvious one but Halloween such a classic I couldn’t not include it. This is the cornerstone of horror movies for me: it’s scary (very much so), funny in places and just an all-round well constructed horror flick. It’s not my favourite John Carpenter film (that would be The Thing) but it is definitely my favourite scary movie.
2. Hocus Pocus
Hocus Pocus is not a horror film but it is the perfect family oriented, Halloween-themed film to settle down with on Halloween night. It’s charming as hell, funny and just a good time all-round.
3. The Conjuring
The Conjuring is a film that managed to exceed all my expectations. I have trouble connecting with more recent horror output – a lot of it seems to focus on lots of gore rather than suspense – but this is a film that managed to be perfectly spooky with little to no gore or over-reliance on jump scares.
Another recent favourite of mine is Sinister. It’s a seriously spooky film – with plenty to offer any horror aficionado – and definitely a great film to watch on Halloween!
5. The Craft
The Craft is not especially scary but it was a staple of my teen years. I must have watched it at least a couple of dozen times and I never got tired of it. It is definitely a film that would be perfect for viewing on Halloween night.
Scream is a genre-savvy offering from the king of horror Wes Craven. It’s not quite up there with his earlier classic A Nightmare on Elm Street but I definitely feel it is every bit as iconic. A perfect film to watch on Halloween.
7. It Follows
It Follows is another recent horror flick that is perfectly fitting if you want to watch a genuinely thrilling and unnerving movie that keeps you gripped from beginning to end.
8. The Exorcism of Emily Rose
I’m not easily scared in the slightest but this film definitely chilled me to the bone. I know it is (loosely) based on a supposed true story and that just makes it even scarier. If you want to be scared on Halloween, this is definitely the one to watch.
9. The Grudge
Now, I’m not usually a huge fan of remakes but I think The Grudge (based on the Korean film Ju-on: The Grudge) is one of the few exceptions. I was scared out of my wits watching this film on its cinematic release and to this day the film remains on my naughty list. 😉
FYI: just looking for gifs for this film gave me the heebie-jeebies – I selected one of the less terrifying ones – you’re welcome BTW (and please, for the love of all things, don’t go searching for gifs of this film – not a good experience – trust me!) 😛
I almost went with Pet Sematary because of Zelda *shivers* but in the end I had to give the last spot on my list to Carrie. The telekinetic outsider/loser is the rare Stephen King baddie you actually feel sorry for. Doesn’t make the film any less horrifying though! Definitely prime Halloween viewing!