…See you next fall!
Salutations, everybody! It is officially my favorite season–Autumn. The colors, the weather, the sweaters, hot chocolate, and pumpkin spice–there’s just no way for anybody to hate autumn. Also, along with the autumn season comes one of my favorite holidays (second only to Christmas): Halloween.
I think that Halloween has always been one of my favorite days of the year. I mean, with the enticement of free candy, how can any kid be opposed to it? But, sugar rush aside, Halloween is still one of my favorite holidays to this day, even though I can buy my own candy. The candy was just the first layer but the costumes, the makeup, and the movies (there are some iconic ones) really make the day.
Now seeing as Halloween is slowly approaching, I figured that I would give you all a list of my favorite Halloween movies so that we can all have nightmares together!
*Don’t worry–not all of these are horror movies, but they are great Halloween movies none the less! Also, no spoilers!*
1. A Nightmare on Elm Street
Starting off with a classic, we have A Nightmare on Elm Street. A man with knives for fingers that can kill you in your dreams? Yes please! A Nightmare on Elm Street is one of the most famous horror movies ever. Definitely a must watch during the season–it’ll have you on the edge of your seat.
Halloween tells the story of Michael Myers looking for his next victims after escaping from Smith’s Grove Sanitarium. Not only does this film has one of the most recognizable soundtracks, but it also has one of the most recognizable actresses: the iconic Jaime Lee Curtis. Also, a new Halloween film set 40 years later (in 2018) is going to be released on October 19th, 2018 (supposedly) and I cannot contain myself! Oh, and Jamie Lee Curtis is back too.
3. Friday the 13th
Grab your hockey masks–it’s Friday the 13th. Set in Camp Crystal Lake, counselors must fend for their lives when they find themselves being hunted by a killer. But this isn’t just any old horror movie; the plot twist at the end will blow your mind.
***Side note: Friday the 13th falls in October this year…***
4. The Nightmare Before Christmas
Now some people debate on whether this is a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie but it’s always been a halloween movie to me. One of my all time favorites by Tim Burton is The Nightmare Before Christmas. The fact that this entire movie is made from stop motion makes it all the more impressive. The animation is incredible, the soundtrack is one of the best, and it’s fun for the whole family.
Hush is a film that a lot of you may not be familiar with. This film is about a woman trying to stay alive and escape a man intent on killing her in her semi-secluded home in the forest. Oh, and she’s deaf. I can honestly say that this film is like nothing I had ever seen before. It’s available on Netflix if any of you would like to check it out. I highly recommend that you do.
Okay, so this is one of my childhood favorites. Halloweentown is just such a fun and classic Halloween movie that I dare say that no Halloween is complete without watching it. The dearly departed Debbie Reynolds stars in this film and that just makes it all the more special. I mean, who can resist a movie based on an entire town devoted to Halloween 365 days of the year?
7. Halloweentown 2: Kalabar’s Revenge
Now this is the sequel to the first Halloweentown. I won’t say too much about it–since that would give away spoilers for both this movie and the first one–but I will say that this film includes a costume party that you won’t want to miss.
8. Corpse Bride
Corpse Bride is another film from Tim Burton. The concept for this one is that a man, practicing his proposal, accidentally proposes to a skeleton. How is heto break the news to her? How is he to return to the world of the living? Sit back, relax, enjoy, and make sure you know where your wedding rings are.
9. Sleepy Hollow
Tim Burton strikes yet again with the amazing Sleepy Hollow. Sleepy Hollow follows the age-old story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman. With Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Christopher Walken, and Michael Gambon it’s hard to not love this movie. Squeamish people beware–this film contains a LOT of blood.
I think that if you were to ask someone what the most famous Halloween movie is, chances are that at least a few of them are going to say Scream. Nobody is safe from this masked murderer–it’ll make you afraid to pick up your phone! Drew Barrymore is also in this film (which instantly makes it better) and she better hope that sheknows her scary movie trivia. This film’s killer has seen one too many horror movies.
11. Saw (or all 7 of them!)
Confession time: Up until last week or so, I had never seen any of the Saw movies. Don’t worry, though! Thanks to Hulu I have seen the entire series of the Saw franchise and I must saw it is truly a masterpiece. If blood and gore is not your thing then I would highly suggest staying far, far away from these movies as they contain what I would call and overabundance of them. If you are brave enough, however, then the Saw franchise is definitely worth a watch. The movie focus on the killer, Jigsaw who just wants to make people appreciate what they have. Don’t take anything for granted.
I’ll try not to write his name two more times. Beetlejuice is another Halloween staple that everyone needs to see at least once in their lifetime. A young couple meets struggle through their lives and is that a young Winona Ryder? There’s not toomany scary moments in this film, but there are plenty of laughs to go around. With Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice, what could go wrong? Uh oh…
13. Hocus Pocus
Closing out our list is probably my favorite Halloween movie of all time: Hocus Pocus. This is not a scary movie unless you are afraid of witches. Though these witches aren’t so much scary as they are snarky, but they’re hell-bent on sticking around. The Sanderson Sisters are stirring up trouble in Salem, Massachusetts. Why? A virgin lit the black flame candle!
I hope you all enjoyed this post and I can now say that all of you are thoroughly stocked up with films to binge this Halloween season.
Feel free to leave a comment down below. What are your favorite Halloween movies? Are you more of a scary movie fan or do you enjoy gore? None of the above? Let me know!
Thanks for reading. ❤