10 Best Halloween Movies

Halloween Movies

Staying in this Halloween? Here are our favourite flicks for a Halloween date night at home.

(Be sure to snack on bite-sized candy — and watch in the dark.)

Halloween
According to Reader’s Digest, this scary 1978 John Carpenter flick “all but invented an entire subgenre of slasher horror movies,” ones that take place on Halloween.

And almost 40 years later, it’s still giving viewers nightmares.

Beetlejuice
Rather laugh than scream this year? Why not revisit this 1988 comedy-fantasy hit from Tim Burton? Some ghosts are scary. Betelgeuse is just obnoxious. (And Winona Ryder is ageless.)

The Shining
“Here’s Johnny!” Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 psychological thriller is an adaptation of Stephen King’s 1977 novel of the same name about an alcoholic writer’s descent into madness. Martin Scorsese listed the film as one of the scariest movies of all time.

Other scary Stephen King adaptations worth checking out on Halloween: Misery, Pet Sematary and Carrie.

Psycho
This psychological thriller-horror flick is Hitchcock’s masterpiece, with a famous plot twist that no doubt paved the way for countless thrillers to come.

Fun fact: It’s the only film on the list selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the US Library of Congress.

Hocus Pocus
This one’s safe for the faint of heart — and kids! Three witches, who had been hanged in Salem in 1693, are accidentally resurrected by a teenager in the 20th century. Hijinks ensue as they desperately attempt to acquire immortality on Halloween before the sun rises.

The Nightmare Before Christmas
Another Tim Burton pick, this stop-motion classic tells the story of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown’s pumpkin king, and his plot to kidnap Santa Claus. (By the time you’re done viewing, Christmas decorations will be available in stores everywhere.)

Night of the Living Dead
If you’re going to watch a zombie film this Halloween, cue up George A. Romero’s 1968 classic. (And, yes, the frights still hold up.)

Shaun of the Dead
Want zombies and a few laughs? This British comedy-horror film, co-written by Simon Pegg and director Edgar Wright, about a slacker who rises to the occasion when zombies invade will have you chuckling and cringing — sometimes at the same time.

Evil Dead
Sam Raimi’s low-budget feature debut, Evil Dead, is a bonafide cult favourite and is often named as one of the greatest horror films ever made. (Don’t watch if you’re planning a getaway to a cabin in the woods anytime soon.)

Also worth mentioning is Raimi’s 2009 critically acclaimed “playful and relentlessly scary” film, Drag Me To Hell, that addresses a pretty terrifying topic: the mortgage crisis.

Ghostbusters
With a 2016 reboot in the works, this 1984 comedy classic (and Halloween costume-inspiration favourite) about a group of eccentric parapsychologists capturing ghosts in New York City — including one in the form of a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man — is worth a re-watch.

Sources:
Halloween: http://www.rd.com/culture/halloween-movies-scare-you-senseless/
The Shining: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shining_(film)
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2009/10/28/martin-scorseses-top-11-horror-films-of-all-time.html
Psycho: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psycho_(1960_film)
http://www.cs.cmu.edu/afs/cs/usr/clamen/misc/movies/NFR-Titles.html
Evil Dead: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Evil_Dead
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/drag_me_to_hell/