Get Your Fright On!

The Best Movies to Watch to get into the Halloween Spirit.

It’s that time of year again. The time of year where the wind is getting colder, the nights a little darker, adults are decorating their houses in spider webs and pumpkins, and children are picking out their costumes. That’s right, Halloween is almost here, and to get into the spirit, I’ve prepared a list of films that will get your fright on!

The Top Films To Watch During Halloween:

1. Sleepy Hollow

If you’re the type of person who loves a good mystery mixed in with a little horror, then Sleepy Hollow is the movie for you. I doubt anyone can forget the amazing performance of Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci. Plus, the dark atmosphere makes this a must-watch before Halloween. 

2. When a Stranger Calls

If you grew up in the seventies, then you might remember the story of the poor babysitter who receives mysterious phone calls. In 2007, the movie was remade for newer audiences. Despite whether you were born in the seventies or in the 2000s, this film has earned a place on this list.

3. The Bad Seed

The next movie on this list is a classic. It might not be a slasher like the Halloween franchise, but it defiantly will make you think twice about the sweet little neighbor girl down the street.

4. Dracula 

You can’t have a scary movie night without Dracula. Bram Stoker’s classic tale started the vampire craze before there was a vampire craze. Plus, the 1992 adaption of the book features Keanu Reeves and Anthony Hopkins. What more can you ask for?

5. The Wolfman

If you love vampires, then you probably also love werewolves. The Wolfman is set during Victorian times, and with its creepy atmosphere, it will send a shiver down your back.

6. The Call

The next movie on our list doesn’t have any fictional monsters. What does have though is so much worse; what is that you ask? A human monster and that’s what makes this film one of the scariest films on this list.

7. Prom Night

We can’t have a horror movie list without a cheesy slasher film. The 1980s film featuring Jamie Lee Curtis once again fighting a psycho with a knife has earned this movie a place on this list.

8. The Last House on the Left

I suggest if you’re sensitive not to watch this horror movie. The original 1960s version was banned in the United Kingdom. If gore and disturbing content doesn’t bother you, then this is the film for you.

9. Halloween

If you’re the type that loves a good slasher with a plot, then this film is the one for you. After all, the legend of Michael Myers is a classic story at this point.

10. Nightmare on Elm Street

No other film in the world will make you scared of falling asleep like this one. After all, no other horror movie franchise has a villain that can kill you in your dreams. I have to say the original film might seem cheesy, but I have to give them serious points on originality.

11. Jaws

If you’re more into realistic monsters, then Jaws is the film for you. I know many of you might consider this a summer film, but honestly, you can watch this film anytime. Plus, nothing says Halloween than a man-eating shark.

12. The Shinning.

What makes a good horror movie? Is it the plot? How realistic the scenario is? The Shinning might not be one hundred percent realistic, but I know all of us to fear losing our minds and turning on those we care about. The Shinning exploits those fears and explores the depths of paranoia and the paranormal.

13. IT

We have to have at least one terrifying clown on this list that isn’t the Joker. I wonder though, what would happen if Pennywise and the Joker met? That would make for an interesting horror film. Back on point though, if you like seeing children standing up to their fears, this is the film for you.

14. Cujo

We already have a man-eating monster on this list, but seeing a dog lose his mind and hold a mother and son hostage in their car makes for a brilliant film. If you’re looking for a slightly less scary film but still entertaining, this film is for you.

Scary Movies for Kids:

Halloween is mostly considered a children’s holiday, so regarding that here are some films for children.

  1. ******-Doo and Zombie Island: If there was one movie that absolutely petrified me as a kid, it was ******-Doo and Zombie island. I remember I couldn’t be in a room by myself for days after watching it. Nowadays it’s not so scary to me, but it will probably give kids a good scare for Halloween.

     2. ******-Doo and the Witches Ghost

The next movie on our list isn’t nearly as scary as Zombie Island, but it still makes a wonderful Halloween film. Plus, every child needs to meet the Hex girls.

   3. The Adams Family

The next movie on our list is a classic amongst most adults. If you’re looking for a fun film to watch with the kids, this is the movie for you.

  4. Witches

I'm not the biggest fan of witches, and I find it incredibly corny now that I’m an adult, but I can’t deny that this is a good film for Halloween. Although, the only thing that the kids might find scary is the makeup.

5. Beetlejuice

Now I’ve never actually seen this next film, but my friends have told me it’s a brilliant film for Halloween.

So this concludes my movie list for Halloween. If there are any films, I haven’t mentioned that you feel deserve to be on this list, then please share.

Hello everyone, Caitlan here. I have a wide variety of interests, but to name a few of them, I enjoy reading, writing, films, and manga.

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