Happy Halloween Everyone!
Probably within the last 3-4 yrs, I have found my love for SCARY MOVIES! Previously you couldn’t PAY me enough to try to get me into a theatre to be scared. Hell, even commercials were too scary for me, now I’ve become a scary movie enthusiast. Or even a scary movie junkie! haha. You won’t find any zombie movies on this list though, since a zombie apocalypse is a HUGE irrational fear of mine. But hey, you never know what kind of viruses might affect the human brain that way in the distant future.
Even if you don’t like really scary movies, this is a good list that I’ve compiled with a lot of variety, so really there is something for EVERYONE. There isn’t a lot of gore in these movies, but jump-scare/thrillers are something I really enjoy. There is also those “feel good family movies” on the list as well, if being “spooked” really isn’t your thing.
Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
This movie is my ABSOLUTE favourite. Is it a Christmas movie? Is it a Halloween movie? The answer: BOTH. I love it because you can watch it twice a year! Haha. It is spooky, but not too spooky, mostly I would say it is a children’s movie. Also its amazing considering it is a stop motion picture animation which took years to make! It truly is a master piece, but viewer beware: it does have quite a few musical numbers. But all are very pleasant, and really help to tie the story line together.
Brief description: Jack Skellington lives in Halloweentown but one day stumbles upon a door that leads to Christmas town. He decides to introduce Christmas town to his ghoulish friends, and the madness ensues!
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Sleepy Hollow always has been and always will be one of my favourites. It does have some blood shed in it, but it is also humorous as Ichabod Crane is portrayed by the one and only Johnny Depp who captures his awkward essence perfectly. It has a great story line, giving a twist to the usually tale of sleepy hollow making for a thrilling ending!
Brief Description: Ichabod Crane is a detective who travels to Sleepy Hollow to investigate many strange deaths. There he finds a lover, a headless horseman, and a great mystery! He becomes the only person who can save the town and lift the curse.
Hocus Pocus (1993)
Hocus Pocus is definitely a great classic movie to watch, even with the kids! It has minimal singing and can be a really funny watch as well! One thing to note though: it does draw a lot of attention to the concept of virginity so viewer beware incase that is a conversation you don’t want to have with the little ones. I’ve always wanted to dress up in a group costume as the 3 witches one year for Halloween. I would of course play the part of the blonde witch Sarah, and I just need two more friends to join me! Hopefully one year my dream will become a reality!
Brief Description: While exploring an abandoned house, 3 children accidentally release an ancient coven of witches who plan to make a potion to become immortal. The only problem is that the potion involves eating children!
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
This movie is timeless when it comes to the scary entertainment. To this day it has such a large following, theatres usually put on a rendition of the show every Halloween season! People love it for its sexual advances/themes, the musical numbers, and the amazing cast. Definitely NOT a childrens movie.
Brief Description: Newly engaged couple of Brad and Janet go on a road trip, but upon falling into some car trouble end up having to stay the night in the mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, who is a transvestite scientist who is making his latest creation: a partner named “Rocky”.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
I love this movie so much. It is spooky but also has a love story in it, and can be very moving. Many people don’t realize that Dracula is actually a sad love story. It also stars a young Keanu Reeves, who is a marvellous actor who plays the timid lawyer wonderfully.
Brief Description: a young lawyer ventures to Dracula’s castle to finalize a deal, but Dracula see’s a photo of his financée who is the spitting image of his late wife. Dracula imprisons the lawyer, and sets off for London to hunt her down.
Beetle Juice (1988)
This movie is such a hoot! Beetlejuice is a hilarious movie that can be a bit crude at times, but generally has good humour. It also discusses the topics of death and living in purgatory.
Brief Description: After their sudden death, a couple find themselves trapped inside their house, doomed to live out the rest of their days as ghosts. They begin haunting the family that moved into their home. They enlist the help of Beetlejuice who is a malevolent spirit to drive the family out of their home.
“Where there is no imagination, there is no horror” – Sir Arthur Connan Doyle
Lost Boys (1987)
This movie can be very frightening. I remember watching it, when I was perhaps a bit too young for scary movies, but now that I am an adult I truly love it. The vampires are both terrifying and enticing, the frog brothers add comic relief, and over all it is a well-balanced movie with a great story line.
Brief Description: Two brothers move in with their mother in a remote town where the younger brother makes friends with two strange boys, and the other brother becomes involved in a gang which turns him into a vampire. It then becomes up to the young boys to save him before it’s too late.
I loved this movie so much! I know this list is a compilation of my favourite movies, but this one truly took the cake for me. I watched it in theatres and even bought the DVD as well! It is a great remake of the older movie, and adds a lot to the story line as well. The jump scares aren’t too bad, but it is very very creepy. Definitely makes you think twice about walking by sewer drains.
Brief Description: Once children start disappearing from Derry, Maine a miss matched group of 7 friends discover a shape-shifting clown named Pennywise who has been terrorizing the town for centuries. The children must bond together and overcome their fears, or else they could be next to be taken by IT.
Lights Out (2016)
I also watched Lights Out in theatres, and let me tell you, it had me on the edge of my seat! The jump-scares are really great, and it is a frightfully wonderful movie. There was one scene in the movie involving a chase scene and a car’s headlights that was really great and funny. So much so, that when I watched it in theatres people ACTUALLY CLAPPED as it happened! Haha. Although the story line is a bit weird, I feel like it could have been written better regarding the origin of the demon, but it is a very scary movie over all. I can’t even make my younger brother watch it with me, and he’s 18! haha.
Brief Description: A girl finds out that the monster she saw in the dark as a child was not just “all in her head” because her little brother sees it too. The siblings realize it is not in their imagination and comes when the lights are out with a vengeance to kill.
WHO YOU GONNA CALL????? GHOSTBUSTERS!!! This movie was a favourite of mine from watching it in my childhood. Although it is one of the older movies on this list, it is still really enjoyable and funny. A great movie for the family to watch.
Brief Description: A team of scientists become “ghost-busters” in a war against the supernatural. They accidentally open a portal to the other dimension and have to save New York from the ghostly destruction.
Annabelle Creation (2017)
I feel like I start many of these off with I saw it in theatres, but I also watched Annabelle creation in theatres and I found it to be the most terrifying of all the movies from the conjuring series! I think what makes this series really eerie is that it is “based on a true story”. Whether you believe in ghosts/demons/an after life is not the main thing here, but just imagining that it really could have happened is very scary. Also considering that there is a real Annabelle doll, and that Ed and Lorraine Warren are real people, just gives me the chills!
Brief Description: An elderly couple take in a nun and orphaned children, happy to welcome them in since their own daughter Annabelle died tragically years before. One of the orphans enters a locked room, and finds the old doll once belonging to their daughter, and unknowingly unleashes the evil residing inside it.
The Exorcist (1973)
This movie is again, a bit of an older one but a timeless classic! It is usually one of the first scary movies you watch as a kid, just dipping your toes into the horror world. It may not be one of the scarier movies on the list but it is very realistic, and is loosely based on a “true story”. Considering the time period when it was made, it is known by many to be a masterpiece.
Brief Description: A young teenage daughter falls ill and begins to act strange – speaking in tongues, and levitating. When medical treatments go no where, her mother calls for the help of a priest and an exorcist who believe she is possessed by the devil.
The Craft (1996)
This movie is really great considering it has a strong female lead, and deals with the message of being kind and putting positivity into the world, for fear of karma and the law of 3 coming back to bite you in the butt. The girls in the movie all learn this lesson the hard way. It’s not a scary movie per say, but there is a minor jump-scare. After watching the movie, it mainly just made me really want to be a witch.
Brief Description: Upon moving to a new Highschool, a girl very desperate to fit in and make friends joins a group of girls who are making a coven. They begin to grow strong and use their powers for evil, and she has to break free of their spell before she succumbs to the dark powers as well.
Monster House (2006)
I believe that monster house is one of the most underrated movies of my childhood. It is all animated, but it deals with a lot of heavy concepts for a children’s movie, like death and grief. I think that I perhaps held onto it so heavily since it came out the year my grandmother had passed away. It is a really lovely children’s movie, but can be scary to kids, and even has a few adult humour jokes inside to make it enjoyable for everyone.
Brief Description: 3 children become aware of the evil that resides in the old house on their street. With Halloween quickly approaching, they must defeat it before it swallows up all of the trick-or-treating children!
Halloween Town (1998)
Who hasn’t seen Halloweentown? In my short 20yrs on earth, I have probably watched the movie as many times as almost double my age! Every year for Halloween in elementary school we would wheel out the tv, and dust off the old VHS tape and rewatch Halloweentown during our class Halloween party. I enjoyed it a lot as a child because I have always loved magic and I have always loved Halloween!
Brief Description: 3 Children follow their grandmother to Halloweentown and discover that they come from a long line of witches! Halloweentown is the only place where all of the monsters and ghouls can live a normal life, but they soon discover an ancient evil threatens the children and the whole world!
Hopefully this post has helped you decide on what scary movie you should watch this Spooky Season! I would honestly recommend any of them since they are all in my top 15 spooky movies, but I do have a biased love for anything directed by Tim Burton as I’m sure you can tell from this list! haha.
I hope you enjoy these, and let me know which one is your favourite, or any movies you think should have been on the list that I perhaps over looked!
“When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam,
May luck be yours on Halloween.”
(All images used from Gooogle.)