Fall is here! Which can only mean it’s time to get out your cosy jumpers, grab your pumpkin spice lattes and sit inside with popcorn and Halloween movies. I’ve decided to create a list of some scary, and not-so scary movies to get you in the mood for Halloween this year. If I’ve missed off any of your favourites, be sure to leave a comment so I can check them out! Any films marked with * are available on Netflix.
Some classics suitable for the kids and teens
- The Addams Family: A must see every fall. It’s a crime to not watch Addams family at least once this time of year so you better get watching.
- Hocus Pocus: Because who doesn’t love witches that want to eat children this time of year? Definitely a childhood classic and I adore Sarah Jessica Parker’s character.
- Nightmare Before Christmas: Halloween or Christmas? I still don’t know. Which just means it has to be watched now and then again to get you in the Christmas spirit.
- Beetlejuice: This is one of my ultimate favourite Halloween movies. I never get tired of this film, for I, myself, am strange and unusual. If you haven’t watched it yet, do it right now! Then come to finish reading the post.
- Sabrina The Teenage Witch: Who didn’t love this show as a child? Have a 90s throwback with the movie.
- The Craft: Rated R, with more witchcraft and violence than the previous movies listed, but a great film for this time of year.
Fancy a spooky comedy or a thriller? Try these
- Scary Movie*: I saw this a lot when I was a teenager, and it’s a great comedy to watch around Halloween time. Not suitable for young ages, and a few ridiculous jokes but also kind of hilarious. A great movie to watch if you’re the kind of person that likes laughing at how ridiculous scary films are.
- The Shining: This is such a classic scary movie, and a definite must see if you’ve never watched it before. It’s not too bad for anyone easily frightened, and it’s referenced so much these days that if you’ve not seen it yet, you must.
- Paranormal Activity*: A perfect one for those who love ghostly activity and the paranormal. I’d say to stick to the first and second films, and avoid the rest because it starts to get pretty ridiculous. I first watched Paranormal Activity 2 when it was released in the cinema, I was 15 and found it quite spooky.
- The Strangers: When I was big into horror movies this was a great one for me. It’s not gorey or jumpy like most of the top scary movies, but I liked the storyline. The fact that it was based on a true story made it better, and I enjoyed watching it on a ‘scary movie night in’ with my friend.
- Shaun of the Dead: This is a great movie for any time of the year, and always hilarious as the first time you see it. You can even have a little marathon night with Hot Fuzz too, although maybe stay clear of At World’s End because that one sucked.
- Tucker and Dale vs Evil*: I watched this recently on Netflix and rather enjoyed it. It’s not one for the kids but it is funny and I rather enjoyed it.
- Psycho: Recently I mentioned Bates Motel in my post about Tv Shows I’ve Been Enjoying Recently and if you haven’t watched it yet I highly recommend. It’s a Netflix prequel to the classic film Psycho, which you must see. Watching it in modern times now makes it rather hilarious, but I really love the storyline, especially in Bates Motel.
- Misery: This is another classical thriller. The storyline is by Steven King so if you haven’t seen if yet, you know it’s going to be good. Also the Family Guy remake is hilarious.
- Split: I recently got round to watching this movie after a lot of recommendations, and I found the trailer very appealing to begin with. The ending and direction that the story goes in, isn’t my favourite. However, I do think it’s a good film and you might enjoy it.
Scare your friends with these horrors
- Saw: Possibly my favourite movie when I was really into horrors as a teen. While the gore and extreme trauma to people creeped me out, I couldn’t help but love it at the same time. The storyline is great, although I went off horror movies before completing the franchise. Saw II was always my favourite.
- Get out: I watched this recently and it was a rather enjoyable film. The storyline was quite interesting, and I’d recommend. I’d say it’s good for those who get easily scared and don’t like horror films.
- Trick ‘R Treat: I recently just watched this, and I think it’s a good Halloween movie. It’s a bit strange but Halloween is actually the theme throughout the entire movie, unlike most horror movies. Also Sam is cute.
- Child’s Play*: When I was getting into horror movies as a kid, Chucky was one of the ones I rather liked. My favourite was of course Bride of Chucky, but I just watched Curse of Chucky which I really enjoyed and I’m currently watching Cult of Chucky while writing this.
- A Nightmare on Elm Street: One two, Freddy’s coming for you. A classic must-see slasher movie.
- The Ring: I haven’t seen this movie in so long, and it creeped me out quite a bit to begin with but it has an interesting storyline that had me and my friend engaged the whole time. I haven’t seen the most recent Rings yet, but I want to go back over them all again.
- Would You Rather*: This is another available on Netflix, that I remember watching one random night. I thought it was pretty interesting and I think it’s worth a watch.
- Cabin Fever: This movie doesn’t have much relevance to Halloween, apart from that it’s a good horror film for a scary night in.
- Final Destination: Final Destination is rather gorey, but without the massive suspense and creepy killer. My favourite always used to be the third one, and I find them pretty interesting. It makes you think twice about doing some things after watching it though, never will I use a sun bed.
- 28 Days Later: A good choice for fans of post-apocalyptic, zombie-like films.
If you watch any of these, let me know what you think and if you enjoyed them or not!
Happy Halloween, April.