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Halloween is just around the corner, guys! And to get you in the spooky spirit, we gathered some of our favorite scary and well, not-scary but rather cutesy Halloween-themed movies of all time but before we do that, we want to ask you what your plans are for this day. Do you have a Halloween party to go to or maybe you are hosting one? Perhaps you prefer to stay in and watch Halloween movies instead in which case you’ve come to the right place. Take a look at our list below:
- Halloween (1979, Carpenter) – tells the story of a mental patient named Michael Myers (Tony Moran) who escapes from the Smith’s Grove sanitarium 15 years after he was committed for murdering his older sister Judith (played by Sandy Johnson) on Halloween night. He returned to his hometown in Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.
It’s actually a series and our favorites are the ones with Jamie Lee Curtis in it who played the role of Laurie Strode, specifically Halloween II (1981), Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), Halloween: Resurrection (2002), and Halloween (2018). Check the other Halloween trailers here.
- Ghostbusters (1984, Reitman) – all we can say is that it’s not Halloween without this film! Ghostbusters follows the story of the three eccentric parapsychology professors named Dr. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Dr. Raymond Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), and Dr. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis), who start a paranormal investigation and ghost-catching service in New York City in order to earn money after their grant expires.
The film also stars Sigourney Weaver who played the role of Dana Barrett, Rick Moranis as Louis Tully, Annie Potts as Janine Melnitz, and Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddemore to name a few.
- Ju-On: the Grudge (2002, Shimizu) – in this Japanese film, everyone who has ever set foot or lived in this particular house gets murdered or disappears. It stars Megumi Okina, Misaki Itô, Misa Uehara, and Chikako Isomura to name a few.
- Hocus Pocus (1993, Ortega) – this film tells the story of a teenage boy named Max Dennison (Omri Katz) who moves to Salem, Massachusetts and inadvertently resurrected three evil witches, the Sanderson sisters—played by Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker—on Halloween night.
Rumor has it that Hocus Pocus 2 is currently in development.
- The Conjuring (2013, Wan)– set in 1971, the film follows the story of Ed and Lorraine Warren (played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga respectively) who are paranormal investigators and authors, as they take on the case of Perron family whose farmhouse in Rhode Island is seemingly haunted by a malevolent spirit.
- A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984, Wes Craven) – in the town of Springwood, Ohio, a vengeful ghost is invading and killing teens in their dreams thereby killing them in real life. A Nightmare on Elm Street stars Heather Langenkamp, John Saxon, Ronee Blakley, Amanda Wyss, Robert Englund as Fred Krueger, and Johnny Depp.
What about you, guys? What are your favorite Halloween movies? If you want more, you might want to check this and this for a list of LGBTQ horror movies that you can watch this Halloween 2019.
For me it’s Hocus Pocus, love Bet, Kathy, and Sarah
I am 74…..the original Frankenstein and the Exorcist. I was maybe 7 when I saw Frankenstein the first time in Brooklyn, NY…leaving the theater there was a guy dressed like Frankenstein walking around outside…a real copy. I got a load of him and took off for at least 3 blocks. Dracula is another…and Abbott and Costello meat Frankenstein….lol
Yes! Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein! Incredible!
The original Frankenstein is a great movie
Horror Hotel .
Black and white. Atmospheric. Witches. Chanting.
Scared the hell out of me first time I saw it.
Give it a look – the scare is not in your face but it is truly effective.
I’ve loved Horror Hotel since I first saw it as a kid in the 60s. It always scared me no matter how many times I watched it. I actually just watched it again this week (I have it on DVD) and it’s still creepy after all these years. FYI, a longer cut of it (the UK release bearing the original title City Of The Dead) with deleted scenes is available on DVD and blu-ray.
All five of the Phantasm movies for me. Have to watch then each year the beginning of October and the end of October. Also Night of the Living Dead since that gave me my phobia of grave yards.
Phantasm was exceptionally disturbing. Tagged my reply on the wrong poster.
1968…. “Night of the Living Dead”. Watched it in the theater when I was a kid, and then had to walk home afterwards in the dark.
Those were the same movies I was going to name as the most disturbing. People tend to hate movies without positive outcomes, I counter with movies that don’t end well stick in your mind. That would include The Mist with Thomas Jane (Not horror, but No Country for Old Men). I think The Omega Man could be remade but this time without Will Smith and unrealistic CG zombies. 30 Days of Night, Rocky Horror Picture Show (trannys scare the hell out of me), Invasion of the Body Snatchers, 28 Days, War of the Worlds with Tom Cruise.
Caitlyn “Bruce” Jenner. Now, that is a scary one.
That was easy……………
Now that got my vote
Carrie is good, also Willard
Carrie is the best. Period.
Rocky Horror Picture Show !
Halloween came out in 1978 not 1979. I’d say that is my favorite Halloween movie followed by Night of the Demons (1988 version)
House On Haunted Hill with the late great Vincent Price.
My Halloween Staples are (warning I love Vampire films so this list is a little Vampire heavy): 1) Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (The 80s film) 2) Daybreakers (Awesome Vampire film) 3) Dracula Untold 3) Thirteen Ghosts (love this take on a haunted house) 4) The Addams Family and Addams Family Values 5) URGE (corny but fun) 6) Priest (Vampire film on Netflix) 7) The Lair (HERE TV Gay vampire series) 8) The Ritual (on Netflix it’s freaking awesome) 9) Winchester 10) 28 Days Later 11) 28 Weeks Later 12) The Cured (on Netflix an Irish film that pays homage… Read more »
Anything starring Madonna-eek! But seriously “Drag Me to Hell” is campy good fun (not about drag queens) as is “Evil Dead 2” -same director. “Jeepers Creepers 1&2” “Children of the Corn” and the original “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”
My all time favorite is Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. For several years, I’d watch it 2-3 times a week, and almost every time picked up a new joke I hadn’t caught before.
The first Nightmare On Elm Street, The Exorcist, original Texas Chainsaw Massacre