The Must See List For Halloween!
By: Ani and Marrick Thurman
Along with the horrifying costumes and extraordinary parties, Halloween is also the time for bone chilling movies. We’ve compiled a list of the best movies for Halloween. Some are scary, some make you think, and some are just good fun with holiday spirit. There should be something for everyone so you should definitely check these out.
1. It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown: This is an entry that nearly everyone has seen at least once. It’s a charming cartoon that follows Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts in their Halloween adventures to find the Great Pumpkin. It’s a great special for all ages. Recommended by Lydia Manley.
2. IT: The 31st is just around the corner, and that obviously makes the widespread clown sightings even scarier than they already were. What could add to the eeriness of this holiday? Watching a movie about just creepy clowns: It. The movie is about a sadistic clown named Pennywise who exploits the fears and phobias of his prey in order to hunt them down and kill them. Recommends by Audrey Hagens.
3. Babadook: This psychological horror movie has an interesting plot and a well-created, terrifying villain. The movie follows a single mother who is continuously tormented by a creature known as Babadook after reading a pop-up book to her son titled as such. The book informs readers that if you choose to deny the existence of Babadook, he’ll only become stronger. She ignores the monster’s existence, and things get intense, making one wonder who or what the real monster is. Recommend by Mr. Bailey.
4. Beetle Juice: This comedic fantasy movie is amazing to watch any day of the year, but best to watch on Halloween. After a married couple dies in a car crash, they must watch as a mundane family purchases their house. After consulting their Handbook for the Recently Deceased, the two find out that they must suffer for 125 years. Not wanting to do that, and desperate, they call on Betelgeuse to scare the new family out of their home. Recommended by Lucas Henley.
5. Hocus Pocus: A good distraction from the normal horrors of most Halloween movies would most definitely be this humorous Disney flick. Set in modern-day Salem Massachusetts, three evil witches are freed from an abandoned house and seek immortality. With help from a magical cat, it’s up to three kids to stop them from doing so. What’s more Halloween related than three witches and black cats? Maybe Macbeth. By Hannah Polacheck.
6. Halloween: If you want to watch a good slasher movie this Halloween, there’s no better place to start than the movie, Halloween! After 15 years of being locked up in prison, convicted murderer Michael Myers steals a car and returns to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois where he searches for new victims. The movie is a classic and probably the best in the franchise.
7. Nightmare on Elm Street: This slasher film is a good movie to watch on Halloween because of the sinister atmosphere it creates. The movie follows a group of teenagers who fall prey to a disfigured killer, Freddy Krueger, who hunts down and murders them in their dreams, which in turn, kills them in real life.
8. The Shining: This classic Stephen King based film makes for a great watch on Halloween because it has some of the most infamous horror scenes in cinematic history. It follows Jack Torrance and his family’s stay at a hotel. His deteriorating mental state becomes apparent when unusual occurrences begin to happen. Throughout the movie we see such scenes as: “Here’s Johnny!”, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” the unsettling identical twins, and the wave of blood that floods the halls of the hotel.
9. Stranger Things: We’ve all heard of the new Netflix original show, Stranger Things. Whether or not it’s specifically a Halloween appropriate show is arguable, though the grotesque Sci-Fi seems like qualification enough. Family and friends frantically search for Will Byers, a local child who comes up missing. Upon discovering a girl with telekinesis, Will’s friends unite with her to put his missing case to an end. As to why this is a great show to watch on the spookiest of holidays: the “demogorgon.” Recommended by Lauren Batten (and Everyone).
10. Rocky Horror Picture Show: Rocky Horror Picture Show is definitely a must-see. On Halloween, this fantastic musical is shown in various screenings across America due to its massive cult following. At these annual events, fans even dress up as their favorite characters. Tim Curry plays Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a humanoid transvestite alien from Transsexual Transylvania. You meet a wide variety of characters, including a young married couple who happen upon Dr. Frank-N-Furter and his friends. Recommended by Ani & Marrick Thurman.