Halloween Movie Roundup
I absolutely love Halloween. It’s one of my favourite times of the year, and I love how the UK is now embracing it more. It definitely makes my inner teenage goth very happy. When I was little I used to love carving pumpkins, dressing up and going trick or treating. There’s nothing better than spending the evening, or day, watching scary films and eating a ridiculous amount of sweets and popcorn.
I actually spent the whole of Saturday night in a cinema at a teen horror sleepover. We watched The Craft, Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Final Destination, Urban Legend and The Faculty. As a teen they were some of my favourite films so to see them in the cinema was great. I’ve put together a list of 7 films that I think are perfect for Halloween.
- The Craft.
Available on Netflix. A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who even slightly anger them. I absolutely love this film. It’s 20 years old this year (I am officially old) but it’s still good. This film made me want to be a witch. The soundtrack is great as well.
Also on Netflix. Another film celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. One of the first scary films I ever saw, and I loved it from the start. I also love the sequels, although 3 is kinda bad I still watch it.
- Paranormal Activity
Also on Netflix. I always find films where the scares are more psychological than physical scarier. Paranormal Activity is a good example of that. Blair Witch is another. It made me jump and hide behind a pillow a few times.
- A Tale of Two Sisters
A Korean horror film from 2003. Telling the tale of two sisters who, after spending time in a mental institution, return to the home of their father and cruel stepmother. Once there, in addition to dealing with their stepmother’s obsessive and unbalanced ways, an interfering ghost also affects their recovery. It’s creepy and also made me jump. Perfect for Halloween.
- Dawn of the Dead.
Now I’m going for the remake here, controversial I know. But I really liked it, and not just because of the use of Richard Cheese. Plus it’s the first zombie movie on my list.
- Shaun of the Dead.
I have loved Edgar Wright ever since Spaced. Making up the first part of the cornetto trilogy, Shaun of the Dead is a comedy horror. I remember seeing this in the cinema and loving it straight away. Full of geeky references, and a host of British comedy stars this is definitely a must watch.
Everything about “Halloween” was pretty much perfection. A “slasher” film in genre only, the movie had little gore and relied heavily on suspense and tone to make it scary. Carpenter’s use of the first-person viewpoint of Myers aided in that suspense. This one cannot be missed. Without this there would be no Scream.
Now pass the popcorn, grab a pillow, blanket and snuggle down for a night of screams.