Get ready for your spooky Halloween night horror movie marathon
For those of you who know me, Halloween is my Christmas. When my calendar goes from September 30th to October 1st, there’s a switch in me that just wants to visit haunted houses, drink warm tea, and my personal favorite, watch scary movies. Every October, I (re)watch A Nightmare On Elm Street, The Exorcist, and get to follow along AMC’s yearly Friday the 13th marathon. However, when Halloween finally comes around, I have a hard time finding Halloween-themed horror movies to watch. From years of research, it’s surprisingly not a popular setting for these types of movies, but I’ve managed to find 5 that will definitely help with your October 31st horror marathon.
Let’s start with the obvious. John Carpenter’s most famous film is essential viewing during the year’s creepiest holiday. There’s nothing better watching Michael Myers terrorizing a young Jamie Lee Curtis when she’s carving pumpkins while babysitting. It’s classic status, and wide appeal makes it one of the most popular film to watch during Halloween night and who can blame them with a name like Halloween. With plenty of pumpkins and trick-or-treating imageries, it celebrates the holiday in the only way it can – by scaring the living daylight out of you.
Trick r Treat
Just when you think it can’t get anymore Halloween, Trick r Treat comes along. This anthology film takes on Halloween night with 4 intersecting stories that all feature a child-like pumpkin creature by the name of Sam. It makes use of old traditional Halloween rules like not removing your decoration before midnight. It’s a movie radiating passion for Halloween playing with old myths and earlier traditions to deliver some very dark and scary stuff. It’s the ultimate Halloween movie you probably never seen.
The Houses October Built
Throughout the month of October, a bunch of friends and I like to visit haunted houses. We take it as a social event as well as a fun experience, but in The Houses October Built, their experience is anything but fun. I have to be honest, this isn’t the most well-made horror movie and came out during the found footage craze. However, if you’re looking for a fun guilty pleasure watch, this Halloween-themed horror flick is perfect for the occasion. Just make sure you’re prepared for your next haunted house road trip.
Remember the looks from the people when you enthusiastically announce your love of horror films and Halloween? Yeah, Ginger and Brigitte can relate. Their love of dark subjects has found them excluded from their small town. When Ginger gets attacked by a wolf, she starts exhibiting bizarre werewolf-like behavior. The now-famous Orphan Black director John Fawcett had given us a scary satire on puberty before directing the clones. If your love of Halloween has you feeling lonely, you may want to give Ginger Snaps a try.
Tim Burton has always been a favorite character for Halloween season. His darkly cartoonish visuals and often morbid subject matter makes Burton an excellent choice for this list. While Sleepy Hollow isn’t set in Halloween, it features ghosts, horsemen, and skeletons which warrant its place on this list. Out of all of them, this fantastical slasher film is a perfect film for the whole (adult) family and for those looking for a ghoulish Halloween night.
What are your favorite movies to watch at Halloween night?