Movies You Should Watch This Halloween Season

It’s that time of year again where kids trick or treat, teens throw keggers, girls dress up as sexy kittens, sexy ghosts, and sexy babies (unfortunately, this is a thing), and there’s the occasional mental patient on the loose stalking babysitters. That’s right kids, it’s almost Halloween! Whatever your plans are for this holiday, you’re bound to see scary movies on TV or streaming sites. If you’re new to the horror movie scene, let me walk you through which horror movies are worth seeing this time of year. Get out your rosaries, check the children, and don’t answer the phone. Here are some movies that are worth checking out this Halloween season.

THE CLASSICS

Halloween (John Carpenter, 1978)

Why it’s worth a watch:

It’s a STAPLE in horror movies but especially for the Halloween season. Jamie Lee Curtis gives a scream worthy performance as a young babysitter who’s Halloween night turns into a night of hell as she’s being stalked by Michael Myers, an escaped mental patient hellbent on killing anyone he crosses. With a musical score you won’t forget and a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat, this one’s a winner. Plus, the new Halloween is out in theaters so you’ll want to catch up with the OG film.

Where you can watch it:

AMC: OCT 18TH, 9:00AM, and OCT 18TH, 9:00PM

The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980)

Why it’s worth a watch:

It’s not Halloween without a little influence from Stephen King (even though he hated this film adaptation) and his twisted work. While the trailer I’ve listed doesn’t really give much insight as to what the film is about, and even though this film is more of a psychological thriller, The Shining is a staple horror film that takes a look at how madness consumes you and everything you know and love. Jack Nicholson gives an incredibly eerie performance as Jack Torrance, a man who agrees to be the caretaker of the Overlook Hotel where some horrible things have happened (believe me, that’s an understatement). Soon, his wife Wendy and son Danny are in grave danger if they cannot escape the clutches of Jack and the hotel. You’ll want to watch this film for ever. And ever. And ever.

Where you can watch it:

Amazon: $3.99 to rent, $10 to buy on DVD

This is a film that you can also find at most stores like Target, Walmart, FYE, and Newbury Comics. Trust me, there’s bound to be a store that carries this film.

Friday The 13th (Sean S. Cunningham, 1980)

Why it’s worth a watch:

This film is quintessential to any good Halloween party. There’s teens, sex, drugs, and DEATH! The story chronicles 7 teenage camp counsellors setting up for Camp Crystal Lake (which is actually a real place) for the Summer. Soon, they are picked off one by one by an unseen killer. While you’re at it, check out the sequel’s and remake… just know that they get campier and campier each movie (get it? CAMPier!).

Where you can watch it:

Amazon: rent for $3.99

AMC: Sunday Oct 21st, 4:24pm, Saturday Oct 27th, 7:03pm, Sunday Oct 28th, 1:13pm

THE NEW WAVE

Scream (Wes Craven, 1996)

Why it’s worth a watch:

A love letter to all horror films, Scream is not only a great horror film, it’s a great comedy! The story centers around a chain of murders in a small town, with Sydney Prescott as the main target. This film challenges horror movie stereotypes and transforms the genre by breaking horror movie rules. With a chain of great sequels, this movie will have you questioning: “what’s your favorite scary movie?”

Where you can watch it: 

Amazon: $1 to rent

It Follows ( David Robert Mitchell, 2014)

Why it’s worth a watch:

Not only does this film harken nostalgia of 70’s and 80’s horror with it’s music and cinematography, but it puts a modern day take on the “you have sex, you die” trope commonly found in horror movies. The film centers around 19 year old Jay and the curse that follows her. After sleeping with her date, Jay is plagued by a curse of a figure chasing her at a walking pace. She’s informed that if it catches her, it will kill her and then work down the line of people who were cursed. So, Jay must either pass the curse along, or try to kill the entity that follows her. This film will have you questioning right until the end about the supernatural STD that plagues Jay.

Where you can watch it:

Netflix

All The Boys Love Mandy Lane (Johnathan Levine, 2006)

Why it’s worth a watch:

It’s a hidden gem in the horror genre that challenges the “final girl” trope! This film has been through hell and back for us to watch it. Made in 2006, the film went through production hell for seven years before it was released directly to video in 2013. The story follows Mandy Lane, a high school junior who blossomed over the summer into a beautiful and desirable girl. “Untouched and Pure” (meaning she’s a virgin), all the guys in her school are throwing themselves at Mandy in the hopes that she’ll bat an eye at them. It isn’t until she’s invited to spend a weekend with the popular kids at a ranch that boys will literally be dying to sleep with her as an unseen male killer picks them off one by one until it’s only  him and Mandy. I can’t recommend this film enough!

Where you can watch it:

Netflix

BONUS: THE UNEXPECTED

Sleepaway Camp (Robert Hiltzik, 1983)

Why it’s worth a watch:

This film will go down in history for its unbelievable twist ending! The story centers around Angela, a shy and traumatized girl who attends summer camp with her cousin Richard. Soon, the camp becomes a blood bath and no kid, teenager, or adult is safe! This film is relatively unknown, but it should be! Check it out, it’ll definitely be something to write home about! (get it? cause it’s about a summer camp?)

Where you can watch it:

I can’t find it anywhere for free on Amazon or any streaming websites, so here’s the entire film on YouTube!

 

Enjoy these films and have a happy Halloween!

 

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3 comments

  1. Excellent list of Halloween movies we shod watch!! A lot of them I watch religiously during Halloween season. I have never watched Sleepaway Camp but it looks really good. Do you think today’s Halloween horror films becoming to predictable and less scary?? If so explain.

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  2. Hey Syd, even though Halloween recently ended, I am a HUGE horror fan fanatic, so thank you for making this witty, interesting post about some classic, and innovative horror movies for me to watch this long weekend! Your voice really shines through all your posts, keep up the great work!

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  3. Great list. I love that you have It Follows on there. I came close to putting it on mine but it got pushed back by others. Looks like we both have The Shining, Scream, and Halloween!

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