It’s Halloween! Time to go trick or treating, head over to a costume party or cosy up with a warm blanket, grab a big mug of pumpkin spice latte and watch the 7 Classic Halloween Movies. I gathered a list packed with some real thrills, a couple of spooky tales and many heartwarming stories with the quirkiest of characters.
1) The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
The oldest movie on the list is a cult classic from the 70s. A young couple in love namely Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon) got a flat tire during a storm and forced to stop at the strangest place. Their host for the night Dr Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite scientist is giving a party. Brad and Janet meet a houseful of creepy characters, get involved in musical numbers that the audience can sing along to and lose their innocence on the way. If you crave for something strange and bizarre, this is the one to pick from the 7 Classic Halloween Movies.
2) Halloween (1978)
Now you can find in cinemas the latest sequel of the Halloween-franchise, but sometimes all you need is the thrill of the original. The villain in Halloween (1978) is Michael Myers who at the age of six brutally murdered his teenage sister on Halloween night in 1963. After spending 15 years in a mental hospital, he escapes and returns to his hometown to look for his next victims. Myers wears a creepy white mask, but being Halloween, he blends in the trick or treating crowd. Myers decides to stalk high schooler Laurie Strode played by the original scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis. Laurie manages to escape for a while, but a showdown seems inevitable. If you prefer a classic horror for Halloween, go with this one!
3) Hocus Pocus (1993)
Spooky, but fun, Hocus Pocus (1993) is the go-to Disney movie for Halloween. Three witches (played by Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy) return from the dead after 300 years. It is Halloween in contemporary Salem, Massachusetts when three kids accidentally resurrect them. The witches have got until sunrise to achieve immortal life, but they have to take the life of an innocent child to achieve their goal. It’s up to the three before-mentioned kids and a cursed black cat to stop the witches and save the day. This over-the-top comedy includes all the Halloween goodies: witchcraft, laughs and unbeatable one-liners like “Another glorious morning…it makes me sick!”
4) Practical Magic (1998)
This is the obligatory chick Halloween chick flick on the list. Practical Magic (1998) is a good old-fashioned romantic comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman who play sisters: Sally and Gillian Owens. The Owens women possess magical powers and a shared family curse. Whenever a sister falls in love with a man, he is doomed to die. It is best to watch it with your girlfriends on a Halloween sleepover or with your significant other who believes in magic.
5) Monsters Inc. (2001)
At Monsters, Inc., the workers’ job is to scare kids, because their screams power the town of Monstropolis. Sulley (John Goodman) and Mike (Billy Crystal) take pride in their job and want to be the best in the business. However, when a little girl Boo (Mary Gibbs) ends up in their world, the two monsters realise that things may not be what they think. Pixar animation films usually have an edge and offer a different point of view. This time we get to peek behind the curtain and see what monsters are scared of. It’s the perfect choice for the whole family to watch it together on Halloween.
6) Warm Bodies (2013)
Warm Bodies (2013) is my kind of Halloween movie, a zombie horror with a twist, designed for hopeless romantics. In a post-apocalyptic world, much of Earth’s population turned into undead zombie hordes. Nicholas Hoult plays R an unusually reflective zombie who still has thoughts of his own. R meets Julie (Teresa Palmer) and protects the young woman from an attack. The two get involved in a strangely warm relationship that allows R to regain his humanity. Their connection means the last chance to turn things around and ultimately save the world. Warm Bodies successfully mixes the two very distinct genres of horror and romantic comedy that makes it a modern Halloween classic.
7) Coco (2017)
Coco (2017) is the latest film of the strange animation worlds Pixar loves creating. This time budding up with Disney Coco is about an aspiring young musician Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) living in Mexico. Despite his family’s ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). Miguel crosses to the Land of the Dead, a stunningly colourful other world and meets charming con man Hector (Gael Garcia Bernal). The unusual pair sets off on an extraordinary journey to unveil Miguel’s family secrets. Coco showcases a different Halloween tradition which is well-worth diving into and experiencing it even if for just 90 minutes.
If movies are not enough to get you into the festive mood, check out my Halloween Gift Guide, load up some necessary gear and enjoy the celebrations. That’s it for my list of 7 Classic Halloween Movies. Which one is your top pick? Do you have a favourite movie for Halloween? As you know, I love getting comments and hear your thoughts out, so please leave me some lovely ones down below. Happy Halloween!
Source of Featured Image: Hocus Pocus (1993)