With Halloween right around the corner, I have brought to you a list of classic Halloween films you simply cannot go without watching this weekend.
I understand that many of us enjoy the spirit of Halloween, yet others cannot bare the blood and gore that most Halloween films entail. Do not fret, for I have a list dedicated to you too! First off, I would like to share with you some of my personal favorite classic Halloween horror films.
Kick off Halloween with Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, starring Jack Nicholson. In this demented tale a family takes a trip to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil presence influences the father into violence and harm to his wife and child.
Next try the 1973 classic, The Exorcist, starring Elen Burstyn, in which a teenage girl is possessed by a demented entity with malicious intentions.
Stephen King’s It is also a great way to plunge into Halloween weekend. In this horror flick, seven outcast kids fight an evil demon who poses as a child clown in order to lure children in to ultimately kill them.
Joel Shumacher’s Lost Boys is a comic twist on classic vampire stories and will show you how fun it is to be a vampire. After moving to a new town, two brothers try and convince their mother that the area is frequented by vampires whom travel in large packs.
Clive Barker’s Hellraiser is a masterful production about an unfaithful wife who encounters the undead corpse of her late lover, who introduces her to a whole new world of terror.
Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead is also another Halloween classic. In this electrifying tale, five friends travel to an abandoned cabin in the woods for a weekend trip, where they unknowingly release an evil demon spirit.
From Dusk Till Dawn, the 1996 film by Robert Rodriguez, stars George Clooney Quentin Tarantino who ultimately seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires.
Finally, what would Halloween be without all of Rob Zombies greatest hits. Halloween, House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, and The Lords of Salem are all cult classics, and must-watches for this Halloween weekend.
Now, for those of you who cannot seem to stomach the blood and gore films that Halloween brings, here a few films that will get you into the Halloween spirit without making you nauseous.
Tim Burton’s 1999 film entitled Sleepy Hollow is an eerie tale about a man who is sent into Sleepy Hollow to investigate and capture the infamous Headless Horseman who is responsible for the murders of numerous individuals.
Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist is yet another great film for the season. This suspense, science fiction film tells the story of a family whose home is haunted and ultimately taken over by ghosts.
Alfred Hitcock’s Psycho, starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh, is about a Phoenix secretary who steals a large amount of money from her employer’s client, fleas the city and checks into a remote hotel where a series of unfortunate events soon follow.
If you are looking for a light spooky comedy, be sure to check out any of Tim Burton’s films. I am sure you are all familiar with The Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, and Beetlejuice, as they are all extremely entertaining.
Another humorous Halloween classic is Kenny Ortega’s Hocus Pocus. This fantasy comedy tells the story of three sister witches who are resurrected on Halloween night and bring terror to a small town.
Hope this helps kick off some of your Halloween weekends right! Enjoy, and happy Halloween!