While Halloween is the month of horror and of all things that go bump in the night, what about those movies that are centered around Halloween itself? What movies would I recommend you watch for a Halloween movie marathon? Below is a list of some of my favorite horror or horror comedy movies that are about Halloween or occur on Halloween. They are not listed in any specific order.
Just like the “10 movies to get you in the mood for the Halloween season” article, I absolutely understand that I will miss some films and I might not pick your favorites. If that is the case, leave me your favorites in the comments section below!
This one is more than a little obvious which is why it is the first movie in this list. Halloween, along with all of it’s sequels and remakes, uses Halloween as a night of murder and slaughter. Michael Myers stalks teens, killing all of those who get in the way of his ultimate goal: killing all of those who share his blood. John Carpenter created an ultimately unforgettable horror icon whose legend continues until today.
Rob Zombie’s take on the story created a more in depth explanation for the horrors that Michael Myers instills on the bodies and minds of his victims. Which do you prefer: Carpenter’s “he was born evil” take or Zombie’s “he is a product of his environment” theme?
Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007)
Trick ‘r Treat
While I wasn’t exactly thrilled with all of the tales in this horror anthology, I did love the overall theme, the connections between the individual tales, and the ever present Sam (one of the creepiest pint size supernatural creatures that I have ever had the pleasure of watching). Pulling in Halloween urban myths with tales of Halloween’s gone wrong create a fairly enjoyable experience. The way the film was presented put me in mind of Creepshow.
This is the very first Halloween specific movie I remember watching. For years, the plot, victims, and killers remained burnt into my memory, but I had no idea what the movie was called. One fateful day, I found it and had to watch it again. While it doesn’t have the polish of today’s films and it may need some tuning of characters and dialogue, it has horror etched all through it. From the teens begging to die and the deformed family who lived in the house of the tale, this movie hits all the right high points for horror fans.
And speaking of Creepshow, the 1982 horror anthology that was brought to us by Stephen King and George Romero presents with plenty of horror tales that are perfect for the Halloween season. I love Creepshow and its sequel. It is required watching during any Halloween movie marathon. Each of the tales is in the vein of 1950’s EC Comics and are amazing to watch.
Night of the Demons
A group of teens go into a funeral home to have a Halloween party. During the party, they conduct a seance which releases a demon that was trapped within the building. Possession, murder, and blood abound! The actors in the film do an impressive job of transmitting their inner possessed selves and overall it is a fun, bloody film.
It’s My Party and I’ll Die If I Want To
Remember choose-your-own-adventure books? How about a movie that runs the same way, but it completely in the horror world? And it even occurs on Halloween? Friends journey to a house for a Halloween birthday bash. The locale is chosen due to it’s horrific history: A father butchered his family and then died himself. While at the party, the friends unleash Evil.
While it is a lower budget film, it has a unique premise and an interesting plot. Members of the cast were part of Tom Savini’s special effects school (and they were able to get Savini to do a guest appearance).
Nightmare Before Christmas
Let’s throw in one for the kids. Jack Skellington, aka The Pumpkin King, decides that he wants to be in charge of a different holiday. He’s bored with Halloween. He decides he should be the new Santa Claus. Mixing Halloween tropes with Christmas tradition creates some interesting gifts for the kiddies. I’d recommend this film for both adults and children.
Well, I think that is a fairly good list to start off any Halloween themed movie night. If you think I missed anything, please comment and let me know what treasure I missed. If it’s good, I will check it out ASAP!