THE ESSENTIAL HALLOWEEN MOVIE LIST
Just because a movie has non-human characters or involves magic of some sort, I don't think it qualifies as a "Halloween" movie. Nor do all horror or all ghost movies. It's a special chemistry of circumstance and plot points.
- •Halloween - the originalNeeds no explanation
- •Halloween - the Rob Zombie versionA remake that's surprisingly great on its own.
- •Paranormal Activity - 1, 2, 3You should be scared when watching a Halloween movie.
- •ScreamModern classic.
- •GhostbustersTremendously fun movie. One of those movies that's a rite of passage (oh a new list idea!).
- •Hocus PocusYou don't get more quintessential than this, regardless of age.
- •Nightmare on Elm StreetToo much sentimentality to put into words.
- •Young FrankensteinA classic if there ever was one.
- •The Return of the Living DeadThe cheesy brother to Night of the Living Dead. If you don't like scary movies but want to partake in the holiday, this is a film for you.
- •NosferatuSilent film released in 1922. One of the best films of all time. The epitome of classic horror. Still stands the test of time.