ESSENTIAL HALLOWEEN MOVIES
There are some flicks that just make it Hallowe'en time, ya know?
- •The Descent (2005)Truly the only movie that I can say has made me uneasy and legitimately put me on edge. It's also the only movie that gets a pass from me as far as gore is concerned. Because OMG the blood in the climax....
- •Halloween (1978)I mean it takes its name from the holiday. It doesn't get more seasonal than that!
- •The Wolf Man (1941)I'm a big fan of pretty much all of the Universal classic monsters (a few of which will appear on here as well), but Lon Chaney, Jr. as Larry Talbot is my favorite. Maybe it's cuz I like dogs? I don't know exactly why, but this always gets top priority around Halloween.
- •Scream (1996)A modern classic from one of the masters of horror (RIP Wes), it's also a pretty great comedy in several parts. While the sequels aren't quite as good as the original, it's still a pretty solid series. Plus, I can't live out in the country because of this movie.
- •Misery (1990)Truly an Oscar that was well-earned.
- •The Silence of the Lambs (1991)This is what all thrillers should aim to be. Definitely a masterpiece in every sense of the word, everything about this movie is exceedingly well done. Jodie Foster is spectacular and I don't think we need to even go into detail about Sir Anthony here.
- •Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)I suppose one could say the most terrifying thing here is Keanu Reeves' accent, but I'd disagree. I think that the quality of the movie is what is terrifying....terrifyingly good of course. Gary Oldman is a baller as Dracula, but the best thing here is the production design and the special effects. All were practical and CGI was left off of the table. More films should try to keep up this tradition.
- •Hocus Pocus (1993)A favorite amongst my generation, who could deny the fabulous appeal of the Sanderson Sisters?
- •The Birds (1963)Probably not the most obvious choice as far as Hitchcock movies go, but it's one of my favorites for sure. You couldn't make this type of movie today! We would be given an explanation as to why the birds attack. But never knowing what causes the attacks is more scary than any scientific explanation.
- •Young Frankenstein (1974)Probably my favorite Halloween comedy if not my favorite comedy period. Brilliantly lampooning the horror genre before it was a thing (I'm looking at you, Scary Movie franchise), Mel Brooks is a master.