Posted by Rande Iaboni on October 25, 2011 at 12:10 am
If you’re anything like me than you love Halloween. Sure, the parties are great and who doesn’t love candy? But for me, the best thing about the Halloween season is all of the amazing Halloween-themed films you get to watch! Granted you can watch these movies any time of the year, but there’s something so festive about watching a scary movie on a late October night with a jack-o-lantern beside you. So let’s take a look at my top films to watch this Halloween season!
5- ‘Trick R Treat’
PLOT: Four interwoven stories that occur on one Halloween night: a high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer, four women cross paths with a costumed stalker at a local festival; a group of pranksters goes too far and discovers the horrifying truth buried in a local legend; and a cantankerous old hermit is visited by a strange trick-or-treater with a few bones to pick.
WHY: One of the best things about Halloween is all of the different myths and tales centered on it. So what’s better than a film that showcases multiple Halloween-themed stories? This film manages to get everything right; it’s scary but still has a certain quality of fun that you only get during Halloween.
4- ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’
PLOT: Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town, is bored with doing the same thing every year for Halloween. One day he stumbles into Christmas Town, and is so taken with the idea of Christmas that he tries to get the resident bats, ghouls, and goblins of Halloween town to help him put on Christmas instead of Halloween — but alas, they can’t get it quite right.
WHY: Growing up this was one of my favorite films of all time. It combines my two favorite Holidays (Halloween and Christmas) in the best way possible. What’s obviously so great about this film is you get to watch it two times during the year! With such a unique and gothic tone, this is definitely my favorite animated film by far.
3- ‘Halloween H20: 20 Years Later’
PLOT: Laurie Strode, now the dean of a Northern California private school with an assumed name, must battle Michael Meyers one last time 20 years later, and now the life of her own son hangs in the balance.
WHY: This is the sequel to the original ‘Halloween’ we have always wanted. During the decades after the original in 1978 so many people forgot just how chilling Michael Myers could be. Much like Jason and Freddy, he became a caricature after so many regurgitations. But not in this sequel which managed to get Jamie Lee Curtis back and finally give her character some much needed closure.
2- ‘Hocus Pocus’
PLOT: After 300 years, three sister witches are resurrected in Salem Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it us up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches reign of terror once and for all.
WHY: This film definitely holds a strong place in my childhood. As far back as I can remember I have watched ‘Hocus Pocus’ every year (2011 included) during October. Sure it’s a little cheesy, but that is part of the fun and I can honestly say no matter how old I am this film will always be nostalgic to me.
PLOT: On Halloween night 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers inexplicably slaughters his teenage sister. His psychiatrist Dr. Loomis can’t penetrate Michael’s psyche after years of institutionalization, but he knows that, when Myers escapes before Halloween in 1978, there is going to be hell to pay. Myers spots bookish teenager Laurie Strode follows her, constantly appearing and vanishing as Laurie and her looser friends Lynda and Annie make their Halloween plans. By nightfall, the responsible Laurie is doing her own and Annie’s babysitting jobs, while Annie and Lynda frolic in the parent-free house across the street. But Annie and Lynda are not answering the phone, and suspicious Laurie heads across the street to the darkened house to see what is going on….
WHY: I suppose this should come as no surprise to many of you readers. I absolutely adore slasher films and ‘Halloween’ is the king of them. Despite its numerous plot holes and obvious low budget, with a genius score and an unbearably constant tension throughout, John Carpenter created the ultimate film to watch on Halloween.
What’s your favorite film to watch on Halloween banters?