Science Fiction/Double Feature: Our Favorite Halloween MoviesJust for Fun
The Exorcist. Poltergeist. Ghostbusters. There are so many good Halloween movies, both scary and not-so-scary. To celebrate the spookiest of holidays, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite Halloween movies. And don’t worry—we love Rocky Horror, too.
Disclaimer: Jenny does not like horror movies. At all.
I do not have a favorite scary movie. When I was about six years old, I was at a neighbor’s house, and they were watching Children of the Corn. I suppose they didn’t think I was paying attention, but I was, and that movie terrified me.
Hocus Pocus! Because it’s not scary, and because it’s not scary.
I have two favorites. First, there’s Hocus Pocus. If you’ve read Buzzfeed lately, it appears that this is also everyone else’s favorite Halloween movie. It really is hilarious, and it contains what is arguably the best version of “I Put a Spell on You” ever recorded. My second favorite isn’t really a Halloween movie, but I always watch it this time of year. It’s Clue—a campy, hilarious 80s flick with some of the best comedic talent on the planet. Madeline Kahn, Eileen Brennan, Christopher Lloyd, Tim Curry. I’ve probably seen it at least 20 times, and it still makes me laugh.
Also, Madeline Kahn’s famous “Flames on the side of my face” line is pretty much the best thing you can imagine.
I don't watch many scary movies anymore. Jenny's not a fan of them at all. But, two of my favorite Halloween-ish movies are Young Frankenstein and Little Shop of Horrors. They both have the Halloween feeling with the additional benefit of being super funny. Also, I've seen the live production of Little Shop of Horrors a couple of times. I'd love to play guitar for that one sometime.
My favorite Halloween movie has to be The Nightmare Before Christmas. I remember seeing that for the first time as a kid, and it literally blew my mind. I loved the way the characters were animated, and it highly influenced the way I liked to draw as a kid. The long, lanky limbs of Jack with the large head and empty eyes were definitely my favorite. I was so inspired that I was Sally for Halloween one year as well!
Gremlins - Because what's Halloween without a slightly cheesy 80s horror/comedy flick? Gremlins is a classic "horror" movie that should be enjoyed by all!
Disclaimer: Win loves horror movies. A lot.
I love horror movies, and I've seen a lot of them. I believe that any time is a good time to watch a horror movie, but here a few that I really enjoy around Halloween:
I know it may seem expected, but one movie I always watch around this time is Halloween. It's a classic slasher that never fails to get me into the Halloween spirit.
Pumpkinhead is something that Justin turned me on to a few years ago. It's more of a supernatural slasher where a distressed father releases Pumpkinhead on the unsuspecting teens that accidentally killed his son. It's a story of karma and revenge with a creepy looking monster, Pumpkinhead. And Pumpkinhead won't stop until they're all dead.
Creepshow, where to start? Well it's five short stories rolled up into the one movie. It's entertaining, campy, and fun to watch. I've seen this movie countless time and still get excited every time I sit down to watch it.
Here are some other movies I love: Hatchet, Pet Semetery, Poltergeist, Hellraiser, The Changeling (1980), M, The Fearless Vampire Killers, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The House of the Devil, April Fool's Day, and Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil.
So, what’s your favorite scary movie? We hope everyone has a fun (and safe) Halloween!