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13 days of Halloween: Essential films to watch for Halloween

13 days of Halloween: Essential films to watch for Halloween

13 days of Halloween: Essential films to watch for Halloween
October 18
00:54 2018

Attention everyone: Halloween time is officially upon us. With all of the tricks, treats and scares around the corner, there is no better time than now to watch some horror movies to get into the spooky spirit.

Here are the 13 most essential movies you must watch before Halloween:

13. “Night of the Living Dead” (1968)

This is the zombie film that singlehandedly revolutionized how we view zombies in cinema. A group of individuals barricade themselves in a run-down farmhouse to hide from the undead who lurk right outside.  This was George A. Romero’s first feature film, and thanks to his groundbreaking vision, he was given the nickname “The Father of the Zombie Film” for reinventing the horror genre. It is a true horror classic and the perfect zombie film to kick off the season.

12. “Hocus Pocus” (1993)

“Hocus Pocus” is the family-friendly Disney classic that still charms to this day. The Sanderson witch sisters, who were executed in the 17th century, are fan favorites for the Halloween season. The performances from Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy are still memorable and will forever hold a special place in the hearts of adults who watched this movie as kids.

11. “Hereditary” (2018)

“Hereditary” is the most modern horror film on the list and is also one of the most unsettling horror masterpieces to be released in years. Toni Collette delivers an Oscar-worthy performance, and the scares are shocking, vile and disturbing. It dares to do something different with its familiar premise, and the acting completely knocks it out of the park by making a truly shocking film that will crawl under your skin — and stay there.

10. “Psycho” (1960)

“Psycho” is Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece led by Anthony Perkins’ forever iconic performance as Norman Bates and Janet Leigh as Marion Crane. I mean, how could you forget that classic shower scene? You probably already know what happens, but watching it in a completely dark room with some popcorn and candy corn is sure to set the right mood for Halloween.

9. “The Shining” (1980)

“The Shining” is a strange film for sure, but it’s an absolute horror masterpiece. Jack Nicholson will scare the lights out of you with so much disturbing imagery within the film. The blood elevators, the bathtub scene, the twins, the axe — there is just so much terror. No Halloween movie list would be complete without Nicholson’s stellar acting or Steven King’s disturbingly intelligent writing.

8. “The Evil Dead” (1981)

This original, low-budget horror film  is helmed by the talented Sam Raimi and led by Bruce Campbell in his defining role as Ash Williams. It may not be extremely scary by any means, but the scenery of it all — the classic cabin in the woods setting — and the wild possession scenes makes it absolutely well worth it. This is a great film for horror novices since it has just the right amount of scares but won’t keep you up at night.

7. “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (1966)

While it may be categorized more as a short, the “Great Pumpkin” is just one of those timeless classics that will continue to be cherished for generations to come. There is a reason why it is still shown on TV every single year since its debut back in 1966. Besides its classic characters, the story is what still draws in audiences today — and for good reason. It should be a tradition to watch this every Halloween season for all families.

6. “Suspiria” (1977)

An American arrives at a prestigious German dance academy only to figure out there are some truly strange things happening behind the scenes. Director Dario Argento packs striking visuals, deep colors and grisly murder all throughout the film, and its 2018 remake mirrors what Argento was able to perfect decades ago. “Suspiria” is a true Halloween classic without purposely being one. You will be bewitched.

5. “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984)

This is the film that birthed one of the most iconic horror villains of all time: Freddy Krueger Before you go out and see countless people dressed up as him, witness the beginnings of Freddy Krueger in this original film. Horror maestro Wes Craven knows how to tell the tale of Freddy, which is played by Robert Englund. Craven and Englund are a brilliant combination together that helped execute one of the greatest horror films of all time.

4. “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (1974)

Perhaps one of the goriest horror films ever made, “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” is still essential Halloween viewing based on its pure depravity and bloodshed. Not only is this flick sure to gross you out, but it’s sure to freak you out, too. It will have you questioning going up to that abandoned looking house to get some candy. With this being a “Texas” horror film, this is by far the most Texan thing to watch this Halloween season.

3. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993)

This movie follows the story of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King who has grown tired of celebrating his own holiday. He discovers Christmas Town and attempts to bring it back to his home, Halloween Town. For people who do not necessarily like scary films, this is the perfect film for anybody weary of diving into intense horror. This movie will live on forever in the hearts of millions and is a staple Halloween (and Christmas) movie that delivers a classic tale of ghouls, goblins, creatures and skellingtons.

2. “Halloween” (1978)

This is a painfully obvious choice, but an absolutely necessary one. John Carpenter’s masterpiece is the very definition of required Halloween viewing — and not just because of the name, either. Michael Myers is an iconic horror villain whose legacy has lived on through countless sequels, prequels, remakes and now a new iteration coming this year. “Halloween” set the standard for modern horror and slasher films, and it damn sure knows it, too. It is a visceral, haunting film that is the perfect choice to watch on Halloween night. Just watch out for Michael.

1. “The Exorcist” (1973)

The scariest film of all time is also uncoincidentally the No. 1 required Halloween viewing experience. Regan MacNeil’s descent into madness and possession is the most disturbing, eerie and frightening display of terror that no modern horror film has ever been able to top — let alone come close to. From the practical effects to the shocking wickedness, “The Exorcist” is the very definition of a horror classic. Watch it just in time for Halloween, and you are sure to be too spooked to even want to leave your house on Halloween night in fear of running into wandering spirits ready to possess.

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8 Comments

  1. Morph tv 1.71.1
    Morph tv 1.71.1 December 03, 04:50

    Psycho(1960) is my favorite one from the list and i watched this fantastic hallowen special movie in morph tv application.

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  2. newpipe v0.14.2
    newpipe v0.14.2 January 14, 06:25

    I still remember my uncle used to say about the movie Hocus Pocus in my childhood like, Hey buddy you have born on the release day of the film in 1993 and I though to watch it some day after I grow up. Recently watched it on newpipe app it was pretty awesome though.

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  3. TVZion Apk
    TVZion Apk April 04, 10:34

    The list of all hallowen special movie is good movie but The Craft (1996) is the best one which is not in the list.

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    • Alex
      Alex August 26, 08:48

      You have done some work here! this shows how a devoted professional do their work and your sense of expression is so much inspiring

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  4. Choudhry
    Choudhry August 26, 08:47

    this is something that i have been searching for a long time! at last you have ended my painful research thank you for that!

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  5. Kimba Kanna
    Kimba Kanna November 06, 04:54

    These movies are fantastic. We were lucky to watch..Ha Ha

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  6. Puke sara
    Puke sara November 06, 04:56

    “Hocus Pocus” (1993) is a great one out of all

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  7. mobdro sports
    mobdro sports November 26, 01:38

    Your article is great, have a nice day.

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