The suspense is building as we approach the spookiest night of the year! While some people are busy putting the finishing touches to their hair-raising Halloween costumes, or stocking up on pumpkin pies and other creepy Halloween party food, others are preparing for their annual horror movie night. With so many classics to choose from, you´re bound to find something to scare even the bravest of horror fans. Here´s a rundown of the most spooktacular Halloween films that will give every generation the creeps:
- The Exorcist (1973)
There´s a good reason why this film has made the top spot. Not only was it named the scariest movie of all time, but it is also one of the most profitable horror movies ever made. This tale – of a young girl (Regan) who is possessed by a demon and forced to undergo an exorcism – is loosely based on real-life events, which makes it all the more scary. The film earned ten Academy Award nominations, winning two for Best Sound Mixing and Best Adapted Screenplay and has become the standard, and definitive reference point, for all films depicting demonic possession. Over forty years after its release, “The Exorcist” is still the king of horror.
See the trailer here (not for the faint-hearted!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDGw1MTEe9k
- Scream (1996, 1997, 2000 and 2011)
Everyone will be familiar with this American horror franchise. Created by Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven, the film series stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette who all battle against a mysterious mass murderer dubbed Ghostface. The four slasher films have grossed over US$600 million worldwide and inspired a subsequent TV series and the Scary Movie horror comedy spoof film series.
Remind yourself of the thrills and spills of the original here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWm_mkbdpCA
3. The Ring (2002)
It’s tough to shake the horrifying image of long soaking wet hair draped over the terrifying girl’s face in Gore Verbinski’s US remake of a Japanese horror classic. Naomi Watts shines in her role as a journalist desperate to lift the curse that befalls her after she first watches a videotape filled with nightmarish images and then receives a chilling phone call that foretells her death in exactly seven days. The supernatural film was met with positive reviews from critics, and has a rating of 72% on the online film bible, Rotten Tomatoes.
We think the trailer is safe to watch, find out for yourself here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PkgRhzq_BQ
- The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Produced and conceived by Tim Burton, this animated musical tells the story of Jack Skellington, a character from Halloween Town who kidnaps Santa Claus and takes over Christmas. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects and the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation and remains one of the most popular Halloween movies for families.
Get a taste of the animated magic here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wr6N_hZyBCk
- The Babadook
The most recent film on our list is also just about the only horror film of the last few years to instantly be considered a stone cold classic. It has all the ingredients – an annoying kid, moments were the build up of tension reduces viewers to quivering wrecks, jump-out-of-your-seat scares and a monster you can all-too-easily picture in the shadows of your own house afterwards. It’s enough to make you keep a bowl of worms at your bedside for the rest of your life, just in case.
See what all the fuss is/was about here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5WQZzDRVtw
- Hocus Pocus (1993)
Last but certainly not least is the classic, feel-good Halloween movie Hocus Pocus. Directed by Kenny Ortega, the Disney hit stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as a trio of witches, the Sanderson Sisters, who wreak havoc on the small town of Salem, Massachusetts after being inadvertently resurrected by a cynical teenager, his younger sister and his girlfriend. Despite receiving negative reviews from critics (and some MoGi employees! Not naming any names…Joe), the film has become a cult classic and there are talks of a sequel.
If you scare easily, this is probably the only trailer in this list that is safe to watch. You can do so here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sb3CzrOZGkM
So there you have it gore lovers! Our expert opinion on the best Halloween films that are guaranteed to have you shaking in your boots. This list shows that classics never die! So, all that’s left for us is to say –
See you on the other side!