We all have those friends who break out their pajamas and Lifetime Christmas movies the very second Thanksgiving dinner is over and literally don’t leave the house until January. I’m not one of those people.
What I do love, and always have, are the horror flicks. I used to watch The Shining and Carrie through my fingers with a blanket over my head when we would spend the night at my grandparents. Of course they let us watch whatever we wanted at an extremely young age which drove my parents crazy.
From a serious movie buff, I’m going to give you my top 10 movies to watch during the month of October. Some of them are kid-friendly, some scary, and everything in between. Also, please keep in mind that I have no business whatsoever critiquing movies, and that this list is completely based on my own personal tastes and strange preferences.
10. The Ring
Although this one isn’t based around Halloween, it’s one of my favorite horror movies of all time. It’s also probably the only one that I’ve actually liked in the last 15 years. That’s why I let it kick off my list.
This is back when scary movies still made you think and actually solve the puzzle along with the actors, instead of just making everything possessed and bloody. This is a seriously interesting flick that keeps you guessing until the very last second. Naomi Watts is fantastic here early on in her career. I highly recommend it if you’re a fan of this genre and haven’t already seen it.
9. Van Helsing
This one is potentially kid friendly, permitting that they’re a bit older. It brings together my two favorite monsters: vampires and werewolves, and also stars Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale. I don’t care if who you are…if you don’t enjoy looking at either one of them, I don’t think we can be friends.
It’s got a great, super interesting story line, a ton of action, and a little bit of romance. What’s not to love?
8. The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
For the kids, but I secretly get excited every time this comes on because I know it’s almost Halloween. Luke LOVES Snoopy, and it just a nice, laid back classic to get you in the spirit of the season.
7. The Nightmare Before Christmas
This one’s for the kids who like a little bit of “scary” in their movies. I actually think this is creepier now than I did when I was growing up, but it’s still fantastic. Tim Burton’s genius works for Halloween OR Christmas! Show this one to your kids if you haven’t yet.
6. The Amityville Horror (The Original)
While I’m as big a fan of Ryan Reynolds as anyone, I honestly think the original from 1979 with James Brolin is actually way better. Based on a true story, this movie chronicles supernatural occurrences within a house following a series of grisly murders. This is my kind of movie!
5. Young Frankenstein
One of my favorite movies of all time. Young Frankenstein was born from the mind of the great Mel Brooks. This spoof on a horror classic makes me laugh so hard every single time. It’s one of my Dad’s favorites and should absolutely be enjoyed every single Halloween season. It stars Gene Wilder as Dr. Frankenstein and the late, great Peter Boyle as his monster. It’s fantastic.
4. House on Haunted Hill
This is another one that Hollywood has decided to re-make, and I can actually say this is a rare occasion where I would recommend both of them. The story lines vary enough that they’re both worth watching and are each good and scary in their own way. The original is black and white and was actually the first horror movie I ever saw. The re-make stars some solid B-list actors that really do a fantastic job. Check them out!
3. Sleepy Hollow
One of my favorite Johnny Depp movies that tells the tale of one of my favorite books. While this doesn’t stay true to the novel, it’s a great “spooky” adventure that keeps you interested and keeps you guessing right up until the end. It’s also got a few laughs and some romance, and isn’t TERRIFYING, so it’s a good “first” scary movie for some of our younger readers.
Some might take issue with this being number 2 on my list, but so be it. The original Michael Myers film is perfect for this holiday. From the initial gory scenes taking place on Halloween, to the years of terror following, even the creepy musical score that gives me chills when I hear it. This is a true horror classic that everyone should see.
1. Hocus Pocus
My favorite movie ever to watch during the Halloween season. It’s appropriate for (almost) any age, and is spooky, hilarious, and so well put together. The witches are fantastic and such a staple of the season that I literally count down the days until ABC family starts showing this. Maybe I’m showing my age a bit with this being my favorite, but I’m ok with it!
Hopefully this list helps give you some new ideas for some great flicks during the month of October… or really any time! To my fellow movie buffs out there, please let me know what you think! I’d love to hear why I’m wrong and what I missed… it will just give me more movies to watch! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!