As leaves are changing colour and pumpkins begin to adorn doorsteps, you know that Halloween is in the air. However, it isn’t spooky season until you turn on a time-tested, classic Halloween movie. Whether you want a film fit for the whole family or a nightmare-inducing thriller, keep reading to find out the perfect movies to get you into the Halloween spirit. So grab the popcorn and a pumpkin spice latte, and snuggle up with one of our favourite movies that just screams Halloween. From the terrifying to the titillating, get into the spooky spirit with these holiday classics.
1. Scream (1996)
“Do you like scary movies?” That line and the shocking murder that followed it marked the beginning of a new era of horror movies. Written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Wes Craven, Scream is the perfect blend of ’90s pop culture archness and slasher film tropes. The series has produced four sequels and a TV series (some good, some…not so much) but the original remains the best.
2. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
A Nightmare on Elm Street is Wes Craven’s still-scary ’80s tale of Freddy Krueger, a knife-gloved serial killer who murders people in their dreams. Watch this one if you don’t want to get a good night’s sleep ever again.
3. Fun Size (2012)
This ribald 2012 comedy didn’t get much love in theaters, but if you’re looking for a Halloween-themed, teen-centered answer to The Hangover, this is your best bet. Featuring Victoria Justice as a girl who loses her little brother while trick-or-treating, Fun Size is light on frights but it makes up for it with a surplus of dirty jokes, gross-out gags, and other “adult themes.”
4. Friday the 13th (1980)
In this horror standard, a group of camp counselors is stalked by a vengeful serial killer. The Friday the 13th series is best known for Jason, a hockey mask-wearing, ax-wielding serial killer, but he doesn’t appear in this first installment. Decide for yourself if that makes it less enjoyable than its predecessors, which kept the original’s inventive gore but have got more and more absurd as the years went on.
5. Scary Movie (2000)
The spoof horror film turned into a massive franchise and pop culture classic. Beware of middle school humor. Give this movie a try if you are in the mood for raw dark humour. It surely will entertain you if you are not easily offended. Also, you can give all the Scary Movies a try. You won’t regret it!
Just when we think we’ve become desensitized to jump-scares and gore, we find ourselves within a narrative that throws us out of the playbook, leaving us gripping to no avail for some sense of certainty. Watch them during Halloween, and they are even more amped-up.