5 Horror Movies To Watch This Halloween
Hands down, there’s nothing better than getting together with friends to watch a scary movie. For a horror fiend like me, October is my month and Halloween is my holiday. Here are my recommendations, where I hope you rediscover classics and uncover underrated or new gems. If you're feeling adventurous, I urge you to do a double feature with my suggested pairings. Get the popcorn popping and turn the lights down low because it's time to watch some flicks.
HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH (1982)
You knew a Halloween film had to be somewhere on this list, but did you think it was the film without Michael Myers? After a grisly incident at his hospital, Dr. Challis (played by Tom Atkins) investigates a corporation that plans to ruin Halloween in a big, bad way. People hated Halloween III: Season Of The Witch upon its release, but has since become a cult classic. A little gore, a little camp, and a Halloween jingle that will be stuck in your head the whole year, Halloween III delivers. Pair it with John Carpenter's The Fog (1980) and add both of these to your new favorites. You're welcome.
TRICK ‘R TREAT (2007)
Michael Dougherty (Krampus) directed this beautiful and spooky anthology of five Halloween-centric stories. The spirit of the Halloween shines through, even assigning the holiday a new mascot: Sam. Pay homage to George A. Romero and pair this flick with Creepshow (1982), another anthology in the style of Tales From The Crypt. But don't confuse this movie with Trick Or Treat (1986) because, well, that film is not for everyone.
Undoubtedly, almost all of Wes Craven's films are staples of the horror genre; The Last House On The Left, Nightmare On Elm Street, and Scream to name a few. Scream, in particular, was way ahead of its time. This Halloween, head over to Woodsboro and pay Sydney, Dewey and the gang another visit. And if you were to listen to any of my pairings, PLEASE pair this with the criminally underrated meta-slasher Behind The Mask: The Rise Of Leslie Vernon (2006).
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS (2014)
What do you watch when you want something more light-hearted and fun, but still prime for Halloween viewing? Check out 2014’s What We Do In The Shadows, the New Zealand vampire-comedy starring Jemaine Clement (“Flight of the Conchords”). It’s tightly packaged comedy gold that clocks in at just 85 minutes but is filled to the brim with references, scares, and hilarity. Pair it with Fright Night (1985) for vampire fun all Halloween long.
Frankenstein, adapted from Mary Shelley’s literary classic of the same name, is probably the best of all the Universal Monster pictures. Boris Karloff’s portrays the now iconic Frankenstein’s monster, and the film's success spawned countless sequels (The Bride Of Frankenstein is one I recommend). It’d be shocking not to see “The Monster,” or some form of it, as you peruse the aisles for Halloween décor. If you can deal with a little bit of creepy and grotesque, pair this one with May (2002), which has its own Frankenstein-esque themes.