I started to write this on October 1st which means that I started my Halloween movie watching. I know that I could technically do this anytime of year, but there is something magical about October! Now there are so many movies to pick from for Halloween watching, but I am going to break down my top 13 favorite movies that I cannot live without in the month of October. In no particular order:
The Nightmare Before Christmas
I feel there is a constant debate as to whether this is a Christmas or Halloween movie, and I would put it on the top list for either holiday! Great music, great claymation and I love Tim Burton, so you cannot beat this movie!
For some reason this ridiculous movie riddled with teen angst and Fairuza Balk makes my top list every year. Maybe it is my crush on Skeet Ulrich, but I love this movie! Mean Girls go magic, but not in a Sabrina the Teenage Witch way.
This silly story focuses on the three Sanderson sister witches, who have returned from the dead with only one night to reverse a curse on them so that they can live again. Put Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Disney together and you have a timeless and iconic movie.
Another Tim Burton classic. Who doesn't love everything about this movie? From the black and white stripes to Michael Keaton's ridiculous character as the grimy yet some how charming Betelgeuse. Oh and who hasn't wanted to dress up at Miss Argentina with her orange hair and blue skin?!
Who ya gonna call? This movie boasts a killer theme song, a cool station wagon, and cool vacuums that suck up ghosts! Throw in a little Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis as your fearsome foursome who fight off a large but in charge Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, a Gatekeeper and a Slimer. This movie is fucking amazing.
It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
Oh Linus. This movie is sweet and funny like any Charlie Brown movies. You have Lucy as a witch (makes sense) and Charlie as a ghost who only gets rocks while treat or treating on this Halloween night as poor Linus stays in the pumpkin patch awaiting the Great Pumpkin, who never comes.
Nightmare on Elm Street
Johnny Depp in a crop top is something for your dreams right? Well, you don't want to dream in this movie because Freddie will come and kill you! I absolutely love all the Freddie movies, starting with this Wes Craven OG classic. I will never see a red and brown striped sweater without thinking of this dream crusher.
Oh Michael Myers, and not the Austin Powers Michael Myers, but the deranged masked killer Michael who comes back to his home town after escaping from an insane asylum to reek havoc on his old neighborhood.
Rob Zombie movies are usually pretty fucked up and this movie is just as you would expect. The violent, murderous Firefly family are on the run, but not in too much of a hurry to torture some innocent people on the way. Warning, this movie is a bit violent in a sexual nature, so if you have not seen it and are upset by this sort of footage, maybe skip this one.
Tim Burton, you magic magic man. Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder make a truly ghouly pair in this movie. Plus the hedges! I want Edward to trim my hedges into animals! Great costumes have been inspired by this movie also!
I will never be the same after seeing this movie for the first time. The scene with the man dressed as some sort of pig in the parking lot.. Yeah you know what I am talking about. I still have chills! I will never hear the word jigsaw and not think of these movies.
I am betting that the name Sidney skyrocketed in the baby names charts when this movie came out in 1996. Wes Craven, you fabulous man you. All the advertisements for this movie showed so much of Drew Barrymore and then to our horror, you kill her off in the first five minutes! My late 90's crush Skeet Ulrich was also in this movie, so that could contribute to my placement of Scream on my top list!
Frankenweenie (both old and new)
Tim Burton you have stolen my pumpkin spiced soul! Another one of your movies is on my list. Frankenweenie is a short but classic animated film that you must see each and every year.
Here's Johnny! Seriously. Stanley Kubrick, Stephen King and Jack Nicholson come together for an epic scary movie! Although made in 1980, it still holds up as one of the top horror movies of all time!
So cuddle up with your loved one (fur babies count!) grab a hot cider or a fucking pumpkin spice something or other and stream one of these movies! You can find almost all of them between Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, plus many of them will be on cable throughout the month.
P.S. What is your favorite Halloween movie? Post below and share with everyone!
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