Our Halloween Movie Recommendations
By Jourdain Gastineau, Staff Writer
*WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD*
A recent favorite:
The Conjuring (2013)– From beginning to end the The Conjuring keeps people at the edge of their seats. The movie is about two paranormal investigators who have been hired to exercise a haunted house that a family has recently moved into. The movie hits key points in good horror movies, such as a haunted house, people wandering around in the dark, jump scares, children being tormented while they sleep, and a possessed person. What makes it different from most horror movies is that there are multiple perspectives that intertwine. The part of the movie that I like most is unlike many which end on cliffhangers or tells you to watch your back. The movie leaves with a positive message. The Conjuring t is based on a true story, but also proves that if evil spirits are real then God must be real too.
An animated favorite:
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)– A great family Halloween movie. This movie touches on all types of emotions. It is funny, heartfelt, suspenseful, and gives you a different perspective on how scary monsters and ghouls really feel. Its also shot differently than most animated movies; its stop motion animation. Through this type of filming it makes all the characters almost feel life like.
A comedic favorite:
Scary Movie (2000)– Scary Movie is a dumb slapstick movie that will make you laugh out loud. This movie is making a parody of several iconic films including Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer. It is also very crude making fun of many stereotypes such as black people being loud in theatres.
A classic favorite:
Psycho (1960)– A thriller by Alfred Hitchcock became an instant classic. He is a filmmaker who made a countless number of classic thrillers such as Rear Window, The Birds, and Vertigo. The score makes this movie so suspenseful because it intensifies as the plot does. This movie also has iconic scenes that are constantly parodied and referenced in other movies and TV shows. The scene where one of the main characters (Marion Crane) is stabbed to death in the shower while shrieking violins match the rhythm of the knife thrusts. This scene will make any persons hair stand up.
An all time favorite:
Ghostbusters (1984)– Ghostbusters is not only one of the greatest Halloween movies, but one of the greatest movies of all time. This movie has great special effects that make all the monsters and ghosts appear life like. It is filled with suspenseful scenes that leave you on the edge of your seat, while also including scenes that will make you bust a gut from laughing so hard. Ghostbusters also has acting legend, Bill Murray. There are countless of great quotes in the movie ranging from “Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!” and “This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions… Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!” This movie is in everyone’s hearts and minds during Halloween time and will always be counted as one of the best.
Some honorable mentions:
Casper, The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Beetlejuice, Paranormal Activity, Saw, Poltergeist, Nightmare on Elm Street, Frankenstein, Friday the 13th, Chucky, Sixth Sense, Halloween