It’s officially spooky season. The weather is turning colder, so you can grab a pumpkin spice latte, get under the blankets and work your way through these scary films to get you in the mood for Halloween.
From horror films to family classics, there’s something for everyone here.
The reboot of The Craft has had a release date confirmed, arriving on Amazon Prime from October 28th. The Craft: Legacy is essentially a millennial version of the original.
The new version has come from Blumhouse, the name behind the likes of Get Out and The Invisible Man.
If you need more spooky films to sink your teeth into, here’s a list to tick off.
1) Halloween (1978)
You can’t have a list of Halloween films, without, well, Halloween. The original came out in 1978 and kickstarted a much-loved franchise. It featured Jamie Lee Curtis in her big-screen debut as Laurie Strode. The film focuses on an escapee from an asylum who was originally committed for the murder of his sister. It’s still terrifying all these years later.
2) The Addams Family (1991)
The ultimate spooky family, The Addams Family is a masterclass in humour that works for both kids and adults. The bar has been set high for relationship goals too with Morticia and Gomez, with many quotable lines from Wednesday Addams too.
3) Hocus Pocus (1993)
Even if it’s just to marvel at how different Sarah Jessica Parker looks before her Sex In The City days, Hocus Pocus is a must for Halloween. It’s comedy mayhem for this trio who find themselves in modern day Salem. Fun fact, it has the same director as High School Musical.
4) The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Oh go on, admit it. You know all of the words already. Tim Curry’s most glamorous role as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, this is gloriously over the top watching.
5) The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Just as people argue over whether Die Hard is a Christmas film or not, debate rages over whether Nightmare Before Christmas is a Christmas or Halloween film. Spectacularly spooky with songs that will be wedged in your head for the next few months, it’s a family favourite for a reason.
6) The Exorcist (1973)
Ahh, The Exorcist. Terrifying a generation and causing visceral responses from the audience (see also, The Blair Witch Project), this 70s classic has some special effects that still stand up to some of today’s films.
7) The Craft (1996)
The original film is still hugely popular today and many fans aren’t sure if the reboot will live up to it. The star in the 1996 film is Fairuza Balks’s Nancy Downs who well and truly steals the show in this witchy cult classic.
8) Coraline (2009)
Another piece of stop-motion animation brilliance, you’ll never look at buttons the same way again after this. Coraline is voiced by Dakota Fanning, with brilliant results.
9) Beetlejuice (1988)
Beetlejuice has inspired many a Halloween fancy dress outfit, whether it’s the infamous striped suit or Lydia Deetz’s goth glamour, or a bright red wedding dress.
10) Scream (1996)
There’s a reason this film launched such a massive franchise long with multiple spoofs. “Do you like scary movies?” is one of the defining quotes of a new era of teen inspired horror.
11) Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Tim Burton excels yet again with the utterly likeable Edward Scissorhands. Played by Johnny Depp, it’s still hugely popular and another source of inspiration for Halloween outfits.
12) The Witches (1990)
Another Halloween role for the queen of goth, Anjelica Huston (although she isn’t as glamorous as Morticia for all of this) as Ms. Eva Ernst, the powerful Grand High Witch. The Witches is another one being remade, with Anne Hathaway taking the lead role.
13) A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
Dennis The Menace had competition when it came to iconic red-and-black jumpers thanks to Freddy Krueger. a knife-gloved serial killer who murders people in their dreams. Sleep well!
14) Friday The 13th Part 2 (1981)
Jason Vorhees wasn’t the original bad guy – it was his Mum! Jason became the face of the Friday The 13th franchise from the second film onwards, and the hockey mask became a symbol of the films.
15) Practical Magic (1998)
More romantic than scary, Practical Magic stars Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock as sisters Sally and Gillian, trying to lift a family curse that makes any love interest drop dead.
16) Halloween (2018)
This list kicked off with the original Halloween that terrified audiences everywhere, and 2018’s installment confirmed it’s still horrifying decades later.
17) Hereditary (2018)
Brilliantly unnerving, Hereditary is hugely critically acclaimed, focusing on grief and family secrets, it’ll leave you questioning just what is real and lingers for days.
18) Scary Movie (2000)
Inspired by the likes of Scream and Final Destination, Scary Movie became a fantastically campy, tongue in cheek success of its own right. Lampooning every stupid death and overtly sexy female lead, the franchise resulted in many movies.
19) Donnie Darko (2001)
Based around Halloween, Donnie Darko is a must watch. Definitely a psychological thriller, it has a brilliant soundtrack too. A standout performance for Jake Gyllenhaal, it’ll have you thinking about life’s big mysteries,
20) It (2017)
A creepy clown, a red balloon and an iconic yellow coat. Pennywise is back to traumatise a whole new generation.
21) Casper (1995)
The film that made everyone fall in love with Devon Sawa and added another goth credit to Christina Ricci’s role along with Wednesday Addams, Casper is surprisingly cute and has many laugh out loud moments thanks to his trio of unruly uncles.
22) The Babadook (2014)
Prepare to never sleep again. Unbelievably this was Jennifer Kent’s directorial debut and ended up being one of the best reviewed films of 2014. Children’s books are creepy enough as it is, but The Babadook is a masterpiece.
23) Ghostbusters (1984)
You’re singing the song, aren’t you.
24) The Ring (2002)
The one good thing about 2020 is nobody really watches video tapes anymore, so The Ring is one less thing to be scared of going wrong.
25)Paranormal Activity (2007)
We might not watch VHS tapes anymore but we have more cameras and CCTV than ever before. Paranormal Activity freaked so many people out because it seems like it could be so real. The film was shot for $15,000 and ended up raking in nearly $200 million worldwide.
26) Get Out (2017)
Get Out provided a new take on the horror genre with twists that people just didn’t see coming. Jordan Peele won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for his directorial debut with this, and for good reason.
27) The Purge (2013)
Another one that seems all too real for the way 2020 is going, everyone who’s seen The Purge remembers the awful sound of the siren that signalled the 24 hours of carnage was about to begin.
28) Ma (2019)
Octavia Spencer is fantastic in Ma, as she proves why your parents always told you not to speak to strangers. It’s a lesson this group of teens should have learned before accepting her invite to party in her basement (because when has that ever ended well?)
29) The Blair Witch Project (1999)
One of the truly groundbreaking films, The Blair Witch Project was revolutionary in style, consisting of “found” footage and shaky camera work. So many audience members experienced motion sickness. Yum.
30) The Shining (1980)
It’s not a Halloween list without a Stanley Kubrick entry. The Shining remains one of the most quotable films around, with too many iconic scenes to mention.
31) Twilight (2008)
Who doesn’t love a sparkly vampire? The book series and film that divided a generation of teenagers into Team Edward or Team Jacob, Twilight fever has been renewed since the release of a new book from Edward Cullen’s perspective. A guilty pleasure watch.
How many have you seen?