October 3, 2015

13 Halloween-Themed Movies to Get You Into the October Spirit!

As many Horror movies as there are, there aren't a ton of them that deal directly with Halloween. Of the ones that do exist, most of them are cheap, cheesy B-movies that don't really do the scariest night of the year any justice at all.

Fear not though, Horror faithful, for some good ones do exist...

The movies below are set on or around Halloween, and each of them feels like a seasonal movie in their own way. Some of them have that cold, blustery, autumn atmosphere about them; while others deal with the darkness of Samhain directly, reminding us why the month of October is one to be feared! At least in the movies.

*Be sure to click the pics for info on the flicks!

HalloweenHalloween IIHalloween III
The king of all Halloween movies, and rightly so, is John Carpenter's Halloween. If we have to explain why, then you are new to Horror, and you should really just watch it and begin your education in the right way. Halloween II picks up right where the first one left off, and when watched back-to-back with the first one, it feels like one long, fantastic movie.

Halloween III: Season of The Witch has nothing to do with the first two, and in all honesty, it's kind of cheesy, but it captures the magic of The Halloween Season in its own amusing way, and is one hell of a fun watch.

*Honorable Mention goes out to Halloween 4 for having a great Fall/Halloween feel to it. Especially at the beginning.

Every bit as seminal as the original Halloween, is Trick 'r Treat. There is no other movie out there that captures the Spirit of Halloween (both literally and figuratively) better than this one does, and we can't imagine not watching this one every year during October. Especially on Halloween night.

Trick 'r Treat is to Halloween, what A Christmas Story is to Christmas.

Lady in WhiteSilverSomething Wicked
These 80's Classics that are set on or around Halloween ooze atmosphere, and still strike the same chord with us today that they did when we were kids. Don't make the mistake of passing these movies by just because they seem like they're more geared towards a younger audience; they do revolve around children, and they are family friendly, but they're good and scary for all ages.

The Lady in White is genuinely creepy; Silver Bullet is intense; and Something Wicked this Way Comes is both. Then again, they all are.

CrowHousesNight of the Demons
Alright, The Crow is set on Devil's Night, and not Halloween, but it's such a great movie that we had to include it... especially since being from Michigan means that Devil's Night is very much a part of the Halloween experience for us. The Houses October Built may seem like standard Found Footage fare, and it mostly is, but the incorporation of Haunted Houses into the story makes it stand out. Night of the Demons will make you think twice about holding a seance on Halloween.

Great PumpkinNightmare Before ChristmasSatan's Little Helper
On the lighter side of things, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is almost required October viewing, as is the Nightmare Before Christmas. As for Satan's Little Helper, well it's fun on a different, far cheesier level.


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