Top Halloween Movies 1-5

A lot of people love scary movies, ESPECIALLY on Halloween. There are classics, modern, and totally new movies that try to give up that creepy vibe. Some of the movies are a little over the top is kookiness but they are worth checking out. In the next few posts, I will list some of the movies you might want to check out this holiday.

1. Scream

Rated R. Scream was the first movie to go meta and play with all the tired conventions of teen slasher flicks by working your expectations into the plot then deftly derailing them. Scream‘s deserved success spawned a million imitators. Like Wolverine, it’s still the best there is at what it does. The plot? Oh yeah. A psychopathic serial killer is stalking a group of teens… just like in the movies!

SCARY Factor
Jumps galore. Scream may be satirising slasher films but it still aims to deliver the same thrills.

Not that spooky, to be honest. It’s all quite modern and meta.

SEXY Factor
Scream plays up the sexy factor for genuinely amusing reasons.

Generic teenagers never have silly hair. They’re far too generic .

Not related to Halloween as such – but Scream is a great film for watching in company.

Scream Quotes

Sidney Prescott: You sick f*cks, you’ve seen one too many movies!
Billy: Now, Sid. Don’t you blame the movies. Movies don’t create psychos. Movies make psychos more creative.

2. Trick ‘R’ Treat

Rated R. Trick ‘R’ Treat is honestly one of the best Halloween movies out there for its charming almost-cleverness sidling alongside the silly, using the thrill of traditional scout camp ghost stories to turn slasher flick conventions on their head. The serial-killer high school principal, the college virgin who’s holding out for Mister Right, the teenagers who pull a mean prank and a woman who loathes the night… These four Halloween stories culminate in one intriguing little sweet-sour twist. It’s pure pumpkin froth – enjoy.

SCARY Factor
It works mostly on suspense, but there are plenty of eek-jump moments and some creepy elements of suspense. Introverted kids and children with big heads are always frightening.

Serial killers and misty marshes IN YOUR FACE.

SEXY Factor
It’s got the whole sexy cheerleaders pouting and screaming thing. Some of them are sex-mad hotties, some of them wear chastity rings… all of them aren’t quite as they seem.

It was made in 2007 so the hair will look quite modern and normal. Watch it in ten years’ time – then you’ll think it’s got silly hair.

Sky high. This was a movie made specifically to tie in with Halloween. You want scary pumpkins? You got scary pumpkins.

Trick ‘r Treat Quotes

Chip: You must really like Halloween.
Rhonda: You mean Samhain?
Chip: What?
Rhonda: Samhain, also known as All Hallows’ Eve, also known as Halloween. Pre-dating Christianity, the Celtic holiday was celebrated on the one night between autumn and winter when the barrier between the living and the dead was thinnest, and often involved rituals that included human sacrifice.
[awkward silence]
Rhonda: I like your eye patch.

3. Fright Night

Rated 18. When a teenager discovers his next door neighbour is a vampire, no-one will believe him. Don’t be put off by the idea of a vampire movie created in the mid eighties. Don’t think “Urrr, it has a rhyming title, that bodes ill”. A splendid idea and a great cast, coupled with SFX ahead of their time (and not too many of them) make Fright Night a clever, cool Halloween film that even self-confessed pretentious lovers of foreign films will delight in. This is an offbeat and sexy eighties vampire film that will surprise you with its chutzpah.

SCARY Factor
The 18 rating should give you a clue. The comedy and romance are underpinned by fear. This is real Halloween horror.

Fright Night is held in renown for its spooky atmosphere. Again, don’t get fooled by the name.

SEXY Factor
Romance doesn’t weaken this film – it tempers it.

High. But isn’t that at least partially why people watch films from the eighties?

Fright Night is an ideal Halloween movie to watch with company, with a loved one or on your own. A lesser-known gem with great acting all round and an atmosphere to die for.

Fright Night Quotes

Charley Brewster: That bastard! Why didn’t he tell us there was going to be a pop quiz?
Evil Ed Thompson: That’s the point of a pop quiz, Brewster… to surprise you.

4. Halloween

Rated 18. How could we not include this 1978 indie Halloween classic? Psychotic murderer Tony Moran rampages after Jamie Lee Curtis wearing a scary white mask. Yes, it’s a slasher flick, but these are two actors who know what they’re doing. When Jamie Lee Curtis runs around screaming with her tits nearly falling out it’s not like some candyfloss-haired understudy doing it. You can feel those screams.

SCARY Factor
One of the earlier slasher films, this bad boy set a precedent. As a result, the jumps are more integral, more adrenalin-fuelled. The suspense is more harrowing. As slasher films go, Halloween is excellently done, and a real heart pounder.

Murderous Michael’s Halloween mask is really quite unpleasant.

SEXY Factor
Jamie Lee Curtis. Nuff said. Although that rather depends how much you like Jamie Lee Curtis.

The hairstyles are quite restrained. Subterranean laboratories dedicated to the creation of hairspray with extra shimmer did not get built until 1982. Even then, the government didn’t admit to it.

This is a Halloween film about Halloween that originally came out in time for people to watch it at Halloween. Clue: It’s not an Easter movie.

Halloween Quotes

Sheriff Leigh Brackett: It’s Halloween; everyone’s entitled to one good scare.

5. Nightmare On Elm Street (I’m personally a big fan of Freddy)

Rated 18. Oh, go on then. There’s a serial killer called Freddy Krueger who’s got holes in his jumper, and he was born of the seed of a million mass murderers, and he comes to kill you in your dreams. In this slasher film, the saddo teenagers who dream of him somehow manage to be more imaginitive than you’d initially give them credit for. Freddy Krueger has got slashy fingers and his jumper is stripy.

SCARY Factor
Shocks and not too dated grimness galore. Slashy slashy!

Plenty of suspense of the teenage horror kind. Also, little girls saying nursery rhymes in floaty white dresses. Nobody likes that.

SEXY Factor
Robert Englund is no Justin Timberlake.

Bedhead. ‘Tis why Krueger wore a hat.

An absolute classic of its kind that is nothing to do with Halloween whatsoever, but will still get you in the mood.

Nightmare on Elm Street Quotes

Children: One, two, Freddy’s coming for you. / Three, four, better lock your door. / Five, six, grab your crucifix. / Seven, eight, better stay awake. / Nine, ten, never sleep again.

Rod Lane: [to Tina] Guys can have nightmares too ya know. Ya ain’t got a corner on the market or somethin’.

Fred Krueger: I’m your boyfriend now, Nancy.


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