Movies You Should Watch this Halloween

Friday, 27 October 2017

Hi! It's your resident Wednesday Addams here, ready to give you enough movie recommendations to make Halloween (and probably the entire week after it) scary enough to put your hair on end. And no matter what you like - whether it be slasher classics, creepy animation or subversive horror - I can guarantee that this list will have something for you.

Do I even need to explain why? IT is the official horror movie of the year thanks to its loveable protagonists, its creepy as fuck killer-clown and its status as a Stephen King classic. There is nothing better that the King of Horror does than villains, and Pennywise is sure to be a feature in many a nightmare this year.

Final Girls
What is better more appropriate for Halloween than a bunch of teenagers getting sucked into a truly awful slasher movie? This movie strikes the perfect balance between being scary and hilarious, as the characters use their knowledge of horror tropes to try and make it out alive. Think of all of your favourite horror movies and then turn them on their heads, because that is what Final Girls is.

Nightmare Before Christmas
Is Nightmare Before Christmas a Halloween or a Christmas movie? Where do you stand on the debate? And do you really care, when it being both means that you can spend all of October, November and December shamelessly rewatching it?

I Know What You Did Last Summer
This film brings together true 90's legends - Ryan Phillipe, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jnr. and Jennifer Love Hewitt and for me, it truly is a nostalgia machine. I mean, the acting is not superb and the plot is truly ridiculous, but I think those things are what makes I Know What You Did Last Summer the cultural icon it has grown to be.

Corpse Bride
Can you tell that I love Tim Burton? But I mean, who does creepy stop-motion better than him? The characters, the colour palette and the artwork are absolutely gorgeous, and I definitely spend most of this movie gazing in awe at the little details. It manages to be very Victorian-Gothic in the same vein as Frankenstein and Wuthering Heights, and a rather atmospheric film - despite its child-appropriate medium.

I know that Heathers isn't a movie that most people would immediately associate with Halloween (Winona Ryder's other work in Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands probably more readily come to mind), but for some reason, it is something that I have consistently rewatched every October since I discovered the film. And, I definitely think that it toes the line between being a movie that is perfect for the holiday, and one that can be watched all year round.

Scream is an absolute slasher classic that no Halloween movie list could be complete without. It revived the entire genre and create a multi-million pound industry of classic villains and a slew of young, beautiful people being bloodily murdered one-by-one. It's gory, it's scary and it's hilarious - a great one to watch with a big group of friends and the lights off.

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