Top three movies for Halloween

Published 11 months ago -

Around this time of year, most people are probably sitting in front of their TV watching Freeform’s “13 days of Halloween,” which basically consists of Hocus Pocus and maybe Addams Family Values thrown in there once or twice. Now, I love both of those movies, but they’re not exactly what I would consider the best Halloween movies. Before you yell at me, Hocus Pocus is pretty high up on the list, but I think nothing fits the season better than a good scary movie.

Having that element of horror gives a movie that added Halloween feel because, at the end of the day, isn’t that what Halloween is all about? With that being said, just because a movie is scary doesn’t make it a Halloween film. Not every horror flick exactly fits into Halloween; I actually enjoy watching The Shining more in the winter. But these three movies are the best of the best for the month of October.

3. The Blair Witch Project

A lot of audiences have issues with this movie, as it basically is just a bunch of kids walking around the woods with a camera. But, nothing compares to the end of this movie, and I don’t think there is any uncertainty that it’s one of the scariest things you’ll ever see. Even when I re-watch the movie and know what’s coming, I still feel so unsettled by the end. Blair Witch is a great movie to watch around Halloween time because of the lore of the witch surrounding it. After viewing it, you might not look at someone dressed up as a generic witch in the same way again.

2. Halloween

This one is probably a given, I mean look at the title. But John Carpenter’sHalloween still holds up as a classic and still terrifies me. The opening scene alone is extremely well crafted and the villain of Michael Meyers is so genuinely evil that just the way that he walks makes me nervous. And don’t forget the amazing score that will get stuck in your head for days. My brother used to play it on the piano when we were kids to scare me and it worked. This is a movie I make sure to watch every Halloween season, there’s simply no better time to view it. It really would be my number one pick, if it weren’t for another Halloween themed cult classic.

1. Trick r’ Treat

I’m never really sure how many people are aware of this movie’s existence, but no matter what there needs to be more people talking about it. Trick r’ Treat is made up of four different short films that are all connected in one way or another, sometimes if you look closely you can see characters from one segment in the background of another. They all take place on the same Halloween night and it is literally drenched in Halloween aesthetic. Every moment of this film feels like Halloween, and it never lets up once. Trick r’ Treat isn’t exactly the scariest movie ever, although it did get me a couple of times, the small details that can be found within it give it an amazing “re-watchability.” It’s my favorite to watch during this time of year, and it would be a shame if others didn’t watch it too.


Caroline Critelli, a senior, studies English and sociology. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Le Provocateur.

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