Boo! Halloween is just a couple days away, with lots of spooky festivities going on and it’s the perfect time go a little bit gothic. We’ve kind of lost the facts as to why Halloween is celebrated, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a holiday in which we dress up and cause havoc… alright, perhaps just a tiny bit.
However, if you plan on staying home and you’re just looking for a good scare while you’re curled up on the couch, try watching these moody and atmospheric films that I’ve compiled. To make it more interesting, why not bake up one or two pumpkin recipes, set out some tasty Halloween treats, and invite over your bravest friends to join you.
For the thrill seekers
The Conjuring – If you want to ensure you’ll spend the rest of the night awake under the covers and jump at every creaking sound, then The Conjuring is for you. Supposedly based on a true story, it’s an old-school haunted house cinema extraordinaire.
The Babadook – For those who enjoy a heavy portion of thought-provoking – not to mention twisted – psychological terror to complement their horror movie viewing, The Babadook is a passionate and uncompromising look at mental illness in the face of unexplainable forces. In fact, while there are plenty of spooky moments in The Babadook, the central horror is driven by the characters and their tragic and relatable circumstances, rather than the supernatural presence.
For Old-Movie Fans
The Shining – A strange and deeply creepy movie about spaces and how few things are more frightening than not knowing which way to go. It’s an essential viewing. Prepare to be disturbed.
The Omen – It was a hard toss between Rosemary’s Baby and The Omen to picking a great child Antichrist movie. The Omen contains some of the most memorable untimely deaths in cinema history, as well because Damien is such a great and terrifying villainous character. Still ominous after all these years.
For the squeamish
The Addams Family – A fun take on the venerable family that is creepy, kooky, mysterious, spooky, and altogether ooky. A dark comedy that is deliciously sick with macabre humour and a delightfully twisted treat. The Addams Family is a great film for the holiday, and is one of the few on this list that is family friendly.
Beetlejuice – Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! I never tire of this one. It’s a very clever black comedy full of great characters and situations. A surreal, demented delight, but the main thing is that it’s funny. The gothic stylings and dark tones make it perfect for the season.
For the Horror-Haters
Cabin in the Woods – This ranks among one of the most wryly self-aware works of American pop culture entertainment in years. Horror films are supposed to be scary, but not very smart. The Cabin in the Woods is both. Crazy, totally, and deliriously fun. Not only is it the funniest slasher movie I’ve ever seen, but it’s probably also the slasher movie to end all others.
Trollhunter – A very funny monster mockumentary film, Trollhunter is the story of a group of Norwegian film students that set out to capture real-life trolls on camera, after learning their existence has been covered up for years by a government conspiracy. TrollHunter is both creepy and funny, with dryly subversive humour and, eventually, some impressive special effects.
What else will you be watching this Halloween?
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