13 October 2015

My Favourite Halloween Movies

With Halloween just around the corner, and my prep for tutorials and fun DIY projects to share with you guys in full swing, I thought there would be no better way to start off my "Halloween" blog entries.

It's no secret that I'm a huge movie buff! I remember when I was in school, I would often relate things to characters in movies and lets just say some of my friends were not very kind about it! I couldn't help it! I love watching movies, dissecting them, understanding them and horror movies in particular are something I really love! I think it's the fact that horror movies, the really good ones have the power to unlock emotions whether that be fear or intrigue. The horror genre has the ability to take a hold of you and shake you about causing you think about the movie long after it has ended.

While not all of the movies I have picked are "scary" - they are certainly some of my favourites to watch around the season, so without further ado .. here are my favourite Halloween movies.

10. SCREAM (1996)

I couldn't start a list of "favourites" without including this one. I was only 10 years old when the first Scream movie was released and I distinctly remember watching it at a sleepover with some friends. We would prank each other and call each others phones during tense moments, so overall - my memories of this movie are more nostalgic than anything else. 

What I love most about the Scream franchise was that it essentially was a satire of the horror genre, the characters constantly questioning or noting crucial "cliches" from other horror movies in relation to their situations. 


Another nostalgic favourite, I have a massive soft spot for movies from the 80's and early 90's and I have very fond memories of growing up with this one. 


Not all Halloween movies have to be scary, and this one is one of my all time favourites. I would watch Practical Magic pretty much any time of the year, but it's definitely a good one for a girly Halloween themed night in! 

7. DOG SOLDIERS (2002)

This movie is pretty underrated if you ask me. I remember seeing it when I was a teenager and thinking - "wow .. those are some of the coolest werewolves I have ever seen". It's a fun movie, quirky yet suspenseful and pretty gory before "gore" movies became massively popular with the release of movies like Saw a few years later.


I pretty much love anything by Tim Burton, but Sleepy Hollow is one movie I HAVE to turn on every Halloween. I remember being incredibly excited when it was announced that he would be directing one of my favourite "ghost" stories and although the movie is very Burton-esque, I really enjoy it. From the casting choices, to the costume, makeup and overall look of the film. This movie always delivers. 


For me, no Halloween would be complete without indulging in some of the masters of the horror genre. Boris Karloff (Frankenstein, The Mummy), Claude Rains (The Phantom of the Opera), Lon Chaney Jr. (The Wolf Man) Iconic movie geniuses in their own rights .. these people were the forefront of development when it came to horror movies. One of the first Universal Monsters "Dracula" was created shortly after the introduction of sound into the movie making universe. Still acclimating to new technologies, much of Dracula is acted out as a silent movie - which delivered a brilliant and chilling performance.

I visited Universal Orlando in 2013 and one thing I could not wait to see was the collection of Monster Movie memorabilia they had on display. To me, these movies are timeless and can still teach us a lot about the development of the genre and it's impact on cinematic history.

4. THE EVIL DEAD (1981)

Scary and quirky, I am a massive fan of The Evil Dead franchise. While I have yet to see the remake, the original always makes it on top of my list for the days I feel like switching on something a little scarier. Bruce Campbell is of course pretty amazing too. 

3. VAN HELSING (2004)

I know a lot of people who aren't too fond of Van Helsing, but I love it! I love the setting, the costumes and of course the fact that it combines several of my favourite movie monsters in one fun, fast paced and quirky film.


This is one of my favourite movies of all time. I could watch this movie a thousand times and never get tired of it. It's not exactly a "scary" movie, or at least I don't feel like it is. What I love most about it is the black humour, the light hearted comedic dialogue and the not so sensical moments. I think it's wonderful testament to the development of the genre and of course lets not forget Rick Bakers incredible makeup artistry which was so good in this movie that the Academy Awards created the "Makeup" award category the same year. No guesses as to who the winner was ..

If you haven't seen the iconic transformation scene before.. here it is in all it's glory!

1. HOCUS POCUS (1993)

No Halloween in my opinion would be complete without the iconic Disney production Hocus Pocus. Originally intended to be part of Disney's TV movie franchise, Hocus Pocus was so well loved it received a theatre release! To this day I have yet to meet anyone that would deny enjoying the exploits of the Sanderson Sisters in this fun and iconic Halloween movie! 

That's it for my favourite movies to watch at Halloween. I would love to know what some of your favourites are? Do you prefer the light hearted comedies or are you a scary movie lover? Let me know in the comments.

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