Top 40 recommended movies to watch on Halloween

Top 40 movies for Halloween Night!
We are so excited about Halloween! Spooky pumpkins, black and orange decorations, fake blood and outrageous monsters costumes, cannot wait for the 31st! If you are thrilled too, but simply don’t feel the urgency to dust off your fancy dress and prefer to chill in the cosiness of your house, well, here our suggestions for a great frightful night. Just you, your dearest friends, your blanket and pop corn (or sweets) and the remote to turn on the movie you’ve chosen! Here’s the first twenty movies we recommend for Halloween with the next 20 movies featuring in our next post.
Lets start with few titles that even kids can enjoy. Yes, we are talking about Animation

1. Frankenweenie (2012)
Victor, a dark and lonely boy, wants to bring back to life his beloved dog named Sparky. But the unattended consequences are waiting  for him.

For those of you who love Tim Burton and black & white stop motion.


2. ParaNorman (2012)
Meet Norman, a misunderstood boy that has to save his town from a mysterious curse. Obviously weird creatures like ghosts, zombies and a wicked witch are involved in the process.

A cute, geeky and creepy movie.



3. The Nightmare before Christmas
When the king of Halloweentown, Jack Skelligton, finds out that there is a parallel world, the land of Christmas, where monsters and nightmares are replaced by cheerful children, sparkling decorations and tons of gifts he is mesmerized. He tries to recreate this atmosphere in his creepy way, with doubtful outcomes.

The movie that reassembles everything you need to know about Halloween. More than a classic. The Ultimate Halloween animation movie!


4. Hotel Transylvania
Count Dracula builds a hotel that become a hill fort from the humans which is threatening all the monsters out there, especially for his teen-aged daughter Mavis. In the occasion of her birthday, however, a boy sneaks in.

Adam Sandler as Count Dracula’s voice is simply irresistible.



5. Monster House (2006)
Three friends run into a haunted house. A living, breathing, and screaming house, actually. Do they survive from their scariest adventure, on the eve of Halloween night?
Produced by Zemeckis and Spielberg, this movie is labelled PG, kind of violent and frightening for an animation.




Time for  the serious stuff. All these Classics are not for the faint hearted. Prepare to hide behind your sofas!


6. The Shinning (1980)
Jack Torrance, a writer, is recruited with his family to become the winter caretakers of the isolated Overlook Hotel. An evil presence drives Jack insane while Danny, his psychic son, has horrific flashbacks and premonitions.
Recently restored, Stanley Kubrick’s horror masterpiece is also at cinemas now. Jack Nicholson’s scary face on the big screen is priceless.



7. Psycho (1960)
Tired of her boring life-style, Marion Crane leaves town with $40.000 in her purse, stolen from her employer. Before reaching her lover Sam, she stops at The Bates Motel, where the young proprietor Norman seems under the domination of his mother.

The shower scene is a must see. Hitchcock built tension like no one else.



8. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Teens living in Elm Street are tormented by a clawed killer named Freddie Kruger. Could Nancy Thompson find a resolution before the murderer who haunts their dreams kills one by one her friends?

The first film of the Kruger’s saga is without a doubt the best one. Even if Johnny Depp dies way too soon.



9. Carrie (1976)
Take a shy, abused girl with telekinetic powers, Carrie, deliver her to high school prom where mean mates plot to embarrass her. Her revenge will burst unrestrained.

You clearly don’t want to mess with this angry, young woman. You bloody don’t!



10. Suspiria (1977)
An American dancer, Suzy Bannion, joins a prestigious dance academy in Germany. She soon finds out that the school is controlled by a coven of witches.

Amazingly scary soundtrack. Elaborate deaths and powerful visual imagery are Dario Argento’s trademarks.



11. Halloween (1978)
October 31st,1963, Halloween night: Judith Myers is stabbed to death by her six-year-old brother, Michael. Fifteen years later Michael escapes from the psychiatric hospital, returns home and stalks the teenage Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her friends.

With the first scene of this brilliantly done low budget, independent movie, John Carpenter make us share the killer point of view.



12.Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Sally Hardesty, her paraplegic brother and three friends are on a journey to visit Hardesty’s grandfather grave (apparently desecrated). On their way they are hunted down and terrorized by a chainsaw wielding killer and his family of grave-robbing cannibals.

One of the cruellest killer ever imagined, Leatherface, a character inspired by a real-life murderer Ed Gein.



13.The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
A family on a road trip to California have their car break down in the middle of the Nevada desert. They become preys for a clan of deformed cannibals, violent savages who hunt them down in the surrounding hills.

Some humorous touches still entertain and charm horror fans, giving this movie an enduring relevancy.



14.The Exorcist (1973)
The actress Chris MacNeil notices some dramatic changes in the behaviour of her 12 year-old daughter (played by Linda Blair). She calls for help two priests, Father Merrin and Father Damian Karras perform the exorcism.
First horror movie to be nominated for a Oscar for Best Picture.



15. Candyman (1994)
Helen Lyle is a student who is doing research for her thesis on urban legends. She learns about the legend of Candyman, a one-armed man who appears when you say his name five times, in front of the mirror. She is skeptic and ignores warnings. But when a series of horrible murders begins she needs to face the Candyman herself.
The creepy movie explores the power of myth and the role of imagination in fear.


16. Misery (1990)
The novelist Paul Sheldon, on his way home from Colorado, crashes his car during a frightful blizzard. He is injured, but luckily (or not?) he is rescued by Annie Wilkes a former nurse and obsessed fan of his books. Oh, we forgot to say that Annie is also an head case, any worries Paul?
The remarkable performance of Kathy Bates as Annie is worth the 107 minutes of the movie.


17. Child’s Play (1988)
In this first film of the series, a single mum gives to her six-year-old boy a doll for his birthday. The bad news is that the doll is possessed with the soul of a serial killer trying to possess the kid in order to become human.

Dolls are damn scary, this is the proof!



18. It (1990)
It is 1960 and a group of seven kids are tormented by an evil entity that takes the form of a sadistic, child-killing clown called “Pennywise the Dancing Clown”. After 30 years the resurfaced clown is still messing with their lives, but now as adults they want to stop this for good

The Movie is an adapation of Stephen King’s novel,previously released as a TV mini series, it has affected an entire generation.



19. Freaks (1932)

This classic movie revolves around a beautiful trapeze artist in the circus who agrees to the marry the leader of the side-show performers. However, it isn’t long before his deformed friends discover that she is marrying him only for his inheritance. This leads to the sideshows formulating a sinster plan on the beautiful trapeze artist.

The ending of Freaks is one of the most disturbing in cinema history.




20. The Evil Dead (1981)
This movies involves 5 students staying in a cabin in the woods who stumble upon an audiotape translation of the mysterious book of death. The students play the tape unleashing an evil entity. Will they survive?

This film marked the directorial debut of Sam Raimi who went onto direct the Spiderman trilogy


The fun does not stop there! Watch out for our next blog where we will be counting down the rest on our top 40 movies to watch on Halloween. If you like gory, teenage slashers, jumpy or foreign horror movies, be on the lookout for our next blog entry later on in the week.

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