It’s finally here…the best month of the year! And we’ve got ten great horror films to watch this October while you celebrate the Halloween season.
Hello Ghoulies and Goblins! Welcome back to morbidlybeautiful.com. I’m Miss J: Edgar Allan Poe by day and Victor Van Gough by night. This week I’ve put together a list of ten movies that I think you need to see for the month of October. You have 31 amazing days of horror that you can celebrate without judgement! These movies have Halloween or Fall elements to them and that makes them the perfect combination for this month.
10. Tales of Halloween (2015)
This anthology film has ten stories within it revolved around our favorite holiday, Halloween. Tales of Halloween has an incredible number of eleven directors for the task of individually taking on segments of the story. There are many nods to horror director John Carpenter throughout the film, including a candy bar with his name on it and the inclusion of legendary Scream Queen, Adrienne Barbeau, who was famous for Carpenter’s The Fog. In this film, she is actually playing a character that is paying homage to the character she played in The Fog as a radio host. The stories in this movie are fun, and some are very deadly. It is a must see this Halloween season!
9. Thirteen Ghosts (2001)
This 2001 remake is in everyone’s top ten favorite ghost films. It’s super popular around the horror community and has actress Shannon Elizabeth and actor Matthew Lillard starring. These are two well known names when it comes to the horror genre. Shawna Loyer played the most favorable of the ghosts, The Angry Princess. Her make up took the longest out of them all, a total of five hours was spent to get the look perfect. If you’re interested in a more adult version of this film, there is one called Thirteen Erotic Ghosts. I mean, whatever float your boat, it is the Halloween season after all.
8. The House on Haunted Hill (1999)
Would you spend the night in a haunted house with a horrific past for $100,000? Oh, and it really is haunted. Geoffrey Rush takes over the role of killer husband in this remake. Vincent Price was in the original, and in this remake they pay respect to the horror icon by naming the character Stephen Price. The Iconic Jeffrey Combs, who we all know and love from the Re-animator movies, also has a role in the movie as Dr. Vannacult. He plays the movie’s evil villain who abused the patients that were once held in the asylum — the patients who now haunt the mansion that the characters plan to spend the night in for a chance to win the money. Either survive the night or die. This movie is filled with fall vibes, and it’s the perfect spooky ghost movie to watch this October.
7. House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
Do you like to get fucked up and do fucked up shit? You know what I mean? Well if you do, this psychopathic family that writer and director Rob Zombie created will most certainly be a treat for you! Watch what happens when two couples take a road trip and stop at the worst place possible. They pick a hitchhiker on the way to a haunted sight and run into some car trouble shortly after. It also happens to be eve of Halloween, and they are about to encounter a Dr. Satan worshipping family of murdering crazies. This was Rob’s directorial debut and was a haunted house attraction at Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights in 2010. This is the perfect movie to watch on Devil’s Night. And if you’re feeling extra brave, check out the squeal, The Devil’s Rejects, for way more blood and screams!
6. Scream (1996)
I truly hope that everyone who is reading this list has seen this horror classic by this point, because I’ve mentioned this movie tons of times on previous lists. It’s ultimately just the perfect movie for anything. We all owe this movie so much, especially for the list on how to survive a horror movie. Wes Craven created some of the best horror movies of all time, and Scream is at the top of the list. This movie pays its respect to previous horror films like The Exorcist and John Carpenter’s Halloween, as well’s as to Craven’s own famous film, A Nightmare on Elm Street. Wes cameos as a janitor wearing a Freddy Krueger sweater, and Linda Blair who played Regan in The Exorcist plays a reporter. This is the perfect fall movie for any horror lover, and you will be pulled immediately. Just don’t forget the popcorn on the stove.
5. Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Tim Burton is the man to turn to when it comes to Spooky movies for Halloween. He has made so many iconic movies like Beetlejuice, Sweeney Todd, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Edward Scissorhands. But it’s his version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow that makes it to number five on our list. This was the first version of Sleepy Hollow that didn’t have an actor under a cloak to play the headless horsemen. Instead, they had actor Christopher Walken wear a blue mask and used CGI to work out the rest. This is the third movie in a long list of films that Tim Burton and Johnny Depp have worked on together. Be prepared for fog, pumpkins and rolling heads in this R rated flick.
4. Halloween (2007)
I’m going with the 2007 version because I don’t find that Carpenter’s version has aged well. It’s no doubt a classic, and if you like slower paced movies then give it a try. But we don’t want to be bored to death this Halloween! We want some excitement, and that’s exactly what Director Rob Zombie delivers with this remake. First, we get some background story on the infamous character Michael Myers, and we watch him grow up into a killing machine. The acting in this movie is superb, and Malcolm McDowell gives us a jaw dropping performance as Dr. Samuel Loomis. Rob Zombie’s wife, Sheri Moon Zombie, also stars in this movie as the mother of Michael Myers — letting us see a different side to her capabilities as an actress. This movie has many performances by iconic horror legends, and it is a must watch!
3. The Exorcist (1973)
This is one of the most terrifying pieces of cinema out there and one of the greatest horror movies of all time. This movie begins in the fall, on Halloween in fact, and we learn that Regan has been communicating with someone on the other side using a Ouija board. Soon after, strange things start to happen around the home and Regan becomes sick, but the Doctors can’t diagnose her. Her mother finally seeks out a priest as her last resort, and together they will try to banish the demon from the child’s body. The Exorcist was the first horror movie to be nominated for an academy award for best picture. This is guaranteed to give you nightmares this Halloween season.
2. Pay the Ghost (2015)
This is another more recent horror movie that is already becoming a Halloween favorite. Nicholas Cage plays a father whose son goes missing during a Halloween Parade. He begins to investigate more disappearances like his sons and fins out a sinister side to the once sweet holiday. Sara Wayne Callie, who played the wife of Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead, also stars in the film. Unfortunately, the critics didn’t think highly of it, but do they ever think highly of anything that has to do with the horror genre? This movie is spooky and has the Halloween spirit attached to it, which makes it perfect for watching this Halloween.
Before we get to our number one celebrity on the list, let’s take a look at some important Honorable Mentions: The Blair Witch Project (1999), Terrifier (2016), The Others (2001), and Silent Hill (2006).
1. Trick R Treat (2007)
This anthology film has five different stories that revolve around Halloween night. The characters can be seen in the backgrounds to each others stories to show a timeline, but they don’t interact with each other unless it’s part of the storyline. Something that many of the actors had in common was that they previously worked on X-Men movies or other Marvel movies. An inside joke that the cast and crew shared together was that no pumpkins were harmed during the making of the film because they used either foam or ceramic Jack O Lanterns. This movie became an instant classic with the horror community, and it is the number one movie you need to watch! It has everything from werewolves, to ghosts, and vampires! It is a much watch on Halloween night!