There is literally nothing better than the thrill of sitting down to have a horror movie marathon with your friends.
Whether it be a collection of ridiculously campy horror movies, to intense, blood-curdling films, watching them is one of the greatest experiences tied to Halloween one can have. Since there is such an array of different types of horror films I have created a couple “Top Five” lists to help you out! If you want to watch…
- Killer Klowns from Outer Space: This movie is one of my all-time favorite’s, and it is a must-see for anyone that cares about sadistic clowns that capture humans and keep them prisoner in cotton candy pods.
- The Evil Dead Series: It’s one of the most notable horror series’ that exist, and for a good reason…they are absolutely brilliant. Besides the fact the first one was made on a miniscule budget, the entire series captures fear, isolation, and absolute madness.
- Drag Me to Hell: When I first saw this movie years ago I had no idea who Sam Raimi was or that he was the king of campy. Which caused me to view this movie incredibly harshly thinking the director was tacky instead of realizing his actual artistic vision, which was complete horror campy-ness.
- Little Shop of Horrors: So this isn’t technically “horror,” but it does have horror aspects! If you are unaware of this cult-classic phenomenon about a blood-thirsty plant, you need to watch it ASAP.
- Leprechaun: Many will recognize our antagonist leprechaun as Professor Flitwick from Harry Potter, but others might relate him instantly to this role as a murderous leprechaun in search of his pot of gold.
- Scream: “What’s your favorite scary movie?” People either love or loathe self-aware films, and the most meta horror film series in existence is the Scream franchise, known for its masked killer and references to every other previously made horror film, this franchise is wildly entertaining.
- Zombieland: I’m not a fan of Jesse Eisenberg, but I can look past his another-awkward-boy-actor mold and enjoy him telling me how to survive a zombie apocalypse with interesting anecdotes and witty banter.
- Cabin in the Woods: Most of my friends adore this movie, whether it be for its plot, its self-awareness, or just because of Chris Evan’s abs, which makes it a complete must-have if we ever have a horror movie marathon.
- Shaun of the Dead: One of the most popular self-aware films in the industry, Shaun of the Dead is admired by the famous SFX Artist Greg Nicotero, which is literally one of the highest achievements a modern-day zombie film can get.
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Just like Little Shop of Horrors, this film isn’t necessarily horror, but it would be ludicrous to not watch it on Halloween. It would also be ludicrous to not mention its breaking of the fourth-wall several times throughout the film, making it a founder of the meta-film.
- Creature from the Black Lagoon: I do not understand people who don’t appreciate this movie. It is a bit slow moving, but that is made up by the fact that the underwater scenes of The Creature are to-die-for and so absolutely breath-taking that if anyone is to watch a “classic horror film,” they must watch this one.
- Rosemary’s Baby: This film is one of my favorite movies ever, making it a necessity to add to this list. The incredible atmosphere, the building tension, and Rosemary’s innocence all play into the frustration and rage you feel towards this film, but by the end, you will be so thankful you watched it.
- Psycho: I’m going to be honest, I do not care for this movie at all. But I have to admit it was a huge milestone for horror films and other films alike. Hitchcock revolutionized the way horror films were viewed in his time, and his stylistic traits are still used to this day. So if anyone is getting interested in horror films, watching Psycho is a must.
- House on Haunted Hill: Vincent Price in a huge haunted house. There is literally nothing more to say.
- Plan 9 from Outer Space: So this might not be a “classic,” and should most likely be categorized under the campy section, but the director Ed Wood strongly believed he was making a full-fledged horror film, so I’m going to respect that thought. Widely known as the “worst movie of all time,” this film is a cult-classic for how atrocious everything is from the acting to the flying saucers that can be visibly seen hanging from strings.
And then just some of my favorites
- Suspiria: I just finished watching this film yesterday but I am feeling such a passion for it’s cinematography but already I feel the need to make everyone watch it. It combines all of my favorite things, ballet, fake blood, and cinematography that will make you cry its so stunning, causing me to fall deeply in love with this movie and advocate all of you watch it.
- Frankenweenie: When I first saw this movie I watched it again, and again, and again, all right in a row. Something about the cute claymation and the loveable, yet strange characters Tim Burton someone musters up, causes my heart to overfill with so much love for this movie. Plus, any movie that has Ramones songs, or even covers of Ramones songs, wins my heart.
- An American Werewolf in London: This film has the GREATEST werewolf transformation I have ever seen in any media ever. The suspense causes me so much frustration and anxiety, I highly recommend it if you want to watch something interesting and innovative.
- A Nightmare on Elm Street: I remember the first time I watched this my friend brought it over and we ate a countless amount of pixie stix and watched all four of this series until our love for fake blood and sexually-driven murder scenes were fulfilled.
- The Addams Family: I watched this film earlier this week because it is one of my family’s favorites to watch at a minimum 3-times around Halloween. I can’t explain how much this movie means to me or how fantastic it is, just watch it if you haven’t. (I also can’t explain how for a year of my life I forced my entire family and all of my friends to call me Wednesday….)
And most importantly, the movie Halloween. Who knew I would care about Jamie Lee Curtis in an acting role that wasn’t playing Tess Coleman in Freaky Friday? But I do! If you watch no other movie about Halloween, watch this movie!
***Also I want to note the two movies that have legitimately terrified me are The Conjuring and Sinister which still haunt me months after seeing them. I don’t want to talk about them to thoroughly because it is dark outside and I am AFRAID.
Have fun and try not to get to scared
Film + TV Editor, Kiya
(PS! What are some of your favorite horror movies to watch around Halloween time??)