Autumn is here, the cold too, and as Halloween approaches, you want to get in the mood? So turn on your TV, take out your plaid and snacks and turn off the lights. Whether you’re badass or sissies, we’ve made a list of the best movies to watch and rewatch this Halloween. Ready to get scared?
Horror classics, for the brave
Ah, adrenaline… If you love being scared, especially on Halloween, we’ve selected the must-watch horror movies to celebrate October 31st in the best possible way. Whether you are alone or with others, we guarantee you chills.
To give us goosebumps with shining, Stanley Kubrick relies on psychological fear. A heavy atmosphere, (too) immaculate corridors, an oppressive soundtrack and a one-way ticket to madness… More than forty years after its release, shining continues to traumatize moviegoers. Jack Nicholson’s performance is masterful, more disturbing than ever. A film to see and see again on Halloween night.
A writer in search of inspiration is hired as the caretaker of a huge hotel in the heart of the mountains for the winter. He then settles with his wife and son in this strange hotel which reveals its terrible secrets little by little. Isolated and victim of the blank page, Jack gradually sinks into a murderous madness…
Halloween: The Night of the Masks
Spend Halloween night without watching one of the films in the saga Halloween ? It’s impossible. The plot is quite simple. On Halloween night 1963, a young boy stabs his sister. After 15 years in a mental asylum, still on October 31, he escapes and sows terror in the streets of a small American town.
Released in 1978, this film left its mark on generations of horror fans. Considered a classic of horror cinema, it has influenced many horror feature films. The character of Michael Myers, and his terrible mask, has become iconic when it was originally a simple low-budget independent film directed by John Carpenter and produced by Debra Hill.
With the iconic Ghostface, knife in hand, Scream quickly became a cult horror film when it was released in 1996. Thanks to Wes Craven, who revolutionized the genre, slashers returned to center stage. As a killer stalks the peaceful town of Woodsboro, Sidney Prescott doesn’t know who she can trust. The success of Scream is so strong that Ghostface will be entitled to no less than five films between the end of the 90s and today. Halloween is the perfect occasion to do all the Scream, Nope ? It can be found on CANAL+.
Who’s Afraid of Clowns? Another horror film inspired by a work by Stephen King. Released in 2016, That is the highest-grossing horror film of all time. In the 1980s, seven teenagers band together to deal with bullying from their peers and the murderous cycle that has plagued their town forever. Every 27 years, a strange creature in the form of an evil clown preys on children. Beware of sewers… That is available on Prime Video and Netflix.
The Claws of Night
Pay attention to your nightmares. While teenagers all have the same recurring nightmare with a man with a burnt face, an old torn sweater and sharp blades for fingers, one of them is brutally murdered in his sleep. Like Ghostface, Michael Myers or even Pennywise, Freddy and his blades are monuments of pop culture. After having seen (or seen again) The Claws of Nightyou too will have trouble sleeping tonight…
Bonuses for Friday 13, which fits in as another must-have horror franchise. To devour on Netflix and Prime Video. With all these spooky movies to see, you’re going to have a nerve-wracking Halloween night…
Halloween movies for the less adventurous
If you want to get in the Halloween mood without suffering from insomnia and paranoia for several nights, we have the perfect movies. Take out the pumpkins and candies, you’re going to have a great time. To watch with family, friends or alone.
Hocus Pocus: The Three Witches
We take you to Salem where the city’s three most famous witches, the Sanderson sisters, make their return on Halloween night. But since their last tour in town, in the 17th century, times have changed a lot. Funny and enchanted, Hocus Pocus: The Three Witches is a Halloween movie for young and old. Even better ? Disney+ has just released the second installment of these three quirky witches, three decades later. Something to put you in the Halloween mood with your family. Head over to Disney+ to watch both volumes of Hocus Pocus.
The Addams Family
This funny macabre family has become cult over the years. More than bizarre than really frightening, the members of the Addams family knew how to seduce the spectators in their first feature film signed Barry Sonnenfeld. The gothic atmosphere is at the rendezvous as a look-alike of Uncle Fetid, disappeared for decades, becomes embedded in the Addams… Note that Tim Burton is currently working on a series devoted to the Addams daughter, Wednesday.
Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! In this ’80s classic, three wacky scientists open their paranormal investigation society and hunt ghosts galore. monument of pop culture, Ghostbusters is a timeless fantasy comedy. Going ghost hunting for Halloween is the idea of the century. The film is available on OCS.
If higher in this ranking, we recommend that you redo the entire Screamyou can also opt for the less scary version: Scary Movie. This parody of the Wes Craven franchise, but not only, is the perfect balance between chills and giggles. Wazzup! Watch on Netflix.
We have not forgotten the animation lovers! In 2009, Henry Selick adapted the novel Coraline by Neil Gaiman, the author to whom we owe, in particular, the graphic novels Sandman. In stop-motion, the film Coraline follows a young girl with a strong character who discovers a parallel world in the strange house in which her family has just moved. But if this alternate world looks much better than hers, Coraline quickly realizes that something is wrong. Both bewitching and gloomy, Coraline is a nugget of animation to watch in rainy weather as Halloween approaches.
If you want to celebrate Halloween differently, you can turn to coconut. Pixar’s animated film offers us a new vision of the Day of the Dead, heading to Mexico. Not frightening for a penny but rather extremely touching, coconut can be seen on Disney+.
Of course, this is just a non-exhaustive list of movies to watch on Halloween. A difficult selection to make as there are so many films to devour like candy during this monstrous period. sleepy hollow, beetle juice , Psychosis or Welcome to Zombieland are other feature films worth checking out if you want to get in the mood. And you, what is your favorite Halloween movie?