Since we’re nearing Spooky Season I thought I would compile my favourite Spooky Season movies. This list will most likely disappoint you if you’re looking for something scary because I’m not a scary movie gal. However, I can appreciate a few horror films which I have seen and have made their way onto my list check them out below!
Edward Scissorhands: I feel like this 90’s movie needs to be on everyone list of favourite movies in general. It’s a Halloween classic and I feel like you can’t really go wrong with Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder. Edward Scissorhands is about a “mad” scientist who has created a gentle being named Edward, who has scissor blades for hands. A saleswomen named Peg discovers him and takes him home where Edward falls in love with Peg’s daughter. A wholesome movie 10/10 recommend (I’m all 10 by the way)
Beetlejuice: I’m sure you’ve heard the famous story that if you say “Beetlejuice” three times that he’ll appear. I’m also sure you’ve tried it and were greatly disappointed like I was. However, if you push past the disappoint like I do, then you can really sit back to appreciate the classic 80’s movie. After a married couple die in a car accident they find that they’re stuck in their country residence and unable to leave it. When a new family buy the home and moves in, the ghost couple attempt to haunt the living family in hopes to scare them away. After little success they attract Beetlejuice, a spirit who’s “help” becomes dangerous for both the living family and the dead couple. Again, another movie with Winona Ryder, if you aren’t sensing the pattern… well… I don’t know what to tell you.
Winchester: I saw this movie after visiting the famous Winchester house located outside of San Francisco on a family vacation, you’re probably wondering, “who goes to a haunted house while on vacation in the middle of August?” The answer is me. I do. It was fascinating to see just how insane this house was constructed and here the story behind it. After coming home I finally sat down to watch Hollywood’s take on the famous house built by Sarah Winchester, an heiress to the Winchester fortune. The house is seven stories tall with hundreds of rooms that looks like a mansion to outsiders. Sarah however, was building a prison for hundreds of ghosts that seemed to want to settle a score with the Winchester family. If you click HERE you can read all about the real Sarah Winchester and see images of the famous house. Watch this movie. Visit the house. Absolute insanity.
The Addams Family: Hands down my favourite Halloween movie no questions asked. I watch this movie at least once a week during the entire month of October and then some. The costumes. The lighting. The characters. *chefs kiss* Maybe its the nostalgia this movie graces me with but it’s a movie the whole family can gather around to enjoy. And to make it even better, The Addams Family Values exists. To summarise quickly, a man claims to be the missing brother of Gomez Addams. However, Morticia, Gomez’s wife, begins to suspect the man is fraud. Watch it. Love it. Let’s be friends because of it.
Hocus Pocus: Magic. Witches. Spookiness. A talking Black Cat. Need I say more? A teen boy moves to Salem, Massachusetts, what could possibly go wrong in Salem? Well, Max accidentally bings back the Sanderson Sisters, a coven of evil witches who feast on children in order to remain youthful and alive. With the help of a talking black car, Max’s little sister, and his crush, the three race out to stop the sisters from becoming immortal.
Corpse Bride: Another movie with Johnny Depp that will pull on your heart strings and have you wondering why you’re sitting in the dark watching a clay movie about love and dead people. I have a higher appreciation for clay animation movies because of the amount of time that they take. I would absolutely loose my mind if I had to create one of those, so props to all you clay animators. The 2005 film is about Victor and Victoria who are in an arranged marriage, which if you ask me is a horror in itself. Although they do like each other Victor is nervous about the ceremony and goes to practice his lines in the forest. He is then dragged to the land of the dead by Emily who was murdered after eloping and wants to marry him. Victor however, must get mack to Victoria before she is forced to marry a villainous man named Barkis Bittern.
The Shining: We’ve all heard of it, or heard an allusion to the film so i’ll save you the reading time and just tell you to watch it. Actually scary but a classic film that so many other works refer too.
There are so many other movies that I would love to recommend to you but in the interest of time, I present to you this list that you can skim through and if you click on the title, it will take you to a trailer of the film. Thanks YOUTUBE!!
Monster House (2006)
The Haunted Mansion (2003)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Here ya go! We only have 31 days for it to be socially acceptable to be spooky so get to watching!! If you want to share your favourite halloween movies with the class then send me message and i’ll add it to the list.
Until next time,