Back to Top

Freaky movie favorites for Halloween

Linda Blair, actress in The Exorcist, becomes possessed in the popular horror film. (photo/ deadcurious)

If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Halloween without moving too far from your couch, this list of Halloween movies is just what you need. The list covers a range of genres, so whether you want to watch a funny horror film or a blood and guts thriller, you can find it here.

Hocus Pocus (1993)
If you aren’t already familiar with Hocus Pocus, you’ve been missing out. This comedy follows three sister witches who have been resurrected after 300 years. While adjusting to modern marvels, such as paved roads and the concept of Halloween, the witches plot to take the lives of all the children in Salem so they may become young again. The only things stopping them are two teenagers, a little girl, and an immortal talking cat.

The Addams Family (1991)
As the Addams family welcomes back who they believe to be their beloved Uncle Fester, they become ignorant to the plots growing around them. Con artist Abigail, also known as Dr. Pinder-Schloss, has the Addams family believing that her partner is Uncle Fester all in an attempt to steal the family’s fortunes. In addition to its classic story, the ever-present adult themes in this film make it even more lovable.

Halloween (1978)
In this suspenseful horror film, we find a murderer out on the streets on the night of Halloween. After being institutionalized for 15 years for murdering his sister, Michael, a psychotic murderer, escapes in 1978. As Michael begins to stalk a teenage girl and her friends, only Dr. Loomis, Michael’s psychiatrist, understands him enough to find him before he can kill again.

Paranormal Activity (2007)
Known more for its shock and suspense, the Paranormal Activity series is one that cannot be overlooked. The first installment of the series finds Katie and Micah, a young couple who has just moved into their first home, experiencing demonic occurrences while they sleep. As the activity progresses and becomes more violent, Mica decides to record their lives in hopes of catching something paranormal. However, what he finds is far more than he could have expected.

Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, this film will make the very idea of zombies seem like a wonderful possibility. The plot follows Shaun and Ed, two friends with no ambition. Immune to the early signs of the zombie apocalypse, the two find themselves in the middle of a town swarming with the undead. Shaun sees this as an opportune time to win back his ex-girlfriend as well as to show everyone how brave he is. This film combines the perfect amount of stupidity and comedy to make fighting the zombie apocalypse look like a walk in the park.

The Shining (1980)
Stephen King’s classic never fails to liven up Halloween. The story follows the Torrance family as they reside in a secluded hotel in the middle of winter. While Danny, the son, sees images of past hotel occurrences through his telepathic gift, called "the shining". Driven mad by the ghosts who inhabit the hotel, Jack, Danny’s dad, goes insane, believing he must "correct" his family. The only thing that can save the Torrance family is the shining.

The Exorcist (1978)
Even with a theme that is highly overdone, this classic horror film is still high on the scare-scale 35 years later. After Regan McNeil, a young girl, becomes possessed by a demon, her dangerous and dramatic behavior puts those around her in harms way. After Regan murders her mother’s love interest, her mother enlists the help of the church to free her daughter. Finally, Damian Karras, a local priest, agrees to perform an exorcism on Regan.

Promoted on slideshow: 

Follow us on social media




Northern Review Story Submission Form

Interested in submitting an article for publication on the Northern Review website? Go ahead and fill out this form! Once submitted, a student editor will review your article for publication.

Northern Review Story Submission Form