There are two types of people during Halloween season; those who watch horror movies all year round, but double it during spooky season and those who only watch horror movies during Halloween month. This movie recommendation list is for everyone, each recommendation specially chosen to enhance your spooky season experience and spread Halloween spirit to all.
The newest addition to the Scream franchise graced our cinema screens with its ghostly presence in the beginning of this year. Set in the bustling city of New York, the storyline follows the two Carpenter sisters as they try to continue on with their lives after the Woodsboro tragedies.
The setting is perfect as it is set during Halloween festivities with a lot of characters in costume paying homage to other horror movies; Ready or Not, Halloween, Hellraiser. The film is packed with a chilling storyline that loyal Scream fans have been following since 1996, brutal kill scenes and respectful references to the other movies in the franchise. Ghostface is dying for you to see him in action once again.
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There is a lot of mixed reviews about found footage films. However, this movie, the first of three movies in the trilogy, grabs your attention and does not let it go until the end. We follow a team of five who build and create Halloween haunts and now they’ve ended up in the town of Abaddon in the Abaddon Hotel that is rumoured to be haunted; if only the Hell House team knew the specifics of the haunting, they never would have agreed to utilise the building. The trilogy has now birthed a new addition, Hell House LLC Origins: The Carmichael Manor, and we all know every story starts somewhere and why the story is the way it is. Found footage is fifty-fifty with a lot of horror watchers, but this is one found footage you need to watch.
Trick ‘r Treat
Bred and birthed from the mind of director and producer, Michael Dougherty, comes his physical embodiment of Halloween spirit; Sam. Our favourite child-like character is derived from the Celtic word Samhain, the true word for Halloween. His rules must be followed: Always check your candy, wear a costume, hand out candy and never blow out a jack-o-lantern before Halloween is over.
The film is set in the town of Ohio on the special day of Halloween; our attention bounces between various residents in the sleepy town, each story following or over-lapping with one another during the night’s spooky shenanigans. This movie tops the charts when deciding on a Halloween movie; it is highly recommended it be on everyone’s watch list. Perhaps it’s one of Sam’s secret rules too.
This film is packed with every Halloween lover’s fantasies; scary mazes snuggled in a gigantic horror theme park, a killer with an interesting motive who hums Pop Goes the Weasel and a score that will have you adding the soundtrack to your liked songs on Spotify. Horror lovers will be slightly disappointed in our final girl because of her unappreciative attitude towards everything the park stands for; horror and scares. However, the film is packed with scenes that will make you think you’re in the middle of the haunt maze waiting for someone to jump out at you.
We are taking it back to one of the best classics in horror history; Halloween 1978. This movie brought one of the most infamous serial slashers to the big screen; Michael Myers and the infamous murder of his 17-year-old sister when he was just six years old. After 15 years in a mental institution, Michael escapes and his deadly game of cat and mouse with local Haddonfield resident, Laurie Strode and her friends, is a game that leaves final girl fighting for her life and the children she is babysitting. This first movie is one of the longest running franchises with the final movie, Halloween Ends, out back in 2022.