I have compiled a playlist for your Halloween night movie marathon. Now my opinion is that Halloween is no time to take a chance on a brand new film. No you want to stick with the classics. You wanna start soft and work you way up to the more terrifying films. I picked films not for their scare factor necessarily, but for having a definite Halloween feeling to it. For instance The Shining is one of my favorite horror films but it feels more like a film to watch in January. The Evil Dead is awesome, but it doesn't feel like Halloween though. The movie Halloween could work, but then, I don't like slashers. So none of those types of films are on my list. The films I picked have a very specific Halloween vibe that I think you will enjoy. SO if you didn't know what to watch, now you do.
It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
This is a bonafied classic and a must see every year, its as important as putting out a jack-o-lantern.
Look I know some people are really into watching Hocus Pocus on Halloween but this has been my go to my entire life. I still watch this every year. I get all the feels remembering watching it when I was little. I watch this and the Christmas special every single year.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Me and my sister 'found' this weird movie when we were kids at the video store. We both immediately loved it. There isn't another movie out there like Rockey Horror. I've never made it to a live show and I disparately want to. For now I play a drinking game while I watch. It's an easy game, you just drink whenever someone says Janet, dances, or Brad says damn it. Take a shot whenever Tim Curry Slays. Pretty much just don't put your drink down.
You have to watch an anthology. While I used to always watch Creepshow or Tales from the Darkside the movie every year,
Trick-r-Treat just seems so seasonally appropriate. it's now made it's way into my permanent Halloween movie list. All of the tales focus on keeping Halloween tradition, so its a good one to watch early on, just to make sure you don't forget anything.
The setting in this one gives it all you need to feel all creepy cozy for Halloween. Not to mention Christopher Walkin plays the headless horseman!! It was written by Washington Irving in 1820 and an American classic. It's not really Halloween until the headless horseman rides under the moon!
You can pick your poison the 80's version or the 2011 remake. Both of these films are actually good. I can't help it though I'm partial to the one made in the 80's. Roddy Mcdowell is funny as the fearless vampire hunter with teens helping him try to take out a suave vampire killing the hot women in his city. I have this one on VHS still!! It's the perfect Halloween vampire film.
Who you gonna call..an old priest and a young priest. The Exorcist has long been considered as the scariest movie ever made. I'm not sure about that, but I do think it has just the perfect feel and tone for Halloween. This one is the only scare I actually put on the list, and its a dozy. Most older horror movies don't hold up as far as still being able to frighten audiences 45 years later.