When I was a kid in the mid 80’s, on nights that my dad was bowling, my mom and I would watch horror movies. As a parent myself now, I might question if this was appropriate (haha), but it did cause me to grow up loving the movies and the feeling of being a bit scared by them.
So as a fan of the horror genre, I love the Halloween season. I love firing up the Halloween playlist on spotify and jamming to ‘Thriller’ and ‘Ghostbusters’ while I work. I love all of the random horror movies
and Halloween based episodes you see on TV.. and soon, I imagine I will love taking my son trick or treating around the neighborhood.
With that said, I always use Halloween as an excuse to make a “Scary Movie Playlist” and do my best to creep myself out in the spirit of the season. There are very few Halloween themed movies but here’s what I plan on watching this year in no particular order. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get through all 10-12 movies, but I hope to try.
Not included on this list is the new Halloween movie hitting theaters October 19th. I hope to see that as soon as possible and will post a review.
What are you watching this Halloween season?
2018 October Playlist
1. Halloween (1978) – The ultimate Halloween classic. One of the movies that I grew up with as a kid, I watch this nearly every single year and still love it. It is simple and to the point and served as a road map for many movies after.
2. The Shining (1980) – Another classic – I’ve been meaning to rewatch this for a few years and haven’t gotten to it, this year I will. The last time I watched this was a midnight showing Halloween week at the Fargo theater. Seeing this in an older theater at midnight really added to the experience. I can’t wait to watch it again.
4. Cabin in the Woods (2012) – This movie really doesn’t have anything to do with Halloween, or have any special meaning to me but after seeing it for the first time years ago and being so confused by the type of film it was, it’s been on my radar to see again so why not now. Half horror movie and half .. something else, I’m interested to see what feelings a second viewing leaves me with.
5. The Conjuring (2013) – Another movie I’ve seen only once but always meant to see again. The first time I saw this movie was on Halloween night at a friend’s place. It exceeded my expectations. An actual “ghost” movie should be a good fit for October. I’d love to follow it up with Conjuring 2, but I don’t know that I can fit it into my schedule.
6. The Strangers (2008) – The Strangers is possibly my favorite horror movie within the last decade. It is real, gritty, moody, and so simple it works. It uses a lot of the same elements as Halloween, (where we see the killer in the background while the victim is unaware) which is what I love.
7. The Decent (2005) – Another movie that doesn’t really fit the “Horror Movie” classification – it is still one of my favorites. The first half of the movie is clostrophobic and tense, the second half is monster movie. The acting is good, the tension is good, and the brutality is real.
8. Annabelle: Creation (2017) – This movie is simply here because I haven’t seen it yet and have been meaning to watch it for a long time. I’ve heard good things, and it falls into the Conjuring universe so I’m on board. Look for a review on the site after I watch. Update: I watched the film, check out my review here.
9. Blair Witch (2016) – As many people know, ‘The Blair Witch Project’ is high on my list of top horror movies. It might not have the rewatchable factor, but it was original, interesting, and the ending left an impression on all of us at the time. When Blair Witch came out as a surprise sequel, I was immediately on board. Seeing it in the theater, the film itself was basically a remake of the original with a bigger budget. We do in fact see the witch this time around, a lot. I wasn’t blown away by this film but I do want to give it a second viewing.
10. Scream (1996) – Wes Craven’s Scream turned the horror genre on it’s head when it premiered. It was brilliant. Playing off of every horror cliche you could think of, making everyone a suspect, and using creative kills, it had it all. This movie does have a bit of a Halloween vibe to it with the costumes and soundtrack, so it fits the mood of the month.
-The Mothman Prophecy
-Any other movies from the Halloween franchise