Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Best Halloween Movies of All Time until 2017. We all go a little mad sometimes…. For great movies that is. One of the best seasons for binge watching movies is Halloween. Some are creepy. Some are kooky. Some are altogether spooky, but one thing is for sure; they are all great to watch. Whether you like to watch them alone in the dark or with a crowd with all the lights turned on, Halloween movies are some of the most entertaining to watch. So, everybody Scream because They’re Here’re; the best movies to watch this Halloween season. Here is a list of the Top 10 Best Halloween movies of all time until 2017.
List of Top 10 Best Halloween Movies of All Time until 2017.
From the twisted, fun, and childlike mind of Tim Burton comes the ghoulish tale of Beetlejuice. The original screenplay was a full of horror, but the writers felt it may have been too terrifying for audiences. Instead they turned the character Beetlejuice into a wise cracking troublemaker. In the movie a newly deceased couple tries to rid their house of the new living tenants. They call upon Beetlejuice to help them, but it turns out he is uncontrollable and has some demented plans of his own. This is a great film to watch with the whole family as it is only slightly creepy with a twisted sense of humor.
9) The Shining
A Stephen King novel, director Stanley Kubrick, and lead actor Jack Nicholson created a perfect horror trifecta for the 1980 release of The Shining. The Torrance family is the new caretakers of the Overlook Hotel. Of course they don’t realize there is an evil presence dwelling there. Slowly the evil overtakes the father, Jack Torrance, sending him into a psychotic violent episode. Both Jack Nicholson and lead actress, Shelley Duvall, said that the making of this film was the most physically, mentally and emotionally draining movie they have ever worked on. Thanks to their sacrifice, it has become one of the greatest horror movies of all time.
Scream is a 90s slasher film directed by Wes Craven. This tongue-in-cheek horror film pays tribute to many other horror films including Psycho, Halloween, and Nightmare on Elm Street. The premise of the film is a serial killer, obsessed with horror films, stalks, calls, and kills his prey. The murders are taking place in Woodsboro on the one year anniversary of Maureen Prescott’s murder; which is no coincidence. Will her daughter, Sydney Prescott have the same fate? After the release of the movie, Caller ID usage tripled. People wanted to make sure they weren’t being stalked by a crazy serial killer.
Beware of hotels, showers, and mothers. Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is one of the scariest movies of all time. After watching the film, one may be wary of taking a shower ever again. Hitchcock was known for his great suspense and thriller films, but he took it even further with the making of this film. Though the film was based upon a book by Robert Bloch, Hitchcock made it a point to not give away the premise of the film. He even had auditioned and “cast” Mother Bates. This was also one of the first films in which the protagonist was killed before the movie was even halfway over.
6) The Exorcist
Demons possess a little girl. A young priest’s faith in God is tested. An elder priest meets a familiar foe. The Exorcist was based upon a true account of a boy being possessed by demons. The life-like account had sent religious zealots into such a tizzy, that there were several death threats made against the lead actress, Linda Blair. (She had bodyguards with her until three months after the films release.) The Catholic Church had attempted to ban anyone from seeing the movie; it backfired making The Exorcist the number grossing movie for Warner Bros of all time. It was also the first horror film to ever be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
5) The Nightmare Before Christmas
It doesn’t matter how old you are, The Nightmare Before Christmas is a must see during the Halloween season. Though it has been re-released in theaters, it was originally released on October 29th, 1993. The film centers on Jack Skellington, who is tired of Halloween and decides to take over Christmas instead. The songs are catchy and the stop animation sublime. What makes this movie even better is you can watch it from Halloween all through Christmas since it covers both holidays! Though Tim Burton gets the credit for the film, he was only on set for roughly ten days. Henry Selick was in fact the director of the film and is often forgotten.
4) Night of the Living Dead
George A. Romero became a household horror legend after Night of the Living Dead. It was released on October 1st, 1968; perfect timing for the Halloween season. When Barbara and Johnny go to visit their father’s grave, they become separated by some strange characters in the cemetery. It turns out that the dead have risen and have turned into cannibals, eating the living! Barbara finds shelter in an abandoned farmhouse thanks to Sam, who rescues her, and they along with a few others try to survive the onslaught of zombies. One of the first films to have an African-American as the protagonist, Night of the Living Dead not only helped change the persona of heroes in film; it has also become the go to source for most zombie films made.
A family is experiencing paranormal activity in their new home. At first the ghosts seem friendly, that is until they kidnap the youngest daughter, Carol Anne. Written by Steven Spielberg and directed by Tobe Hooper, Poltergeist has become one of the most intense paranormal movies of all time. Of course if you ask some of the cast and crew, the hauntings were real on and off the set too. Some claimed that the real skeletons used for filming (they were cheaper than getting plastics ones) disturbed real ghosts that cursed the cast and crew. This was one of the Top 10 Best Halloween Movies of All Time until 2017.
2) The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
The opening credits to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre state that it’s based on a true story; well it’s sort of true. Writers Kim Henkel and Tobe Hooper came up with the concept of the film based on the real life serial murderer, Ed Gein. They wondered what it would be like to have a whole family full of cannibalistic, serial killers. The movie was released on October 4th, 1974, but that was after a delay with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Though most of the horror was implied off-screen, it terrified audience members so much; they actually walked out of the first previews.
Escaped mental patient, Michael Myers, returns to the small town of Haddonfield on the fifteen year anniversary of his murderous rampage. On October 25th, 1978, the world was introduced to Michael Myers in John Carpenters cult classic, Halloween. Shot in twenty days with a budget of only $300,000, it has become the number one grossing independent horror film of all time. It was also the debut film for actress Jamie Lee Curtis, who would later be nicknamed the “Scream Queen”. There have been over ten movies in the Halloween series, but the first is still a must see.
These are the Top 10 Best Halloween Movies of All Time until 2017. Whether they were based on true stories, a novel or invented in someone’s imagination, watching these movies will make any Halloween night worthwhile. So pop some popcorn, curl up with a blanket and choose one to watch right now. As Ghostface says in the movie Scream; what’s your favorite scary movie?