My Top 20 Halloween Movies

Halloween is almost upon us, I have already shared some of my food and costume ideas but there is one more essential element that helps me get in the spirit of things and that is gorging myself on my favourite horror movies.

Though gore and guts do not phase me, my over active imagination cannot deal with jumpy films and I also get slightly traumatised by anything that involves possession. My preferred style of halloween film is macabre yet a little camp; keeping this in mind, below are some of my favourite Halloween films. They are in no particular order but I have broken them down into sections so hopefully there is at least one movie to suit your spooky style.

Killer Halloween Movies

The movies that play on my mind the most, because it could happen in real life.

The Shining (1980)
An isolated location, creepy psychic child, Jack Nicholson and directed by Stanley Kubrick – this is a film that never gets old in my book.

Trick ‘r Treat (2007)
Four interwoven stories in a small town; residents are reminded that halloween traditions are not to be forgotten.

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
A couple move into a New York apartment, strange things begin to happen including a mysterious pregnancy that Mia Farrow believes may not be of this world.

Halloween (1978)
An inspiration to so many slasher movies that followed: Michael Myers escapes from a mental institution 15 years after his original crime but his homecoming definitely was not a treat for his family.

Death Proof (2007)
Half of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s homage to a double feature picture show enjoyed at the drive in. A murderous stunt man that drives death proof cars messes with the wrong ladies.

Things That Go Bump In The Night

The movies that inspire halloween costumes, and though seem unrealistic continue to play on the ‘what if’ part of my brain.

The Evil Dead Trilogy (1981 – 1992)
Friends head to a cabin in the woods, they find a book and unwittingly release a bunch of flesh eating demons into the world and so the story goes on.

28 Days Later (2002) and 28 Weeks Later (2007)
In gritty, Danny Boyle, style he introduces us to the utterly terrifying concept that zombies can run! Though admittedly the first film is better I could not leave out fellow Scot Robert Carlyle.

The Craft (1996)
The film that I continue to base my style on today and was the inspiration for my short lived phase of practising witch craft. These teenage girls learn the hard way that with great power comes great responsibility.

Nosferatu (1922)
This chilling silent horror movie is an adaptation of Bran Stoker’s Dracula. This vampire is far from the glitter skinned blood suckers in today’s movies.

The Lost Boys (1987)
When brothers Michael and Sam move to a small town they discover it’s secret… dun dun dun! This film is like the Goonies mixed with From Dusk Until Dawn, and is a firm favourite of mine.

An America Werewolf In London (1981)
American backpacker David learns the hard way not to go strolling around the Yorkshire moors on a foggy night.

Cabin In The Woods (2012)
I am already a huge Joss Whedon so this was a must see for me: campy, fun and a frighting homage to classic horror.

Frankenstien (1931)
A wonderful iconic movie, black and white but still creepy as hell.

Ginger Snaps (2000)
Another one in the horror/comedy genre, Ginger is going through some normal and not so average teenage changes after being bitten by a wolf.

Those Who Like Thing A Little Less Scary

The Addams Family (1991)
Wednesday is the sister I always wanted in a film that makes even my family seem semi-normal

Casper (1995)
Who couldn’t fall in love with this family friendly little spook? Well me I actually preferred his evil and hilarious uncles.

Edward Scissor Hands (1990)
Poor Edward, all alone in his castle, only wanted love and friendship. When brought out of isolation he is faced the best and the worst of humanity showing who the real monsters are.

Hocus Pocus (1993)
A coven of witches are accidentally freed in Salem, let chaos commence. This film is meant to be fun and family friendly but gave me nightmares growing up.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1992)
It may not star Sarah Michelle Gellar but this is where my Buffy obsession began, a high school girl kicking vampire ass with added witty banter, what’s not to love?

I know that there are some major players missing from this list but I had to cut it down from my original 50!

What is your prefer genre of movie? Do you have a favourite film that gets you prepared for Halloween?


  1. adales8 says:

    I am a huge horror movie fan and can get on board with pretty much any horror film, no matter how cheesy or bad. I am absolutely delighted that there has been a move away from horror as torture porn the past few years.

    I used to have a crush on Caspar when I was little. What a weirdo. xx

    1. Emma says:

      I am even weirder, I pretended I had an invisible friend called Buster Casper’s twin brother

  2. Such an awesome list of movies – I love that you’ve included a really good mix of Hollywood Horror, some 80s classics and modern day masterpieces. I also love The Devils Rejects! – I’m seeing the Shining at the BFI on Halloween night 🙂 Can’t wait xx

    Sophie Elizabeth

    1. Emma says:

      There are just too many great horror movies. The Shining at BFI is such an amazing way to spend Halloween I am jealous.

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