Spooky season is in full swing this year after what has become the most unorthodox and scariest few months imaginable. So let’s dive in top the top 15 best ways to petrify your pants with these soul-shuddering gems!
15. Underworld (2003-2016)
Selena (Kate Beckinsale) is the Death Dealer hunting lycans in a quest to avenge her family. And sometimes she does it in leather. Wait, that’s not important. Underworld spawned no less than four sequels that continue the high-octane-vamp-movie-mania. Sorely under appreciated films that are a blast to watch.
14. Hotel Transylvania (2012)
Adam Sandler is Count Dracula. Sold. On his daughter’s 118th birthday, Drac invites fiendish friends and family to celebrate at his destination castle, Hotel Transylvania. Things get awkward when a human shows up to crash the party and catches his daughter’s eye. Fangtastic animated fun for the family.
13. Blade (1998)
Before Deadpool, Marvel dabbled in R-Rated movies with Blade. A half human, half vampire, all badass vigilante solemnly sworn to protect the human race. Wesley Snipes immortalised his role as the sword wielding vampire hunter and the film spawned two more sequels. Some mother f****** are always trying to skate uphill.
12. Gremlins (1984)
Arguably a Christmas movie (I don’t care) Gremlins is just as fun for Halloween. This curious little mogwai called Gizmo can be cared for with three simple steps. When owner Billy forgets one, all hell breaks loose. Classic horror-comedy.
11. Corpse Bride (2005)
When Victor practices his vowels in the woods, he inadvertently marries Corpse Bride, Emily who transports him to the land of the dead. Sounds a little like real marriage. I’m joking of course. (I’m not). Tim Burton stop-motion animation at it’s finest.
10. Halloweentown (1998)
This Disney Channel favourite kicks you right in the nostalgia every time. The Piper children follow their mysterious grandmother into a place of the likes they’ve never seen. Magic and dark forces are at play and it’s up to these unlikely heroes to save the day. Family fun filled with signature Disney charm.
9. Harry Potter Franchise (2001-2011)
You’re a wizard Harry!!! Needless to say, Harry potter stands as one of the greatest cinematic achievements of our time. An eight film series that continuously raise the wand with its loveable characters, mesmerising magic and a villain for the ages.
8. The Lost Boys (1987)
A mother moves with her two sons to a small town in California. One son finds kindred spirits, the other finds a pack of vampires. Classic ’80s action with a young Kiefer Sutherland.
7. Casper (1995)
Bill Pullman stars as the paranormal expert hired to expel a spooky presence from Carrigan Crittenden’s haunted mansion. A very young Christina Ricci is daughter Kat, who befriends Casper the friendly ghost and his not so friendly uncles, Fatso, Stinkie and Stretch. Great family fun.
6. Ghostbusters (1984)
Don’t say it. Don’t say it. Don’t say it. WHO YOU GONNA CALL?! Damn it. When scientists Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz and Egon Spengler lose their jobs and their credibility, they decide to form a paranormal ghost-busting squad. The rest is history.
5. Hocus Pocus (1993)
When Max lights the Cursed Candle of Black Flame, three witches are resurrected after a 300 year slumber. Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker are out to exact revenge in this classic Disney romp.
4. The Addams Family (1991)
A greedy lawyer threatens to steal away the Addams family’s fortune and with it, their values too (see what I did there?). But they’ve never met a family like this before. Absurd madcap black-comedy. Da-da-da-dum *snap *snap.
3. Halloween (1978)
Michael Myers brutally murders his sister. 15 years later he escapes police custody and takes to the streets to terrorise innocents once again. Jamie Lee Curtis makes her debut as she evades peril in this classic John Carpenter halloween horror.
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Disney just get how to make a great movie. And Tim Burton gets how to make things super creepy. It’s the perfect match. Bored “Pumpkin King” Jack Skellington finds a new lease of life when he stumbles upon “Christmas Town”. Kidnapping Santa Claus can prove tricky however. Animated musical bursting with undead life.
1. Beetlejuice (1988)
Michael Keaton gives the performance of his life as the narcissistic prankster, Betelgeuse. Deceased couple Adam and Barbara are failing to scare away the new occupants of their home and so they enlist the services of Betelgeuse. They get a whole lot more than they bargained for. Utterly insane comedy with enough originality to fill centuries worth of cinema.
And there you have it! 15 Halloween inspired movies to keep you awake at night. Enjoy, and let us know if there’s any we’ve missed.