Films can be a great escape for people, and offer the perfect medium to get completely lost in another world.
We all love watching Christmas films during the festive season to help get us in the mood, and we also love embracing the spooky times by watching scary films at Halloween.
In order to get you feeling ready for the scariest day of the year, here is a list of our favourite horror films to watch this Halloween.
Directed by: Rob Letterman
Starring: Jack Black, Dylan Minnette
Remember the Goosebumps TV series that came out during the mid 90s? This 2015 film is a modern remake of that classic series that is perfect for the whole family.
The story centres around a teenager named Zach who meets a girl named Hannah that lives next door to him. Little does he know that Hannah’s father is actually famous horror author R. L. Stine (played by Jack Black).
The characters have to team up after the creations of Stine are brought to life and begin to torment the town, and it’s a great watch for all ages.
Directed by: Kenny Ortega
Starring: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker
It wouldn’t be a list of Halloween films without this classic film.
Hocus Pocus is the quintessential family horror film, and follows the story of a curious young boy who is struggling to settle and fit in after moving to Salem. He then meets a trio of witches from the 17th Century and you know the rest.
Since it’s release, this film has achieved huge cult status and has become a staple during the Halloween festivities. How many times have you seen it?
Directed by: Drew Goddard
Starring: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth
The Cabin In The Woods was a huge surprise when it came out back in 2012.
The film is not strictly speaking a horror film, but more a deconstruction of the genre itself. Featuring a great cast including Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, the story is about a group of friends who go for a break in a remote cabin and get lost in the mystery surrounding the cabin’s origin.
It was directed by the wonderful Drew Goddard, who is a master of the genre and written by The Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon. If you’re a fan of horror, you need to give this a watch.
Directed by: Fede Alvarez
Starring: Stephen Lang, Jane Levy
Don’t Breathe grabbed the attention of many people thanks to it’s interesting concept for a horror film.
The film centres around a trio of thieves who break into a home with the aim to score a big payday, but are soon met with a problem. Their plan becomes obscured when the blind man who inhabits the house turns out to be more capable than they thought, and what follows is a great mixture of a home invasion film with a true killer film.
Stephen Lang delivers a creepy and eerie performance as the blind man, and is definitely worth a watch.
Directed by: Oren Peli
Starring: Katie Featherson, Micah Sloat
The Paranormal Activity franchise has become synonymous with the Halloween season, with each instalment offering some interesting tension and mystery, and plenty of scares.
We’re focusing on the first entry however, as you can’t get better than the original. This film tells the tale of a couple who move into a suburban house, and become increasingly disturbed by a demonic presence that haunts them during the night.
Paranormal Activity is genuinely creepy and set the formula that the rest of the films would follow for years to come.
Directed by: David Myrick & Eduardo Sanchez
Starring: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams
The Blair Witch Project is one of the more interesting horror films that you will ever watch.
Taking the concept of a found footage film, it tells the story of three film students who delve into the depths of the Maryland Forest to investigate the local Blair Witch legend. The technique of using found footage makes the film stand out amongst others and due to its realism, adds another level of freakiness to the film.
Directed by: Andy Muschietti
Starring: Bill Skarsgard, Finn Wolfhard
Have you ever wondered why so many people are afraid of clowns? We’re almost certain that Stephen King’s IT has something to do with it.
The 2017 film is a remake of the classic story, and focuses around a group of bullied kids who band together to take down a shape-shifting monster, who’s most popular form is the killer clown Pennywise.
This film has a very creepy vibe, and Bill Skarsgard does a fantastic job at playing the titular clown. Whether you prefer the 90s TV mini series or love this modern remake, IT is a Halloween classic and is sure to give you a scare.
Directed by: David Gordon Green
Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer
How could we make a list of great Halloween films without mentioning the film, Halloween?
The original film focuses on the famous killer Michael Myers who comes to a small town to haunt the town and murder it’s residents. But did you know there is a brand new film coming out shortly that acts as a direct sequel to the 1978 original?
The new film sees Michael Myers escaping from prison and returning to the town that Laurie Strode resides in. Luckily, Laure has been preparing for this day and has been waiting for Michael to return.
The trailers for this film has been excellent and it looks like its going to be a fantastic sequel. Halloween releases on 19th October and you can catch it at Cineworld, located here at The Harvey Centre.
And that’s our list! Feeling in the Halloween mood yet? Be sure to let us know if we’ve missed out your favourite.
To get your hands on any of these films, be sure to drop by HMV located at The Harvey Centre.