With Halloween (31 October) around the corner, there’s no better time to grab your friends, make some popcorn and watch a couple of horror movies leading up to the daunting holiday! Herewith NerdiPop’s top 5 Halloween movies countdown!:
5) The Thing – 1982 release (Rated: R)
If there is an ideal movie to watch for Halloween, it’s John Carpenter’s The Thing. Even today, it still stands the test of time with amazing practical effects. With tons of blood and gore and growing feelings of paranoia when watching the movie, this is surely a must watch for any Halloween party.
Synopsis: An American scientific expedition to the frozen wastes of the Antarctic is interrupted by a group of seemingly mad Norwegians pursuing and shooting a dog. The helicopter pursuing the dog explodes, eventually leaving no explanation for the chase. During the night, the dog mutates and attacks other dogs in the cage and members of the team who forms part of the investigation. The team soon realizes that an alien life-form with the ability to take over other bodies is on the loose and they don’t know who may already have been taken over. (source: imdb.com)
4) The Devils Rejects (Rated: R)
This is the second movie by Rob Zombie (an American musician, movie director, screenwriter and movie producer) and devout sequel to his first movie “A house of a 1000 corpses”. The Devils Rejects moved away from the over-the-top-comic-book-feel of the first movie to a more realistic feel. The Devils Rejects is one of the few movies I consider true horror. This movie is definitely not for the faint of heart, as it does tend to push violence levels to a new height. If you’re a true fan of horror movies, this is one to check out.
Synopsis: In Ruggsville, Texas, the police under the command of Sheriff John Quincy Wydell, attack the house of the sadistic serial killers family (the Firefly family a.k.a. The Devil’s Reject). They arrest mother Firefly, but Otis B. Driftwood and Baby Firefly escape from the siege. Tiny is wandering nearby the house and also escapes. Otis and Baby call their patriarch, the mad clown Captain Spaulding and they schedule to reunite at an isolated motel in the desert. When Otis and Baby arrive, they kidnap two families of singers, hurting them with gross sadism and violence. Meanwhile, Sheriff Wydell promises to capture and kill the runaways, seeking revenge for the death of his brother, the Deputy George Wydell. (source: imdb.com)
3) The Nightmare before Christmas (Rated: PG)
Okay, this is technically not a horror movie, but with the ever-colourful Halloween-town, this is a must-watch. From the mind of Tim Burton comes this classic stop-motion animation movie, starring Jack Skellington. With amazing songs and animation, this is the one to watch if you want to watch something spooky but not horror-based on Halloween.
Synopsis: Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town, is bored with doing the same thing every year for Halloween. One day he stumbles into Christmas Town, and is so taken with the idea of Christmas that he tries to get the resident bats, ghouls, and goblins of Halloween town to help him put on Christmas instead of Halloween – but alas, they can’t get it quite right. (source: imdb.com)
2) Trick R Treat (Rated: 16)
As a horror anthology consisting of four stories, it is one of a dying breed of horror movies that unfortunately don’t get made as often anymore. Sam, the pint-sized star of movie, appears throughout the stories and ties the movie together. Trick R Treat is recommended if you enjoy the lost art of horror anthology movies and of course, enjoy seeing blood and gore on the screen. After the movie, you’ll probably learn just as some of the characters in the movie, that Halloween has rules that need to be followed.
Synopsis: Four interwoven stories that occur on the same block, on the same night. A couple finds what happens when they blow a Jack o’ Lantern out before midnight; a high school principal lives a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have met the right guy for her; a group of mean teens play a prank that they take too far; and a hermit is visited by a special trick or treater. (source: Imdb.com)
1) Halloween (Rated: R)
Which other movie can be our number 1, than the one horror movie that jump-started the slasher franchise (both good and bad!). A lot has already been said about Halloween and most people already know what the movie is about. For those who don’t know, Michael Myers killed his family on Halloween night and is sent away to the Warren County Smith’s Grove Sanitarium. He escapes 15 years later and stalks his younger sister. Give it a watch – the original movie is still good. There is also a remake, which is also good to watch.
Synopsis: The year is 1963, the night: Halloween. Police are called to 43 Lampkin Ln. only to discover that 15 year old Judith Myers has been stabbed to death by her 6 year-old brother, Michael. After being institutionalized for 15 years, Myers breaks out on the night before Halloween. No one knows, nor wants to find out, what will happen on 31 October 1978, besides Myers’ psychiatrist, Dr. Loomis. He knows Michael is coming back to Haddonfield, but by the time the town realizes it, it’ll be too late for many people. (source: imdb.com)
Till then, happy watching and happy Halloween!