By Abi Ardron, Year 11

Halloween movies list – all the best Halloween movies to give you the spooks!

  1. Hocus Pocus

Three witches return 300 years after being hung for their spellwork in 17th-century Salem, Massachusetts. To hold onto immortality, they have to take the life of a child, and the three kids who accidently resurrected them are doing all they can to stop the witches from returning Salem to the way it was when they first lived. This over-the-top comedy has witchcraft, black cats, a killer musical number and lots of laughs.

10/10

 

  1. Beetlejuice

After dying in a car crash, the ghosts of adam and Barbara Maitland are informed that they have to remain in their house for 150 years. This is fine, until their house is sold to a family they can’t stand. The Miatlands love their beautiful home – and they don’t want the Deetz living in it. The couple hires the freelance bio-exorcist Beetle Juice to scare the Deetzes away but the job it made complicated when Beetle Juice makes it his priority to marry the Deetz’ daughter Lydia so he can return to the land of the living. An absolute classic with a classic song and dance number, it’s a great Halloween watch.

9/10

 

 

  1. Warm Bodies

Not a movie exclusive for Halloween but it deals with zombies, so that counts. Nicholas Hoult plays a zombie with a heart who falls in love with a living zombie slayer but their love manages to change their post-apocalyptic world forever.

7/10

 

 

  1. The Little Vampire

This films follows the story of a lonely boy who befriends a vampire and helps him search for a magical amulet that can turn him and his vampire family into humans. An adorable film with some creepy settings, but definitely worth the watch.

7/10

 

  1. Ghost Busters

This film needs no intro but I’ll give it one anyway. Following four friends who begin a business to hunt ghosts, they get into some crazy antics and hilarity ensues. The female remake is also pretty good, and nothing beats the theme song…when there’s something strange…anyway. Fantastic class.

9/10

 

  1. Corpse Bride

Nothing says Halloween like a Tim Burton film. In his classic animation style, the story follows a young man who finds himself accidently engaged to a corpse who was murdered on her wedding day. A beautiful story with sweet characters and an all-star (someBODY) cast (Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter) this film makes for a great viewing.

10/10

 

  1. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

A weird combination no doubt, but somehow, it works. Following the same story of Pride and Prejudice but with a zombie sub plot. The film has strong female leads and a great cast, as well as some great frights in the film it is a good watch for anyone seeking a little romance and gore at the same time.

7/10

 

  1. Paranorman

Following in the tradition of creepy Claymation, this film sees a young boy who has the rare gift of being able to speak to the dead, but he sees it as more of a curse. Everyone thinks he’s weird, but when he learns of curse that is going to destroy the town he must work to convince others of what is happening and of the truth of his gift. It’s a hilarious movie with sentiment and honesty. My absolute favourite Halloween film.

10/10

 

  1. Halloweentown

After discovering she is a witch, Marnie must help to save Halloweentown (her grandmother’s home) from the disastrous supernatural force of Kalabar. A really fun film that follows in classic late 90s traditions, it’s a great one to watch for a light night.

10/10

 

  1. The Nightmare before Christmas

Another classic Tim Burton film and one of his absolute best it needs no introduction. The animation, the musical score and the message makes it an incredible film. Plus, it’s a great way to bid the Halloween vibe goodbye and rake in the Christmas feelings.

10/10

 

 

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