There’s one week left until Halloween is upon us and everyone knows that that is prime scary movie season. Now, there is a plethora of scary/horror movies out there, but considerably fewer scary movies that actually take place on or revolve around the actual Halloween holiday. Because of this, I have taken the liberty of listing a few quality Halloween films that I would recommend you check out this week.
In Boo, years of rumors about ghosts stalking the dark corridors of the abandoned Santa Mira Hospital have kept a frightened community at a safe distance. Determined to milk the legend for all its worth, a group of five mischievous college students sneak into the hospital on Halloween night only to discover that the rumors of a bloodthirsty entity who claims the life of all who dare enter the cursed hallways are true. These teens aren’t the only ones trapped by the murderous ghost though, and with each passing hour their hope of seeing another sunrise gives way to the screaming terror of a ghost whose hunger for death is only surpassed by his hunger for life.
4. The Hollow
It was a toss-up between this and Sleepy Hollow starring Johnny Depp, but I wanted to list this one since it is much less well-known. When the dreaded Headless Horseman returns to a modern-era Sleepy Hollow in hopes of collecting some craniums, it’s up to a teen who just happens to be a direct descendent of Ichabod Crane to put a stop to the headless happenings in this terrifying modern spin on the classic Legend of Sleepy Hollow starring Nick Carter and Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco.
3. House of 1000 Corpses
House of 1000 Corpses a group of teenagers running low on gas pull into Captain Spaulding’s museum of oddities only to become obsessed with uncovering the mystery of a legendary local maniac known only as Dr. Satan. When an attractive and mysterious hitchhiker subsequently offers to give the thrill seekers a personal tour of Dr. Satan’s old stabbing grounds, a breakdown forces them to take refuge with a group of menacing oddballs as a fearsome storm rages outside. As the evening progresses and the backwoods hosts’ Halloween festivities become ever more threatening, the teens soon realize that the legend of Dr. Satan may be more than just legend. Rob Zombie’s directorial debut and one of The Office’s Rainn Wilson’s first leading roles, House of 1000 Corpses is sure to give you a Halloween fright.
2. Trick ‘r Treat
A more recent, yet lesser-known Halloween horror film, Trick ‘r Treat mixes four All Hallow’s Eve tales concerning a high-school principal with a dark secret, a college-age girl who has very special plans for the night, a woman whose hatred of Halloween is only exceeded by her husband’s love of the mischievous holiday, and a callous group of teens who carry out an unforgivably cruel Halloween prank. This fall frightener starring Anna Paquin and Brian Cox mixes Tarantino-style storytelling with dark humor and the kind of chills that can only occur on the darkest day of the year.
Was there any doubt that this film would be at the top of this list? Halloween is a classic and its villain, Michael Myers is one of Hollywood’s leading men of slasher type films. If you’ve never seen John Carpenter’s famous Halloween thriller, then you need to rent this today. Many people proclaim this as the greatest horror film ever made and it certainly has the creepiest music.
After inexplicably murdering his teenage sister on Halloween in 1963, 6 year-old Michael Myers is kept under close surveillance in a mental institution. 15 years later, he escapes the day before Halloween only to return to his hometown and stalk a new victim…