If you’re planning to binge-watch movies this Halloween, then you’re in luck. I’ve culled five of the best scary-good films that you can enjoy watching with your family and friends. So turn off the lights, share the popcorn, and let the thrill ride begin.
1. The Shining (1980)
If I’m going to look for a temporary gig, working as a hotel caretaker over the winter months wouldn’t seem like a bad idea. I’ll have the entire hotel all to myself and would probably use the peace and solitude to sleep on a cheap memory foam mattress. Sounds awesome, right?
Well, it didn’t pan out so well for Jack Torrance and his family when he accepted the position of winter caretaker at the Overlook Hotel that is situated high up in the mountains.
To be fair, the hiring manager did give Jack fair warning about what happened to the previous caretaker who strangely went nuts and murdered his entire family, then killed himself after.
This movie is a classic masterpiece that was directed by the late great Stanley Kubrick and was loosely based on Stephen King’s 1977 novel.
2. Poltergeist (1982)
Steven Spielberg is best known for directing the biggest Hollywood blockbusters like Jurassic Park, E.T., Indiana Jones, and many others. But what I didn’t know until recently that he was the one who produced and penned the screenplay for the 1982 film, Poltergeist.
If you’re living in a typical suburb in California, the last thing you’d expect is to have weird and unexplainable disturbances happening inside your home. Well, I suggest you immediately ask your real estate agent if the house you bought is located on an old burial site. Then, that would probably explain why all sorts of horrifying stuff are happening to you.
3. The Fly (1986)
Having the technology to teleport myself from one place to another instantly would be so cool. I’d save a lot of time, avoid traffic, and won’t have to waste money on fuel. That’s why I understand how inventing a teleportation device would greatly benefit mankind.
However, I’ll have to make sure there won’t be a housefly (or any creature for that matter) that would hitch a ride with me inside the teleportation machine. Otherwise, I may end up becoming a mutant with superhuman abilities. (Um, maybe that wouldn’t be such a bad idea.)
4. Cape Fear (1991)
If you put Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro to work together in one film, make no mistake it’s going to be epic. The two have collaborated and delivered instant classics like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and many others. So Cape Fear is no exception.
If you want to experience an exceptional psychological thriller, then this is the movie you must see!
5. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
Speaking of a great pair, director Francis Ford Coppola and actor Gary Oldman teamed-up on a 1992 movie that is based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker. Let’s not forget to mention that Anthony Hopkins also stars in this film as Professor Van Helsing, as well as Keanu Reeves as Jonathan Harker and Winona Ryder as Mina Harker.
This film was lauded by critics and became a box office hit. The movie’s title track, “Love Song for a Vampire,” sung by Annie Lennox was also a smash hit. I’ll always admire Gary Oldman’s haunting portrayal of Vlad Dracula in this brilliant motion picture.
How about you? What’s your all-time favorite movie to watch for Halloween? Share your own list by leaving a comment below.
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