It’s Halloween! Ouuuuu! Well, that seems to be the perfect occasion to do a top list of my 20 most favourite movies to watch for Halloween. As I don’t watch a lot of “traditional” Halloween movies, this top also contains thrillers, science-fiction, and dark comedies. I warn you, you won’t see anything such as The Exorcist or The Ring because I don’t like movies that are too scary and prevent me to sleep for weeks.
Of course, I could have included all Hitchcock movies… but I’ve limited myself to 4, those I thought were the most suitable for Halloween.
These are, obviously, my personal choices, so I’ll ask you to respect them. If a movie is not on the list, there are three reasons why: I don’t like it enough to put it on the list, I personally don’t really think it’s a Halloween movie or, I just haven’t seen it.
Well, here we go!
20. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975)
Especially for the music
19. Freaks (Tod Browning, 1932)
I’m not comparing those people to monsters, but there’s something a bit creepy in all this! “One of us!”
18. Hush…Hush…Sweet Charlotte (Robert Aldrich, 1964)
Aldrich was good at making disturbing movies…
17. The Invisible Man (James Whale, 1933)
I just watched it for Halloween!
16. Se7en (David Fincher)
A film I once swore I’ll never saw until I had to watch it for school… I don’t regret I did and I didn’t find it so scary (disgusting, but not scary).
15. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
Of course, this one should be on everyone’s list of the best horror movies ever made.
14. The Trouble with Harry (Alfred Hitchcock, 1955)
A delightful dark comedy. And it takes place during autumn!
13. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Don Siegel, 1956)
THE sci-fi film of the list.
12. Harry Potter (all of them except the 5th and the 6th)
Well, just because it’s Harry Potter ❤ And there’s a ton of monsters in there!
11. Misery (Rob Reiner, 1990)
Anything by Stephen King is suitable for Halloween. I bet you forgot Lauren Bacall was in this film. 😉
10. Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1975)
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9. Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme, 1991)
Same story as Se7en… The film itself never really scared me, but my! It’s creepy and quite perfect for Halloween. Bon appétit…
8. The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock, 1963)
You know, when you’re afraid of pigeons, movies like that come to be quite scary (although there are no pigeons in The Birds…). You can read my review here.
7. Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (Robert Aldrich, 1962)
Well, another creepy Aldrich’s movie. Similar to Misery. You can read my review here.
6. Duel (Steven Spielberg, 1971)
When a truck becomes a monster… Very stressful film. You can read my review here.
5. Arsenic and Old Lace (Frank Capra, 1944)
A very funny dark comedy! “He looks like Boris Karloff!”
4. The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laugthon, 1955)
Ah! That Harry Powell… You can read my review here.
3. Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock, 1940)
Hum, I think the film belongs on the list for the atmosphere that is created by Mrs. Danvers and Rebecca’s spirit. Plus, it’s one I love.
2. The Innocents (Jack Clayton, 1961)
In the genre of horror movies, this one has to be my favourite.You can read my review here.
Rear Window! (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)
Certainly not a “horror” movie, but what that strange neighbour does is enough to terrify us. I remembered being at the edge of my seat the first time I watched it.
Honourable mention to The Shining. I’ve only seen the movie twice, and, the second time, it was only some excerpt so I don’t really remember it, explaining why I don’t really know where to put it in the list. But it deserves an honourable mention for Jack Nicholson’s performance alone.
Well, I hope you enjoyed the top, and don’t hesitate to share your choices with me!
Happy Halloween to all!