Best Halloween Movies to Re-Watch This October
One of the most famous slasher movies of all time is Halloween, which was directed by John Carpenter, and released in 1978. It’s famous for being the first movie to feature the character of Michael Myers, a crazed serial killer released from a sanitarium on the eve of Halloween. This movie was followed by six more films which were released over the following decades.
This year is a great time to re-watch the 1978 Halloween, because there’s actually a direct sequel to the original set for release this October. It will be the 11th installment in the franchise, and the fourth to feature Jamie Lee Curtis, whose career began with her appearance in the original film.
The Addams Family
A beautiful film that just happens to feature a dark, eccentric family obsessed with all things macabre is The Addams Family. Based on a cartoon, the film was released in 1991, and features Anjelica Huston and Raul Julia as matriarch and patriarch Morticia and Gomez Addams. Rounding out the star-studded cast is Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester, Christina Ricci as Wednesday, and Jimmy Workman as Pugsley.
The story follows a con artist trying to pose as Gomez’s brother Fester, and the family’s struggle to fight against their disenfranchisement, but really, the plot is secondary to the wonderful and wacky cast of characters.
One of the most horrifying films in of the last century has to be The Shining, which was based on a novel by horror genius Stephen King, and directed by the legendary Stanley Kubrick. The performances of leads Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall have been praised and homages to many aspects of this movie including the camera work, music, and performances have been found across all genres, especially horror, since its release in 1980.
The movie itself is scary, but what’s creepier is the depth to which we see Jack Torrance go when his mind is unhinged. The combination of Nicholson’s acting, the chilling soundtrack, and the unique way the film is cut has made this one of the best horror films in history.