Best Halloween Movies to Re-Watch This October
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Although it’s not technically a movie, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown remains a Halloween classic to this day. Released as a 25-minute Halloween special on prime-time TV in 1966, it has retained its appeal for over 50 years. The antics of the Peanuts gang in this special center around Linus’ sincere belief in the Great Pumpkin, and everyone else’s attempts to convince him that he’s crazy.
The special was released as part of a VHS set after it aired, and by the 1990s, it was a staple in many family homes. It was remastered on DVD and re-released again in 2008.
One of the biggest cult classics of the horror genre is the 1982 film Poltergeist, which was directed by Tobe Hooper and written by Steven Spielberg. The film, which follows a family whose home is haunted by poltergeists, spawned a successful trilogy, and a remake in 2015.
Poltergeist is widely considered one of the most influential films of the horror genre as it influenced many tropes that were used by later horror films such as the home on top of an ancient burial ground and the haunted TV. Plus, the film has been followed by real-life horror stories following the premature deaths of multiple cast and crew members who were associated with the franchise.
Undoubtedly one of the most famous horror movies of all time, Carrie was also based on a book written by Stephen King, and was directed by Brian DePalma. Sissy Spacek starred as Carrie White, a girl who discovers her telekinetic powers after being continually humiliated in high school. The prom scene alone has had a major influence on pop culture and has been both honored and parodied in many different movies since the release of the original film in 1976.
The film marked the first time that one of Stephen King’s novels was adapted into a feature film, and its success is likely the reason why we have such films as The Shining, Children of the Corn, and Stand by Me.