The Greatest Halloween Films Ever
Posted 30/10/2013 by BrightHouse Team
We’re gearing up for Halloween at BrightHouse. We've been boiling up fake blood, putting on our witch’s hats, and covering everything in spider-webs. It got us thinking of our favourite scary films, so we came up with a list of our ultimate spooky flicks to watch on Halloween. Have we included your favourite?
The Shining – No scary movie list would be complete without Stanley Kubrick’s iconic psychological horror film. Set in an isolated hotel, writer Jack Torrance slowly succumbs to its supernatural presence, and descends into madness. Based on the novel by Stephen King, the film was apparently not a favourite of the author. He even thought Jack Nicholson was badly cast!
The Cabin in the Woods – A dark comedy horror film, The Cabin in the Woods sees five friends travel to a remote cabin for a holiday, only to find a basement full of strange artefacts. After one of the friends reads from an old diary of a girl who lived in the cabin, they are attacked by the undead former inhabitants. But strangely the horrors seem to be controlled by staff in a mysterious facility, and there’s more going on than it first appears.
The Exorcist – This classic film tells the story of a young girl possessed by a demon, and the attempts of two priests to exorcise it from her. Based on the events of the ‘real’ exorcism of Roland Doe in 1949, the film was the first ever horror movie to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. The filming was famously gruelling for the actors, as director William Friedkin went to great lengths to get genuine emotions from them, including slapping them just before rolling the cameras.
Scream – The iconic slasher film, Scream is seen as having revitalised the horror genre in the ‘90s. The film follows the character of Sidney Prescott who is made the target of a mysterious masked killer known as Ghostface. Starring a cast of well-known actors such as Courtney Cox and Drew Barrymore, the film was well received by critics, and has grown a cult following since, though it has also been accused of inspiring ‘copycat’ crimes.
Halloween – The original and arguably still the best entry into the teen slasher genre. Jamie Lee-Curtis is iconic as Laurie Strode, a suburban teenage babysitter forced to fend off the murderous advances of masked maniac Michael Myers. The film has inspired an astonishing seven sequels – three of which also featured Curtis – and two remakes. Fascinating fact: Director John Carpenter also composed the instantly recognisable title music.
Hocus Pocus – Just for a bit of relief from all the gore and terror, this 1993 film starring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker has also become a family-friendly Halloween staple. The plot takes place on Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts, where teenager Max Dennison accidently brings back the Sanderson sisters –three evil witches - from the dead. Max, his little sister, and the girl he fancies from school, must save the town from the wicked witches before the night is out. The film was initially given fairly negative reviews, but has since become a highly popular ‘cult classic’. Bette Midler even said it was one of her favourite roles!