Halloween Magic: Movies (part 2 of 3)

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If your idea of Halloween fun is watching a movie marathon of a particular creature, spooky element, or theme well here’s some lists for you. Once again these lists are not exhaustive just what I know fits into each particular category. These will be helpful if you aren’t personally familiar with a bunch of movies from each sub- horror genre. These titles are broken down into what type of film you might be looking for, however there are many included titles that I don’t consider Halloween films. Some titles will appear multiple times depending on content.

As with part one these titles will have a “pumpkin scale number” next to them noted as [1-5P]. My personal recommendations and favorites from each category are denoted with an asterisk *.  Titles are organized alphabetically amongst each category however categories are in order of how I thought of them.

Enjoy!

Animated/Claymation Films :

(Other than these titles every other film on all other lists in this particular post are live action)

  • Book of Life (2014) [1P] {About Day of the Dead}
  • Coco (2018) [1P] {About Day of the Dead}*
  • Corpse Bride (2005) [1P]
  • Frankenweenie (2012) [1P]
  • Halloween Tree (1993) [1P] {also includes some Day of the Dead}
  • It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (1966) [1P]*
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989) [1P]
  • Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949) [1P] { This is now often listed more as the Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad} *
  • Mad Monster Party (1967) [1P] {I only use this one for background because it’s LONG, animation is great though}
  • Monster House (2006) [1P]
  • Mickey’s House of Villains (2001) [1P] {this has multiple Disney shorts some classics}*
  • Nightmare Before Christmas {Although I argue this a Christmas movie} [1P]*
  • Paranorman (2012) [1P]
  • Scary Godmother: Halloween Spooktacular (2003) [1P] *
  • Scary Godmother: Revenge of Jimmy (2005) [1P]
  • Scooby Doo and the Witch’s Ghost (1999)
  • Scooby Doo on Zombie Island (1998) [1P]
  • Winnie the Pooh: Frankenpooh and Spookable Pooh (1999) [1P] {this is a combo disc for me}

Funny, Spoof-y, or just Goofy:

  • Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) [2P] * {They did a few other “meet the” and spooky spoofs but in my opinion, this is the best one}
  • Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) [2P]
  • Comedy of Terrors (1963) [2P]
  • Dracula Dead and Loving it (1995) [2P]
  • Elvira Mistress of the Dark (1987) [2P] *
  • Hold That Ghost (1941) [2P] {This is an Abbott and Costello}
  • Love at First Bite (1979) [2P]
  • Once Bitten (1985) [2P]
  • Shadow of the Vampire (2000) [3P]
  • Shaun of the Dead (2004) [4P] {more funny than horrifying but lots of gore}
  • Teen Wolf (1985) [2P]
  • Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil (2010) [4P] * {more funny than horrifying but lots of gore}
  • What We Do In the Shadows (2014) [3P]
  • Young Frankenstein (1974) [2P] *

 

Creepy, Kooky, Spooky:

(Think odd, gothic, quirky, possibly humorous. Probably has a catchy track you would include on a Halloween Playlist.)

  • Addams Family (1991) [2P] * {The beginning is at Christmas time just fyi}
  • Addams Family Values (1993) [2P]* {Personally I watch at Thanksgiving due to the featured play, I know I’m strange}
  • Beetlejuice (1988) [2P]
  • Comedy of Terrors (1963) [2P] *
  • Edward Scissorhands (1990) [2P]
  • Elvira Mistress of the Dark (1987) [2P] *
  • Ghostbusters (1984) [2P] *
  • Ghostbusters 2 (1989) [2P]
  • Ghostbusters: Answer the Call (2016) [2P]*
  • Monster Squad (1987) [2P]* {once again debate on if this was made for kids, I lean towards made for adults}
  • Monster House (2006) [1P]
  • The Raven (1963) [2P]
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) [3P]
  • Scooby Doo (2002) [1P]
  • Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)* [1P]

 

Gothic Romance:

(Movies that a major plot point is Love/Romance… doesn’t mean it ends well)

  • Casper (1995) [1P]*
  • Crimson Peak (2015) [3P]
  • Corpse Bride (2005) [1P]
  • The Crow (1994) [2P]*
  • Edward Scissorhands (1990) [2P]
  • Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (1988) [2P] *
  • Ghost (1990) [3P]
  • Love at First Bite (1979) [2P]
  • Phantom of the Opera (2004) [2P]
  • Rebecca (1940) [2P] *

Classic Ghosts/Hauntings:

  • Beetlejuice (1988) [2P]
  • Casper (1990s) [1P] *
  • Crimson Peak (2015) [3P]
  • Ghost (1990) [3P]
  • Ghostbusters (1984) [2P]*
  • Ghostbusters 2 (1989) [2P]
  • Ghostbusters: Answer the Call (2016) [2P]*
  • The Haunted Mansion (2003) [1P]
  • The Haunting (1963) [2P] * {I love how eerie this is, this is one of my favorite ghostly tales}
  • Hold That Ghost (1941) [2P] {This is an Abbott and Costello}
  • House on Haunted Hill (1959) [2P]
  • House on Haunted Hill (1999) [4P]
  • Paranormal Activity (2007) [5P]
  • Poltergeist (1982) [3P]*
  • Poltergeist (2015) [3P]
  • The Sixth Sense (1999) [3P]*
  • The Shining (1980) [3P]*
  • Stir of Echoes (1999) [4P]
  • Thirteen Ghosts (1960) [2P]

Witches:

  • Bell Book and Candle (1958) [2P] {note set around Christmas}
  • The Craft (1996) [3P]*
  • Drag Me to Hell (2009) [5P]
  • Halloweentown (2003) [1P]*
  • Halloweentown II: Kablar’s Revenge (2005) [1P]
  • Hocus Pocus (1993) [1P]*
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989) [1P]
  • Practical Magic (1998) [2P]
  • Scooby Doo and the Witch’s Ghost (1999) [1P] {worth it for the hex girls}
  • Sleepy Hollow (1999) [3P]
  • Witches (1990) [1P] {whew, man that Rolad Dahl had a twisted mind, so creepy}
  • Witches of Eastwick (1987) [3P]

Creepy abilities:

(Such as Telekinesis & Seeing the beyond… however technically not witches)

  • Carrie (1976) [4P] (telekinesis)
  • Carrie (2013) [4P] * (telekinesis)
  • Dark City (1998) [3P]* (psychic awareness)
  • Firestarter (1984) (pyrokinesis)
  • The Haunting (1963) (psychic/seeing dead people)
  • The Sixth Sense (1999) [3P]* (seeing dead people)
  • The Shining (1980) [3P] (seeing dead people)
  • Stir of Echoes (1999) [4P] (seeing dead people)

Vampires:

(Note no Monster Team ups, however werewolves may be featured)

  • Blade (1998) [4P] * {and the sequels, depending on how you feel about those, I like them mostly}
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) [4P] * {forgive Keanu he tried}
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) [3P] {I don’t like this as much as the tv show}
  • Daybreakers (2009) [4P]
  • Dracula (1931) [2P]* {Bela Lugosi}
  • Dracula (1979)
  • Dracula Dead and Loving It (1995) [2P]
  • Dracula 2000 (2000) [4P] *
  • Dracula Untold (2014) [3P]
  • Fright Night (1985) [4P]
  • From Dusk til Dawn (1996) [4P]
  • Horror of Dracula (1958)
  • Interview with a Vampire (1994) [3P]
  • Let Me In (2010) [4P]* {Remake of Let the Right One In}
  • Let the Right One In (2008) [4P]
  • Love at First Bite (1979) [2P]*
  • Lost Boys (1987) [3P]
  • Nosferatu (1922) [2P]
  • Once Bitten (1985) [2P]
  • Queen of the Damned (2002) [3P]
  • Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) [4P]
  • Shadow of the Vampire (2000) [3P]*
  • Underworld (2003) [3P]* {sequels are pretty decent too}
  • What We Do In the Shadows (2014) [3P]
  • Vampire in Brooklyn (1995) [3P]
  • Van Helsing (2004) [3P]

Werewolves:

(Note no Monster Team ups, however vampires may be featured)

  • Cursed (2004) [3P]*
  • Gingersnaps (2000) [4P] {I honestly don’t remember much of this film I think it was a 4?}
  • SkinWalkers (2006) [3P]
  • Teen Wolf (1985) [2P]
  • Underworld (2003) [3P] {sequels are pretty decent too}
  • Werewolf in London (1981) [4P]*
  • Werewolf in Paris (1997) [4P]
  • Wolf (1994) [4P]
  • The Wolf Man (1941) [2P]
  • Wolfman (2010) [4P]
  • What We Do In the Shadows (2014) [3P] {partially}

Zombies:

(Note my favorite Zombie movies are going to be humorous… I do not like zombies.)

  • I Am Legend (2007) {my husband liked it, not my favorite due to the ending}
  • Last Man on Earth (1964)
  • Night of the Living Dead (1968) [5P] {considered THE zombie movie, I don’t like it}
  • Scooby Doo on Zombie Island (1998) [1P] *
  • Shaun of the Dead (2004) [3P]*
  • Resident Evil (2002) [5P] {and lots of sequels}
  • Warm Bodies (2013) [3P] *
  • Zombieland (2009) [4P]*

Demons, Possession, Nightmares, and the Paranormal:

(A step above the ghosties)

  • Amityville Horror (1979) [5P]
  • Amityville Horror (2005) [4P]* {yup I like the one with Ryan Reynolds better}
  • Child’s Play (1988) [5P] {lots of sequels here too, this is “Chucky” not a fan of these films but felt I needed to include it}
  • The Exorcist (1973) [5P] {amazingly filmed, don’t want to watch it ever again}
  • Idle Hands (1999) [4P] * {I find this hilarious}
  • Monster House (2006) [1P]
  • Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) [5P] {lots of sequels here too, this is “Freddie” not a fan of these films but felt I needed to include it}
  • Ninth Gate (1999) [4P]
  • Paranormal Activity (2007) [5P] {lots of sequels here too, once again amazingly filmed never watching again}
  • Poltergeist (1982) [3P] * {some really strong female characters which I love}
  • Poltergeist (2015) [3P] {for a remake this is pretty cool like the shift of focus onto the brother}
  • The Shining (1980) [3P]
  • Woman in Black (2012) [3P]

Aliens & Beings from Outer Space:

(The evil ones. The beings that want to overtake, kill us, & potentially eat us):

  • Alien (1979) [4P] * {one badass chick that Ripley}
  • Aliens (1986) [4P] *{there are more that follow these but I only like the first two}
  • Cloverfield (2008) [3P] {not clear if it’s alien}
  • Predator (1987) [4P] * {haven’t seen the new one yet, lots of sequels}
  • Killer Klowns from Outerspace (1988) [4P]
  • Independence Day (1996) [3P] {to me this is a summertime movie but they are evil aliens}
  • A Quiet Place (2018) [3P] {not clear if it’s alien}
  • Super 8 (2011) [3P] {not clear if it’s alien}

Carnivals, Clowns, and Scary Sideshows:

(So though I don’t have a problem with creepy clowns, I do think a lot of clown movies are blah or just gore-fests, so I haven’t seen too many. To bulk up this list, I added a few I have not seen, they could fit another category but since I do not personally know them they won’t be listed anywhere else. I also don’t know the rating so they get a [?] )

  • Carnival of Blood (1970) [?]
  • Carnival of Souls (1962) [?]
  • Cirque du Freak (2009) [?]
  • Freaks (1932) [3P]*
  • It (2017) [5P] * {AWESOME. Love Tim Curry but his It, isn’t this good, sorry Tim!}
  • Killer Klowns from Outerspace (1988) [5P]
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) [?]
  • Vampire Circus (1972) [?]

 

Spine Tinglers… slow build into the terror:

(Mostly Hitchcock & Vincent Price films here)

  • American Psycho (2000) [5P]
  • The Birds (1963) [3P]
  • An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe (1970) [2P] {This is just Vincent Price reading 3 classic Poe tales, and it’s so good}
  • The Haunting (1963) [2P]
  • House on Haunted Hill (1959) [2P]
  • House of Usher (1960) [2P]
  • House of Wax (1953) [2P]
  • Let Me In (2010) [4P] {remake of Let the Right One In}
  • Let the Right One In (2008) [4P]
  • Mary Reilly (1996) [3P] * {Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde retelling, worth it for Malkovich’s performance}
  • Masque of the Red Death (1964) [2P]
  • Pet Sementary (1989) [4P]
  • Pit and the Pendulum (1961) [2P]
  • Poltergeist (1982) [3P]
  • Psycho (1960) [3P]
  • Rope (1948) [2P]
  • Shutter Island (2010) [3P]
  • Sleepy Hollow (1999) [2P]
  • Tales of Terror (1962) [2P]
  • The Tingler (1959) [2P]* {Some really spooky parts, but worth it for Vincent Price on LSD}

Deranged Killers, Slashers, and those who have gone murderously Mad

  • Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953) [2P]
  • Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff (1949) [2P]
  • American Psycho (2000) [5P]
  • Friday the 13th (1980) [5P] {lots of sequels here too, this is “Jason” hate these films but felt I needed to include it}
  • From Hell (2001) [4P]
  • Halloween (1978) [4P] {lots of sequels… this is “Michael”, actually love the first one don’t like most of the sequels— I am looking forward to the 2018 one! And I thought Halloween H2O was pretty good }
  • Happy Death Day (2017) [4P] {Honestly, I think this was more fun than horror, but it’s not a comedy.}
  • House of Wax (1953) [2P]
  • Identity (2003) [4P]
  • Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) [5P] {lots of sequels here too, this is “Freddie” not a fan of these films but felt I needed to include it}
  • Phantom of the Opera (1925) [2P]
  • Phantom of the Opera (1943) [2P]
  • Phantom of the Opera (1989) [3P]
  • Phantom of the Opera (2004) [2P]
  • Psycho (1960) [3P]
  • Scream (1996) [4P] {a couple sequels too but I really love the first one}
  • Silence of the Lambs (1991) [5P]
  • Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil (2010) [4P]
  • Valentine (2001) [4P] {This is a favorite of mine in the slasher category, fun and odd, but I watch it around Valentine’s Day not around Halloween, yea I know I admit I’m strange}

Toys Come to Life/Demonic Dolls:

(Okay I seriously do not understand who likes watching these, some of these films are just weird others are really demonically twisted so this list also has some  I haven’t seen because these are just not my cup of tea)

  • Annabelle(2014) [?}
  • Annabelle: The Creation(2017) [?]
  • The Boy (2016) [?]
  • Child’s Play (1988) [5P] (and all it’s sequels, this is “Chucky”—feelings listed above)
  • Poltergeist (1982) [3P]* {sort of}
  • Poltergeist (2015) [3P] {sort of}
  • Small Soldiers (1998) [2P] {not considered a horror film at all, but it should be, its creepy}

Mad Scientists & Science Gone Wrong :

  • Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde (1953) [2P]
  • The Ape (1940) [2P]
  • Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) [3P]
  • The Brain that Wouldn’t Die (1962) [2P]
  • Bride of Frankenstein(1935) [2P]
  • Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1920) [2P]
  • Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1931) [2P]
  • Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1941) [2P]*
  • The Fly (1958) [2P] * {Vincent Price}
  • The Fly (1986) [4P]
  • Frankenstein (1931) [2P]
  • Hollow Man (2000) [4P]
  • The Invisible Man (1933) [2P]*
  • The Invisible Man Returns (1940) [2P] *{Vincent Price}
  • Island of Dr. Moreau (1977) [2P]
  • Mad Doctor of Market Street (1942) [2P]
  • Mary Reilly (1996) [3P] * {Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde retelling, worth it for Malkovich’s performance}
  • Metropolis (1927) [2P]*
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) [3P]
  • The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960) [2P]
  • Young Frankenstein (1974) [2P] *

Creatures and other monsters:

(Honorable mention: Godzilla, King Kong, Jaws that may technically fall under this list but then that opens up a whole can of worms because there are tons of these films, don’t even get me started on the Sharknadoes which I think are hilarious but none of those feel like Halloween in any way to me. So I’m drawing the line. I’m sorry maybe a future post who knows.)

  • Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955) [2P]
  • The Blob (1958) [2P]
  • Cloverfield (2008) [4P] {Good movie but if shaky camera work makes your nauseous skip it! Haven’t gotten around to seeing the other Cloverfields… also not clear if it’s alien}
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) [2P]
  • Gremlins [1984] [3P]
  • The Mummy (1939) [2P]
  • The Mummy (1959) [2P]
  • The Mummy’s Ghost (1944) [2P]
  • Pans labyrinth (2006) [3P] {more fantasy}
  • Quiet Place (2018) [3P] {Never clear if it’s alien}
  • Shape of water (2017) [3P] {more fantasy}
  • Super 8 (2011) [3P] {Never clear if it’s alien}

Monster Team-Ups :

  • Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) [2P]
  • Cabin in the Woods (2012) [4P] {Kind of, just watch it, it’s definitely original}
  • House of Frankenstein (1944) [2P]
  • House of Dracula (1945) [2P]
  • Mad Monster Party? (1967) [1P] {The question mark is part of the title}
  • Monster Squad (1987) [2P]
  • Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004) [1P]

 

How do I know all this?… I watched pretty much every title on here except for the ones with a [?] rating. As you can see I have watched a lot of spooky stuff but my favorites aren’t the really scary. I have a few that I love that aren’t for the squeamish but overall I would rather stick to a silly flick than a scary one.

 

RESOURCES:

Where to Watch:  Hulu, Netflix, DVD from Local Library, rent from your cable provider, or purchase on Amazon.

What’s the plot, who are the actors, etc.:   IMDB.com

But is it okay for my family, child, or me?: Commonsensemedia.org

I want more movies:

BOOK: Pumpkin Cinema: The Best Movies for Halloween by Nathaniel Tolle ISBN-13: 978-0764347238 (I haven’t gotten my hands on this yet but looks awesome)

Check out my previous post: Halloween Magic: Movies Part 1  or look to my future post Halloween Magic: Movies Part 3

You can also check out the following lists for more titles (note these will have pictures and synopses which may make it hard to print & most of the titles on these lists will be 4P, 5P, or even P+!) The following links & lists were chosen for their clarity and length, I do not necessarily agree with these lists:

“100 Classic B Monster Movies”  https://www.imdb.com/list/ls066026478/

“Classic Slasher Movies” https://www.imdb.com/list/ls075738516/

“Classic Vampire Movies” https://www.imdb.com/list/ls032667686/

“Classic Ghost Movies” https://www.imdb.com/list/ls034898608/

“List of Zombie Films” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_zombie_films

“List of Witch movies:” http://theresaandersonart.com/list-of-witch-movies/

“50 of the best ghost movies” https://www.imdb.com/list/ls062609921/

“Best to worst classic universal monster & horror movies (1923 to 1960)” https://www.imdb.com/list/ls025004618/

“Clown Horror movies” https://www.imdb.com/list/ls074643412/

“Most Popular Horror Sci Fi movies” https://www.imdb.com/search/title?count=100&genres=horror,sci_fi&num_votes=10000,&title_type=feature

“Werewolf movies”  https://www.imdb.com/list/ls062604461/

“Top 65 Horror Comedy movies” https://www.imdb.com/list/ls050668791/

“Best Horror Comedies” https://www.imdb.com/list/ls021370351/

“Comedy Halloween Movies” https://www.imdb.com/list/ls016569949/

“Top 100 Halloween Movies of All time” https://www.imdb.com/list/ls000091321/

“The Absolute Best Halloween Movies of All Time You Watch Right Now” http://time.com/4972141/best-halloween-movies-2017/

“The Best Contemporary Gothic Films” https://www.imdb.com/list/ls061328230/

“55 Goth Movies” https://www.imdb.com/list/ls005511924/

“Gothic Romance” https://www.imdb.com/list/ls053529560/

“11 Gothic Romances that redefine ‘Valentine’s Day Movie’” https://www.slashfilm.com/gothic-romance-movies/

“Gothic Horror and Gothic romance movies” https://www.imdb.com/list/ls027667145/

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