Top 5 Must See Halloween Movies

Halloween is my favorite holiday because it is the one night a year when people gather together and try to bring out the spooky side with costumes and fun scares. The films you should watch on Halloween night should encompass both of those. A good Halloween film is both terrifying but also entertaining with its use of disturbing imagery combined with hyperrealistic effects that can feel like a joke at points. I suggest these films for their scary premises but some of them because they are just plain fun to watch with other people and have a group reaction.

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5. Halloween

The reason Halloween is on this list is because of the classic slasher film genre is a staple of horror and why not have a film by the same name of this wonderful holiday. Halloween is the story of Michael Meyers, a mental patient admitted because of the murder of his sister at the age of 6. After 15 years, Michael Meyers goes back to the town of Haddonfield and he could not stop with his sister. I remember my mom telling me about this film and how she couldn't see another slasher after it. The classic music signaling the ensuing carnage that befell Michael Meyers teenage victims. The main female protagonist is Laurie Strode, played by Jamie Lee Curtis, is such an iconic character on the horror genre.

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4. Shaun of the Dead

A list of Halloween films would not be complete without the inclusion of a zombie film and I considered adding George Romero's amazing visions of zombies in Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead but this list needs some light hearted fun and comedy as well. Horror-comedy is a genre that is difficult to get right and even harder to nail like Shaun of the Dead did in 2004. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are incredible duo in this homage to zombie films and the debut of the Cornetto Trilogy by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg. Shaun of the Dead is a perfect Halloween film for its scary moments and comedic take on the zombie genre as a whole.

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3. The Babadook

This is the most recent pick and it is such a good film besides being scary perfect for all Hallows Eve. A struggling widowed mother is trying to raise her child but he is plagued by terrifying dreams. When a mysterious book is found he believes the monster from the book is coming for both of them and tries to warn his mother. Not believing her son the mother starts to see this creature as well and starts taking her son more seriously. This is such an awesome film and a must-see for the Halloween Season because of the use of actual fear and no jump scare mentality.

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2. The Shining

I could not help but put the classic horror book adapted to film by Stanley Kubrick, based on the book by Stephen King, and starring Jack Nicholson, Shelly Duvall, and Danny Lloyd. The Shining is about the Torrence family's dark winter inside a hotel with the presence of spirits. The growing madness culminates in the father's action and the family falls apart. This is a classic film which may not truly scare you but is incredibly shot in the classic Kubrick style. Even if you have never seen the film you will find classic lines that have permeated our culture.

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1. The Exorcist

The Exorcist is  really the scariest film I have ever seen mainly because of the ideas and incredible filmmaking behind it. This is a film I cannot not see often because the feelings it evokes and the disturbing imagery. Possession films are my real weakness when it comes to horror, but somehow i always come back to this incredible film. If you have yet to see The Exorcist put it on the list of films to see, especially around Halloween. The story follows two priests who have been asked to help a young girl whose mother doesn't know what is wrong with her.

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