For the first time in years, I’m not celebrating Halloween. I’m a little bummed about it but due to all the restrictions and the looming second lockdown here in Italy, it just seems a bit pointless. So we won’t be doing costumes or our previously planned Harry Potter themed dinner and we won’t be attending any parties.
We’ll just stay home, watch movies and eat Halloween treats.
Every year I start watching some of my favorite Halloween movies around the beginning of October through til Halloween night. My top 10 Favorite Halloween movies are:
10. Final Destination
I like the entire series and even though they get progressively dumber with each film, I still enjoy the thrill. My favorite Final Destination movie is probably the last one because of the crazy twist ending. Completely unexpected. Have you seen any of the Final Destination films? If so, which is your favorite?
Just like with The Final Destination films, I like the entire Saw series. Again, it gets ridiculous as the films continue but I still can’t help but watch them every year. I think my favorite would have to be the 5th one but if I’m being totally honest, I get the films all mixed up because the storylines are so convoluted. It’s more about the escape room concept than about character or story development. Who doesn’t get a thrill out of the countdown between deaths?
8. Hostel 2
I’m specifying that out of the 3 Hostel movies, Hostel 2 is my favorite. The first was a twisted surprise, however, it was chock full of naked girls and the boys were a-holes and completely unlikeable. I wanted Jay Hernandez’s character to escape years ago when I was crushing on the actor but looking back on the film I’ve come to hate his character and pretty much everyone in the film. Hostel 3 was complete garbage. Hostel 2 featured female leads, they were somewhat more developed, the nudity was necessary and it was just such an interesting twist in the end. I thoroughly enjoyed this film. Have you seen it? Do you have a favorite Hostel movie? If so, which one?
Most of this film takes place in an elevator and the claustrophic feeling of it all is what gets me every time. Whenever we get close to the Halloween season I start thinking about this film. It’s not the best storyline but the “what if” of it all is what gets me every time.
I’m not normally into slow burner scary movies. I enjoy the jump scare but Sinister was really one of the best scary movies. The twist ending was perfect. The cast was amazing. There were a few jump scares but for the part, this was a thinking film. You really had to be paying attention to what’s happening in each scene.
5. The Cabin in the Woods
One of the best movies ever, in my opinion. Of course, not without its problems but the satire and horror of it all makes it one of those films you can watch over and over again without getting tired of it.
4. Get Out
This isn’t a film a can watch over and over again. In fact, I have to confess, I’ve only seen this movie twice. It’s really good and all but it just resonates too deeply with me as a Black woman. So I can’t fully enjoy the film because it’s just too real. If you’ve seen the film then you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t seen it – what are you waiting for? Anyway, the film has a great storyline, a brilliant cast (although I really would have preferred to see a Black American man in the lead role) and it has a horrifying alternative ending that makes my skin crawl everytime I think of it. It’s a movie that sticks with you, which is why a two-time viewing is quite enough for me.
3. The Ring
It doesn’t matter how old I get and how many years pass this film will always be one of the best scary movies ever made. I do wish there was a way to remake it and align it with the current technology etc. but knowing Hollywood, they’d just ruin the story and make it a bucket of crap. So probably best to just leave it as is. Still, there’s this one scene in the film that repeats – it’s when the little girl is being interviewed and she says something like “It won’t stop.” When you watch it the first time it seems like the little girl is innocent but when the scene repeats itself later in the movie, the exact same lines have an entirely different meaning. It’s so incredibly creepy. I know everyone loves the last 5 minutes of the film – and don’t get me wrong, so do I – however, the lead up to all of that is what really sticks with me. Everything we think we know is a lie and that’s the best part about any scary movie really.
2. The Conjuring
I really only love this movie (and none of the other films within this franchise) for that one creepy scene where the mom is playing that clapping game and then a pair of hands appear right next to her head but they aren’t her kids’. This isn’t a spoiler, they actually show this moment in the trailer, which is a pity since it would have made such a creepy little surprise in theaters. But yeah, this was one of my favorite moments of all time in any scary movie simply because I am easily creeped out when I let my imagination run wild. Especially when I’m home alone. I always think “what if” when it comes to ghosts and spirits.
This entire franchise is the absolute best for me and has been for years. I absolutely must watch all five films every year, without fail and every time I watch it is enjoyable. The first Scream film is the best because of the surprise twists and the stupid, quotable moments like, “Let’s face it, Syd, your mom was no Sharon Stone.”
The kills are also pretty gory but not too much. The rest of the films get a bit meh but the cast is always such a blast to watch that it still remains entertaining. For me, it’s the unraveling the mystery of it all that’s the best for me. The only time I really like the whole meta part of it is in the first two films but when they do that crap again in the 5th film I’m over it.
I don’t know what to expect with this next installment of the series. I’m not going to get my hopes up because I’m pretty sure it’s going to be barely watchable. But I will still watch it! I just hope they don’t bring in any annoying new characters. I hope the story doesn’t continue to revolve around Sydney (unless she snaps and becomes a killer).
I hope they finally put some people of color – specifically Black women – in this film. I’m so tired of seeing the same weepy white people in these horror films. It’s so mind numbingly boring and Hollywood knows it. Diversify the films – leave out the cliches and stereotypes. Stop ruining movies.
Ok that’s my rant as well as my list of Top Ten Favorite Halloween Movies. Do you have a list? What Halloween movie to you watch every year? Let me know in the comments and I’ll catch up with you lovelie soon.