My favorite 31 things to watch at Halloweenby bynnod | created - 05 Aug 2011 | updated - 16 Sep 2011 | Public
These are the movies, television specials and cartoons that get me in the mood for Halloween. I only list a franchise once, so any sequels (or remakes) are included in that listing.
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1. Halloween (1978)
R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller
Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again.
Votes: 177,773 | Gross: $47.00M
2. Hocus Pocus (1993)
PG | 96 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to their reign of terror once and for all.
Votes: 70,856 | Gross: $39.51M
3. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
R | 100 min | Comedy, Musical
A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.
Votes: 114,536 | Gross: $139.88M
4. Dracula (1992)
R | 128 min | Horror
The centuries old vampire Count Dracula comes to England to seduce his barrister Jonathan Harker's fiancée Mina Murray and inflict havoc in the foreign land.
Votes: 159,118 | Gross: $82.52M
6. The Crow (1994)
R | 102 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy
A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée's murder.
Votes: 146,958 | Gross: $50.69M
Okay, the is traditionally a movie I watch on the night before Halloween.
7. Psycho (1960)
R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.
Votes: 480,655 | Gross: $32.00M
9. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Not Rated | 96 min | Horror
There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt to remain safe from these bloodthirsty, flesh-eating monsters.
Votes: 97,365 | Gross: $0.09M
10. Trick or Treat (1952)
8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
After Donald plays a cruel Halloween prank on his nephews, the 3 team-up with a witch and her broom to teach him a lesson about 'tricks and treats.'
It is included on the DVD of The Black Cauldron, but the Walt Disney short Donald Duck's Trick or Treat has been a favorite of mine since I listened to the record version of the story as a child.
11. The Halloween That Almost Wasn't (1979 TV Short)
30 min | Short, Comedy, Family
Upset by rumors that Halloween may end, Dracula calls his mild-mannered monsters together and delivers an ultimatum - either regain their frightening image, or leave his Transylvania castle forever.
Incredibly campy and fun made for TV Halloween special. Renamed "The Night Dracula Saved the World" when it was released on VHS in 1992.
12. Trick 'r Treat (2007)
R | 82 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Five interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband; and a mean old man meets his match with a demonic, supernatural trick-or-treater.
Not for the faint of heart. The unwritten rule that "children will not be harmed in a horror movie" is thrown out the door.
14. Young Frankenstein (1974)
PG | 106 min | Comedy
An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that he is not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.
Votes: 125,658 | Gross: $86.30M
15. Scream (1996)
R | 111 min | Horror, Mystery
A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.
Votes: 243,329 | Gross: $103.05M
The entire trilogy is good, but this is the best and helped to restart the slasher genre.
16. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy
A young woman is forced to fulfill her destiny of fighting vampires and demons with the help of her friends all the while struggling to live a normal teenage life of heart break and drama.
Especially the season 2, 4, and 6 Halloween episodes, Buffy Vs Dracula, and the musical episode, "Once More With Feeling".
17. The Worst Witch (1986 TV Movie)
G | 70 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Mildred is one of the young girls at a prestigious witch academy. She can't seem to do anything right and is picked on by classmates and teachers. The headmistress of the school, Miss ... See full summary »
Great cast, campy fun, and the occasional musical number. This was (allegedly) the inspiration for the Harry Potter series.
18. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
R | 91 min | Horror
Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. While the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep.
Votes: 169,078 | Gross: $25.50M
The newer version was also good.
The Simpsons (1989– )
Treehouse of Horror
TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy
The Simpsons move into a cursed house, then are abducted by aliens, before Homer is ensconced in a tale by Edgar Allen Poe.
And all of the subsequent Treehouse Of Horror episodes that followed.
21. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.
Votes: 1,014,926 | Gross: $130.74M
22. Scary Movie (2000)
R | 88 min | Comedy
A year after disposing of the body of a man they accidentally killed, a group of dumb teenagers are stalked by a bumbling serial killer.
Votes: 202,542 | Gross: $157.02M
and it's sequels
23. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1982 TV Movie)
140 min | Musical, Drama, Thriller
Sweeney Todd returns to London to uncover the past, along the way meeting Mrs. Lovett, and begins to start his life of crime.
24. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
PG | 115 min | Family, Sci-Fi
A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.
Votes: 312,132 | Gross: $435.11M
Have to watch the original cut, before it was made too PC for our own good. Besides aliens and flying bikes, it takes place on Halloween.
25. Casper (1995)
PG | 100 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
A paranormal expert and his daughter bunk in an abandoned house populated by three mischievous ghosts and one friendly one.
Votes: 97,340 | Gross: $100.33M
26. Men in Black (1997)
PG-13 | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
A police officer joins a secret organization that polices and monitors extraterrestrial interactions on Earth.
Votes: 445,201 | Gross: $250.69M
And MIB 2
27. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror
Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.
Votes: 75,030 | Gross: $30.57M
28. Goblin (2010 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 92 min | Fantasy, Horror
Every Halloween, a small hamlet in the deep woods is visited by a fierce goblin, intent on capturing infants and brutally murdering anyone in its path.
29. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller
A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family.
Besides being a macabre comedy, it takes place on Halloween too.
30. Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)
PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Horror
Upon arriving in a small town where she has inherited a rundown mansion, a famous horror hostess battles an evil uncle, and townspeople who want her burned at the stake.
Votes: 9,970 | Gross: $5.60M
No Halloween collection can be complete without Elvira...