Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday: Halloween Movies

It's that time of the year; Halloween! Growing up in South Africa, I was deprived of the awesomeness that is Halloween. No trick-or-treating, dressing up in costumes and haunted houses. But, we did get to watch Halloween-type movies.

Although thrillers and horrors aren't my top picks of movie genres, I do enjoy a scary movie once in a blue moon. I try to steer clear of The Exorcist-type movies and would much rather watch a psychological thriller. But, to be totally honest, I get scared easily and I'm one of those people that will wake up in the middle of the night and think: "Hey, you know which movie would be awesome to think about right now? Poltergeist." That's why I mostly stick to the feel-good genres.

On Sunday evening, I finally persuaded The Boyfriend to watch Hocus Pocus with me. Albeit not a scary movie, it is my favorite Halloween movie, and I was appalled by the fact that The Boyfriend, a 29-year old American, has never seen it.

Here are my top 10 picks for Halloween-appropriate movies:
(I also posted links to the movie trailers, but because they are mostly older movies, the quality isn't great.)

1. Scream (1996)

I didn't care much for the other movies that were released after this one, but I really enjoyed the first. When it was released I was still in elementary school, and at that time it was pretty freakin' scary. Watch the trailer here.

2. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

I actually saw this one, the original, for the first time a few years after watching the 2003 remake. (Which is also worth a watch.) The original is way better in my opinion. Watch the trailer here.

3. Beetlejuice (1988)

A classic. I've probably seen this movie more than twenty times, and I'll watch it anytime it's on TV still. Definitely funnier than scary. And a little weird! My favorite part is where they sing that song around the dinner table. Here's the trailer.

4. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Anthony Hopkins was incredible in this movie. I still get the chills when I think about his performance. I'm thinking of watching it again this week, it's been a while. Watch the trailer here.

5. The Addams Family (1991)

Who didn't love this movie as a child? My friends and I watched this a million times. The second one was cute, too. Watch the trailer.

6. Interview with the Vampire (1994)

I've only seen this movie once, when I was very young. But it made a big impact on me and I've never forgotten about it. I should probably watch it again, but I'm afraid it won't be as good as I've built it up in my mind to be. Maybe I should read the book first? Here's the trailer.

7. The Witches (1990)

The Boyfriend and I were just talking about this movie a few weeks ago. I can't remember details in this movie, but I know I watched it more than once as a child and that it was kind of creepy. Here's the trailer

8. Halloween (1978)

What would a list of Halloween movies be without the original Halloween movie? Even though I enjoyed most of the other releases as well, nothing beats the original. You can watch the trailer here.

9. The Craft (1996)

Does anyone remember this movie? My friends and I were obsessed with it and watched it over and over. We even tried to do the magic they do in the movie. It didn't work... Bummer! Here's the trailer.

10. Hocus Pocus (1993)

What's not to love about this movie? I'll probably be watching this with my kids one day. Definitely my favorite Halloween movie. Watch the trailer.

Which movies do you like to watch around Halloween time?


  1. I'm a huge fan of Trick or Treat. It's a great flick with multiple story lines. The more you watch it, the more you see all the hidden nuances that are written in.

    1. I've never seen it! Better get on that then :-)

  2. I like "Scream" and "Beetlejuice". I agree that the 2 movies after the first "Scream" weren't as good. I think they should have left it as one movie.

    I don't care for "The Craft" so much now, but I also went through a period where I watched it a lot. I even bought a couple of books about magic.

    1. I haven't seen "The Craft" in more than 10 years. Maybe I wouldn't even think it's cool anymore? :-D

  3. I love Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the Exorcist! I am going to rewatch Carrie this year I think, haven't seen it since I was a kid.

    1. Oh geez, I forgot about "Carrie". That movie is really scary!

  4. Oh. This is a 90's horror movies. In this list of yours Liesl, I have only watched the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Yea! I'm a loser. hahahaha!

    1. The '90s had some of the best movies in my opinion. Check out some of the others and let me know what you think. :-)

  5. OMG I LOVE 'THE CRAFT' & I'm a big fan of the Scream series as well.
    I liked watching The Addams Family when i was little but i didn't know they made a movie :O

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