“Darkness falls across the land. The midnight hour is close at hand”.
I watch the same movies every Halloween (and you probably do too). Hocus Pocus, It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and Sleepy Hollow. This year I thought I’d find some unconventional movies that can be added to the list. Movies that aren’t necessarily focused around Halloween but that still give all the spooky vibes (without being too scary) for October.
This is a list of 31 Halloween Movies I posted in a past blog from 2015. Now let’s begin.
Starring Cate Blanchett as Annie Wilson, a card reader and psychic who puts herself in harms way to help solve the disappearance and murder of a local woman. This movie has a great cast including Hilary Swank, Giovanni Ribisi, Keanu Reeves and Katie Holmes. The swamps in Georgia where the story is set give the film an eerie vibe with it’s haunting Spanish moss draped trees and dark water canals. This one will give you all the Halloween chills. Boo!
When Isabel Dodson commits suicide, her twin sister, Anglea, a police officer enlists the help of John Constantine, an occult detective and exorcist living in Los Angeles to help her uncover the truth. Meanwhile a worker in Mexico finds a dagger buried in the ruins of a church. The dagger ends up being the Spear of Destiny, the supposed spear that was used to pierce Jesus at his crucifixion . When he becomes possessed he travels to L.A. The film is a supernatural thriller based on a comic called Hellblazer.
Johnny Depp plays Barnabas Collins an XVIII century man cursed by a witch who was in love with him. Fast forward 200 years, a group of men in Collinsport Maine discover a grave while clearing a construction site. Upon opening the casket buried beneath Barnabas is set free and returns to his childhood home where he will help save his family’s dying fishing business. The year is now 1972, a very different time for an old fashioned vampire. Directed by Tim Burton, this movie is quirky, funny and the soundtrack is awesome.
Nothing scary about this one but it does have a great Halloween scene with caramel apples, trick or treating and a date night at the Phantom of The Opera Ballet. John Candy plays Danny, a single cop living in Chicago with his mother, a very controlling woman who manipulates him with guilt all while “telling it like it is” and insulting everyone in her path. When Danny meets a mortician named Teresa and falls in love, his guilt of moving forward in his life, getting married and leaving his mother behinds gets between his relationship and Danny is left to choose what’s best for everyone. This one is a romantic comedy
The Fog is a classic and although I did enjoy the remake from 2005, the original is just a bit spookier. Starring a very young Jamie Lee Curtis as Elizabeth, the story is set on an island off the coast of Oregon. When a thick fog rolls in, it also bring back the spirits of the town’s haunted past. Honestly either version is good for a “scary” movie night.
Based on the true story about the 1967 Silver Bridge collapse in Point Pleasant West Viriginia, The Mothman is said to appear before tragedy occurs. I was so obsessed with this movie when it came out and remember rushing home from the theatre to google any information on the story I could find. John Klein, a New York Times reporter loses his wife after she sees moth-like visions. He later travels on a work assignment only to realize he’s driven hundreds of miles out of his way ending up in Point Pleasant where people have been having experiences with Mothman.
This one is for the entire family. When Cassie Nightingale inherits the supposed haunted Grey House in Middleton, she is met with a group of not so open minded neighbours who don’t approve of her new shop The Bell, Book and Candle or of her being a Witch. There are now 6 Good Witch movies and it became a T.V series on the Hallmark Channel. A wonderful film that you can enjoy with children. Cassie is the nicest Witch you’ll ever meet.
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