October 11, 2015


October/Halloween Movies - A list for 2015

October is a great time of year for movies. Here is a list that all have scenes that take place in or around the Halloween season, or are generally good for watching at a Halloween party.

  • The Cabin in the Woods (IMDb) (wiki)
    All the traditions in your typical teenage horror film morph into an unusual tale with a Joss Whedon sci fi and comedic twist.
  • Donnie Darko (IMDb) (wiki)
    A moody elemental sci fi 80's-era period piece set in the month of October. The scenes of rolling mountains and suburban give it a unique and genuine Northern Virginia atmosphere. Soundtrack alone is amazing! This is the kind of movie you have to watch a few times to make sense of the plot, but there is plenty going on to make it interesting each time.
  • The Guest (IMDb) (wiki)
    A story about a soldier who upon returnign to the states pays a visit to the family of his friend. This one is also set around Halloween and filled with lots of 80s style and references. It also features an interesting twist.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas (also a great Christmas movie) (IMDb) (wiki)
    From an idea of Tim Burton, this stop motion story is a whimsical and creepy merging of Halloween and Christmas.
  • E.T. (IMDb) (wiki)
    It was not until I re-watched this classic as an adult that I really saw all the layers of context and family drama unfolding. I completely forget that this story takes place during Halloween.
  • The Karate Kid (IMDb) (wiki)
    Is there a better story about an underdog fighting against the odds? Yes there are many: Rudy, The Princess Bride, Revenge of the Nerds, Star Wars, Titanic ... that's basically every movie, but none of them have Mr Miayagi teaching the virtues of patience and practice.
  • Ghostbusters (IMDb) (wiki)
    With a long awaited sequel around the corner, now is a great time to watch the original.
  • Frankenweenie (original short film, or 2012 feature remake) (IMDb) (wiki)
    Now a stop motion feature film, I suggest watching the original live action film that was it's inspiration and launched Tim Burton's career.