We don’t know about you but Halloween’s definitely one of our favorite holidays. Here are 10 of the best Halloween movies of all time ranked and reviewed for your pleasure.
Top 10 Best Halloween Movies of All Time
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
As you can probably already tell by its name, the film is the third installment on the aptly-named Halloween movie franchise.
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) is often overlooked by horror genre fans due to one unique feature— the series’ main antagonist Michael Myers doesn’t really appear in it. Another fact is that it doesn’t relate storywise to the first two films at all neither. However, many agree that the film is still enjoyable to watch if you’re a fan of the franchise.
Don’t let House (1977)’s silly premise turns you off completely. This Japanese cult horror comedy film is more than that.
The film follows the story of six schoolgirls who go to a haunted house owned by an aunt of one of them. The horror starts when the house starts to devour them one by one in increasingly more outrageous manners. Gotta leave it to the Japanese to perfectly balance both horror and comedy elements in one film.
Tales of Halloween (2015)
Tales of Halloween (2015) is an anthology horror film composed of 10 different horror short segments which take place in different parts of town during the night of Halloween.
The film’s segments present light and oftentimes comedic stories peppered with genuine horror. Some of the best stories involve an urban legend about too much candy ingestion leading to cannibalism and a story about the funny standoff between a slasher killer and an adorable alien invader.
Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg team up to make this haunted house film about a California family who unexpectedly come in contact with ghosts through the most unexpected house object ever— a television set. Harmless and even friendly at first, the ghosts soon turn violent hence the title Poltergeist (1982). When the youngest member of the family goes missing, they turn to a parapsychologist for help.
The film was a success and remains to be one of the most popular horror films until today. It is followed by two more sequels and a remake released in 2015.
The Guest (2014)
Part horror, part thriller, The Guest (2014) tells the story of how a charming but mysterious house guest presenting himself to be a friend of the family’s dead brother wreaks havoc as he becomes a central suspect in the deaths of numerous people.
While technically not a film about Halloween, The Guest’s climax happens inside a Halloween haunted house where the final showdown occurs in a fog of artificial smoke. In the end, the guest is revealed to be a soldier who was programmed to kill anybody who compromises his real identity.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Is it a Christmas movie, is it a Halloween movie? Well, it doesn’t really matter because it’s a great film either way.
Created by Tim Burton, you’ll find yourself weirdly attached to this strange film’s numerous characters, particularly Jack Skellington, Halloweentown’s best ‘scarer’ who are seeking to bring in Christmas to his macabre town after getting tired of their assigned holiday. And what we get is a quirky, fish out of water comedy horror film that audiences of all ages love. The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of the best animated Halloween movies for kids to watch on Halloween Eve.
A trivia: did you know that the producers were concerned the film was going to be too scary for children to watch? Good thing they were wrong.
Trick ‘r Treat (2007)
It’s a shame Trick ‘r Treat (2007) never got a normal theatrical release. However, it did find audiences through a home video release.
The film is a Halloween themed anthology film composed of five excellent and loosely-connected stories which take place on the holiday. Goofy and gruesome, both kids and adults alike would surely enjoy the stories told in this film as they are reminiscent of seemingly silly childhood legends told in a fantastic manner. Another thing that all stories have in common is its running theme of punishing those who break Halloween traditions. So, let this serve as a warning to those of you who don’t take the holiday as seriously as we do. Trick ‘r Treat is one of the best Halloween horror movies of all time.
Evil Dead 2 (1987)
Before Sam Raimi went on to direct the hugely successful Spider-man trilogy, he was impressing the horror genre fans with his Evil Dead films.
Here we have the sequel to his critically-acclaimed debut film. Evil Dead 2 (1987) diverts from the low-budget grit of the original to give us some mix of comedy slapstick and horror thus creating one of the most iconic Halloween films ever.
The film follows a similar story as the first, with Ash Williams returning to battle some demons in a cabin in the woods once again.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Although A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) doesn’t really mention Halloween, its villain Freddy Krueger has become a sort of staple for the holiday over the years. You can sure come across multiple people dressed as him as they go trick or treating during the night of the holiday.
The film tells the story of a group of high school kids being stalked by a mysterious supernatural killer who preys upon them as they sleep. Teenagers who can’t sleep? Wes Craven has truly hit the nail on the head when he thought of the concept for this film.
Of course, how could we forget this classic Halloween movie that started the iconic franchise?
Numerous horror films owe their existence to this John Carpenter classic. In Halloween (1978), we are first introduced to one of the horror genre’s most notorious antagonist, Michael Myers, as he stalks Jamie Lee Curtis on Halloween. Halloween is considered one of the best Halloween movies of all time.
How about you? What’s your favorite Halloween movie? Did you find it on our top 10 Halloween movies list? Tell us in the comments below and don’t forget to share this article with your friends!