The best of the best: Halloween movies



By Ethan Alonzo, COPY EDITOR

There are many time honored traditions when it comes to Halloween. Going door-to-door for candy dressed in costumes, carving pumpkins, and drinking one too many Witch’s Brew themed cocktails are Halloween staples. For those who want to be more cozy this All Hallow’s Eve, snuggle up next to the fire and give a couple of these spooky flicks a glance.
Hocus Pocus
For those not a fan of jump scares and gore, “Hocus Pocus” may be the film for you. While still a Halloween movie, Hocus Pocus is fun rather than frightening. The 1993 film stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as three sister witches bent on regaining their youth. Now it’s up to the Dennison siblings, played by Omri Katz and Thora Birch, and a talking cat to save the town of Salem.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
The interesting thing about “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is it works for both Halloween and Christmas. Danny Elfman voices the main character of this Tim Burton classic, Jack Skellington, the “Pumpkin King” and leader of Halloween Town who has grown bored of the same routine every year. When a walk through the woods leads to a rather interesting discovery, Christmas will never be the same, once the Pumpkin King gets a hold of it.
There is no better movie to watch on “Halloween” than the movie named after the holiday itself. Halloween is one of the greats in the slasher/thriller genre of movies. An iconic soundtrack, one of the most well known masks that a serial killer has ever worn, and Jamie Lee Curtis. What else do you need? Halloween serves as one of the most influential films to watch on Halloween and rightfully so. Every year on Halloween, you can count on at least one person wearing that historic Michael Myers mask.
American Psycho
Last but not least, you can’t have a Halloween movie binge without watching the psychological thriller “American Psycho”. Starring Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, and Jared Leto, American Psycho tells the tale of Patrick Bateman, a wealthy banker who murders those who are disrupting his way of life, or so it seems. Full of twists and turns, “American Psycho” is a film you can either sit and enjoy the ride, or analyze to no end.
Regardless of what film you choose to watch this Halloween, as long as you have a bowl of candy and a fellow monster you can cuddle up with by the jack-o’-lantern, then there’s no wrong answer.