By Matt Pascarella
Halloween is a little over a month away and if you like it as much as I do, you might be thinking about what to watch as the holiday approaches.
I’ve seen a lot of scary movies and I still remember the
first time I saw this one. I was legitimately scared and had to turn it off. A
little girl shows signs of being sick. As it turns out she’s slowly becoming
possessed by a demon and her mother turns to the church to perform an exorcism,
but it’s not that easy. Nine out 10 shaking beds. Available on HBO MAX.
Definitely one of my top five best horror movies. A family
takes a vacation to a summer home where they are terrorized by their
doppelgängers. Can the family escape? What do their doppelgängers want? Edge of
your seat excitement. 10 out of 10 pairs of scissors. Available to rent.
Also, in my top five best horror movies. After her mother
dies, Annie and daughter Charlie follow an unsettling path of secrets and
terror that lead to their own bloodline. With jump scares, an overall disturbing
tone, and many cringe-worthy moments, this is a great addition to Halloween
viewing. Eight out of 10 birds – you’ll see why. Available on Amazon Prime.
A creep out rating of 10 out of 10 skulls. A couple comes
home from a romantic evening that turned out to be not so romantic. When a
woman knocks on the door asking if Tamara is home, the couple becomes concerned.
And things go wrong. And get worse. Available to rent.
This is one of my favorite Halloween movies and a must-watch
every year. Max and sister Dani have just moved to Salem, Massachusetts where
every Halloween the town becomes consumed with the legend of the Sanderson
sisters who were hung during the Salem Witch Trials. When Max, Dani and Max’s
crush, Allison bring the Sanderson sisters back from the dead, trouble and
hilarity ensue. 10 out of 10 witches brooms. Available on Disney+.
The Nightmare before Christmas
It is debatable whether this is a Christmas or Halloween
movie, but it can be both. Jack Skellington is king of Halloweentown and has
become bored with their routine of frightening. When he discovers a portal to Christmastown,
he becomes very excited and wants to become king of Christmastown too. He comes
up with a plan. The clay animation is amazing by 1993-standards. This does have
some scarier/frightening parts. Eight out of 10 spooky ghosts. Available on
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Technically, not a movie, but still a Halloween favorite of
mine. Every year, Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin to rise out of the pumpkin
patch and bring toys to all the children of the world. While everyone else goes
for ‘tricks or treats,’ he convinces Sally to join him as they wait for the
Great Pumpkin’s arrival. Will this be the year the Great Pumpkin finally shows
up? Eight out of 10 pumpkins. Available on YouTube and to rent. <