TOP 10 "SPIRIT OF HALLOWEEN" FILMS
These movies are not John Carpenter's Halloween (1978). No offense, but that flick isn't all that... Halloweenie.
Collectively, they check all my boxes as playful, whimsical, artful, inspirational, and supernatural.
I hope you enjoy them, too.
[ Home Video Haunts ]
Halloween Party (1991)
Documentary, 1min » WATCH NOW
A reminder to when life was all fun and games. Notice the lack of adult supervision. And where are the costumes?
The Scary Movie (1993)
Experimental, 8min » WATCH NOW
Martina and Sonja cross-dress in vampire capes and werewolf claws, re-enacting familiar horror tropes. A corresponding soundtrack of stock screams and "scary" music suggests that the girls' toying with gender roles and power dynamics may have dire consequences.
[ Folksy - Freaky ]
Tales of the Supernatural (1970)
Documentary, 26min » WATCH NOW
Shot before the term "urban legend" was used, this film analyzes the ways in which horror stories (or "ghost legends") are transmitted, the functions of such stories for the the members of a group of American teenagers being filmed.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949)
Animation, 32min » WATCH NOW
Washington Irving's classic tale of Ichabod Crane and the headless horseman is brought to life by Disney Animation, narrated by Bing Crosby.
[ October Truths ]
Pumpkin Movie (2017)
Documentary, 10min » WATCH NOW
When two long-time friends call each other over Skype to continue their annual Halloween tradition of carving pumpkins together, they swap stories of negative encounters with men, both first—and secondhand, in this frank window into the pervasive nature of gender inequality.
October Country (2009)
Documentary, 80min » RENT NOW
October Country is a beautifully rendered portrait of an American family struggling for stability while haunted by the ghosts of war, teen pregnancy, foster care and child abuse.
[ Retro TV Romps ]
The Midnight Hour (1985)
Horror / Comedy, 94min » WATCH NOW
Phil, Melissa, Mitch, Mary, and Vinnie are high school friends, who unwittingly raise the dead on Halloween night. Once the dead have returned, Pitchford Cove will never be the same again….or will it?!
WNUF Halloween Special (2013)
Found Footage / Comedy, 83min » RENT NOW
In 1987, a TV news team tried to contact spirits in a haunted house. But something went wrong. Three decades later, the recording of this spooky special has finally surfaced and viewers can now see what really went on that fateful night — complete with commercials!
[ Iconic Horror ]
Trick r' Treat (2007)
Horror, 82min » RENT NOW
Four interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: an everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the one guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a bitter old recluse receives an uninvited guest.
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Found Footage / Horror, 81min » RENT NOW
In October of 1994 three student filmmakers disappeared in the woods near Burkittsville, Maryland, while shooting a documentary. A year later their footage was found.
Honorable Mentions Mood Board —
The Virgin Suicides (1999)
The Exorcist (1973)
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
Donnie Darko (2001)
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
Season's Greetings (1996)
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