Top 10 Movies that take place on Halloween
October 30, 2011 2 Comments
Yep, you read the title right. While most top ten lists in relation to Halloween are all about the gore, scares, violence and other things associated with the fright night, I decided to go a different route and present to you the ten best movies that all take place on Halloween. So instead of just sitting through the same lists over and over again about how awesome the Freddy movies are or what movie has the best gore for Halloween viewing, why not just watch a movie that just happens to take place on Halloween.
Yes it had to be on here, why wouldn’t it be on here? I mean this is about as iconic as a horror movie can get before it is beaten into the ground by numerous sequels and remakes (thanks Rob Zombie). John Carpenters classic is my mind, one of the top horror movies around. You have Michael Meyers going around in a re-purposed William Shatner mask, killing young teenagers who are all up to devious things and all the while Meyer’s is an unstoppable killing machine. For an independent film at the time, this was incredible. Tight pacing, brooding music and an iconic horror movie figure for years to come. The best part, it all takes place on Halloween. DUH!
9: The Crow
I am a bit apprehensive about putting this on a list since the movies culture impact is that on the fashion industry. This movie made every goth wannabe start wearing fishnet shirts, black leather pants and trenchcoats because this movie was so goth and dark. Listen, you aren’t Brandon Lee, you don’t have the physique of Brandon Lee, you don’t know karate and you probably are already some pasty white suburbanite from a white middle class protestant family. Just stop cause you look ridiculous and it’s 90 degrees outside, the trenchcoat isn’t needed.
All ranting aside, the movie takes place on Halloween and the movie is actually fairly good. The action scenes are pretty intense, but geez the overall feel of the movie just screams teenage, Hot Topic employee dream. Still Brandon Lee is best remembered for his tragic role as Eric Draven and it also was his final role after he died on set.
8: Spaced Invaders
Aliens crash land on Earth after mistaking a broadcast of H.G. Well’s War of the Worlds as an invasion. The aliens have to blend in with the population as they try and get the ship repaired and back to their home planet. Lucky for them it’s Halloween and their unique look are mistaken for costumes. Some light hearted whimsical fun with comedy thrown into the fray. Granted this movie came out in 1990 and I was like 5 at that time, I still remember this movie today. Nothing special about it, but a darkhorse Halloween movie it is.
7: Donnie Darko
Yep, the final closing scenes of the movie all take place during Halloween. While a mind fuck of a movie at times with it’s take on inter-dimensional space and time, the film is well put together and acted wonderfully by Jack Gyllenhaal and Jena Malone. If anything this movie gave some short sighted costume to help to those who want to wear the creepy bunny outfit from the movie name Frank.
6: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
I really don’t need to explain this one. If you haven’t seen it the million times it plays on television, just do yourself a favor and check it out.
5: The Nightmare Before Christmas
This is a bit of a cheat since it’s Halloween everyday in Jack’s world. There is no denying that the animation and story is captivating and compelling. It’s an incredibly inventive film that is very memorable. The movie also ended up giving the gothic lolitas something to dress up for on Halloween and the movie also accounts for about 50% of all Hot Topic sales. Also apparently women who like this movie are also fans of the striped, knee length socks or leggings, which I am all for.
4: Hocus Pocus
Alright here me out, the movie takes place on Halloween, it’s a musical horror movie, this is the only role in which Sarah Jessica Parker is at least tolerable in and it makes references to the Salem Witch Trials. All these things make it a decent movie to watch or have on in the background while you do other Halloween things. Harmless fun folks.
3: Trick ‘R Treat
A horror anthology that tells several different stories that all center around Halloween. Each of the four stories that are told in the movie all have a common element that ties them all together. Also the creepiest part of the movie is the little kid with the sack on his head, you will know what I am talking about when you see it.
2: Idle Hands
Ah, nothing like the story of a guy who’s hand is possessed by the devil and meant to do the devil’s bidding. This is part of the deluge of teen-centric horror movies that sprang up after Scream. It has some dark humor elements and is an alright movie. There is something that I am forgetting as to why this is at number though. I just can’t put my finger on it. It’s….
Oh yeah, now I remember Jessica Alba is in this movie and that makes it worthwhile. Looking good!
1: Ernest Scare Stupid
Yes yes yes! One of Jim Varney’s finest movie next to Ernest Goes to Jail, this is pretty much what a Halloween movie should be. You have trolls, costumes, a spooky tree, ancient lore, curses, and Ernest himself coming to save the day. Stop reading and go watch this movie.