by Rikki Ettinger
Oct. 15, 2019
The weather is getting cold, the leaves are falling, pumpkin spice fills the air, and our coffees. But nothing truly rings in the fall season like cuddling up with your boo-thang and watching a group of beautiful teenagers be violently torn limb from limb by a masked psychopath. Or maybe it’s a horrific creature from the void that skitters into the darkness, only to suddenly reappear and splatter the screen a bright red. There are so many great scary movies out there, but these are the top 3 must watch films for fans and scaredy-cats alike.
3. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
You hear Halloween and what comes to mind? Creepy guy in a white mask that stalks babysitters? Every film in the franchise is just that, except Halloween III. Season of the Witch drops Michael Myers for an evil corporation that is determined to kill the youth of the country through the sales of masks. At just 1 hour 39 minutes long, this title is a weird, campy, and just plain fun one to watch.
2. Trick ‘r Treat (2007)
Trick ‘r Treat is one of Halloween’s best kept secrets. The movie is made up of several different stories, tightly and cleverly interwoven together. It covers a wide variety of Halloween tropes and has a little something for everyone. I can’t say more without giving away some of the surprises and twists. With a runtime of 1 hour 40 minutes, this makes for a perfect night in away from the trick or treaters.
1. Scream (1996)
The first of four entries is often imitated and never duplicated. Directed by the legendary Wes Craven, writer of A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Hills Have Eyes. Twenty-three years ago, this film reinvigorated and reinvented the tired slasher genre. Star studded, fun, scary, self-aware, and impossibly clever, Scream turns a masked figure killing off teens in a sleepy town into a timeless cult classic and absolute must watch. Whether this is your first time watching or your 1000th, no Halloween is complete without asking, “What’s your favorite scary movie?”