The Halloween season is upon us as autumn’s crisp air settles into the atmosphere and the foliage transforms into vivid hues of orange and red. It brings with it a certain excitement. Movie lovers can revisit or discover cult-classic Halloween movies. These films have a Halloween-like atmosphere and are often funny, offering a spine-tickling experience. In this article, you’ll learn about eight cult classic Halloween movies that should be on everyone’s watch list.
1. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
A crazy and provocative musical that has become a Halloween staple is The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This quirky film has a catchy soundtrack, a quirky storyline and wacky characters. Jim Sharman directs it. The cult movie comes to life at midnight showings with costumes and call-backs.
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare before Christmas”, an animated stop-motion film, beautifully merges the worlds and holidays of Halloween with Christmas. Jack Skellington decides that he will take it over. With its beautiful visuals and memorable tunes, this masterpiece is always a Halloween and Holiday favourite.
3. Hocus Pocus (1993)
Kenny Ortega is the director of this classic family-friendly film. The Sanderson Sisters are three witches who return to life in Salem, Massachusetts, on Halloween. A mix of adventure, humour and magic has made it a popular Halloween tradition.
4. Beetle juice (1988)
Tim Burton’s darkly comedic fantasy, “Beetlejuice”, is about a recently deceased married couple who hire the ghost Beetlejuice to rid themselves of the living. Michael Keaton’s memorable performance as Beetlejuice, combined with the film’s quirky, macabre humour, has made it one of Halloween’s favourite films.
5. Trick ‘r Treat (2007)
Michael Dougherty’s anthology Halloween horror film “Trick ‘r Treat”, a collection of four interconnected stories tells four interconnected tales. The film respects Halloween tradition and folklore by delivering a collection of darkly humorous and disturbing tales. It has gained a cult following thanks to its clever story-telling and love of Halloween.
6. The Addams Family is a 1991 film.
Barry Sonnenfeld directed this darkly comedic movie based on the popular TV Series “The Addams Family”. It follows eccentric Addams and his family as they navigate the strange world of their lives. They unwittingly end up in an encounter with a con man. This film, which features characters such as Gomez Morticia Wednesday and other memorable ones, is a mix of macabre humour, family, and heartwarming moments.
7. Coraline (2009)
Henry Selick directed Coraline, a stop-motion animated movie that tells about a girl’s journey into a parallel, seemingly perfect world. But it has a dark side. This dark, fantasy film is a trip through an alternate world full of eccentric neighbours and unsettling mysteries.
8. The Evil Dead (1981)
The Evil Dead by Sam Raimi is a low-budget horror flick that has grown into a cult film in the horror world. The story follows friends who accidentally unleash demonic spirits while staying in an isolated cabin in the woods. Bruce Campbell’s Ash is a film hailed as a Halloween horror classic for its inventive camera work, practical effect, and charismatic performance.
These cult classic movies on Halloween cover a broad range of themes, from campy music videos to dark comedies or spine-chilling scares. Whether you want to be entertained, scared, or both, there’s something in these movies for every Halloween lover. With these timeless masterpieces, you may enjoy a fascinating Halloween while popping popcorn and turning off the lights.