Some of you may have seen me mention this blog post idea on Twitter, and some of you may be hearing about this for the very first time. Before some readers get excited that this will contain some super creepy movies, I just wanted to let you know that yes, I’ve seen movies like The Conjuring, and Insidious, etc. and while they were quite thrilling to watch (at the time), I really suffered from lack of sleep afterward! Hahaha. I will therefore likely never re-watch those! This list will contain movies with monsters, ghosts, vampires, etc. which I actually enjoy watching, and which I can sleep quite peacefully after. Haha. So, I’m very excited to share the 13 movies that I’ve been/will be re-watching this October (with those of you who decide to stick around), on this very cursed day, Friday the 13th!
– ONE –
Hocus Pocus (1993)
Does this one even need explaining! It’s a classic, and my sister and I love it. It’s funny, it’s silly, it has some creepy factors (although they’re nothing that would give you nightmares if you’re over the age of five), and it’s just overall great! We, in fact, already re-watched it last weekend and loved every moment of it!
– TWO –
Crimson Peak (2015)
This movie is special to me, because while I find certain parts quite terrifying, I also see the beauty in it. The visuals are incredibly satisfying, and I normally cry from the visual delight while at the same time shivering from how creepy said visuals are! This movie is one of those that makes me happy, while also upsetting me. Yes, I have mixed emotions toward Crimson Peak hahaha.
– THREE –
Interview with the Vampire (1994)
This is another classic! The first time I watched this, I was maybe 8 or 9 years old, and visiting my grandparents in Transylvania (haha, I know, how fitting!) I was far too young to watch such a movie, but was quite the rebellious little girl, and stuck out of the bedroom and watched it alone with super low volume after everyone had gone to bed. Haha. Looking back now, seeing Antonio Banderas, Brad Pitt, and Tom Cruise as vampires is kind of funny, but it’s still a movie that I enjoy watching once a year or every two years or so.
– FOUR –
The Boxtrolls (2014)
Not in the least creepy, but featuring trolls….so it counts? This movie was funny, and sad, and silly, and angering. The Boxtrolls was also the type of movie that really makes you think about certain things, because (for example) the actual monsters in this film are not the trolls at all, but rather a group of humans! Sorry, that shouldn’t be a spoiler, based on the DVD cover and the trailer, haha. But anyway, I really liked the animation style of this one, and the fact that the setting was 19th century Victorian-y…ish?
– FIVE –
Another classic, and a Tim Burton movie, so of course it had to make the list! Well, maybe not of course…since Corpse Bride, Frankenweenie, and other Burton movies didn’t make the list…But I mean, Corpse Bride really let me down for some reason. And I haven’t watched Frankenweenie yet because I can’t handle it when animals die. I’m a baby, I know. But anyway, back to Beetlejuice. This movie is funny, silly, a bit creepy, and the effects….will make you laugh, now that it’s no longer 1988, rather than jump back in fright, or stare in awe. (I used to watch the animated series as a kid though, and kind of preferred that one to the movie. But shhh, don’t tell anyone!)
– SIX –
Jane Eyre (2011)
I can just picture some of you kind of blinking, your heads jerking back in surprise. “Jane Eyre?! What’s wrong with you, Flavia?!” Let me explain! While the classic novel by Charlotte Brontë might not be too dark, this particular film adaptation contains some gothic elements, which I just adore. Plus Michael Fassbender…although he’s not gothic, or creepy…just dreamy. *cough* I think he makes the best Mr. Rochester ever. But, anyway, I was taught this film during grad school, and we were told that it’s gothic, so it has to be true. Hah. There.
– SEVEN –
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Another Tim Burton movie. Yes, I like most of his stuff, don’t judge me! I also still like Johnny Depp (again, please don’t judge me). I like how this film mixes comic elements with horror. I also really enjoy the plot, the acting, the visuals, etc. etc. etc. I’ve watched this movie a number of times over the years, and it never gets old for me! It’s been a few years since this one, so I’m pretty excited to re-experience it this October!
– EIGHT –
Yes, I know this movie wasn’t out of this world, or fantastic. I’m also not the biggest fan of zombies…but I really enjoyed the mix of Jane Austen’s style, and horror. I don’t know about the book, because I have not read it yet, but the film adaptation made me feel as if I was truly watching and adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, an the manner in which the zombies were added felt very natural! It was also awesome that the women are badass fighters, and that we of course had one of the first love-to-hate romance plots still mixed in there as well! I did not approve of the casting for Mr. Darcy, but was appeased because Mr. Bingley (Douglas Booth) was not hard on the eyes at all.
– NINE –
I’m not sure what to say about this one, except that my sister and I have watched it once a year, or twice a year, since the first time we saw it when we were younger. I had the biggest crush on Dracula (Gary Oldman) in this one when I was younger too! Gah! Obviously when he appears as a younger man, not when he’s masquerading as an old one, haha. Maybe it was that vampire magnetism, but anyway, I always cheered for Dracula (and also felt bad for him at times) in this one, and always sort of wished that Mina would just give in and get with Dracula already. He certainly had more sex appeal and brain cells than Mr. Harker (Keanu Reeves). Sigh. Oh well, we can’t always get what we want.
– TEN –
This movie always makes me feel so conflicted! Like, do I watch it around Christmas? Or around Halloween? Or both?! This mixed genre (or whatever you want to call it) business is very brain-muddling for me, haha. But anyway, this is another Tim Burton, and a classic, that I thoroughly enjoy no matter how many times I’ve already seen it! I will likely also be watching it again when it gets closer to Christmas too, because I’m lame, haha.
– ELEVEN –
The Mummy (1999)
Yes, it’s a bit strange to have this one on here. This movie always felt like more of a summer flick for me, and while I do enjoy watching it in the summer a little more, it kind of still fits into the “Halloween” category for me because there’s a mummy in it! This movie still makes me laugh, and the romance between the main female and male leads is still one of my favourites! And the dialogue?! Gush! Also…what did happen to Brendan Fraser?!
– TWELVE –
When Good Ghouls Go Bad (2001)
Another TV classic, like Hocus Pocus (and sometimes those TV movies are more fun for me to watch than like big screen blockbusters, if I’m being honest. For example, The Beauty and the Briefcase is one of my favourite movies of all time!) But back to them ghouls. Just like Hocus Pocus, this TV movie is silly, with just enough creepy to make it fun!
– THIRTEEN –
The Addams Family (1991)
I’m not sure if this one even needs explaining! I mean, it’s the Addams Family! They’re the most Halloween-worthy family around! I saw this movie when I was little, and a few times here and there, since then. I’m pretty sure that my sister and I also watched every single episode of The New Addams Family TV series that ran from 1998 to 1999! I’m super excited to re-watch this movie (out of all of them perhaps) because it’s been the longest since I’ve seen this one!
There are a few other movies that I considered putting on here, such as The Crow, but that one, for example, didn’t make it because it makes me more sad than anything. You should see me watching The Crow…I bawl my eyes out every time. The other movies didn’t make it for similar reasons, or because I just didn’t feel like watching them this year. Anyway, I hope that you enjoyed my list, and that we’ll maybe be watching some of the same movies this Halloween season!
THANKS SO MUCH FOR READING! HAVE YOU WATCHED ANY OF THESE MOVIES? AND IF SO, WHAT DID YOU THINK? IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THEM YET, ARE YOU PLANNING TO? WHY? WHY NOT? ALSO, DO YOU HAVE ANY HALLOWEEN TYPE MOVIES THAT YOU LIKE TO WATCH EVERY YEAR AROUND HALLOWEEN? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!