As Halloween draws near and colder weather creeps underneath your door, you may be looking for a spooky movie to watch under the covers. Instead of scrolling for hours on various streaming platforms for the perfect Friday night flick, you can use this list of Halloween movies across all genres to get you into the spooky spirit. To make your movie marathon even more pleasurable, they are perfectly ordered to create the ideal sinister movie queue for this Halloween weekend.
As one of the most-watched Halloween movies of all time, “Hocus Pocus” has earned its spot as first on this list. “Hocus Pocus” encompasses what you need for your Halloween movie marathon: witches, black cats and cheesy dad-jokes. Get ready to follow young teenager Max, as he accidentally sets three witches free from their decades-old holding spot. Max, alongside his group of friends, attempts to return the witches back before they become immortal but comes across some hilarious roadblocks on their way. After viewing this movie for the millionth time, I can promise that “Hocus Pocus” will get you in the “spooky spirit.” Expect some laughs, some cringes and to end the movie with a smile on your face.
To continue your movie marathon, I recommend an older, yet still enjoyable, Halloween movie: “Beetlejuice.” The antagonist, Beetlejuice, a spirit stuck in limbo that only has one way to get back into the living world: by making someone repeat his name three times. Throughout the movie, Beetlejuice makes many desperate attempts to complete his task until he finds Lydia, a young teen grieving the death of her mother. Lydia and Beetlejuice come together to create a comedic clash of the living and dead while managing to tackle serious topics such as loss and suicide. This movie reminds you what the fall season is all about: green faces and family. Despite being an older movie, I would be dead before I found someone that does not enjoy “Beetlejuice.”
If you are searching for a movie to get your heart pumping, look no further than “Get Out.” This thriller is guaranteed to properly prepare you for all the jumpscares you may encounter on Halloween night. Chris, a black man in a relationship with a white woman named Rose, goes on a weekend getaway with Rose and her odd parents. Almost immediately, Chris recognizes that something suspicious is occurring in the household, but by the time he realizes he needs to “Get Out,” it is too late. Daniel Kaluuya showcases extreme talent and emotion in his performance as Chris who manages to express one of the hardest emotions possible — gut-dropping horror — seemingly effortlessly. “Get Out” left me with enough goosebumps to last me through Thanksgiving.
“The Addams Family”
Finally, to cap off your spooky marathon, a viewing of the musical “The Addams Family” should do the trick. A movie filled with adult jokes and catchy songs, it follows the Addams family, a closely-knit group, as they humorously try to solve the mystery of a man who entered their home claiming to be a long-lost brother. With a low fear factor, the movie is suitable for kids while remaining entertaining for adults due to the family’s advanced humor. The Addams make for the best Friday night companions. This movie left me with a sense of warmth and happiness, making me wish I could watch it again. Finishing off with “The Addams Family,” your movie marathon will have ended on the perfect note.
Hopefully, these four Friday night flicks allow for a great movie marathon. Now it’s time to get into your boo-tiful costume and have a spooktacular Halloween!