It’s time to wrap up warm, dim the lights and scare yourself silly in the season of spooks, ghosts and ghouls! Whether you’re looking for chuckles or a truly terrifying tale, at The Insurance Emporium, we love getting into the spooky spirit with a good old-fashioned Halloween adventure. That’s why we’ve put together our guide to the top ten films to watch this Halloween!
On Halloween, there aren’t many things more unsettling than a haunted doll. Before Annabelle made her mark in The Conjuring and before Slappy haunted our childhoods in Goosebumps, there was Chucky. Although his movies are now seen as a bit of a joke, the original Child’s Play remains a cult classic!
You know what might be worse than evil dolls? Clowns. Join the Losers Club, a group of outcasts who band together to defeat an ancient evil, in the form of Pennywise the Dancing Clown. Tim Curry and Bill Skarsgård both play Pennywise fantastically, and you’ll have a great time with either the 1990 original or the 2017 remake.
How could we leave this one off our list? Not only is the film named after the horrific holiday, it’s also the movie that kickstarted the golden age of slasher flicks! Halloween gave us one of the most iconic horror movie villains of all time in Michael Myers, inspiring other great slasher icons of the ‘80s, like Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Some might argue it’s a Christmas film, and they’d be right! But this musical adventure from Tim Burton is firmly rooted in Halloween Town. You’ll meet a delightfully creepy cast of colourful characters as Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, does his best to bring the Christmas cheer home.
The Addams Family
A family comedy with a dark twist, if you’re not snapping your fingers along with the theme tune, there’s something wrong! Both the 1991 film and its sequel, Addams Family Values are great fun. The whole cast play off each other fantastically, but Anjelica Huston really steals the show as Morticia Addams.
Rocky Horror Picture Show
A cult, cross-dressing classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show takes you on a wild, rock ‘n’ roll ride through the mansion of Dr Frank-N-Furter. You’ll still find screenings of the film or performances of the stage show around every Halloween. If you fancy doing the Time Warp (again), it’s most fun with a bunch of Rocky Horror fans!
The Haunting of Hill House
Okay, we know this isn’t a film, but we’re breaking our own rules for this one, because The Haunting of Hill House might just be the spookiest series on Netflix! Loosely based around Shirley Jackson’s novel of the same name, it follows a family fractured by time who are drawn back to the haunted house they grew up in. Weaving a tale through past and present, this series doesn’t rely on cheap jump scares to terrify its audience.
Take a trip to Spooky Island with Scooby-Doo and the gang! Two years after splitting up, Mystery Inc. are reunited to unravel the monsters and the mystery of the island resort. Matthew Lillard captures the character of Shaggy so perfectly, you’d have thought he jumped straight out of the screen from the original cartoon.
Perhaps the greatest horror film ever made, Halloween wouldn’t be complete without watching The Shining. Fun fact; the most famous line in the film was improvised! Jack Nicholson’s unforgettable “Heeere’s Johnny!” was inspired by The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and brought us one of the most memorable iconic moments in modern cinema.
If you grew up in the ‘90s, chances are you use Halloween as an excuse to put Hocus Pocus on repeat. Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker steal the show as the Sanderson sisters wreaking havoc on the children of Salem. Settle in, rename your cat Binx, and enjoy this Halloween cult classic by Disney.
Whether you’re in the mood for something spooky, silly, or somewhere in between, we hope this list has put you in the mood for Halloween! At The Insurance Emporium, we provide specialist insurance for life’s many adventures, covering golf to guitars, caravans to cats, and more! If you’re not too spooked, head on down to The Insurance Emporium to find out more!
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