Halloween Party Movie Suggestions
We are in the home stretch in the week leading up to Halloween! Pumpkins have been carved (in theory – mine are still sitting on my kitchen table), houses are decorated, and candy is ready to be passed out.
This week is a little different with my movie list – no “top 10” or “scariest movies of all time“. Instead I’ll break out the horror genre for you and make it a little easier to decide what movies to play at your Halloween party, or while you’re waiting for the trick-or-treaters!
Horror is one genre of film that can be divided into several sub categories. I’ll spare you the film school lesson, but categories are subjective. What’s a slasher to one may be supernatural to another. I’ll try to keep this as simple and concise as possible.
A lot of these films have already been touched on in my previous list, and to spare you the boredom of a re-read, I won’t go into detail about these films.
As always, comments, questions, suggestions are always appreciated! And we’re off –
Slasher Films: Defined as a horror film typically involving a killer that stalks and kills his victims in a violent manner, generally with a weapon that will become his (or her) trademark. Generally there doesn’t seem to be a rhyme or reason for the killer’s motives – until the reveal near the end of the film, usually by a character that has some insight into the killer’s past.
Friday the 13th
Nightmare of Elm Street
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (the original from 1974 is FAR scarier than the 2003 remake)
Saw (Please don’t judge the Saw series by any but the first three installments. 4, 5, and 6 are awful and in my opinion don’t exist when I speak of the franchise)
I Know What You Did Last Summer
My Bloody Valentine
House of Wax
Suggested Audience: Since slasher films generally follow a group of young teens; these are perfect for a high school Halloween party – especially the reboots of most of these films (not gonna lie, House of Wax and the reboot of Friday the 13th are movies that I watch A LOT because of the cast).
Psychological Thriller: To break from the typical horror film for a moment, let’s talk about thrillers. Generally this type of film messes with the mind of the audience, not to mention the characters inside the movie. Instead of a masked man stalking our final girl through the forest, the villain is an unseen force, or in some cases the victims own mind.
When a Stranger Calls (could also be classified as slasher, I guess… but the mind games the killer plays are the focus of the story)
The Silence of the Lambs
The Secret Window
Seven (I debated long and hard about this one – slasher or thriller… what are your thoughts?)
Suggested Audience: If you’re looking for a horror movie that will make you think and take you away from the blood and gore of the genre, I’d recommend one of the above films. Still as scary (and in some cases scarier) than their bloody counter parts, thrillers are “smart” horror.
Supernatural: I’m defining supernatural as anything having to do with ghost, spirits, haunting, demons, things that go bump in the night, etc.
The Amityville Horror
House on Haunted Hill
Hellraiser (Again, I had a hard time with this one. Pinhead is so much more than a slasher, but there’s also the psychological elements… )
A Haunting in Connecticut
The Blair Witch Project
The Sixth Sense
Suggested Audience: This is my FAVORITE genre of horror, so I say open it to everyone! But be warned – supernatural elements can tend to be FAR more scary than your average killer. Your mind fills in the blanks of what the filmmaker isn’t showing us, and THAT is terrifying.
Creature Feature:We’re talking vampires, werewolves, zombies – oh my (But I’m omitting Twilight. That is NOT a horror movie, I don’t CARE that half the plot is vampires and werewolves)!
Interview with the Vampire
28 Days Later
I am Legend
An American Werewolf in London
Night of the Living Dead (I could have broken out Romero zombie movies into their own category. Let’s just pretend that Night of the Living Dead encompasses all of his films)
Quarantine (Zombies? Sort of.)
Suggested Audience: I always like these films if my party is going to be themed. This year, in honor of the premiere of “The Walking Dead” my Halloween theme is zombie apocalypse – Romero here I come!
Okay, so no descriptions, and much more concise lists, BUT I wanted to be sure to touch on all sorts of horror movies in this final installment. I would LOVE to hear your opinions and suggestions, and as always thanks for reading!
It’s been a fun October, and I’ve enjoyed imparting my horror wisdom on you. Have a safe and happy Halloween!