The Ultimate Halloween Must Watch Film List

For most of us here at Roundhay Web Design October onwards is definitely our favourite time of the year. Not just because of Halloween; the whole feel of things at this time of year is awesome. The change in weather from hot (well mild, we do live in England!) to cold certainly gears you up for the coming Winter months. After the crunchy Autumn leaves and conkers have all disappeared, it’s time for Halloween! Not only is Halloween an awesome excuse for a party; it’s also a fantastic excuse to dress up, eat lots of treats and of course watch a scary film or two!

So, whether you’re looking for a gruesome, gory super scary movie to watch, a children’s Halloween favourite or even a horror comedy – we’ve got it covered. Check out our ultimate Halloween movie list (in no particular order) to get some movie night inspiration, there’s a fair few on this list that I haven’t seen in years!

1. Scream (1996)

movie poster image for the halloween classic film scream

This is a classic for most of us I’d say. Sometimes there is nothing better than watching this good old corny horror film at Halloween – it doesn’t actually scare me to be honest. I’m guessing that’s why Scary Movie used it as inspiration for their first movie.

2. The Shining (1980)the creepy twins from the shining

I went against using the classic Shining image that most people associate with the film. Reason being – I think these twins are so much creepier!

3. The Ring (2002)the girl tamara from the ring standing in front of a well

This is what happens when you watch evil video tapes, you end up being haunted until you eventually discover the sinister secret. Tamara (the girl pictured) actually resembles me on a Monday morning when I rock up to work, ready for a day of web design in our offices (when really I’d much rather still be in bed!)

4. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)jack skellington from a nightmare before christmas standing on top of a moonlit hill

Something that I have always wondered – is this a Christmas film or a Halloween film? Cue a healthy debate with the web design department; the majority vote being a Halloween film! That settled, this is certainly a firm favourite in our household.

5. The Exorcist (1973)the exorcism scene from cult halloween film the exorcist

Apparently when this film was released Nuns actually protested outside cinemas to stop this film being shown on the big screen. I will always remember when my Mum told me about this film, she warned me not to watch it and said that after she saw it at the cinema she had nightmares for weeks! I think it is safe to say, my Mum is affected way more by horror films than me, I find most of them amusing.

6. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)a scene from texas chainsaw massacre where they are all sat at the dining table halloween

This still image itself is enough to make anybody wonder what on earth is going on here. I mean, what is with the woman on the right? Such a creepy looking thing, never-mind the seemingly dead man sat at the end of the table. Halloween must watch for sure.

7. Ghostbusters (1984)scene from ghostbusters movie 1984 of 4 ghostbusters walking towards the camera

Here’s one for all you fellow nerds out there! Why is it that when I ask most of my computer geek friends what their favourite Halloween film is, the majority say Ghostbusters?! It’s not even scary! #IAintAfraidOfNoGhost

8. Halloween (1978)michael myers from halloween brandishing a knife

One of the original horror classics; Halloween. As always, the first was the best. This franchise has been dragged out more than the Fast and Furious franchise, with a massive TEN movies released!

9. Hocus Pocus (1993)the three witches from childrens halloween film hocus pocus

Hocus Pocus! What an awesome kids Halloween classic. I have fond memories of watching this growing up, it’s one of those films that never seemed to get old no matter what are you are.

10. Hotel Transylvania (2012)

a scene from childrens halloween film hotel transylvania

the characters from the original halloween favourite scary movie sat in a movie theatre

Ok, so not exactly a horror film, definitely more of a comedy but it is still a must watch Halloween movie in my eyes. In each of the Scary Movie films they take the piss out of all kinds of horror films including Saw, The Ring, Signs and more. Great if you fancy a good laugh.

12. Saw (2004)jigsaw from the popular gore film saw

The film that just gets sicker and sicker. Some people can’t physically watch these films as there is just so much gore. Some of the scenes are incredibly grim, especially the one where there is a guy glued to the seat of the car and the only way he can survive is if he forces himself forward, ripping the skin off his back. In the end he dies anyway, like I said – GRIM.

13. Coraline (2009)coraline childrens halloween film

Another kids Halloween film; this time it’s Coraline. The girl that magically transports to a different realm – where everyone has buttons for eyes, sounds cute but it’s actually really creepy – even for an adult!

14. Chucky – Childs Play (1988)chucky doll from childs play

I applaud the parents that get their kids dressed up as Chucky for Halloween, they look awesome, especially if they finish off the look with a plastic knife.

15. Casper (1995)casper the friendly ghost halloween movie

It has been SO long since I watched this film, going to have to dig it out for Halloween for sure. Who doesn’t love Casper The Friendly Ghost?

16. Beetlejuice (1988)scene from beetlejuice where he is sat in a waiting room next to a man with an extremely small head

Oh. My. Word. My ultimate favourite, Beetlejuice. One of Winona Ryders first starring roles, which apparently may not have been a good thing: “The actress Winona Ryder has revealed she was bullied at school after making Beetlejuice, with her class mates calling her a witch.” (Source: NME)


I hope you did, if not then I won’t lose much sleep over it! Anyway, make sure that you check back for more fun and entertaining articles just like this one! Until then, why not check out this funny blog all about the answers to some of life’s most pointless questions!

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