Top Halloween Movies


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Halloween movies are a great way to get in the spooky mood.

Kiara Williams, Staff Writer

Halloween is the time for all things spooky, and what’s more spooky than a scary movie to watch? Here are some classic and modern Halloween films you don’t want to miss. 

Nightmare Before Christmas
The Nightmare Before Christmas, a 1993 film created by Tim Burton, is a festive stop-motion film that created one of the most iconic characters in media: Jack Skellington. The story follows Skellington as he discovers Christmas and plans to make it as freaky as Halloween, using the help of his fellow friends from the Town of Halloween.

This movie is highly recommended to anyone who wishes to watch a classic film this Halloween. This film brings creepy, but fun well animated visuals, accompanied by the theatrical music composed by Danny Elfman that flows within the story.  Overall, “The Nightmare Before” Christmas is an entertaining film that provides joy for all that watch.

Coraline, created by Henry Selick, is another stop-motion film where a young girl named Coraline falls into a world where her perfect life is presented. However, as she continues to explore she finds she’s in grave danger and must escape before it’s too late. 

This film presents stunning visuals that aid in the bizarre world of the movie creating its mysterious and creepy tone. The film is riddled with references and details that bring out the world of the film allowing the uniqueness to pop with style, perfect for Halloween.

It” is a film based on a book by Stephen King. It follows a group of children called the “Loser Club” as they track down the shape-shifting clown Pennywise after the disappearance of Georgy, the young brother of Bill Denbrough, a member of the Loser Club. 

This film is frightening. The gruesome, bloody visuals matched with the creepy theatrical action of the antagonist Pennywise make for a tense thrilling horror that utilizes the common fear of clowns to spook its audience in a 2 ½ hour adventure. 

It Chapter 2
After the smashing success of the hit horror film “It”, the sequel “It Chapter 2” only took a couple of years to release after the original. After the thrilling events of the 1st film, “It Chapter 2” follows the same cast of characters 27 years in the future where the members of the Loser Club all join to defeat Pennywise once and for all. 

This film is a nice sequel that provides closure to the characters and plot of the original. Although suffering from issues regarding the rules of the world and writing. “It Chapter 2” is a scary, intense film that provides well-produced frights for the audience to enjoy. 

Corpse Bride 
Corpse Bride, a 2005 Tim Burton Musical follows Victor Van Dort, the son of rich fish merchants, who struggles with his arranged marriage to Victoria Everglot, the daughter of a noble but broke family. When wedding rehearsals go wrong Victor finds himself sulking in a forest where he practices his lines. In his predicament, he accidentally marries himself to a corpse that drags him into the afterlife. With his newfound marriage and a desire to get back home, Victor must foresee a large adventure involving romance and murder. 

If you’re someone who loves a good drama and murder mystery, this movie is for you. Corpse Bride is a thrilling sight that presents stunning visuals with the use of stop-motion animation. The classic eerie Tim Burton tone is well used within this movie aiding the themes and mystery within the film, making the film a joy to view during this holiday time.