Happy Halloween! Whatever you do this spooky eve, make sure it involves a frightening film fest. Whether you watch just one or all five, we’ve picked out our ultimate picks from fun and family friendly to the truly terrifying…
It wouldn’t be Halloween without watching ‘Halloween’ (the clue being in the title). Be warned though, almost every character suffers a fatal end and all thanks to the murderous hands of Michael Myers. Released from prison 16 years after stabbing his sister to death when he was just 6 years old, it seems his time inside taught him absolutely nothing. Now committed to stalking the neighbourhood’s babysitters, he begins his mission, in sheer silence we might add, towering over his victims and yes, you guessed it – killing them, though you’ll have to watch the film to find out Jamie-Lee Curtis’ fate above…
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
Welcome to an extraordinary world filled with magic and wonder… where everyday is Halloween (yes we did steal that line from the film). What originally started as a poem written by Tim Burton in 1982 has since become a holiday classic, whether you watch it at Halloween or Christmas. It tells the story of Jack Skellington, King of Halloweentown and his chance discovery of an alternative world, Christmastown – though his grasp on the latter festive season doesn’t quite go to plan… Perfect for family viewing, especially if you’re a fan of Tim Burton!
Definitely one to watch with your girlfriends – Hocus Pocus is the ultimate Halloween chick flick. Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy (remember her as the hilarious Sister Mary Patrick in Sister Act) head up the cast as three witches with a desire for immortality. While they wreak havoc and fly about on vacuum cleaners, it’s up to a 300-year-old cat to save the day. Genius and even better thanks to its musical interludes, once you watch it you’ll officially be hooked – which may have something to do with Bette Midler putting a spell on you… You’ve been warned.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Altogether now – “They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re all together ooky, the Addams family…” Cue two finger clicks, a huge bowl of popcorn and you’re ready for a spooky Halloween feast where Morticia may just encourage you to play with your food (at least that’s the case for her daughter Wednesday anyway). Based on a family strict with their traditions – that are anything but traditional, it’s a little spooky and very funny.
Be warned, watching this film may result in a phone call telling you that your time left on earth is reduced to just seven more days and not blissful ones at that, especially if you watch it on VHS. Thankfully we’re more of the DVD generation here at Topshop HQ, but you can forget a last trip to Disney world, Kenyan safaris and the best meal you ever had – instead, your last week on earth will be spent haunted by Samara, a demonic ghost child whose murderous psychic force takes form through the passing on of a videotape. Quite simply – watch it, and death will follow. Scary stuff!
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