Five creepy films to get your heart pounding this Halloween

Calling all Halloween lovers! The following spooky flicks feature ghosts, ghouls, vampires, witches, and werewolves galore. These movies are perfect for those chilly autumn nights when you just want to sink into the couch with some popcorn and a blanket. 

A Halloween movie that’s good for children and adults alike is The Nightmare Before Christmas. Released in 1993 by director Tim Burton, The Nightmare Before Christmas is a stop-motion animated film with stunning visuals accompanied by a masterful music score. The story follows Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloweentown, on his misadventures as he attempts to recreate Christmas. Click here to buy the movie from Amazon.

The original theatrical release photo for “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Courtesy of Disney

The Shining is a scarier film that might be a bit too much for children. This 1980 psychological horror is a classic in the eyes of many Halloween movie buffs. The creepy plotline features Jack Torrance and his wife and son at the isolated Overlook Hotel. The horror is intensified with eerie aesthetics and an air of unease. Renowned director Stanley Kubrick ensures that audiences will be waiting in anxious anticipation to see what’s coming next.  Click here to buy the movie from Amazon.

The 1984 movie Ghostbusters is another Halloween classic. As entertaining today as it ever was, Ghostbusters tells the tale of a team of scientists who must save New York from complete destruction at the hands of ghouls, ghosts, and supernatural beasts. Click here to buy the movie from Amazon.

A more modern example of a Halloween movie is Corpse Bride. Released in 2005 by director Tim Burton, Corpse Bride is another stop-motion animated film centered around Victor, who is taken to the underworld against his will by the corpse bride, Emily, and must make his way back up to the land of the living. Click here to buy the movie from Amazon.

Get Out is another terrifying film that touches on the very topical issue of racism. The 2017 award-winning film is about Chris, a black man, who is dating Rose, a white girl. When Chris goes to visit Rose’s family, things start going South very quickly and Chris has to frantically find a way to escape with his life. This film’s crazy twists and turns will boggle your mind from start to finish. Click here to buy the movie from Amazon.

Whether you’re a fan of creepy old movies or you’re all about the newer spooky flicks, there is a Halloween movie to please everyone’s palate.

Sophia Christensen

Sophia Christensen

I'm a senior at Gull Lake High School and this is my first year on The Reflection staff, so I guess you could call me a newspaper newbie. I joined the newspaper sort of on a whim because I wanted to put the skills I learned in Multimedia and Reporting to work, but I'm here to stay and enjoy the ride. I like to write feature articles because I love the facet of newspaper that is giving people an outlet to speak their minds.

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