'TIS THE SEASON : 5 Must Watch Halloween Movies

 

–Disclaimer: I'm not going to tell you to watch Paranormal Activity, Hocus Pocus, or Saw XIII, XI, V… (what number are they on, anyway?) Instead, here's some classics:

 

The Others (2001)

Nicole Kidman, a creepy house, and two kids who can't be exposed to sunlight. Need I say more? For those of you who are easily spooked, this film provides a relatively tame fright-fest, while still giving you that "scary movie" experience.

Halloweentown (1998)

One of the greatest Disney Channel movies of my childhood. It's cute, quirky, and extremely Disney. Complete your viewing experience with some candy corn and a caramel apple and you've hit the nostalgia jackpot.

The Shining (1980) 

Ah, what a classic. Where would horror films be without this Stanley Kubrick classic starring Jack Nicholson? Fun fact: While most films are shot out of order, this film was actually shot in script order, from beginning scene to end scene. All of the sets were built and pre-lit at all times.

 

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

I'll be honest, this horror "mock"umentary gave me the creeps. There's something about films shot handheld that add a whole new dimension of scary. If you happened to forget about this creepy classic, rent it this month and all is forgiven.

Practical Magic (1998) 

Ignore my affinity for Nicole Kidman and nineties movies, because this movie and I just go way back. Definitely the girliest pick of the five, but I'm not apologizing. Midnight margaritas, sisterly love, witchcraft, and some hilarious aunts make this a pretty mystical chick-flick.

 

Bonus: The Human Centipede (2009)

Unrated, raw, grotesque, and extremely controversial, this film is not for the faint of heart. Don't say I didn't warn you: proceed with caution. Those who can stomach anything, this is your challenge. The acting is terrible, and the premise is repulsive; nevertheless, it's on my list because it's one hell of a viewing experience.

 

–by LINDSEY MAZUR

 
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