It’s finally October! My favourite season is here! Bring on the pumpkin spice, bring on the longer evenings, bring on the one-figure temperatures – my time is here! But the best thing about October? Well, it’s obviously Halloween.
To be honest, as much as I love dressing up and getting a bit tipsy at the local Slug & Lettuce, nothing beats a Halloween night in for me. To me, Halloween means getting cosy, scaring myself shitless by turning all the lights off in the house, ordering a take away (this year, it’s a Chinese), and staying awake all night by watching films so none of the spirits can sneak on me in my sleep – I’m not taking any chances!
Horror films are probably my favourite kind of film, and what better time to indulge than on a dark, Autumn night? The thing is, Halloween films come in lots of different flavours – camp, gory, funny, sinister, cheesy. There really is something for everyone, so even if you’re not a “fan” of Halloween, you can still enjoy yourself.
I thought I’d share some of my favourite Halloween film picks for a comfy night in. Grab that egg-fried rice, lads, it’s gonna be a long one!
Trick r Treat – 15
I have two very simple rules with this film – I watch it only once a year, and I only ever watch it on Halloween night. That’s it. I never watch it any other time, even if I really, really want to. I don’t know why I do this, but at this time of year, probably best I don’t question the traditions (even the ones I’ve come up with).
You could think of this as the Halloween version of Love Actually – multiple stories are being told in one film that are all interconnected in some way, but in this one, there’s just a lot more pumpkins and a lot less Hugh Grant. This is definitely a B movie, but in a good way, and that’s probably one of the reasons it has such a cult following.
Slaughterhouse Rulez – 15
If nothing sums up the English private school system than Simon Pegg reprimanding a First Year by his last name for swearing when his life is in danger from a bloodthirsty, mutant rodent then I don’t know what does. And I would know, I was a private school child (believe it or not).
This film is absolutely ridiculous, but that’s why it’s so good! You’ve got the dream team that is Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, you’ve got really effective practical FX work which lends to the overall vibe of the film, and you have some of the best one-liners ever (‘To the Skoda!”). It’s stupid, it’s hilarious, and it’s an easy watch – just enjoy!
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – 12
Reasons why I love this film:
1 – I love Lily James.
2 – I love period dramas.
3 – I love emotionally stunted, dark-haired gentlemen who know how to handle swords and strong women.
4 – I love Lily James.
5 – I love new takes on the zombie genre.
6 – I love Lily James.
The Woman in Black – 15
As per the ancient rules, there’s no night better for ghost stories than All Hallow’s Eve.
A love of ghost stories runs deep in my blood- my mum loves them, my grandma loves them, and so did her mum. I think this was the first proper ghost film I ever watch that genuinely left me chilled, and I never, ever watch it alone. I remember going to see this in the cinema with my friend when it first came out, and we were hiding under our coats for about 80% of the time.
It’s a film that’s just so unsettling and so oppressive that you really do need someone to watch it with you. You will also never look down a dark corridor the same way again.
The Corpse Bride – PG
How could you do a Halloween night in and not invite the master of creep, Tim Burton?
This animation is so charming and sweet that you’ll almost forget about the spirits roaming around outside. Probably best to watch this a couple of times then, just so you don’t spot anything out the corner of your eye. I love Tim Burton films so much, and I think this is my number 1.
This film also holds a special place in my heart, as the piano duet halfway through the film is my favourite piece to play ever. It was one of the first pieces I ever taught myself on the piano, and it’s just so damn pretty.
The Addams Family + Addams Family Values – 12
An oldie but a goodie.
If you’re not into the blood, guts, jumpscares, and everything else, The Addams Family is always a solid bet for a spooky night in. It’s the most perfect, family-friendly pick you could ever hope for. Also, the sequel is just as fab as the first. If you’ve never heard of this franchise before, I would like to know what rock you’ve been living under, just so I can visit and then pick it up and throw it in the nearest body of water.
The Cabin in the Woods – 15
If there’s one thing I love more than a good horror movie, it’s a good, smart horror movie.
The Cabin in the Woods smashed the genre to pieces with its meta commentary on horror movie tropes, so despite the fact it’s actually aware of what it was doing and you know what it’s doing, none of that takes away from the scares, the character development, or the original plot line. Joss Whedon did a real good job on this one, and the third act is just pure, bloody chaos.
The Conjuring – 15
The Conjuring franchise is one of my favourite franchises ever, hands-down. I love the chemistry between Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, James Wan is an incredible director who knows how to get real fear from the audience without using cheap scares, and the fact that it’s based off the files of Ed and Lorraine Warren just takes it to a whole new level. Ain’t nothing scarier than real life, amirite?
Hocus Pocus – PG
I’ve got a lot more time on my hands to indulge in spooky movies now. that I’m not commuting (again). Remember what I said in my last post? About heading back to work and getting to use my new, practically-stolen Karl Lagerfeld bag? Yeah, less than a week later and I was back to working at home as per government guidance. Not mad about it, but the timing was pretty funny.
Any of you guys planning on having a spooky one in for Halloween, or are you gonna dress up and head out for a few bevs? If my heart was in it this year, I honestly would try and do some kind of costume and make a four-hour booking somewhere, maybe channel the girls from The Craft with a matte brown lip and some black jersey. That’s my entire Autumn wardrobe vibe anyway, so might as well lean in 100 per cent and get pissed while doing it!
Let me know what you’re go-to horror and Halloween movies are – always up for finding new obsessions!
Talk to you later,