10 Movies To Watch When You're Too Old To Trick or Treat


      Face it, you're too old to trick or treat (and too young to die). If you're in this "in between" stage like me, it's likely your plans for Halloween include watching a movie. So, to make the inevitable "which movie do I watch" crisis a little bit easier, here's a list of my favourite horror movies (in no particular order) to get you in the mood for Halloween.


1. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014)


      This thriller/romance is tagged as "the first Iranian Vampire Western ever made". Did I lose you already? Don't let "romance" and "vampire" throw you off. Similar to "Let The Right One In", this vampire film is nothing like sitting through 122 minutes of Twilight. This film follows the life of a skateboarding vampire who preys on men who disrespect women in an Iranian ghost-town. And yes, it's every bit as bad-ass as it sounds.

2. Halloween (1978)


      A Halloween movie list just ins't complete without one of the original Halloween films. When I (and most people, for that matter) think of Halloween movies, this is always the go to. Not just because of the title, but because it's the perfect film to watch Halloween night.






3. Let The Right One In (2008)


      "Let The Right One In" is a Swedish horror film following the life of a 12-year-old boy who develops a relationship with a young vampire. This film is so much more than your typical vampire movie, "Let The Right One In" is shockingly grim, and certainly not intended for a 12-year-old audience. Subtitles isn't your thing? Check out the American remake "Let Me In" starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Kodi Smit-McPhee.

4. 28 Days Later (2002)


      I'm going to say this - if you're a fan of zombie movies and you haven't seen 28 Days Later, you're missing out. Even if you're not big on zombie movies, this film is enjoyed by even the average moviegoer. Taking place in deserted London, the film follows the lives of a group of zombie-apocalypse survivors on the hunt for safety. The thrilling plot enhanced by masterful cinematography is a must see this season.


5. Rosemary's Baby (1968)


      Roman Polanski, Ira Levin, Mia Farrow, and John Cassavetes. Need I say more? This thriller/drama follows the life of a young woman who believes her baby is not of this world. What differentiates this film from most suspense thirllers is that Rosemary's Baby doesn't rely on a shocking ending to captivate the audience. Almost halfway through the movie you'll understand what's going on in the apartment next door, and when the end finally comes, it's the sheer inevitability and helplessness that capturess the audience.


6. Carrie (1976)


      Do me a favour - If you haven't seen either versions of Carrie (1976 and 2013), watch the original first. Based on Stephen King's horror novel by the same name, "Carrie" centers around a bullied teen who begins to suspect she has supernatural powers. The shock at the end of this film may be the reason this film is so well received, but the movie as a whole is not to be misjudged. Part of what makes this film so great is it's realistic observation of a child's life, and can touch close to home for many viewers. As for why I'd recommend the 1976 version over the 2013 adaptation? Two words: Sissy Spacek.


7. The Exorcist (1973)


      Often cited as the scariest movie of all time, and one of the most profitable horror movies ever made. This 1973 thriller is sure to make any "horror film" list. The film follows a mother who believes there is something wrong with her daughter when she begins to act odd, and a local priest who believes she may be possessed by the devil. This film is brilliant. It may not be the first film that features a demon, however it is the first time a human was possessed by a spirit in a film. And to top it all off, this film is loosely based on actual happenings from 1949, making it eerily real and all the more horrifying.


8. The Shining (1980)


      With the brilliant minds of Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick, and the masterful acting of Jack Nicholson and Shelly Duvall, I can be certain when I say that thus far, The Shining is among the most excellent movies I've ever seen. Truely a cinematic masterpiece - and perfectly horrifying for halloween! A large, maze-like abandoned hotel miles from civilization is possibly the worst place for someone to go mad, and that's what makes this film so brilliant. The fact that you know something is wrong from the beginning scenes, and you're practically waiting for it for the rest of the movie. But don't be mistaken, as said so accurately by Roger Ebert, "The movie is not about ghosts but about madness and the energies it sets loose in an isolated situation primed to magnify them."


9. Psycho (1960)


      How could I write a "greatest horror movies" list without including a film by one of the greatest horror directors of all time? I couldn't. So here it is. Through "Psycho", Hitchcock revolutionized and redefined the horror genre, and changed everything the world thought it knew about horror. This is a near perfect film, and if you're looking for another great Hitchcock film to binge watch this Halloween, consider Vertigo, Rear Window, or Strangers on a Train. Trust me, when it comes to Hitchcock, you won't be disappointed.

10. The Vanishing (1988)


      This dutch mystery film follows the life of a husband's three-year search for his wife, who seemingly vanished into thin air during a road trip. The unique air of George Sluzier's "The Vanishing lies in its unusual way of building suspense. From the start, the audience knows more than the husband. Our questions always seem to find an answer, however, no matter how much we think we know by the end of the film, there is still an inevitable feeling of suspense building. And when it eventually unfolds, we finally understand. Again, much like Carrie and the Exorcist, the original is almost always better, as I would not recommend the 1993 American remake. Don't like subtitles? Watch this version anyway. It's worth it.


11. Stranger Things

      BONUS-  Feel like binge-watching a t.v. show all day Halloween? Yeah, me too. Try sci-fi mystery horror series "Stranger Things". This show is perfect to binge-watch on Halloween for a few reasons; 1. It's only 8 episodes long, making it a perfect length to finish in one night, 2. It's on Netflix, meaning anyone with a subscription can watch it (legally) online, and 3. The plot, which involves top-secret government experiments, supernatural forces, and one very, very strange girl, is perfect to get anyone in the mood for Halloween.



By Jessica Nauta

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