By Chris Molnar
13. Trick Or Treat (1986)
Trick Or Treat is a timeless classic from the 80’s, this is a must-see for all lovers of Halloween, Gene Simmons and Ozzy Osbourne! Although this duo does absolutely nothing of plot value, they do rock out pretty hard during the entire pointless flick.
Here is a fun Halloween movie with a ridiculous plot that makes no sense. I recommend this to all viewers who remember those great movies from the 80’s that were terrible and loved terribly. This film is suitable for anyone over 13.
12. Gothika (2003)
Gothika is a creepy thriller that will leave you not only wondering who to trust, but also wondering about whether or not what you see is real. A great murder mystery with eerie plot twists. Gothika is worth watching this Halloween if only to know how it will end. This film is suitable for adults only as contains strong sexual violence and language.
11. Halloweentown (1998)
Halloweentown is a fun film for the whole family! An Original Disney Channel movie, Halloweentown is suitable for all ages, filmed creatively and makes for an interesting watch for all audiences. A great family film choice to watch this Halloween. This movie is suitable for all ages.
10. Monkeybone (2001)
From the mind of Henry Selick (Nightmare Before Christmas & Coraline) comes Monkeybone, a trip into the mind of a troubled comic book artist. Complete with inner demons, this film is a fun journey into the psyche of a comic book artist who is stuck in a coma. Whoopi Goldberg plays Death. Monkeybone is a funny, creative and very strange film suitable for children over 13, as well as adults.
9. Ju-On (2000)
The Japanese horror flick that inspired The Grudge remake, a husband is driven mad with jealousy upon discovering his wife is in love with another man. He then murders both his wife and young son. The story follows the new tenants of their home, their experiences and ultimate disappearances along with two police officers’ investigations to discover the truth. Suitable for those over 13, but only recommended to those who can handle the eerie terror of this gripping story.
8. Interview with the Vampire (1994)
Interview with the Vampire tells the tale of one man’s journey from life into immortality, played by Brad Pitt, and all the vampires he meets along the way. His maker, Lestat, is a sick and twisted vampire played by Tom Cruise, who revels in the killing of innocent humans and refuses to die. He also meets a mysterious ancient vampire in Paris (played by Antonio Bandaras) who runs a theater of vampires. The movie is narrated by a reporter, played by Christian Slater. Rated R for gory violence and sexuality. A film inspired by the novel written by Anne Rice.
7. Ninth Gate (1999)
A rare book dealer (Johnny Depp) goes in search of rare demonic texts that are said to exist in only three places in the entire world, but instead finds something altogether more paranormal. A delicious sleuth mystery only suitable for adults as it contains nudity, strong sexual content and strong language.
6. Queen of the Damned (2002)
A combination of two Anne Rice novels (Vampire Lestat & Queen of the Damned), this movie is made with trademark 90’s cheesiness, but is greatly entertaining all the same. A sexy, bloodfest that really embodies the saying “Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned.”
This is not Twilight, ladies; blood will be spilled at every corner and erotic encounters will be had. This rich cinematic adventure is a bloody rock concert only suitable for those over 17. This film contains strong language and sexual content.
5. 28 Days Later (2002)
28 Days Later tells the story of Jim, and his experience after waking up in a hospital 28 days after a near instant rabies-like infection spreads throughout England. He tries to survive the post-apocalyptic aftermath, and meets a few small groups along the way.
They are rescued by a rag-tag group of military personal, and taken to a heavily fortified mansion. outpost, which includes meeting a father and daughter, a group of besieged military personal, aftermath. Jim and his friends quickly realize that the military may be worse than facing the legions of hungry undead.
The sequel, 28 Weeks Later, has the U.S. Military attempting to create a safe zone in London. With obvious contemporary political overtones, the Americans don’t succeed in keeping things contained.
Both films, with heavy gore and violence, are rated R.
4. R-Point (2004)
This movie is beyond creepy. In fact, eerie does not even begin to cover the events in this film. A crew of men goes looking for another crew of men that has gone missing at R-Point. Upon arriving, the soldiers quickly begin to realize that this mission is not only more than they bargained for, but just might take complete control of their mind.
As men begin to disappear, madness takes over the remaining soldiers. This complete mind bend is suitable for anyone over 13, but recommended for adults as it may cause nightmares in younger audiences. Actually, it might cause nightmares in older audiences too!
3. Audition (1999)
Audition taps into the worst fears of men around the world. The film packs a plot twist that gives new meaning to the words “clingy” and “needy.” A film so well done you won’t know what hit you, I really only recommend this film to those who think they can handle a mind bending horror flick that will shock you until the very end. This film is only suitable for those who are 17 years and older.
2. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
This cult classic musical features such names as Tim Curry and is the film that made Susan Sarrandon famous. A one of a kind creepy, sarcastically funny and innovative musical film is like nothing you have ever seen before. Even to this day nothing matches the haunted chaotic charm quite like this. Recommended to anyone over 17 (nudity and suggestiveness) who can handle Tim Curry as a mad scientist who controls this mansion madhouse, all the while dressed as a transvestite.
1. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
From the mind of Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy & The Orphanage) comes an imaginative movie that plays on all of our childhood fears. Inspired by fairy tales with cautionary overtones, this story takes place in 1944 Fascist Spain and takes all of your childhood fears about monsters coming into your bedroom and puts a fantastical twist on them.
A film called by many reviewers “A fairy tale for adults.” What’s better, Fantasy or Reality? You choose. This film is not recommended for anyone below the age of 15, due to the violence and scary scenes.
It will terrify anyone below that age and some above it. Enjoy!
Movies reviewed by Chris Molnar, editor of Halloweenalliance.com. As a favorite pastime, Chris always has a bowl of ketchup chips when watching horror movies! His website includes in-depth tutorials on Halloween props, parties, recipes and costume designs.