So Halloween month is well and truly in full swing and my favourite thing to do in preparation is to watch at least one “Halloween” movie (Halloween in is quotations because honestly I watch them almost every day) a day. So here’s my list of favourite films, along with my favourite quote/s from it.
So first things first HALLOWEENTOWN, family friendly funny film revolving around Marnie Piper who on her 13th Halloween finds out from her grandmother that she’s a witch from a long line of powerful Cromwell witches. It’s great and I love all the characters, the monsters and the story makes me feel nostalgic for being a kid at Halloween.
[Favourite quote/s: “Magic is really very simple, all you’ve got to do is want something and then let yourself have it.” or “Being normal is vastly overrated“]
Next up is Twitches: ‘Two teen witches who were separated at birth and were adopted by two different families meet on their 21st birthday and must use their powers to save the world in which they were born, where their birth mother still lives.’ It’s another light-hearted feel good Halloween movie and great to watch with the family or just like in my case snuggled with a cup of tea and the cat.
[Favourite quote/s: “I went through some ’70s wallpaper that is going to scar me for life.“]
So probably one that everyone knows and loves, and I’m no exception to the rule is Hocus Pocus (and yes I know it’s another Disney movie but what can I say, I’m obsessed): ‘After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to their reign of terror once and for all.’ I loved this film as a kid and even more so as an adult because I can appreciate it more, my favourite character is Thackery Binx. If you haven’t seen this then I would definitely recommend this, the plot and characters are just incredible.
[Favourite quote/s: “Oh look, another glorious morning. Makes me sick!“ another favourite, “ Winifred: Why was I cursed with such idiot sisters? Sarah: Just lucky I guess”]
One of the most interesting storywise in my opinion is Trick r Treat. ‘Five interwoven stories that occur on the same block, on the same night. A couple finds what happens when they blow a jack o’ lantern out before midnight, a high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer, a college virgin might have met the right guy for her, a group of mean teens play a prank that they take too far, and a hermit is visited by a special trick or treater.’ Seriously I love this film, all the stories are incredible, based on different Urban Legends surrounding Halloween which is something that interests me immensely as well as the fact that they are linked in some way makes it even more intriguing. Not one for the kids but adults who enjoy horror films will definitely enjoy this one.
[Favourite quote/s: “My my … What big eyes you have.”]
Next film I watch more often than is probably sane to do so is Practical Magic; ‘The wry, comic romantic tale follows the Owens sisters, Sally and Gillian, as they struggle to use their hereditary gift for practical magic to overcome the obstacles in discovering true love.’ It’s sad and happy, fantastical and yet somehow realistic in its portrayal of how prejudice can affect communities, people and families. The whole story is a rollercoaster of emotions, something I love in a movie.
[Favourite quote/s: “Since when is being a slut a crime in this family?”, “There’s a little witch in all of us.”, “Hang onto your husbands girls!”]
The Craft: ‘A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who even slightly anger them.’ This is great if you’re into angsty teenage movies made better with the added magic and crazy, a must watch any time of year but especially love it around Halloween.
[Favourite quote/s: “We are the weirdos, mister” and “Be careful. You don’t want to end up like Nancy.”]
If you’re into the gore side of horror movies, with plenty of gore and a plentiful story then I recommend Thir13en Ghosts for your horror fix and why? well here’s the summary: ‘When Cyrus Kriticos, a very rich collector of unique things dies, he leaves it all to his nephew and his family. All including his house, his fortune, and his malicious collection of ghosts!’
[Favourite quote/s: “I sure as hell hope I don’t bleed to death. That would *suck*.” and “Did I say there’s a petting zoo downstairs? NO, there are ghosts downstairs, Arthur!”]
Now Carrie is a bit of a cult classic and has had some remakes in the past but honestly the 1976 version is my favourite it centres around ‘Carrie White, a shy, friendless 17 year-old girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom.’ It’s one of those movies that you can just really get into and understand, some people are bullied in school this film just shows what happens when that person can fight back (even if it is with mystical powers).
[Favourite quote/s: “Margaret White: Take that dress off. I can see your dirty pillows. Carrie: They’re called breasts, mama, and every woman has them“]
There’s one film that I’ve watched at least 5 times since it came out in cinema here, Crimson Peak: ‘In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds – and remembers.’ The story is incredible, the scenery, the director Guillermo del Toro knows how to execute a horror story brilliantly, the ghosts aren’t like those you’ve seen before and you don’t expect a lot of the twists that happen which is what makes it even more thrilling.
[Favourite quote/s: “Ghosts are real, this much I know. There are things that tie them to a place, very much like they do to us. Some remain tethered to a patch of land, a time and date, the spilling of blood, a terrible crime… There are others, others that hold onto an emotion, a drive, loss, revenge, or love. Those, they never go away.”
Last but certainly not least is a relatively new film to the horror scene, The Witch the plot centres on a family in 1630s New England torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession. This film quickly became one of my favourites because it’s not a stereotypical horror film, there’s no jump scares. it’s subtle; instead playing on paranoia and deception rather than gruesome blood filled scenes (don’t get me wrong there are some) but at the end of the day the film has an unexpected twist that makes the viewer gasp. A must watch if you like psychological and subtle horrors.
[Favourite quote/s: “Wouldst thou like the taste of butter and a pretty dress? Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?”
So what is your favourite movie to watch in the Halloween season, and do you have a favourite quote from it?