Movies to Get You in the Mood for Halloween

Movies to Get You in the Mood for Halloween

These are some of the movies that I like to watch around Halloween every year. These films are a mixture of horror movies, as well as fantasy/Halloween movies. How many of them have you seen?


Release Date 1978-10-24
Rating : 7.5 Production Companies: Compass International Pictures / Falcon International Productions / Director: John Carpenter / John Carpenter / Stars: Donald Pleasence  /  Jamie Lee Curtis  /  P.J. Soles

Summary: In John Carpenter's horror classic, a psychotic murderer, institutionalized since childhood for the murder of his sister, escapes and stalks a bookish teenage girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets.

Friday the 13th

Release Date 1980-05-09
Rating : 6.4 Production Companies: Paramount Pictures / Georgetown Productions Inc. / Director: Tom Savini / Tom Savini / Stars: Martin Kitrosser  /  Sean S. Cunningham  /  Tom Savini

Summary: Camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp that was the site of a child's drowning.


Release Date 1998-11-10
Rating : 6.5 Production Companies: Just Singer Entertainment / Director: Duwayne Dunham / Duwayne Dunham / Stars: Judith Hoag  /  Debbie Reynolds  /  Kimberly J. Brown

Summary: On her 13th birthday, Marnie learns she's a witch, discovers a secret portal, and is transported to Halloweentown — a magical place where ghosts and ghouls, witches and werewolves live apart from the human world. But she soon finds herself battling wicked warlocks, evil curses, and endless surprises.

Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge

Release Date 2001-10-12
Rating : 6.3 Production Companies: Just Singer Entertainment / Director: Mary Lambert / Mary Lambert / Stars: Kimberly J. Brown  /  Debbie Reynolds  /  Daniel Kountz

Summary: The Cromwell clan live in the real world, except for their grandmother who lives in Halloweentown, a place where monsters go to escape reality. But now the son of the Cromwells' old enemy Kalabar has a plan to use the grandmother's book to turn Halloweentown into a grey dreary version of the real world, while transform the denizens of the real world into monsters.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Release Date 1993-10-09
Rating : 7.7 Production Companies: Walt Disney Pictures / Tim Burton Animation Company / Director: Tim Burton / Tim Burton / Stars: Danny Elfman  /  Chris Sarandon  /  Catherine O'Hara

Summary: Tired of scaring humans every October 31 with the same old bag of tricks, Jack Skellington, the spindly king of Halloween Town, kidnaps Santa Claus and plans to deliver shrunken heads and other ghoulish gifts to children on Christmas morning. But as Christmas approaches, Jack's rag-doll girlfriend, Sally, tries to foil his misguided plans.

Corpse Bride

Release Date 2005-09-12
Rating : 7.3 Production Companies: Tim Burton Animation Company / Will Vinton Studios / Director: Ezra Sumner / Ezra Sumner / Stars: Johnny Depp  /  Helena Bonham Carter  /  Emily Watson

Summary: Set in a 19th-century european village, this stop-motion animation feature follows the story of Victor, a young man whisked away to the underworld and wed to a mysterious corpse bride, while his real bride Victoria waits bereft in the land of the living.

28 Days Later

Release Date 2002-10-31
Rating : 7.2 Production Companies: DNA Films / British Film Council / Director: Eve Spence / Eve Spence / Stars: Cillian Murphy  /  Naomie Harris  /  Noah Huntley

Summary: Twenty-eight days after a killer virus was accidentally unleashed from a British research facility, a small group of London survivors are caught in a desperate struggle to protect themselves from the infected. Carried by animals and humans, the virus turns those it infects into homicidal maniacs -- and it's absolutely impossible to contain.

28 Weeks Later

Release Date 2007-04-26
Rating : 6.5 Production Companies: DNA Films / Figment Films / Director: Marinella Setti / Marinella Setti / Stars: Imogen Poots  /  Robert Carlyle  /  Rose Byrne

Summary: In this chilling sequel to 28 Days Later, the inhabitants of the British Isles appear to have lost their battle against the onslaught of disease, as the deadly rage virus has killed every citizen there. Six months later, a group of Americans dare to set foot on the isles, convinced the danger has come and gone. But it soon becomes all too clear that the scourge continues to live, waiting to pounce on its next victims.

Sleepy Hollow

Release Date 1999-11-18
Rating : 7 Production Companies: Paramount Pictures / American Zoetrope / Director: Jayne-Ann Tenggren / Jayne-Ann Tenggren / Stars: Natasha Coombs  /  Jayne-Ann Tenggren  /  Tim Burton

Summary: New York detective Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of mysterious deaths in which the victims are found beheaded. But the locals believe the culprit to be none other than the ghost of the legendary Headless Horseman.

The Addams Family

Release Date 1991-11-22
Rating : 6.8 Production Companies: Paramount Pictures / Orion Pictures / Director: Barry Sonnenfeld / Barry Sonnenfeld / Stars: Raúl Juliá  /  Anjelica Huston  /  Christopher Lloyd

Summary: Uncle Fester has been missing for 25 years. An evil doctor finds out and introduces a fake Fester in an attempt to get the Addams Family's money. The youngest daughter has some doubts about the new uncle Fester, but the fake uncle adapts very well to the strange family. Can the doctor carry out her evil plans and take over the Addams Family's fortune?


Release Date 1996-12-20
Rating : 7.1 Production Companies: Woods Entertainment / Dimension Films / Director: Neil Breen / Neil Breen / Stars: Courteney Cox  /  Matthew Lillard  /  Rose McGowan

Summary: A killer known as Ghostface begins killing off teenagers, and as the body count begins rising, one girl and her friends find themselves contemplating the 'rules' of horror films as they find themselves living in a real-life one.

Scream 2

Release Date 1997-12-09
Rating : 6.2 Production Companies: Miramax Films / Konrad Pictures / Director: Jason Trost / Jason Trost / Stars: David Arquette  /  Neve Campbell  /  Courteney Cox

Summary: Two years after the terrifying events that occurred in Woodsboro, Sidney is now attending Windsor College in Cincinnati, and Gale Weathers' best selling book on Sidney's life has now been made into a major motion picture. When two college students are killed in a theatre while watching the new film 'Stab', Sidney knows deep down that history is repeating itself.

Scream 3

Release Date 2000-02-03
Rating : 5.8 Production Companies: Konrad Pictures / Craven-Maddalena Films / Director: Roger Corman / Roger Corman / Stars: David Arquette  /  Neve Campbell  /  Courteney Cox

Summary: A murdering spree begins to happen again, this time its targeted toward the original Woodsboro survivors and those associated with the movie inside a movie, 'Stab 3'. Sydney must face the demons of her past to stop the killer.


Release Date 1988-02-29
Rating : 7.2 Production Companies: Geffen Pictures / Geffen Company, The / Director: Carol Sevilla / Carol Sevilla / Stars: Geena Davis  /  Alec Baldwin  /  Winona Ryder

Summary: Thanks to an untimely demise via drowning, a young couple end up as poltergeists in their New England farmhouse, where they fail to meet the challenge of scaring away the insufferable new owners, who want to make drastic changes. In desperation, the undead newlyweds turn to an expert frightmeister, but he's got a diabolical agenda of his own.


Release Date 2009-02-05
Rating : 7.4 Production Companies: Focus Features / Laika Entertainment / Director: David J. Rowe / David J. Rowe / Stars: Dakota Fanning  /  Teri Hatcher  /  Jennifer Saunders

Summary: When Coraline moves to an old house, she feels bored and neglected by her parents. She finds a hidden door with a bricked up passage. During the night, she crosses the passage and finds a parallel world where everybody has buttons instead of eyes, with caring parents and all her dreams coming true. When the Other Mother invites Coraline to stay in her world forever, the girl refuses and finds that the alternate reality where she is trapped is only a trick to lure her.


Release Date 1960-06-16
Rating : 8.4 Production Companies: Shamley Productions / Director: Lester Wm. Berke / Lester Wm. Berke / Stars: Anthony Perkins  /  Vera Miles  /  John Gavin

Summary: When larcenous real estate clerk Marion Crane goes on the lam with a wad of cash and hopes of starting a new life, she ends up at the notorious Bates Motel, where manager Norman Bates cares for his housebound mother. The place seems quirky, but fine… until Marion decides to take a shower.

Edward Scissorhands

Release Date 1990-12-05
Rating : 7.6 Production Companies: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation / Warner Bros. Television / Director: Alan Arkin / Alan Arkin / Stars: Johnny Depp  /  Winona Ryder  /  Dianne Wiest

Summary: A small suburban town receives a visit from a castaway unfinished science experiment named Edward.


Release Date 2012-08-03
Rating : 6.8 Production Companies: Focus Features / Laika Entertainment / Director: Chris Butler / Chris Butler / Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee  /  Tucker Albrizzi  /  Jodelle Ferland

Summary: In the town of Blithe Hollow, Norman Babcock is a boy who can speak to the dead, but no one besides his eccentric new friend, Neil, believes his ability is real. One day, Norman's estranged eccentric uncle tells him of an important annual ritual he must take up to protect the town from an curse cast by a witch it condemned centuries ago. Eventually, Norman decides to cooperate, but things don't go according to plan. Now, a magic storm of the witch threatens Blithe Hollow as the accursed dead rise. Together with unexpected new companions, Norman struggles to save his town, only to discover the horrific truth of the curse. With that insight, Norman must resolve the crisis for good as only he can.

The Shining

Release Date 1980-05-22
Rating : 8.2 Production Companies: Warner Bros. / Peregrine / Director: Stanley Kubrick / Stanley Kubrick / Stars: Jack Nicholson  /  Shelley Duvall  /  Danny Lloyd

Summary: Jack Torrance accepts a caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel, where he, along with his wife Wendy and their son Danny, must live isolated from the rest of the world for the winter. But they aren't prepared for the madness that lurks within.

The Exorcist

Release Date 1973-12-26
Rating : 7.6 Production Companies: Warner Bros. / Hoya Productions / Director: William Friedkin / William Friedkin / Stars: Linda Blair  /  Max von Sydow  /  Ellen Burstyn

Summary: 12-year-old Regan MacNeil begins to adapt an explicit new personality as strange events befall the local area of Georgetown. Her mother becomes torn between science and superstition in a desperate bid to save her daughter, and ultimately turns to her last hope: Father Damien Karras, a troubled priest who is struggling with his own faith.