Ten Films to Watch on Halloween If You Don’t Like Being Super Scared But Want to Feel Festive

By Rosalind

How is it nearly the end of October already?! I know everyone says this, but each month in 2018 is whizzing past so quickly! I’m a lover of Summer, but Autumn brings with it the excuse to get cosy with loved ones and watch lots of films. Ant and I have an extensive DVD collection and here are some of the films I’ll be rewatching this cosy-but-spooky season.

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Coraline

Directed by Henry Selick, adapted from the novel by Neil Gaiman.

An adventurous 11-year-old girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

This is an incredible film! The animation is seriously beautiful and the story is the perfect mix of creepy mystery and childish wonder. I love it. Perfect for a family film session.

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Rapture Palooza

Directed by Paul Middleditch, written by Chris Matheson.

Two teens battle their way through a religious apocalypse on a mission to defeat the Antichrist.

I bought this film because it has Anna Kendrick in it and I am a total Anna Kendrick fangirl. It’s not the most highbrow of films, but it does have some genuinely laugh out loud moments and is good for an evening of silly fun with friends.

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Practical Magic

Directed by Griffin Dunne, screenplay by Robin Swicord, adapted from the novel by Alice Hoffman.

Two witch sisters, raised by their eccentric aunts in a small town, face closed-minded prejudice and a curse which threatens to prevent them ever finding lasting love.

I think I will love this film forever. Growing up, I loved anything about witches (mostly because I desperately wanted to be a witch. Thanks Charmed). I love that this is about two sisters who fiercely love each other and come from a kick-ass line of women. I also love Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock’s amazing hair in this film, and their glorious 90’s fashion choices.

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Little Shop of Horrors

Directed by Frank Oz and written by Howard Ashman, based on the musical play by Howard Ashman.

A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed.

One for the musical lovers out there, this brilliant musical is a love letter to 1950’s B-movies. There are some seriously good songs in here, including ‘Suddenly Seymour’ which Ariana Grande sang in her carpool karaoke with James Corden. If Ariana likes it then it must be cool.

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Maleficent

Directed by Robert Stromberg, written by Linda Woolverton, based on ‘La Belle au bois domant’ by Charles Perrault.

A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land.

One for the Disney lovers with a darker twist, this story turns the traditional ‘Sleeping Beauty’ on its head. I loved Angelina Jolie in the role of Maleficent, and the animation is beautiful in this.

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Donnie Darko

Written and directed by Richard Kelly.

A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.

As a teen of the noughties, I loved talking about this film to try and seem cool. That said, it is a really clever film, one which I still don’t understand (time travel blows my mind…is it even time travel though?!) This is probably one of the scarier films on the list, but perfect to watch with friends and debate over what it all means.

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Stardust

Directed by Matthew Vaughn, screenplay by Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn, adapted from the novel by Neil Gaiman.

In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he'll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm.

This film is epic! It’s the perfect adventure film for the whole family. A second one on the list adapted from a Neil Gaiman novel. What can I say, he just nails magical stories!

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Beetlejuice

Directed by Tim Burton, story by Michael McDowell & Larry Wilson, screenplay by Micheal McDowell & Warren Skaaren.

A recently-deceased husband and wife commission a bizarre demon to drive an obnoxious family out of their home.

An absolute classic Tim Burton film! Starring a young Winona Ryder, and featuring an amazing soundtrack full of Harry Belafonte classics, this is one of my all-time favourite films. That probably gives you some insight in to my brain.

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Get Out

Written and directed by Jordan Peele.

A young African-American visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.

This is the most adult of all the films mentioned (maybe joint with Donnie Darko) but it’s so so good, and not too scary. An amazing homage to the classic horror film, with important commentary about race in America, this is not one to be missed.

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The Goonies

Directed by Richard Donner, written by Steven Spielberg (story) and Chris Columbus (screenplay)

In order to save their home from foreclosure, a group of misfits set out to find a pirate's ancient valuable treasure.

An iconic 80’s flick in which a band of children come together to save the day. A rollicking good adventure with lots of laughs along the way.

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So what are you waiting for? Stock up on DVDs (if you’re old school like me), grab a blanket, plenty of snacks and hunker down.