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I would also recommend the 2007 remake/reimagining of the film with the same name, written, directed and produced by singer, musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie. It’s a much more gritty-and-gory take on the story and one of the best horror remakes I’ve seen.
You simply can’t mention slasher-film villains without including two other popular, classic figures in horror, Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger.
As you probably already know, Voorhees is the Camp Crystal Lake killer from the Friday the 13th series who wears the iconic hockey mask. Krueger is the burned man from the A Nightmare on Elm Street series who terrorizes teenagers in their dreams and wears a red-and-green sweater and glove with four sharp blades molded to it.
Both killers and their film series have always been among my top favourites in the horror genre.
Basically all of the films from either series are appropriate for Halloween viewing, but my favourite entries are parts two (1981) and seven (1988) from Friday the 13th and parts one (1984) and three (1987) from A Nightmare on Elm Street. The same-named remakes of both series are also good, as well as 2003’s epic crossover, Freddy vs. Jason.
More classic horror films I would recommend are Child’s Play (1988) and newly released sequel Curse of Chucky (2013), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) and 2003’s great remake of the same name. Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead trilogy – The Evil Dead (1981), Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987) and Army of Darkness (1992) – starring the awesome Bruce Campbell, is also one of my top favourite series, along with its shocking 2013 reboot/reimagining gorefest, Evil Dead.
A modern horror film that’s specifically Halloween-oriented is 2007’s critically successful Trick ‘r Treat, written and directed by Michael Dougherty. It’s an anthology-style film comprised of four scary stories, all including appearances of a mysterious trick-or-treater named Sam who wears ragged, orange pyjamas and a burlap sack for a mask.
Being a big fan of Tim Burton and his films, I thought it only necessary to recommend Sleepy Hollow (1999) and The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), two more Halloween-oriented films I love.
Sleepy Hollow is a film adaptation inspired by Washington Irving’s 1820 short story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” It stars Johnny Depp as Ichabod Crane, a nervous police constable sent to investigate a mystery in Sleepy Hollow involving a series of murders by a supposed headless horseman (Christopher Walken) who decapitates his victims.
The Nightmare Before Christmas, a cult favourite and Tim Burton masterpiece, is a stop-motion film about a citizen of Halloween Town named Jack Skellington (Chris Sarandon/Danny Elfman) and his need to find something new and refreshing to celebrate.
Skellington has grown tired of the repetitive, celebratory routine of Halloween, but ends up stumbling across a portal to Christmas Town, a place he finds wonderful and exciting. He wants to bring the place’s festivities back to Halloween Town, take over Christmas and become an even better leader to his people, but it all doesn’t quite work out as he’d planned.
Even though the story focuses more on Christmas, Halloween-related imagery and characters are a big part of the film, making it appropriate for both Halloween and Christmas viewing.
One of my favourite things to do around Halloween is watch films that suit the occasion, so I hope my recommendations may inspire you to experience some of my favourites.
So, for now, crack open the Halloween candy and start watching.