It’s time for the spooky films of Halloween! Everyone has different tastes and preferences for their Halloween watching preferences, but this is the time of year to enjoy weird and creepy films. The season is good to indulge the varied tastes of audiences, so here are some Halloween films to check out tonight. These are a handful of thematically similar double features that should make your viewing list.
1. “Halloween” (1978) & “Halloween II” (1982)
If you’re in the mood for a frightful movie double feature, there may be no more perfect combo than John Carpenter‘s “Halloween.” John Carpenter is able to successfully pair a chilling score and a slow moving villain to amp up the level of tension in the film. The original film is full of memorable characters, and was a great launching pad for Jamie Lee Curtis. When paired with “Halloween II,” (1982), a more complete story is crafted. While “Halloween II” is certainly not as iconic as the original, Rick Rosenthal is able to build a more connected universe for the second film. The sequel picks up the same night as the original film, and ups the ante with deaths and action. The two did a lot to cement the legacy of the franchise, even though subsequent films are far less popular.
2. “Hocus Pocus” (1993)/”The Monster Squad” (1987)
If you’re in the mood for a campy, but family-friendly Halloween film, “Hocus Pocus” is the ideal film. Led by an extremely funny performance from Bette Middler, the film has taken on a strong cult following. The cast is rounded out by Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Doug Jones and Thora Birch. It’s a fun movie, and is easily one of the great family Halloween movies. Another great cult film is “The Monster Squad,” a Shane Black-scripted film full of classic horror monsters. More adult than “Hocus Pocus,” “The Monster Squad” features some cursing and quotable lines that appeal to adult audiences. Still, both films have attained cult status for a reason, and you wonder how long it will be until one (or both) is remade in the near future.
3. “ParaNorman” (2012) and “Night of the Living Dead” (1968)
Whether you’re looking for a kids’ flick or an iconic horror film, the zombie sub-genre has some really great choices. Laika has become an animation powerhouse over the last few years, and “ParaNorman” was a big part of the animation studio’s rise. Another “Goonies”-style adventure, the film is full of homages to B-Horror films and classics. One of those classics is “Night of the Living Dead,” which continues to be pertinent even today. An entire sub-genre was built on the back of “Night of the Living Dead,” and the work of George A. Romero. If you’re in the mood for a “horror light” double feature, this one is for you.