Halloween movies to watch in the dark

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Michael Schafer, Writer

Magnet compiled a list for your Halloween weekend guaranteed to give you a good scare.

Animated and stop motion movies:

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The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

The Pumpkin King, Jack Skellington, does the same thing every year for Halloween. One day, he found himself in Christmas Town and is thrilled seeing all of the new and exciting things. Being bored of the same old Halloween every year, he attempts to get his citizens to try something new.

 

The Nightmare Before Christmas is an amazing family movie, and a must watch. This is easily a classic film and can be found on Netflix.

 

 

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Corpse Bride (2005)

A youthful Victor Van Dort was found practicing his wedding vows by a young deceased woman. Thinking he was proposing to her, she awoke from her eternal slumber to marry him.

 

Another fun family movie, even for an older crowd, Corpse Bride is visually appealing with a bittersweet story. After watching The Nightmare Before Christmas, you can check out Corpse Bride on Netflix.

 

 

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Coraline (2009)

After moving to an old house, Coraline very quickly becomes adventurous. One day, she finds a hidden door that is bricked up. Later that night, Coraline goes back to the door and curiously enters it, finding a new and exciting world.

 

Another kid and family friendly movie, Coraline has a deep underlying meaning with great visuals and during its time in theatres, received raving reviews. Unfortunately, this title is not found on Netflix.

 

Live action movies:

 

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The Blair Witch Project (1999) -Suspense

Three film students decide to film a documentary on the legend of the Blair Witch. After getting a lead of where to look, they become lost in a Maryland forest.

This suspenseful film was the first of its kind when it comes to using found footage. More modern films such as Paranormal Activity and Cloverfield somewhat take after it. The Blair Witch Project has a rather slow start but because of the nature of the film and origins, horror fans everywhere should watch it. Plus, this film can be found on Netflix.

 

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V/H/S (2012) -Independent

This film as well as the following two, V/H/S/2 and V/H/S: Viral, are presented as several short scary stories all sent in by different groups and people around the world.

Supporting independent artists is great, and the director of the V/H/S films realizes this. Short stories by a large range of independent artists were selected for the creation of these titles. This is a lesser known title, but still very entertaining. Another upside is V/H/S is on Netflix.

 

 

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30 Days of Night (2007) -Thriller

Barrow, a small town in Alaska, finds itself in constant darkness for 30 days during the winter. From the darkness comes bloodthirsty vampires.

30 Days of Night is a fast paced horror film with more than its fair share of gore. This movie brings a nice twist on vampires and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Sadly, this can not be found on Netflix.

 

 

 

 

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Ghostbusters (1984) -Comedy

After getting kicked out of university in New York City, three scientists decide to become Ghostbusters. Eventually the Ghostbusters come across a gateway to another dimension which releases horrors into the world.

Ghostbusters is a lighthearted comedy the whole family can enjoy.The jokes are clever, and the actors are wonderful. Ghostbusters is unavailable to stream on Netflix, but can be found at most department stores.

 

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Halloween (1978) -Thriller

After stabbing his fifteen year old sister to death on Halloween night, six year old Michael Myers is institutionalized. Fifteen years later, he breaks out on Halloween’s Eve. Michael is going back to Haddonfield, but the town is not prepared.

This Halloween film is known by many and is easily a classic. Halloween brings immense suspense that will keep you up at night. This version of Halloween is not on Netflix, however others are.

 

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Sinister (2012) -Mystery

Ellison Oswalt, after finding eight home movies that throw his family into a paranormal and horrific situation, must use his true-crime writing experience to help him solve the situation.

Although Sinister uses many old horror cliches, it still brings many new things to the genre with interesting twists. Sinister is not on Netflix.

 

Whatever movie genre, there is a Halloween film for each person!