October has crept up on us. While a big portion of Asia doesn’t quite experience fall colours or truly cold weather, there’s no rule against celebrating the joy of the season with the best Halloween films throughout history. Fill up some candy bowls, turn up the spooky spirit and enjoy the weekend movie nights with your ghouls and gals.
From multiple television series to forays on the big screen, it’s clear that the Addams Family remains a firm favourite with fans of the kooky and the macabre. With a computer-animated version coming to the silver screen this month, what better way to spend Halloween than a double feature with your own family.
Is it truly Halloween if you don’t watch this classic at least once? Starring Kathy Najimy, Bette Midler, and Sarah Jessica Parker as the Sanderson Sisters, this film is about a coven of witches unknowingly resurrected by a teenage boy in Salem, Massachusetts. The witches try to acclimate to the 20th century, resulting in horror for them but also for the audience as they attempt to continue their dark deeds from the 1600s.
Send chills down your spine with the 1982 classic, Poltergeist. Malevolent spirits in a home are generally the premise to most horror movies but this one takes scary to a whole other level with the ghosts actually trying to take the family’s younger daughter to the other side. So creepy! This movie’s only for the bold; are you one of those brave souls?
Perhaps the movie that instilled a fear of dolls into the hearts of mankind, Child’s Play is truly no child's play. The spirit of a serial killer possesses a doll in a toy shop at the moment of his death and wreaks havoc on a young family in his bid for revenge on the policeman who shot him. Pretty freaky, if you ask us.
Adapted from the novel of the same name, this movie is one of the best performing horror films of all time, and for good reason. It follows the demonic possession of Regan MacNeil after she plays with an Ouija board, contacting her supposedly imaginary friend, which then turns terribly sinister, leading to two priests attempting to purge the demon from her body. How’s that for spooktacular?
If spooky Halloween is not your thing, perhaps you'd like these new releases on Netflix instead.