by Ryan Powers
Halloween (1978): 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. One of the best. On the spooky Halloween night of 1963, Michael Myers brutally murders his sister. Myers is sent away to a mental hospital for 15 years. While being transported to a jury the night before Halloween in 1978, he steals a car and escapes the hospital. He then returns to his hometown seeking further victims.
Jeepers Creepers (2001): 45% on Rotten Tomatoes. Despite the rating, this is a classic. After discovering something horrific in the cellar of an old, abandoned church, Trish and Darry’s usually safe and calm road trip home from college turns into a fight for their lives. A new meaning to the song “Jeepers Creepers” is given by an indestructible force preying on them relentlessly.
Friday the 13th (1980): 53% on Rotten Tomatoes. This is a real skin-crawler and definitely one I recommend. In this movie, there is a history of murder on Crystal Lake, where a local summer camp is held. As these teenagers are warned by superstitious old-timers to not go into the woods, they ignore them seeking an adventurous and fun night. Then they find themselves stalked by a brutal killer. As they’re slashed, shot and stabbed, the counselors struggle to stay alive against a merciless opponent.
Beetlejuice (1988): 81% on Rotten Tomatoes. After Barbara and Adam Maitland get killed in a car wreck, they figure out they can’t escape their country residence, so they are stuck haunting the Deetzes. The Deetzes are the people who bought the home. The Maitland’s try and try to scare the people out of their former home, but are unsuccessful. Their calls for horror are answered by a rambunctious spirit whose efforts quickly turn bad for the Deetze family. This spirit is called Beetlejuice.
Hocus Pocus (1993): 30% on Rotten Tomatoes. Once again, despite the rating, this is one of my favorites. After three centuries of being dead, three witches resurrect and start a reigning power. It is up to a two teens, a young girl, and an immortal cat to stop them once and for all.
Halloweentown (1998): 72% on Rotten Tomatoes. If you have watched Disney Channel around Halloween, you have probably seen this movie. Me and my family have been watching it for years. A teenage girl figures out she has superpowers, and does all she can to help save a town full of creatures from an evil man named Kalabar.