Five Movies I Watch Every Halloween

There are a few seasonal films that end up on my proverbial airwaves every year around this time; not to mention around Thanksgiving and Christmas, too. But we’ll get there.

While it’s not a list that necessarily represents all of my favorite Halloween-themed or horror films — The Exorcist doesn’t really warrant a yearly viewing, for example, bi-annual is just fine — they’re all well-suited to come a-knockin’ every 365 days.

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The Amityville Horror

I’ve always considered this one of the classics, though not one without its flaws. It seems I’m more forgiving than most; Rotten Tomatoes has a 30% rating and Roger Ebert 1.5/4. I always liked the story, and maybe the fact that it’s been largely debunked is affecting the reception.

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Friday the 13th, part III

It may seem random, but the third installment of the Chronicles of Jason Voorhees is the best representation of the franchise. Spoiler alert: Jason’s not even the killer in the first film (or the fifth, for that matter), and the direct sequel has him running around in a burlap sack.

I will totally watch any of the other sequels, but number three — when the mask finally shows up, the punks get their come-uppance, and an outhouse becomes the stage for death? That’s the OG in 3-D.

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Halloween

A little on-the-nose, maybe, but the perfect day-of watch for the holiday. It’s well-viewed along with the sequel, and the Rob Zombie remakes are fine, too – just stay away from the abomination that is Halloween III. 

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Young Frankenstein

The perfect antidote for too many disturbing slashers and a great annual revisit any time of year, the Gene Wilder classic stays on topic without adding to the scare factor.

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Carrie

The grandmother of movies featuring misunderstood teens, the plot still holds up and the effects still aren’t half bad. There’ve been a few fairly solid remakes over the years, all worth a rainy night deep-dive, if you’re so inclined.

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