The leaves are changing, the pumpkins are being carved, and it’s Friday the 13th! The atmosphere of this time of year is so festive and colorful. As we accept our gradual descent into cooler weather, we move towards indoor activities. My favorite thing to do this month is watch horror movies, it’s tradition after all! For this blog post, I want to share a few movies that you could watch this weekend to get into the spooky spirit. Let us know what your favorite scary movies are!
To start, I have to go with Hocus Pocus. I can’t count the number of times I have seen this movie. It’s a Disney movie that seems to play once a day on television in October. This is a good family movie, it has elements of horror, comedy, and coming-of-age. While it’s not really a “scary” movie, it’s a classic to me in the Halloween lineup. This movie gets bonus points for being filmed locally in Massachusetts!
This movie is a sort of psychological horror with a nature setting. It was also filmed in New England, in Vermont and New Hampshire. While the ending was not the most well-received, the movie overall has quite the impact. This one is definitely not meant for the younger audience as it has some more gruesome and frightful visuals. I recommend this one if you enjoy movies like The Blair Witch Project as it messes with your mind in a similar way.
Cabin in the Woods
Cabin in the Woods is a fun one with a subversive theme. While it frames the plot as a normal tropey horror flick, it quickly changes to something else altogether with a more unique twist. I won’t give away where the story goes as it’s fun to watch it unfold for a first time viewer. This one is also not recommended for the younger crowd due to violence and other mature content.
While this list could be very long, these are just a few that have stood out to me in recent past. One last honorable mention, that isn’t actually a movie, is Over the Garden Wall - the show originally aired on Cartoon Network, so is probably safe for all audiences, but it does have a certain mood and quality that makes it eerie, a perfect Halloween watch!
There are fun, horror-related events to attend at NCTV this month!
If you’re into analyzing horror, join us for our Film Discussion group on Tuesday, October 17, at 6:30pm. Or maybe you’re interested in creating your own horror movie; we can set you up with the equipment you need for that too, for free! Night of the Living Dead (1968) will be screened at our studio on Tuesday, October 31, at 6:30pm - join for this classic horror movie and some popcorn and treats!
Don’t forget to comment with your favorite horror movies or shows!