Hotte’s Halloween Hits

Michaela Hotte
Staff Writer

Halloween is just around the corner, and that means you can (and should!) watch all the horror movies your heart desires!  There are so many options though – where should you begin? Don’t you worry – Hotte’s Halloween Hits will help you to scare yourself silly! Here are five of my favourite movies – scary and not-so-scary – to watch this Halloween!

Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1992)

Directed by: Fran Rubel Kuzui

Written by: Joss Whedon

No Halloween movie list would be complete without a vampire film.  Most people know Buffy Summers as Sarah Michelle Gellar, but the movie version actually inspired the TV show. Buffy (Kristy Swanson) starts out as your average snobby cheerleader, but with the help of her trainer Merrick (Donald Sutherland), she becomes a vampire slaying machine.  It’s old, it’s cheesy, and it’s got a KILLER soundtrack!

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

Directed by: Drew Goddard

Written by: Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard

Now, many of you may have written this movie off as “stupid,” but hear me out! The Cabin in the Woods has a plotline unlike any other horror movie – after all, sacrificing a group of youths to keep some ancient evil Gods from destroying the world is pretty original! The monsters are genuinely terrifying and include zombie rednecks, killer clowns, a kraken, and hundreds more!  It is guaranteed to make you want to sleep with the lights on! The main characters embody your basic horror movie stereotypes, too!  There’s the “jock,” the “scholar,” the “fool,” the “cheerleader,” and the “innocent,” and at least one of them knows that sticking together is key for survival in… THE CABIN IN THE WOODS!

Scream (1996)

Directed by: Wes Craven

Written by: Kevin Williamson

Scream is a classic horror movie. I mean, the mere thought of someone being a homicidal maniac who wants to kill you and blame your father is pretty terrifying in and of itself. As a kind of “twist,” the characters in this film are aware of the “rules” of being in a scary movie – which they end up breaking, anyway.  Sidney Prescott, played by Guelph’s own Neve Campbell, is the rule-breaking protagonist of this series, who also throws a mean right hook! If you haven’t already seen Scream, and don’t mind a lot of cheesy movie moments, then I suggest you marathon them all!

Halloweentown (1998)

Directed by: Duwayne Dunham

Written by: Paul BernBaum

Halloweentown has everything anyone could ever want: flying broomsticks, potion-making microwaves, and a town that celebrates Halloween every single day! Thirteen year-old Marnie Cromwell learns that she’s a witch, and follows her grandmother to Halloweentown so that she doesn’t lose her powers forever. Chaos ensues, but the Cromwell witches save the day, as always. Halloweentown is the first of an amazing trilogy, (if you don’t count the fourth, which features a new cast). If you haven’t seen them, you must have been living under a rock, and I suggest you go make some popcorn and watch them right now! Trust me, you won’t regret it. These movies are CLASSIC.

Hocus Pocus (1993)

Directed by: Kenny Ortega

Written by: David Kirschner, Mick Garris


Hocus Pocus is by far the best Halloween movie of all time, and I will stand by that statement until the very end. When Halloween-skeptic Matt Dennison moves to Salem, he unleashes the evil Sanderson sisters from their slumber, only to have them plan to take the lives of all the children in the town so they can stay young and beautiful forever. However, the spell that brought them back only keeps them alive until sunrise. The Sanderson sisters (Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, and Kathy Najimy) are the funniest villains, and they even sing a mean musical number!  I have watched this movie over and over, and it is by far my favourite on the list. If you could only watch one of these movies, I seriously recommend Hocus Pocus! It’s a Disney movie – so you know it’s quality.

Enjoy! Just don’t blame me if you have nightmares…

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