If I were making a list of my all time favorite horror movies this list would look significantly different, but here I’m choosing ones that really capture the mood of Halloween for me.
1. HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (Universal 1944, Director: Erie Kenton, Starring: Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., John Carradine) – Mad Scientists, Frankenstein’s Monster, Dracula, and The Wolf Man have been a staple of Halloween Trick-or-Treaters for years. This fun film brings them all together.
2. THE HOWLING (1981, Director: Joe Dante, Stars: Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee) This movie about a Lycanthropic colony is hands down my favorite Werewolf film ever.
3. PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1987, Director: John Carpenter, Stars: Donald Pleasence) – Part of John Carpenter’s Apocalypse Trilogy (along with THE THING and IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS, both of which I love), it follows a research team that foolishly decides to examine a cylinder of bizarre fluid found in a vacant church.
4. DRACULA (Columbia 1992, Director: Francis Ford Coppola, Stars: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins) – The ultimate film version of Bram Stoker’s classic masterpiece. It’s filled with fantastic sets pieces, creatures and atmosphere.
5. SLEEPY HOLLOW (Paramount Pictures 1999, Director: Tim Burton, Starring: Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci) – This movie version of Washington Irving’s Headless Horseman tale THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW, oozes rich Halloween atmosphere.
6. HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (Warner Bros. 1999, Director: William Malone, Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Famke Janssen, Taye Diggs) – A group of strangers are offered the chance to win $1,000,000 if they can survive a night inside a diabolically haunted house. I love haunted house movies and this superior remake is one of my favorites.
Article by Matt Cowan
4 thoughts on “SIX SINISTER FILMS FOR HALLOWEEN”
Finally! A Vintage Horror list where I am familiar with almost all the entries!
1- House of Frankenstein- Nice choice. I love the old Universal monster films, and the mash ups are the best ones. If only the Mummy was involved.
2- Just watched this last night. What a great ending.
4- Not at all my favorite version of Dracula, that honor belongs to Hammer and Christopher Lee in Horror of Dracula despite it being less faithful, but there is a ton of good things to recommend this version.
5- I still remember seeing that one in the theater. Been too long since I’ve seen it.
6- This is a different, scarier and more serious version than the original. That one comes from a different era and sensibility. While I have a soft spot for Vincent Price and 50’s B+W horror, I have to admit that the remake is the better horror film.
I do like Christopher Lee as Dracula better because nobodies better than Lee, but I prefer this version for the storyline and scenery.
It is easily the more beautiful and technically better film.