SIX SINISTER FILMS FOR HALLOWEEN

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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3 thoughts on “SIX SINISTER FILMS FOR HALLOWEEN

  1. 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.

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