It’s almost that special time of year, when ghosts come out to play, zombies run around the streets, and kids have a ball getting scared shitless on fright-nights and spook-fests. Yes, Halloween is just around the corner, and if you’re an entertainment-geek like me, then you probably turn to your favorite horror films/series to get into the spirit of the season (while also seeking inspiration for a dope costume).
The best Halloween movies/TV shows for me bring with them the sense of falling leaves, brisk temperatures, and moonlit-nights with a healthy dose of fear. If you’ve got a low tolerance for jump-scares, things get even more amazing. After all, films/TV series is the perfect way to celebrate the weeks leading up to Halloween, so I compiled a list that you definitely might want to check out at Best VPN
TV Shows to Watch this Halloween!
This season of jack-o-lanterns, trick-or-treat bags, fake cobwebs, skeletons and tombstones brings with it an interesting opportunity to explore the TV horror genre, as they increase in popularity. You can now scare yourself silly on a weekly basis by binging any of the below TV shows below with your friends/family members. Set props and a different jump scare toys to make the experience even more entertaining!
I honestly don’t know how to express my obsession for this amazingly scary, highly graphic, and gruesome-filled TV show. It is not suitable for kids but is a pure treat to watch on the Halloween season with your friends/family members. Packed with scenes of physical torture, psychological warfare, piles of corpses, pools of blood, and flayed skin, Hannibal can frighten the shit out of anyone!
It uses disturbing imagery to attract the audience, getting their eyes stuck on the screen. Watch it late at night to enhance the experience, as you relish the exceptional narrative, direction, and characters that literally take you to DARK, DARK frickin’ place. Despite being a reboot of the classic horror of the same name, the TV show manages to meet all expectations. I’d avoid saying any more to ruin the fun!
The Exorcist (2016-2018)
The VERY first horror movie I ever watched in my life was none other than “The Exorcist (1973)”. I watched it around the time for Halloween, so I still have a fresh memory of the movie, along with the feeling of almost pissing my pants. The reboot TV show doesn’t fail to disappoint either, lifting the Halloween spirit inside me. You may not hear a lot of suggestions to watch it, but f** what they say and give it a try.
The first trailers for The Exorcist were actually quite ambiguous and depicted a not-so-similar plot, different from the original film, which got a lot of people turned off from watching it. However, later on, I was convinced it was a bad decision, as the TV show engages the audience quite well with likable, well-written characters with believable human flaws. I won’t say any more to avoid giving any spoilers, but I assure you won’t be wasting your time with this horror-packed watch for Halloween!
Penny Dreadful (2014-2016)
Prepare yourself to delve into the history of dreadful stories produced back in 19th century UK. If you’re familiar with classic literary characters like Dorian Gray and Dr. Frankenstein, then you might love this one. Penny Dreadful is the perfect TV show to learn about your favorite villains and scary characters by exploring their origin stories in an epic psychological thriller from the darkest corners of Victorian London.
You probably have an idea why I’ve given it a mention to this Halloween’s TV show list, but more than the familiar supernatural characters, I personally believe Penny Dreadful is an AMAZING watch. With its perfect balance of dark humor, mature content, naked cadavers, and grotesque imagery, the TV definitely manages to set the bar high in the horror genre, making it a great choice for Halloween!
Bates Motel (2013-2017)
Similar to “Hannibal” and “The Exorcist”, I’ve got another movie-reimaged-for-television watch for you guys. Bates Motel is the prequel story of the original 1987 movie, where we got to see Bud Cort rejoining society, after taking the role of a manager, in a haunted motel (inherited by the infamous killer Norman Bates). This show focuses on Norman Bates as the main character, and what led him to become a killer.
We’ve already seen him in action in the 1960 movie “Psycho”, but learning the history of this fictional character in Bates Motel will definitely be a worthwhile experience for YOU, especially if you are craving a dark, evil theme for Halloween. While the show doesn’t reach the same heights as Hannibal, it still manages to create a solid experience filled with a thriller, suspense, and outright horror!
American Horror Story (2011-2018)
I’ve added American Horror Story to the last of the TV shows list because I feel many already know about this anthology series. On the offset chance you haven’t, then AHS is clearly a show made for Halloween. Every season brings with it a completely different and unique yet twisted and mind-f**k story that will give you scaregasms, you’ve never felt like before.
Right from the beginning of the first season, you will find yourself intrigued about solving different mysteries and questions. If you need something to kick-off Halloween though, go for watching the 4th Season directly i.e. “American Horror Story: Freak Show”, garnering a total of twenty Emmy Award nominations, and crazily suiting the Halloween theme of mysterious looking characters a.k.a. FREAKS!
Movies to Watch this Halloween!
You’ve already got some good suggestions for TV shows to watch in the weeks leading up to Halloween, but it’s always a nice idea to have an annual movie-night ritual, a day before! It’s a great way to spend time with your family while creating memories that will last for years to come. Who knows your kids might grow up to follow the same ritual every year? Below are some all-family favorite Halloween Flicks!
I was thinking that it might be a good idea to go with the original Halloween 1978 film (you can still add that in your suggestions) considering it is widely regarded as the first movie in the modern slasher tradition. However, since it uses less violence and blood than the movies it inspired, I’d rather prefer you give your family a taste of the Ghostface killer, similar to how we had it as kids!
The movie is a re-invented and revitalized version of the classic 1981 Scream, which adds a little more scariness, cleverness, and some funny scenes into the mix. The plot reveals to us the history of a fright-masked knife maniac, who stalks high-school students, and later kills them for his own devilish purposes. It is a great watch for Halloween, and the Ghostface Killer haunted the shit out of me in my early-teens!
The Halloween Season shouldn’t necessarily revolve around scaring the shit out of other humans. After all, not everyone has it in them to tolerate jump-scares and piss-pumping horror movies. For the audience with a low scare-tolerance, I believe that Zombieland will be a pure treat to watch. It has the perfect balance of violence, gore, and comedy, which can make Halloween a whole lot funnier!
As the name implies, the storyline focuses on a virus that turns almost everyone into Zombies. The surviving humans have to keep fighting the dead to stay sane and alive. There are four main characters in the movie, played by Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenburg, Abigail Breslin, and Woody Harrelson, all of whom are famous actors with fascinating careers.
Trick ‘R Treat (2007)
If you are looking for something a little more Halloween-themed, then there is no better option for movie-night than Trick ‘R Treat (2007). If you haven’t already heard, the movie is about the interwoven stories of a small town, where some traditions are best not forgotten!
Residents of the fictional town of Warren Valley, find themselves amidst a town legend called the “Halloween Schoolbus Massacre”. Filled with jump scares, frightening imagery, and scary characters, the movie is a perfect watch for keeping your teens entertaining pre-Halloween day.
Get Out (2017)
Probably one of the sickest, twisted, and most mind-f**K movies I’ve seen recently Get Out (2017) holds a special place in my heart for its intense mystery/thriller filled storyline, which perfectly manages to keep you hooked onto the screen. The main character Chris goes to meet his girlfriend’s parents, nervous trying to figure out how they’ll react to their daughter dating a black man.
Though at first, the family seems incredibly cool and normal, things soon start spiraling out of control in ways unimaginable. Chris suddenly realizes that he shouldn’t have been nervous about meeting this family, but actually should’ve been dead frightened. The family has a dark secret, which could result in Chris losing his life. The movie is a perfect suspense watch for Halloween!
Warm Bodies (2013)
If you consider yourself a hopeless romantic, then you might want to take things on a different route. Consider watching Warm Bodies with your partner to witness the story of an unusual zombie, who saves a living girl instead of eating her. This results at the beginning of a budding relationship, with hopes of bringing the dead back to life, in a post-apocalyptic world!
I personally am not a fan of the romantic genre, but my partner convinced me to watch this one with her, as she’d received a recommendation from a friend of hers. Though it took me a while to pay attention to what was happening, the movie wasn’t bad at all. I think it’s a perfect watch for couples, who need something subtle yet enticing for Halloween.
Wrapping Things Up
And with this, I’ve come to an end to this entertainment guide for Halloween. Make sure you stock up on lots of munchies to binge those TV shows on the weekends leading up to the scary day, while selecting the perfect movie you want to watch for the annual movie-night Halloween ritual. Let me know which movie/TV show you find the best in the comments below. Also, don’t forget to share this piece with your friends and family members, looking for good entertainment suggestions this Halloween!
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