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32 Movie Recommendations for a Spooky Halloween [32套萬聖節電影精選]

For those who prefer to stay in for a cozy Halloween with a cinnamon hot chocolate with marshmallows or for those who want to have a fun night in with friends where you let your horror imagination run wild, SCENE 852 gathered a list of 32 spooky movie recommendations that can suit all!

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Family Friendly:

1) Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) // Directed by Henry Selick

Recommended Audience: People who love romanticised stylistic gothic animations with unique ideas and a strong but heartwarming storyline. This is a great film for both kids and adults with a memorable music score.

2) The Addams Family (1991) // Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld

Recommended Audience: A classic fun film that is very popular with kids due to its quirky gothic characters and themes.

3) The Witches (1990) // Directed by Nicolas Roeg

Recommended Audience: Another memorable classic film to watch during Halloween. It is a great film for kids that can take on scarier themes.

4) ParaNorman (2012) // Directed by Chris Butler, Sam Fell

Recommended Audience: People who are looking for a more heartwarming story with Halloween themes.

Comedy Horror:

5) Shaun of the Dead (2004) // Directed by Edgar Wright

Recommended Audience: Brilliant British film for those who are looking for a fun night with humorous characters, dialogues and storytelling.

6) What We Do In The Shadows (2014) // Directed by Taika Waititi

Recommended Audience: Moviegoers looking for a hilarious mockumentary that follows a group of vampire "housemates" coping with today's modern life. Great film to watch with a group of friends looking for a laugh.

7) Scream (1996) // Directed by Wes Craven

Recommended Audience: Classic horror satire making fun of all the clichés horror movie conventions. Perfect for those who want to experience jump scares with dark humour.

8) Cabin in the Woods (2011) // Directed by Drew Goddard

Recommended Audience: Although leaning more towards the horror genre, Cabin in the Woods have subtle comedic moments that mocks clichés in the horror genre. Suitable for those who also enjoys Teen Flicks.

The Classics:

9) The Shining (1980) // Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Recommended Audience: Classed as one of the greatest horror films of all times with outstanding acting, The Shining is a must-watch classic horror with themes of insanity set in an isolated haunted hotel.

10) Psycho (1960) // Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Recommended Audience: Anyone who is a strong film-lover who is looking for a psychological thriller. A masterpiece by the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock.

11) Carrie (1976) // Directed by Brian De Palma

Recommended Audience: Filled with iconic scenes, Carrie is for those who are interested in themes of revenge within a high school setting.

12) Rosemary's Baby (1968) // Directed by Roman Polanski

Recommended Audience: Rosemary's Baby is one of those films that was definitely ahead of its time with its originality. It is hard to believe that this film was made in 1968! A must-watch for horror and thriller lovers who enjoy mysterious plots.

13) Halloween (1978) // Directed by John Carpenter

Recommended Audience: Halloween is the ultimate classic horror slasher film that will remain timeless. Suitable for those who love a good old classic with suspense.

Indie Lovers:

14) The Witch (2015) // Directed by Robert Eggers

Recommended Audience: Filmgoers who enjoy disturbing indie films with beautiful cinematography, newcomers and eerie vibes. This film is perfect for those who love dissecting the plot lines, finding hidden symbolism and metaphors.

15) Hereditary (2018) // Directed by Ari Aster

Recommended Audience: Those who are looking for a supernatural, mysteriously disturbing and terrifying film that gets your skin crawling.

16) Get Out (2017) // Directed by Jordan Peele

Recommended Audience: Those who love films with a strong theme and message. A great horror thriller satire with trippy visuals.

Nightmare Lovers:

17) IT (2017) // Directed by Andrés Muschietti

Recommended Audience: Those who are looking for a rollercoaster ride of a film. IT is a great film that is also equally fun to watch for those who are looking for strong creepy vibes with big jump scares.

18) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) // Directed by Wes Craven

Recommended Audience: For those looking for films with a memorable horror antagonist - Freddy Krueger is one of the creepiest classical horror villains in cinema history.

19) The Exorcist (1973) // Directed by William Friedkin

Recommended Audience: Another classic horror film that is loved by horror fans. Suitable for those who enjoy disturbing horror films with a strong supernatural theme.

20) The Conjuring (2013) // Directed by James Wan

Recommended Audience: Those who are able to take on a very scary unsettling film with a spiritual paranormal theme that leaves you with a haunting effect.

Found Footage:

21) Paranormal Activity (2007) // Directed by Oren Peli

Recommended Audience: Not recommended to watch alone unless you're brave enough to power through the night with paranoid thoughts. The scary part about Paranormal Activity is how realistic the camera footage feels.

22) The Blair Witch Project (1999) // Directed by Eduardo Sánchez, Daniel Myrick

Recommended Audience: The ultimate low-budget horror indie classic that mastered the clever technique of found-footage.

Asian Cinema:

23) Train to Busan (2016) // Directed by Yeon Sang-ho

Recommended Audience: A great film for those who love Zombie films. Train to Busan is an intense action-packed film filled with some of the most horrifying Zombies in cinema.

24) Ringu (1998) // Directed by Hideo Nakata

Recommended Audience: Truly terrifying, recommended for those who don't want to sleep after watching this film.

25) Ju-On: The Grudge (2002) // Directed by Takashi Shimizu

Recommended Audience: Recommended for those who enjoy Asian horror films with iconic characters.


26) Pan's Labyrinth (2006) // Directed by Guillermo del Toro

Recommended Audience: Gorgeously tragic film. Suitable for those who enjoy stylistic dark fantasy films with strong fairytale elements and memorable creatures.

27) Edward Scissorhands (1990) // Directed by Tim Burton

Recommended Audience: One of Tim Burton's finest films. Recommended for those who are looking for a dark romanticised storyline with lovable characters and gothic themes.


28) The Taxas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) // Directed by Tobe Hooper

Recommended Audience: 70s horror movie fans who enjoy a bit of gore.

29) Saw (2004) // Directed by James Wan

Recommended Audience: Those who love intense gory films with disturbing sadistic themes.

Oldie but Goodie:

30) The Others (2001) // Directed by Alejandro Amenábar

Recommended Audience: Those who enjoy psychological thrillers with strong moods and plot twists. With occasional haunting moments, this film leaves you with a strong lasting effect.

31) The Sixth Sense (1999) // Directed by M. Night Shyamalan

Recommended Audience: People who love a good psychological thriller. The Sixth Sense is famous for its clever script, memorable dialogues and plot twist.


32) Host (2020) // Directed by Rob Savage

Recommended Audience: An original and intelligent horror film made this year with a storyline that is set during the COVID-19 quarantine through a Zoom meeting. A highly relatable horror film for 2020 that gained a lot of attention.

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