This is by far my favorite time of year. As a writer of suspense, I love fall and all the story inspiration that it brings with it- The blustery, spooky weather, the haunted houses, pumpkin patches and hay rides. But one of the BEST things about fall in my humble opinion? The scary movies J True, some of my favorite movies to watch during the month of October aren’t all scary. Some are just a little creepy, some are funny, some are reminiscent of childhood. But they all make me think of Halloween in one form or another. And I heart Halloween!
Here’s a list of my top five movies to get you in a haunted frame of mind this season-
1.) The Burbs- This is somewhat of a cult classic from the late eighties. My husband and I watch it at least three or four times in the weeks leading up to Halloween. It’s ridiculously funny and some of the one liners have been known to make me spew Diet Pepsi out my nose. I’m no professional movie critic, but this is my version of a thumbs up ;)
2.) The Fog- I wouldn’t say this seventies classic is necessarily scary, but it’s deliciously spooky. And some of the scenes are cringe worthy. Working all by yourself in an old lighthouse off a stormy coast? Yup. Cringe worthy.
3.) To Kill A Mockingbird- This movie really doesn’t have anything to do with Halloween, but the subplot with Boo Radley is pretty darn fantastic. (Well, everything about this movie is fantastic, really). I love Scout’s point of view- she paints a wonderful picture of what it’s like to be a little kid who’s scared to death of her legendary scary neighbor. And the scene where she and Jem are walking home from the play gives me chills every time.
4.) Halloween- This cheese ball classic from 1978 still manages to scare me, no matter how many times I watch it. I think the creepy music has a lot to do with it. Yowza. Jamie Lee Curtis at her best!
5.) Psycho- Norman Bates is a pretty sick feller. The whole premise of this story scares the pee waddling out of me. And I don’t think I’m alone. The shower scene is an all time horror classic, and the main reason I always check behind the curtain before I hit the potty.
There you have it, folks! Hope you can take a few hours to cuddle up under a warm blanket and watch a few of these movies. I don’t think you’ll regret it. …Just keep the lights on while you’re at it ;) Happy Halloween!
Kaylie Newell is the author of A Death That Lingers, an award winning paranormal/romantic suspense that is available in paperback and digital format through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.