Classic Horror Movies to Watch This Halloween

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As November approaches, the scariest season of 2023 has officially started. Now is the time when the kids can go trick-or-treating as you watch a horror movie with a chilling score, creepy lighting, and graphic effects. Another option is staying home with the kids and watching uplifting Halloween films as they carve pumpkins.

Here are the best picks you can watch on Xfinity TV to get in the mood for the season, whether scary jump scares or cozy autumnal vibes. Let’s dive in!

Top 6 Horror Movies to Watch this Halloween

If you’re planning to spend some quality time with your family over the weekend, nothing’s better than watching a timeless horror movie. Here are some all-time favorites you can watch:

1.   Practical Magic

Focusing on a line of powerful witches doomed by their own matriarch, the Owens clan is the main plot point of the film. Sadly, any guy who fell in love with any of the Owens ladies would ultimately meet his end. It goes without saying that this caused difficulties for later generations.

Everything about this movie is incredible, including the large spells book the girls employ to construct the ideal companion and Alan Silvestri’s eerie old Owens home. However, the enigmatic worldbuilding is what truly sets the movie apart. The film is full of spiritual proverbs and idioms that give viewers the impression that they are in the middle of everything.

2.   Ginger Snaps

A well-known feminist horror film, this Canadian scare-fest centers on two late-blooming adolescent sisters, Ginger and Brigitte, who resolve to exact revenge on a popular girl. However, after her first period, one of them gets attacked by a wild animal, which causes her to sprout hair in odd places and develop a frightening desire for blood and guys.

A drug dealer’s Halloween party serves as a good cover for Ginger’s transformation into a vicious werewolf as the gore starts to ramp up. This low-budget but masterfully done lycanthrope drama gives a common teen angst story a whole new twist with its stunningly excellent comparison to puberty.

3.   Night of the Demons

“Night of the Demons,” which features a ridiculous animated start that gets viewers in the mood for the holidays, is full of gory details, costumes, and scary faces. When a séance summons ghostly spookies, a Halloween party at a funeral parlor goes awry, sending the teens there rushing to get out.

“Demons” is a classic example of ’80s horror that hasn’t quite gained the popularity it deserves. Retro in ways that are both fantastic (the banter! the costumes! the stock characters!) and horrifically antiquated (really, has a film ever been more lecherous anytime a young woman appears onscreen?).

4.   Trick or Treat

A high school student partners up with the ghost of a metal musician to take on bullies in this unforgettable slice of cheese, which is a love letter to hard rock. Tony Fields captures Sammi Curr, a teased-hair headbanger who looks like Gene Simmons stuck his finger in an electrical socket, precisely as a creepy yet campy performance that makes the surroundings laugh.

For horror enthusiasts who adore the 1980s, the performances, special effects, and soundtrack are all delicious. There’s plenty of seasonal energy, including a Halloween party ending that makes one think of “Carrie.” That Sammi Curr never started a Freddy Krueger-type franchise is a shame. Extra points for a fantastic televangelist cameo by Ozzy Osbourne.

5.   Scream VI

New York is where the Carpenter sisters (along with their disguised stalker) relocate. The movie’s slogan reads, “No one hears you scream.” There, “Scream” veterans Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) and Kirby Reed (Hayden Panettiere) team up with Sam (Melissa Barrera) and Tara (Jenna Ortega) to unravel the sinister Manhattan enigma and vanquish Ghostface(s?).

The ‘Scream’ franchise finds new thrills in the bustling Big Apple, which acts as a novel backdrop. One such thrill involves the franchise’s villain posing as a regular person on a packed subway vehicle occupied by individuals wearing Halloween costumes, including a couple of Ghostface. Your perspective on the eerie holiday in the big metropolis will shift after watching the sixth “Scream.”

6.   Hocus Pocus

The Sanderson sisters, in three words. The Disney comedy is a Halloween cult classic because of Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker’s portrayals of the three evil witches. The film’s premise revolves around Halloween night in modern-day Salem, Massachusetts, the site of the Salem Witch Trials.

As the buck-toothed Winifred Sanderson, Midler sang “I Put a Spell on You,” which is impossible to forget. A zombie ex-boyfriend and an immortal talking black cat are just two examples of how “Hocus Pocus” shows that a movie doesn’t have to be terrifying to convey the eerie atmosphere of Halloween.

Final Thoughts

This collection offers a wide range of enduring scares that’ll have you at the edge of your seat. Whether it’s the intense mind games or the otherworldly mysteries that grab you, these flicks deliver the goods.

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