31 greatest Halloween movies of all time

by W. Andrew Powell
31 greatest Halloween movies of all time

What should you watch this Halloween? What about 31 of the greatest Halloween, horror, and classic films ever made?

We asked our readers to take a quiz and tell us which Halloween movies they’ve seen, and from the list of 77 films, they picked the top 31.

This Halloween we challenge our readers to watch every movie from the list, and let us know their favourite on Twitter with the hashtag #TheGATEHalloween.

#31 – The Evil Dead

#30 – The Fly

#29 – The Omen

#28 – ParaNorman

#27 – Sleepy Hollow

#26 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer

#25 – The Exorcist

#24 – The Thing (1982)

#23 – The Cabin in the Woods

#22 – Candyman (1992)

#21 – The Conjuring

#20 – Coraline

#19 – Alien

#18 – Halloween

#17 – A Nightmare on Elm Street

#16 – The Blair Witch Project

#15 – Carrie (1976)

#14 – Friday the 13th

#13 – It

#12 – Paranormal Activity

#11 – Poltergeist (1982)

#10 – Scream

#9 – Gremlins

#8 – Edward Scissorhands

#7 – Hocus Pocus

#6 – Rocky Horror Picture Show

#5 – It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

#4 – The Nightmare Before Christmas

#3 – Ghostbusters (1984)

Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis wrote one of the funniest movies of the 1980s, and it’s a perfect example of how a perfect team can make magic.

Director Ivan Reitman brought the right mix of comedy, goofiness, charm, and even a little horror to the film, while Bill Murray became a star as Peter Venkman.

And alongside Aykroyd, Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson, and Rick Moranis, the ensemble cast made Ghostbusters one of the most recognizable movies of the era.

If you want a deep-dive into what it took to make the film, watch The Movies That Made Us episode on Netflix.

#2 – The Addams Family

The Addams Family

Director Barry Sonnenfeld’s The Addams Family was a bolt of lighting when it came out in 1991, and it was an unlikely hit that got everything right based on the original The New Yorker cartoons and TV series.

The entire cast is amazing, but the stars of the film are absolutely Anjelica Huston as Morticia Addams, Raul Julia as Gomez Addams, and of course Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester Addams. It’s also one of Christina Ricci’s best films as the macabre Wednesday.

How many times have you watched this hilarious family?

#1 – Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice is one of the greatest horror-comedies ever made, and it’s a classic Halloween movie. From the music, costumes, and script, to the epic performances, and laughs, the film is practically perfect.

Starring Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Jeffrey Jones, Catherine O’Hara, Winona Ryder, and the great Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice himself. After 34 years, it’s still one of director Tim Burton’s best films.

Beetlejuice is currently streaming on Crave in Canada.

Look for more great lists? Find out which series are the top 25 Canadian TV shows of all time.

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