Halloween flicks not to miss

1978 Halloween film.

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1978 Halloween film.

Halloween is a time to go trick-or-treating, carve pumpkins and bob for apples. But a favorite fall tradition among students is revisiting some iconic Halloween films. Here are some fan favorites.

Halloween (1978)

This horror film is widely considered to be a paradigm of Halloween slasher movies. Directed by veteran film maker John Carpenter and starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Halloween tells the tale of Michael Myers, who after murdering his sister, escapes a psych ward 15 years later to kill again.

Hocus Pocus (1993)

Hocus Pocus is a cult comedy horror film directed by Kenny Ortega and starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy. When three witch sisters return to Salem after three centuries, it is up to a group of kids to prevent the witches from becoming immortal.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Directed by Henry Selick, this animated comedy tells the story of Halloweentown’s pumpkin king, Jack Skellington, who becomes bored of the scary routine. After discovering Christmastown, he attempts to celebrate Christmas, but the citizens of Halloweentown can’t get it right.

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! (1966)

This cartoon, directed by Bill Melendez, depicts the Peanuts gang celebrating Halloween, with Linus hoping the Great Pumpkin will appear, Charlie Brown going to a party, and Snoopy fighting the Red Baron as the Flying Ace.

Halloweentown (1998)

Directed by Duwayne Dunham, Halloweentown is about a young girl who discovers she is a witch and with the help of her family must save a town full of scary creatures.

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Sweeping the floor at the 1991 Academy Awards, this horror thriller (directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster) chronicles a young FBI student’s twisted friendship with cannibalistic killer Hannibal Lecter in order to solve another case.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Directed by Wes Craven, this horror movie tells the tale of Freddy Krueger, a disfigured serial killer who goes after teenagers in their dreams, thus killing them in real life as well.

The Exorcist (1973)

Holding the record as the most profitable horror movie of all time, this William Friedkin-directed film is based on a true story, and depicts the possession of a young girl who starts levitating and speaking in tongues. When her family contacts a priest, they realize the severity of the situation.

It (2017)

Quickly becoming a modern classic, It, directed by Andrés Muschietti and taking place in 1989, presents the summer adventures of a group of unpopular kids who fight a shapeshifting demon named Pennywise the Dancing Clown. This film is based on Stephen King’s 1986 novel of the same name, and is a remake of the 1990 miniseries of the same name.