October is almost here so it’s time to start thinking of costume ideas for your Halloween party. Will you go as Sexy Freddy Krueger, Donald Trump (Spoooky) or maybe a banana? Well whatever you go as if you are hosting a Halloween party it’s also time to start thinking about what movies you plan to screen for your guests. It’s Halloween so try not to pick something that is just background noise, pick something that is going to creep them the hell out – or keep them interested with a horror comedy that will make them bust a gut. Hey! Maybe that can be your costume, gut buster! Some sort of weird demented Superhero!?
Okay, enough about that. We have a list to get you started but the rest is up to you!
10.) Tucker & Dale vs Evil
Tyler Labine and Alan Tuduk have become genre fan favorites and if you are unfamiliar with the film or the duo then you will have a blast at your Halloween party with Tucker and Dale. This non-stop horror comedy plays up all the horror tropes in a kind and endearing way with a pop of blood and gore.
9.) The Strangers
If you are looking for something a little more subdued that will provide some jump scares with excellent sound design then The Strangers should be on your list. A throwback horror film with simplistic themes that everyone can identify with when you hear a strange sound in the house. You can also play some great pranks by having someone at the party bang on the front door about half way through. One of my favorite horror films in the last 10 years.
8.) Behind The Mask
Behind the Mask features a slasher like no other and you get a front row seat! The next great psycho horror slasher has given a documentary crew exclusive access to his life as he plans his reign of terror over the sleepy town of Glen Echo. This is a cult classic with horror fans. A long awaited sequel is in the works!
7.) You’re Next
From the team that brought us The Guest and Blair Witch, this tongue in cheek comedy has engaging characters that you will enjoy seeing die one by one with a strong female lead. It starts out normal enough then spirals into a horror comedy that you never saw coming. Well, until now. Shit. Sorry.
Who you gonna call!? Someone else if your party is lame. If you are looking for something a little more familiar to your audience there is a good chance just about everyone in the room loves Ghostbusters. Billy Murray? Check. Slimer? Check? Rick Moranis locking himself out of his own party? Sure why not. This is another comedy classic with a sci-fi twist. The characters are perfect and the movie is quotable. You can’t go wrong.
5.) The Final Girls
Want a blast from the past? Throw an 80’s slasher summer camp party and screen The Final Girls for your guests. Merging the 80’s slasher film with an element of Scream these campers know how to follow the rules of horror movies, now if they could just find their way out of the nightmare they found themselves in. Watch the movie and you’ll understand. Welcome to Camp Bloodbath!
This is a drinking game waiting to happen. It features an alcoholic cop that blacks out and wakes up in unfamiliar surroundings, and crime scenes seem oddly familiar when the full moon is out. It’s exactly what it sounds like. Wolf + Cop = Comedy. It’s a crazy combo and a helluva good time. Another Wolfcop is the follow up to the original and is currently making the rounds at film festivals (Fantastic Fest)
3. Halloween (1978)
I mean, it’s called Halloween. If that wasn’t enough William Shatner has never been more scary. Say what? That’s right the iconic mask that Michael Myers AKA The Shape wears in Halloween is actually a William Shatner Captain Kirk mask turned inside out and void of color and expression. It’s “Totally” creepy and the film is a must at your party. One of John Carpenter’s classic films that inspired many modern day horror films.
2.) Trick R’ Treat
Looking for a horror anthology for the A.D.D. members of your Halloween crew? Trick R’ Treat features several stories that all have a connective tissue holding them together. What is it? The spirit of Halloween and a little shit named Sam that is out to wreak havoc on anyone that disrespects the holiday. If you were a fan of Creepshow, Tales From the Darkside or Tales From the Crypt you’ll dig this modern day horror gem. Fun Fact: The same creative team behind Trick R’ Treat also created the holiday horror hit Krampus. Both films take place in the same universe and a sequel to Trick R’ Treat is on its way.
1.) The Exorcist
Turn down the lights, light some candles and hand out some crosses as party favors then wait for Regan to spew vomit and crabwalk like crazy down some stairs. Pegged as the most terrifying movie of all-time (that claim still holds up today) this horror classic is eerie, unnerving and scary as hell.
If you are a fan of this classic be sure to check out the new TV series on FOX. The pilot episode did not disappoint but it will be hard to live up to the film since the series takes place on network TV.