5 Halloween Movies BETTER than ‘Hocus Pocus’
Hocus Pocus isn't the only Halloween movie!
Oh, and I'm aware some of these films are rated R that you can't watch with your kids like you can with Hocus Pocus. But let's be honest: Most people watching Hocus Pocus non-stop are mid-20 somethings who should'nt be having kids.
1. Halloween (1978)
You know what is a solid foundation for having a great Halloween-themed movie? Name it "Halloween" and invent the entire slasher genre. The original Halloween wonderfully captures the spirit of the holiday while creating one of the most iconic film villains of all-time. As far as horror goes, it holds up fairly well, even if we have all become desensitized to violence almost 40 years later.
2. Trick R Treat (2007)
Definitely the most underrated film on this list, Trick R Treat is an anthology film that follows multiple stories that ultimately converge at the end. The movie had a lot of issues getting released, before eventually getting a direct-to-DVD release in 2009. Don't let that fool you though; this movie has a star-studded cast and plenty of fun scares. This isn't a movie that will give you nightmares, but you'll be jumping plenty.
3. Halloweentown (1998)
To be a kid in 1998 was pretty awesome, if just for the fact that Disney Channel original movies were the shiz-nit. The channel put out so many hits during that time, but one remains an all-time classic (sorry, Brink), and that's Halloweentown. This is the most family friendly of all the movies on this list. It follows the Cromwell family as the journey to Halloweentown, a place where it is Halloween all the time. It's a fun movie that spawned several sequels that aren't completely terrible.
4. Goosebumps (1995)
Yeah, this is technically a TV show, but this is my list and I'll do what I want. This show was most of my childhood, as were the books they are based on. This show was my first introduction to horror which is a genre I still love. The most iconic of these episodes is definitely The Haunted Mask, as seen above. It's pretty intense for something shown on Fox Kids, but the 90's were a different and wonderful time. Feel free to watch the episode above and soak in all the 90's goodness.
5. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Before Hot Topic emo kids made this their sole reason for living, The Nightmare Before Christmas was a fun musical, brought to you from the mind of Tim Burton. There is a lot of debate about this one as people can't decide whether it is a Christmas or Halloween movie. I say it's "both" because it gives me two holidays to watch it on. The music is brilliant and the characters are incredibly memorable. While other stop-motion films have tried to replicate the success of the movie, there is only one Nightmare Before Christmas.
There's my list. And I know I left off Ernest Scared Stupid. And I didn't do that to intentionally slight the film; I did it because I haven't actually seen it. Which I should probably fix at some point in my life. Any movies that I forgot about? Leave a comment below!