Every Halloween for the past few years, I have related to the infamous words of Eric Forman: “It’s like we’re too old to Trick-or-Treat and too young to die.” I think Halloween is such a fun holiday and I love the festivities that come with it. However, as I’ve gotten older, I have found that the That 70s Show character’s statement to ring true as parties have grown to feel overrated and the cold Michigan weather makes me want to stay in and keep warm. Last Halloween, I found a way to combine my favorite things to make for an exciting yet cozy night- a horror movie marathon with friends! I honestly don’t know how I didn’t think of this solution sooner because it was so easy to pull off! Whether you want to stay in or go out on Halloween, here are some of my favorite horror movies to help kick off the festivities leading up to the holiday.
- The Shining (1980)
A seemingly normal family of three moves into an isolated hotel in Colorado when father and husband Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) accepts a job as the winter caretaker. Looking to use this opportunity as a way to make some money and gather inspiration for his writing, Jack soon falls victim to the spell of the hotel.
- Psycho (1960)
Things are not what they seem at the Bates Motel; Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) soon discovers this after stopping off the road at the discrete motel. Marion deems the motel as the perfect place to lay low for the night and ignores the suspicious behavior of the owner, Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins).
- Us (2019)
Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong’o) is paranoid when her family decides to vacation in the town she grew up in. As a grown woman with a husband and two children, Adelaide is still haunted by her past and wants nothing more than to forget what happened to her as a child. But the horrors she thought she left in her past soon come back to haunt her and her family.
- The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
As a student at the FBI’s training academy, Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) is bright and eager to succeed. When Clarice is asked to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), she is apprehensive but willing to do so as she has been told that speaking with the psychopathic cannibalistic murderer will possibly help to solve an open case with similar acts committed.
- Halloween (1978)
On Halloween 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers (Nick Castle) murders his first victim, his teenage sister. Nearly fifteen years later the on night before Halloween in 1978, he manages to escape when being transferred from one facility to another and pays a visit to his hometown. Meanwhile, seventeen-year-old Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) goes about her daily routine and begins to notice that she is being followed by a mysterious figure.