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Get Spooky with Our Top Halloween Movie Picks

by Reena 10/31/2011

Halloween falls on a Monday this year with the added benefit of early weekend celebrations I’m sure.  If you’re like me, after handing out candy to trick o’ treaters, you’re probably going to pop some popcorn and throw in your favorite horror flick. But what to watch? There are so many options, from super scary to just plain silly. To help you navigate the vast realm of freakish films, here’s a list of Sony Pictures’ spookiest flicks.


Let’s start with a couple Halloween classics. The original Fright Night (R) is perfect. Fright Night takes us back to a time in the late 80s where vampires were still scary and completely devoid of teen drama (and sparkles). The combination of scary and funny makes this film a great choice for Halloween night.

What would Halloween be without watching at least one movie from the Halloween movie franchise?Halloween II (R) is my pick because great horror movies sequels are so hard to find.


For those who want nightmares for days, Clive Barker’s Candyman (R) is terrifying, especially if you believe in superstition and vengeful ghosts (don’t worry, just don’t say his name and you’ll be fine). If you feel like getting horrified and disgusted simultaneously, Eli Roth’s Hostel (R) does the trick. It’s definitely not suited for those with a weak stomach and might make you reconsider taking a European vacation. You be the judge.

Halloween Movies in 3D

Just got a new 3D TV? Looking for a 3D Halloween experience? We’ve got you covered. Nothing screams Halloween like gratuitous gore and killer fish, right? Piranha 3D (R) has it all. Again, I wouldn’t really recommend this one if you’ve been snacking on fun size candy bars all night or if you plan on swimming anytime soon.


There are just as many silly movies as there are scary in the horror genre. These are great movies to watch, scream, and laugh with friends. If you’re looking for a double feature, I Know What You Did Last Summer and I STILL Know What You Did Last Summer (both R) are tons of fun. Let it also be a lesson to you, always watch for fishermen crossing dark, winding roads on the side of cliffs in the middle of the night. OR ELSE.

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any more outlandish, I give you Bats (PG-13). The only thing more terrifying than blood-thirsty killer fish are blood-thirsty killer flying mammals! If you go outside, just make sure to wear a hat.

If you still can’t decide on a movie, Crackle has launched “Kill Count” which features over 300 of the most creative on-screen kills. These include everything from your standard zombie kill to spontaneous combustion. Crackle’s “Kill Count” is available on and mobile devices including Android™ phones and OTT integrations BRAVIA® HDTVs, PS3™ systems, and Sony Blu-ray Disc™ players.

My Favorites

Now for my two personal choices. These movies not only go together (no spoilers!) but they are both scary and fun. First runner up is Zombieland (R) starring the Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Emma Stone.  It’s a comedy plus the zombies are very well done. Make sure to write down the rules; the zombie apocalypse might be sooner than you think.

Last but not least, my top choice for Halloween is… Ghostbusters (PG). How can you go wrong with Bill Murray, a catchy theme song and a monster made out of marshmallow? Trick question; you can’t.

Feel free to share your favorite scary movies with us in the comments section!

Happy Halloween everyone! Have fun and be safe!

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