My Favorite Spooky Flicks

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Not until my college years is when I started to embrace my love for Halloween. My first year of college was in Massachusetts and I was able to go to Salem to help celebrate, and it made me fall in love with the holiday. My mom wasn’t into any holidays as I look back, she would buy me costumes occasionally, and I don’t think she was too keen into the idea of trick or treating…I can’t remember too many memories of them. I do remember my excitement of being able to look inside people’s homes while trick or treating (I was weird as a child) but I probably only went a couple of times. It just wasn’t a big deal around our house, and that applies to most major holidays (I never knew Christmas jingles until I was in High School).

Over the years, I have grown to enjoy all things Halloween, mostly the movies (I’m not much of a fan of candy so I can do without them). From the family-friendly to the creepy ones, to even the odd ones, I find them so much fun to watch. Here are some of my favorite films to get me in the Halloween Spirit.

The Craft

4 High School Students learning how to use their magical powers and not for all the right reasons…sign me up. I remember going to camp and trying light as a feather stiff as a board…it didn’t work.

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Practical Magic

I always felt Practical Magic got lost in the Halloween cult classic. However, it’s a great film about sisterhood.

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2: The Next Generation

This one is possibly one of the worst movie of the franchise and probably on this list, but I can’t help but love how ridiculous and campy it is. Plus, you see a pre-fame Renee Zwelleger and Matthew McConaughey

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Scream (the entire franchise)

There is something so classic and perfect about each of these films. They give the perfect amount of fright with a dab of camp and fun.

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Elvira: The Mistress of the Dark

As a kid, I was so fascinated with Elvira. I probably wasn’t old enough to watch any of her movies, but I found her hilarious, sexy and fun.

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The Hunger

A B-List film that’s incredibly underrated vampire flick, and it stars David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve, Bowie plays a vampire that believes he'll live forever. However, he got the wrong vampire blood.

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Vampire in Brooklyn

I mean… what would you expect from a vampire in Brooklyn? There are no many decent Black horror films, but this one is fun. It stars Eddie Murphy and Angela Bassett, and you can’t go wrong with that.

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The Strangers

Technically not a favorite, but I still get nightmares from it. So, it deserves mention.

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The Invitation

It’s a slow burn, but it’s incredible suspense about a group of friends attending a dinner party that goes awry.

Jennifer’s Body

Hands down the best feminist horror film that should be required watching in all Women & Gender Studies introduction courses.

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What’s your favorite scary movie?