31 days of Halloween movies [part 1]

Welcome to my personal selection of horror movies to watch in this spooky month. First I am starting with some comedies to ease ourselves into the nightmarish worlds that await us. However, this 31 days of Halloween movies will be done on an escalating scale, with each part getting creepier, scarier and darker.

Horror can come in many forms and I thought starting with some horror comedies would be the best way to ease ourselves into Halloween month. As well as that, they are all pretty awesome.

Comedies

Day one

The Addams Family (1991)

Morticia Addams - Gomez Addams - The Addams Family

The Addams Family is a spooky and gothic horror comedy that is a lot of fun. Not only does it charm our butts off, but it depicts a healthy, loving family which not always present in horror.

Following the adorable, macabre and spooky Addams Family, they are elated when a man claiming to be Uncle Fester has been missing for 25 years. However things are off with Fester, and it soon becomes clear that a con is afoot.

Day two

Gremlins (1984)

Gremlins

I mean this movie would be just worth it for Gizmo, who has to be the cutest little creature ever. It is filled with adorable hijinks that are just on the right side of scary if you have kids that want to dip their toe in horror.

A father buys an adorable pet for his son, however, there are strict rules to care for this strange and mesmerizing creature. One night, the son fails to enforce these rules, inflicting a horde of mysterious monsters on the small town

Day three

Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010)

Tucker and Dale vs Evil

We are so used to seeing horror that depicts rural folks as cannibalistic, amoral villains, so it is nice to have a change where the college students are the makers of their own doom. Unfortunately, this is something that can only work once it seems, and even though it is 11 years old, it still is just as fun on many rewatches.

A misunderstanding clouded by stereotyping leads Tucker and Dale to be the suspects of a spree of teenage killings. They try to help these college students who seem hell-bent on hurting themselves in hilarious and bloody ways.

Day four

Behind the Mask (2007)

Behind The Mask - The Rise of Leslie Vernon

This is one of the few found footage films that I absolutely loved and like the previous film, it spins the structure of horror found footage films on its head. Unlike watching innocent civilians get spooked and torn away by lethal villains, instead, we are following the serial killer like it is the Truman show.

A mockumentary set in a world in which supernatural killers depicted in famous slasher films are real. It follows Leslie Vernon, who is preparing to join the ranks of other famous villains. A journalist and her film crew are documenting and interviewing Leslie, but he keeps some of his motives close to his chest.

Day five

Ready or Not (2019)

Ready or Not

Weddings are meant to be celebrations of love, but not so in this horror-comedy. What I love about Ready or Not, that it took me by surprise, I was expecting a simple final girl type film, but it felt more than the usual hack and slash. Though the protagonist is hunted, she gives as good as she gets throughout.

Set at a lavish family house, a couple have just got married and are elated. But the family has a tradition that must be abided by, which puts the bride at the mercy of her new family.


Watch this space for more Halloween horror recommendations later in the month. If this is not enough Halloween horror, don’t forget to check out my post, 50 of the best Halloween movies to watch this October.

What movies are on your Halloween list this month?

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