Top 10 Spooky Movies to Watch in October

Lily Drage, Writer, Arts & Entertainment Editor

As students embark on the fall season many struggle to find what movies they should watch. While some stick to the classic horror films many would rather watch a Disney Halloween movie or an episode of a show focused on the holiday. According to the Chicago Tribune, about 55% of people will watch a slasher film this fall season. Though there are many who will watch scary movies it was also stated (by the Chicago Tribune) that 50% of people are scared by noises subsequently to watching a scary movie. This is a reaction called the excitation transfer process. The excitation transfer process refers to the paranoid feelings one has after watching a scary movie, according to Glenn Sparks, Ph.D., PsychCentral.  While many horror fans enjoy this feeling and actually strive for it, others aspire to avoid it. For those of you trying to eschew the reaction here are the top 10 spooky movies to set the mood for the fall season.

  1. Ghostbusters (Rated PG): After losing their jobs as parapsychology at a New York University, three men (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis) seek to hunt supernatural as a business. The “Ghostbusters”, as they refer to themselves, are confronted with the responsibility of ridding the Big Apple of a paranormal creature overload.


  1. Beetlejuice (Rated PG): Recently deceased couple Barbara & Adam Maitland (Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin) struggle to acclimate their new paranormal life. The Maitlands are stuck haunting their country residence and can not leave. When their house goes on sale following their demise, the newest buyers, the Deetz family, express their intentions for the house. Motivating Barbara and Adam to hire a bio-exorcist named Beetlejuice in order to get rid of the Deetzes.


  1. Monster House (Rated PG): When his parents leave town for a dentist convention, DJ (Mitchel Musso) is forced to stay home under watch by his babysitter, Zee. Following a series of questionable events DJ, his friend Chowder, and Jenny a Girl Scout have reason to believe the house across the street is alive. Following the hospitalization of Mr. Nebbercracker, the owner of the house, the trio embarks on the home in order to remove the entity in hopes of saving trick-or-treaters.


  1. The Village (Rated PG-13): In a small countryside community, civilians withholding a truce between them and creatures residing in the woods are forced to push the boundaries that divide the two civilizations. When Lucius Hunt (Joaquin Phoenix) is in need of medical supplies and aspires to convince the town’s leaders to let him go into the woods for medicine.


  1. The Nightmare Before Christmas (Rated PG): Following his discovery of Christmas Town, Jack Skellington (Danny Elfman) attempts to bring the joy of Christmas to Halloween Town where he reigns as the Pumpkin King. Chaos ensues as his efforts have corrupt and hostile results.
  1. Arachnophobia (Rated PG-13): When an avondale spider crawls into the coffin of a nature photographer working in Venezuela, the arachnid takes a journey to a small California town. The spider preys on the townspeople resulting in the demise of few civilians. When Dr. Ross Jennings (Jeff Daniels), an arachnophobe, suspects the spider and its numerous children of the fate of the town’s population, he is forced to face his fear in order to protect himself, his family, and his town.


  1. The Addams Family Values (Rated PG-13): Following the arrival of Gomez and Morticia Addams’ baby boy, Pubert, the family looks to hiring a nanny. After various interviews, they select Debbie Jellisnky. Jellinsky, unannounced to the Addams family, is the notorious “Black Widow Killer” who marries men and kills them off on their wedding night. As Uncle Fester spirals deeper into Debbie’s web of lies, the Addams do everything they can to prevent his death.


  1. The Sixth Sense (Rated PG-13):  When Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment), an 8-year-old living in Philadelphia, experiences interactions with the spirit world. Cole seeks a way of communicating his interactions, hee finds his answer within a child psychologist, Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis). Dr.Crowe helps Cole further understand his abilities.


  1. Casper (Rated PG): James Harvey (Bill Pullman), a paranormal investigator, and his daughter Kat (Christina Ricci) stay in an abandoned home in hopes of conjuring spirits. They discover the house is  haunted by one friendly ghost named Casper and his three devious uncles. When Casper sparks a friendship with Kat, the relationship is further complicated by his paranormal plight and his uncles’ shenanigans.


  1. Corpse Bride (Rated PG): While nervously preparing for his pre-arranged marriage to Victoria (Emily Watson), Victor (Johnny Depp) is pulled into the Land of the Dead by a corpse bride named Emily. When Emily mistakes Victor for a potential husband he must find his way back to Victoria before the wedding begins.