Get your spook on with our Halloween movie recommendations

That’s right, Halloween is here again and for many that means tracking down spooky movies on Netflix, cable, or in the theaters.  Last year the four writers posted each of their top favorites.  Luckily new films that fit the genre continue to be made, like The Woman in Black (you remember, Harry Potter and The Woman in Black?) reviewed here earlier this year, but there was also Johnny Depp in Dark Shadows, John Cusack in The Raven, Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, and a new Paranormal Activity in theaters.  The original Halloween has already been re-broadcast this season at least twice on cable TV, but fans in select cities can see it in the theater at special anniversary screenings. There are plenty of opportunities to get your fix of dark, spooky, creepy, or just plain scary movies.  And next year we can look to films like Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, which sure sounds like it should have been a Halloween release.

Tonight, the BBC is releasing the new three-hour BBC mini-series (shown all at once) The Secret of Crickley Hall, which looks to have that great creepy vibe from Watcher in the Woods and The Woman in Black.  All I needed to see was David Warner in the trailer to click record on the DVR.  Here is a preview:

Directed by Doctor Who writer Joe Ahearne and adapted from a 2006 James Herbert novel, The Secret of Crickley Hall stars Suranne Jones and Tom Ellis as a couple who move to the excellently creepy Crickley Hall in the village of Devil’s Cleave a year after the disappearance of their child.  Crickley Hall also features Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) and Sarah Smart (Jennifer in Doctor Who’s The Rebel Flesh and The Almost People and a Wallander regular).

Here is the link to our Halloween movie series from last year where you can view all of our recommendations.  Some of the staples of Halloween horror did not make our list, like Friday the 13th, Halloween, Saw, Scream, The Omen, Rosemary’s Baby, Poltergeist, Nightmare on Elm Street, or Amityville Horror.   Jaws got our joint highest ranking, making three of our lists, and The Shining, The Exorcist, The Exorcist 3, Watcher in the Woods, The Ring, and Paranormal Activity seem to rise above the rest, showing up on two lists. Seaside locales are the favorite location for scares, with Jaws, Rebecca, The Birds, The Ring, The Fog (both the original and remake) all taking place there, and creepy little girls are the favorite subject of–count ‘em–NINE of our haunts (The Ring, The Exorcist, Let Me In, Paranormal Activity 3, Watcher in the Woods, The Sixth Sense, The Shining, Turn of the Screw, and The Others).  And the supernatural wins out over monsters, saws and axes.  Four movies were by John Carpenter, three by Alfred Hitchcock.   The oldest movie was Rebecca from 1940, the newest came out last year, Paranormal Activity 3.

Happy Halloween watching!

C.J. Bunce

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