October 30, 2015

If you’re not planning on painting the town red this Halloween, hunker down in your living room with a mound of popcorn and prepare yourself for a cult movie marathon. To avoid spending more time choosing a movie than watching the movie (damn you Netflix), we’ve picked our top five cult films to watch this Halloween. Chosen for their badassery, our list consists exclusively pre-noughties films, because let’s face it, the 90s did it better.

The Craft

The Craft is a Halloween movie on a higher plane. It has and continues to serve many important functions in pop culture – from being an amateur reference to teen witchcraft to being the ultimate 90s fashion time capsule. Because studded dog collars. (Remember those?) The plot follows the lines of a brooding girl who joins a high school in LA, falls in with three other lonely, outcast girls. Girls form coven, girls are gifted god-like powers, murderous rampage ensues. Cool.

The Shining

This film is everything. If Jack Nicholson’s terrifying face leering through an axe wound in the door doesn’t do it for you, we don’t know what will. This film is the classic Haunted House story at its finest. If you’re a sucker for supernatural visions, psychological madness and murder, this is the one for you. (Tip: The book is pretty rad too)

The Lost Boys

The ultimate 80s teen movie, The Lost Boys was the first film to really set a course for the vampire trend in popular culture. It made vamps hot way before Buffy, Angel or Twilight. Bleach blonde, leather clad vamps riding motorbikes? What’s not to love? Get ready to laugh your ass off at this hilarious, self-aware, comedy parade. And remember: Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It’s fun to be a vampire.

Scream (1996)

As with most movie franchises, the original Scream film far outstrips number two, three or four. Nothing beats 90s horror film vibes and Scream has it in abundance; from the awful haircuts to the brick-size phones. We also love a film that pokes fun at its own genre and the constant deconstruction of slasher films, within the film… so meta. We rate Scream five stars on the scare scale – definitely made us scream out loud at least twice, but it’s a popcorn film rather than ‘leave all the lights on for eternity’ film.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

No Halloween is complete without a viewing of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. A deliciously ghoulish fairy story made in stop-motion, the film is a visual delight. While the plot is pretty lacking, Jack Skellington discovers a Christmas world and plots to subvert it to his own Halloween tastes, it’s both fun and beautiful. Plus, the soundtrack is totally badass.