October’s Guide to 13 Spooky Flick Picks

by Daniela Garcia
Web Content Contributor

All synopses taken from Google*

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As we all may be aware, Halloween is crawling towards us and although it is only one day out of the year that we get to dress up in costumes/indulge in sweets quite freely, it doesn’t hurt to get a head start. So grab your popcorn, and sink your teeth into this movie playlist I put together for you of films that will make you further enjoy the Halloween celebration!

  1. Psycho (1960)

Age Range:  17 +

“Phoenix secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), on the lam after stealing $40,000 from her employer in order to run away with her boyfriend, Sam Loomis (John Gavin), is overcome by exhaustion during a heavy rainstorm. Traveling on the back roads to avoid the police, she stops for the night at the ramshackle Bates Motel and meets the polite but highly strung proprietor Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), a young man with an interest in taxidermy and a difficult relationship with his mother.”

https://www.google.com/search?q=psycho+synopsis&rlz=1CAHPZY_enUS655US655&oq=psycho+synopsis&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.2350j1j7&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8

  1.         Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Age Range: 13 +

“A disparate group of individuals takes refuge in an abandoned house when corpses begin to leave the graveyard in search of fresh human bodies to devour. The pragmatic Ben (Duane Jones) does his best to control the situation, but when the reanimated bodies surround the house, the other survivors begin to panic. As any semblance of order within the group begins to dissipate, the zombies start to find ways inside — and one by one, the living humans become the prey of the deceased ones.”

https://www.google.com/search?q=psycho+synopsis&rlz=1CAHPZY_enUS655US655&oq=psycho+synopsis&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.2350j1j7&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8#q=night+of+the+living+dead+synopsis

  1.         Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Age Range: 17 +

“In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker (Meat Loaf) and a creepy butler (Richard O’Brien). Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named “Rocky.””

https://www.google.com/search?q=psycho+synopsis&rlz=1CAHPZY_enUS655US655&oq=psycho+synopsis&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.2350j1j7&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8#q=rocky+horror+picture+show+synopsis

  1.   Christine (1983)

Age Range: 13 +

“Unpopular nerd Arnie Cunningham (Keith Gordon) buys a 1958 Plymouth Fury, which he names Christine. Arnie develops an unhealthy obsession with the car, to the alarm of his jock friend, Dennis Guilder (John Stockwell). After bully Buddy Repperton (William Ostrander) defaces Christine, the auto restores itself to perfect condition and begins killing off Buddy and his friends. Determined to stop the deaths, Dennis and Arnie’s girlfriend, Leigh Cabot (Alexandra Paul), decide to destroy Christine.”

https://www.google.com/search?q=psycho+synopsis&rlz=1CAHPZY_enUS655US655&oq=psycho+synopsis&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.2350j1j7&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8#q=christine+synopsis

  1.         Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Age Range: 13 +

“A scientist (Vincent Price) builds an animated human being — the gentle Edward (Johnny Depp). The scientist dies before he can finish assembling Edward, though, leaving the young man with a freakish appearance accentuated by the scissor blades he has instead of hands. Loving suburban saleswoman Peg (Dianne Wiest) discovers Edward and takes him home, where he falls for Peg’s teen daughter (Winona Ryder). However, despite his kindness and artistic talent, Edward’s hands make him an outcast.”

https://www.google.com/search?q=psycho+synopsis&rlz=1CAHPZY_enUS655US655&oq=psycho+synopsis&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.2350j1j7&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8#q=edward+scissorhands+synopsis

  1.         The Nightmare before Christmas (1993)

Age Range: 4 +

“The film follows the misadventures of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown’s beloved pumpkin king, who has become bored with the same annual routine of frightening people in the “real world.” When Jack accidentally stumbles on Christmastown, all bright colors and warm spirits, he gets a new lease on life — he plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus and taking over the role. But Jack soon discovers even the best-laid plans of mice and skeleton men can go seriously awry.”

https://www.google.com/search?q=psycho+synopsis&rlz=1CAHPZY_enUS655US655&oq=psycho+synopsis&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.2350j1j7&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8#q=the+nightmare+before+christmas+synopsis

  1.         Hocus Pocus (1993)

Age Range: 5 +

“After moving to Salem, Mass., teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their new friend, Allison (Vinessa Shaw). After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal.”

https://www.google.com/search?q=psycho+synopsis&rlz=1CAHPZY_enUS655US655&oq=psycho+synopsis&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.2350j1j7&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8#q=hocus+pocus+synopsis

  1.         Casper the Friendly Ghost (1995)

Age Range: 4 +

“Casper (voiced by Malachi Pearson) is a kind young ghost who peacefully haunts a mansion in Maine. When specialist James Harvey (Bill Pullman) arrives to communicate with Casper and his fellow spirits, he brings along his teenage daughter, Kat (Christina Ricci). Casper quickly falls in love with Kat, but their budding relationship is complicated not only by his transparent state, but also by his troublemaking apparition uncles and their mischievous antics.”

https://www.google.com/search?q=psycho+synopsis&rlz=1CAHPZY_enUS655US655&oq=psycho+synopsis&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.2350j1j7&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8#q=casper+synopsis

  1.         Practical Magic (1998)

Age Range: 13 +

“Sally (Sandra Bullock) and Gillian Owens (Nicole Kidman), born into a magical family, have mostly avoided witchcraft themselves. But when Gillian’s vicious boyfriend, Jimmy Angelov (Goran Visnjic), dies unexpectedly, the Owens sisters give themselves a crash course in hard magic. With policeman Gary Hallet (Aidan Quinn) growing suspicious, the girls struggle to resurrect Angelov — and unwittingly inject his corpse with an evil spirit that threatens to end their family line.”

https://www.google.com/search?q=psycho+synopsis&rlz=1CAHPZY_enUS655US655&oq=psycho+synopsis&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.2350j1j7&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8#q=practical+magic+synopsis

  1.      Halloweentown (1998)

Age Range: 3 +

“After learning she is a witch, a girl (Kimberly J. Brown) helps save a town full of other    supernatural creatures.”

https://www.google.com/search?q=psycho+synopsis&rlz=1CAHPZY_enUS655US655&oq=psycho+synopsis&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.2350j1j7&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8#q=halloweentown+synopsis

  1.       Resident Evil (2002)

Age Range: 17 +

“Based on the popular video game, Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez star as the leaders of a commando team who must break into “the hive,” a vast underground genetics laboratory operated by the powerful Umbrella Corporation. There, a deadly virus has been unleashed, killing the lab’s personnel and resurrecting them as the evil Un-dead. The team has just three hours to shut down the lab’s supercomputer and close the facility before the virus threatens to overrun the Earth.”

https://www.google.com/search?q=psycho+synopsis&rlz=1CAHPZY_enUS655US655&oq=psycho+synopsis&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.2350j1j7&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8#q=resident+evil+synopsis

  1.       REC (2008)

Age Range: 17 +

“A reporter (Manuela Velasco) and her cameraman record the horrifying outbreak of a disease that turns humans into vicious cannibals.”

https://www.google.com/search?q=psycho+synopsis&rlz=1CAHPZY_enUS655US655&oq=psycho+synopsis&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.2350j1j7&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8#q=REC+synopsis

  1.       As Above, So Below (2014)

Age Range: 17 +

“Archaeologist Scarlett Marlowe (Perdita Weeks) has devoted her whole life to finding one of history’s greatest treasures: Flamel’s Philosopher’s Stone. According to legend, the artifact can grant eternal life and turn any metal into gold. When she learns that the stone is hidden underground in the Catacombs of Paris, she assembles a crew to guide and document her historic mission. As they begin their descent, the team-members have no way of knowing that they are entering their own personal hell.”

https://www.google.com/search?q=psycho+synopsis&rlz=1CAHPZY_enUS655US655&oq=psycho+synopsis&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.2350j1j7&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8#q=as+above+so+below+synopsis

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