NEW JERSEY - Halloween is marked by the rustle of the leaves, the chilliness of the wind, and an invasion of pumpkins. But this year awaits an unprecedented Halloween, one without the occasional ring followed by a chorus of “trick-or-treat”. If not the candy, the holiday is marked by the movies that come by it. Whether it means a good scare, cult classics, or nostalgic witchery, here are some movie recommendations to make sure your night still feels spooky. 

Coraline  (Hulu)

The use of distinctly contrasting colors in this world establishes not only an aesthetically interesting palette for viewers, but also creates a distinct narrative between Coraline and the surrounding characters. It tells an eerily endearing story of the importance of home and family providing a fun and thrilling story while maintaining the “Halloween aesthetic”.

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Bride of Frankenstein  (Peacock)

The sequel to the classic Frankenstein is dubbed as one of Hollywood’s greatest in cinematic history, arguably even better than the original itself. The film explores a new narrative, intertwining the classic characteristics of sci-fi and horror with an iconic plot, while still exploring societal structures and standard gender roles.

Beetlejuice (Amazon Prime, Netflix)

A cult-classic, the film is one of the best reflections of the eccentric mind of Tim Burton. Satirical yet heart-warming, funny yet cynical, the movie presents a complexity that makes it one of the most memorable. Get the family ready for a whirlwind adventure into the afterlife.

The Shining (You Tube, Turner Classic Movies)

The film serves as an adaptation of Stephen King’s chilling book by the same title, following a family of three getting accustomed to their newly bought hotel. This isn’t a typical jump-scare movie. Kubrick instead relies on a calculated, latent eeriness that pervades the entirety of the movie. But perhaps the most chilling part is that this scare factor doesn’t come from any externalities, it comes from within the family itself. 

The Host (Hulu, Shudder, Amazon Prime)

Bong Joon Ho has surged in popularity due to the newfound acclaim of Oscar-winning Parasite but his earlier works are far undervalued. Masterfully balancing comedy and horror, Ho envisions one of modern cinema’s scariest monsters embodying true evil. The film emphasizes universality of horror and transcends any communication barriers showing that everyone is capable of feeling fear.

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