Spooktober Picks


The month of October in India marks the beginning of the festivals and also in other parts of the world preparation of a festival named “HALLOWEEN” starts. Halloween is celebrated in the month of October which involves candies, pumpkin carvings, costumes, bonfire, trick-or-treating, and considered the spookiest night of the year. That’s why instead of October it’s called spooktober (Spooky + October). It is mostly celebrated in the United States (US) on 31st October every year and also around the different parts of the world in various forms. But its origin is not set in the US. The tradition started mostly in the area where Celts (a person of Irish, Scottish, Cornish, or Cornwall descent) lived which is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France. They celebrated a festival named Samhain to mark the end of the harvest season and also the Celtic New Year. This is considered as a magical time when the line between death and life seems to be thinnest. People gather together to light up bonfires and wear costumes to driveway spirits. Over the period, the festival evolved and the Catholic Church changed November 1, the original date of Samhain, and was designated All Saints Day to honor martyrs and the deceased faithful. All Saints Days was known as Hallowmas (Hallow means holy or saintly) meaning mass of the saints and 31st October was All Hallows Eve which gradually changed into Halloween.


People plan horror movie nights with their families and friends because it isn’t spooky season until you put on a movie or TV show which gives spooky, creepiness, and thriller vibes. So, get your bowl of popcorn, snug inside the blanket, and favorite Halloween snack with one of the following favorite Halloween movies or TV shows that give chills down the spine or laugh of a lifetime.

 

SPOOKIEST HORROR

 

Movies




1. The Exorcist (1973)

IMDb Rating – 8/10 Running Time – 2h 2m

A young 12-year-old girl named Regan displays freakish behavior after fiddling with an Ouija board. Chris, her mother, and an actress consults two priests who infer that Regan is controlled by an evil entity.







2. The Shining(1980)

IMDb Rating – 8.4/10 Running Time – 2h 26m

A person named Jack Torrance becomes a winter caretaker at a remote Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to get rid of his mental block. He settles in with his wife and son, who is suffering from psychic premonitions. As Jack’s writing doesn't progress and Danny's visions become a ton troubling, Jack discovers the hotel's dark secrets and begins to unwind into a deadly person threatening his family.



3. The Ring (2002)

IMDb Rating – 7.1/10Running Time – 1h 55m

It feels like simply another urban legend -- a videotape crammed with nightmarish results in a telephone call foretelling the viewer's death in just seven days. Rachel Keller, a journalist works on the videotape which led to the murder of four teenagers. The associated urban legend concerning this tape: the viewer can die seven days with one look at it. If the legend is correct, Rachel has got to run against the clock to save her son's and her own life.





4. Hereditary (2018)

IMDb Rating – 7.3/10 Running Time – 2h 7m

When the matron of the Graham family dies, her little girl and grandkids start to unwind cryptic and progressively alarming mysteries about their heritage, attempting to surpass the sinister destiny they have inherited.






5. Tumbbad (2018)

IMDb Rating – 8.3/10 Running Time – 1h 44m

When a family constructed a place of worship for Hastar, a beast who is never to be respected, and tries to get their hands on his cursed money, they face disastrous results.




 

TV Shows

1. American Horror Story (2011)

IMDb Rating – 8/10

Total Seasons – 13 Total Episodes – 108

A house haunted by deadly spirits, a Catholic crazy refuge from the 1960s, a coven of witches, a freak show featuring some genuinely twisted characters, a hotel loaded up with chronic killers run by a vampire countess, a detached haunted shack that may hold the key to the vanishing of the Roanoke province, religion on the ascent after the 2016 Presidential election, and a summer camp targeted by a chronic killer. Each new season goes to all-new, entirely American dread in this interconnected modern horror anthology series.



2. Stranger Things(2016)

IMDb Rating – 8.8/10

Total Seasons – 2 Total Episodes – 34

When Joyce's 12-year-old son Will disappears, she launches a frightening examination concerning his vanishing with local authorities. As they look for answers, they disentangle a series of extraordinary mysteries including the government’s secret tests, alarming otherworldly powers, and an exceptionally unusual little girl.




2. The Haunting of the Hill House(2018)

IMDb Rating – 8.7/10

Total Season – 1 Total Episode – 10

Flashing between past and present, a cracked family goes up against haunting recollections of their old home and the alarming events that drove them from it.




 

FAMILY COMEDY HORROR

 

Movies


1. Ghostbusters (1984)

IMDb Rating – 7.8/10 Running Time – 1h 45m

After being kicked out of their college, parapsychology educators Spengler, Stantz, and Venkman choose to start a new business for themselves by catching and eliminating ghosts from haunted houses. They joke their way through the city and discover a passage to another dimension, one which will release untold evil upon the city. The Ghostbusters are approached to save the Big Apple.




2. What we do in the Shadows(2014)

IMDb Rating – 7.7/10 Running Time – 1h 26m

Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav are vampires who are finding that advanced life makes them battle to survive - like paying rent, keeping up with the task wheel, trying to get into a dance club, and beating flatmate clashes.




4. Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007)

IMDb Rating – 7.3/10 Running Time – 2h 39m

An NRI and his better half choose to remain in his hereditary home, paying no notice to the alerts about ghosts. Before long, strange events cause him to call a psychiatrist to help solve the mystery.






5. Stree(2018)

IMDb Rating – 7.6/10 Running Time – 2h 8m

In the modest town of Chanderi, the menfolk live in dread of an evil soul named "Stree" who snatches men in the night. In light of the urban legend of "Nale Ba" that circulated around the web in Karnataka during the 1990s.




 

TV Shows


1. Ash vs. Evil Dead (2015 – 2018)

IMDb Rating – 8.4/10

Total Seasons – 3 Total Episodes – 30

The events of Evil Dead after thirty years started stirring up. Ash, an introvert living a dull presence, is still not able to manage the events that began at the lodge. Within the case of a Deadite intrusion, Ash must connect his cutting tool and get trusty boomstick yet again, all while finally managing with his past.




2. CrazyHead(2016)

IMDb Rating – 7.3/10

Total Seasons – 1 Total Episode – 6

Amy and Raquel attempt to explore their way through the rough waters of their mid-twenties while at the same time kicking the ass of some truly intense evil spirits. What could turn out badly?




3. What We Do in the Shadows(2019)

IMDb Rating – 8.5/10

Total Seasons – 2 Total Episodes – 21

An investigation into each day of existence of three vampires, who've lived together for more than 100 years, on Staten Island.


 

ANIMATED HORROR

 

Movies




1. Spirited Away (2001)

IMDb Rating – 8.6/10 Running Time – 2h 5m

During her family's transition to the suburbs, a grim 10-year-old girl wanders into a world governed by divine forces, witches, and spirits, and where people are changed into monsters.









2. Coraline (2009)

IMDb Rating – 7.7/10 Running Time – 1h 40m

A brave 11-year-old girl finds a different universe that is an oddly admired form of her frustrating home; however, it has evil mysteries.











3. ParaNorman (2012)

IMDb Rating – 7.0/10 Running Time – 1h 32m

A misconstrued kid takes on phantoms, zombies, and adults to save his town from a centuries-old curse.





 

TV Shows




1. Paranoia Agent (2004)

IMDb Rating – 8.1/10

Total Seasons – 1 Total Episode – 13

Detached residents of Tokyo are targeted for beating by a boy with a golden baseball bat. As detectives try to link the victims, they discover that following the assaults, the victims' lives have improved in some way.




2. The Maxim (2014-2015)

IMDb Rating – 8.3/10

Total Seasons – 1 Total Episode – 24

At the point when worm-like outsiders called Parasytes attacked Earth, one of the aliens slips out and crawls into a kid's ear. This Parasyte tunnels into his arm and Izumi Shinichi is compelled to live with it. The two form a solid attachment to endure.




3. The Promised Neverland (2019)

IMDb Rating – 8.7/10

Total Seasons – 2 Total Episodes – 13

A group of intelligent kids at a seemingly perfect orphanage find its darkish reality after they defy a norm to never leave the house grounds. Once the reality is discovered, they start to plan an escape to save all of the children.




Are you ready with your choice? Then, what are you waiting for? Let's end this Spooky season on a good note by staying inside and safe with our loved ones.


 

By Akansha Sinha