Much as I love handing out delectable treats to the little goblins, monsters, and witches who visit on Halloween, I'd rather be watching a scaarrry movie whilst eating said treats. My taste in Halloween motion picture fare leans toward those featuring old, dark, haunted houses. That's what I get for reading all those Nancy Drew books in my formative years ;) I like a movie to be creepy, but not disturbing. Unexpected frights that make me jump are fun, but gore is just, well, gory. And isn't it too bad that scary movies don't include eerie theremin music anymore?
Grab some popcorn, turn out the lights, and enjoy my spook-tacular list of Halloween movie favorites....
The Cat and the Canary (1927) - Spooky mansion, family gathered for the will-reading, and Laura La Plante.
Dracula (1931) - Suave foreign-accented vampire, dames running around in their nightgowns, and Dwight Frye (the old fly-eater).
The Old Dark House (1932) - People caught in a storm, a creepy family in a sinister house, and Boris Karloff.
Topper Returns (1940) - Ghosts, madcap hilarity, and Joan Blondell.
The Uninvited (1944) - Haunted mansion on a sea cliff, the scent of mimosa, and introducing Gail Russell.
The House on Haunted Hill (1959) - Screams galore, eerie mansion, and Vincent Price.
Carnival of Souls (1962) - Scary man that keeps appearing unexpectedly, creepy organ music, and Candace Hilligoss.
The Haunting (1963) - Poltergeists, eerie statue in a spooky house, and Russ Tamblyn.
Halloween (1978) - Murderous maniac, downright scary theme song, and Jamie Lee Curtis.
Oh! What was that noise? Did you hear something too?