Minaret Staff Halloween Movie Roundtable Discussion

By Leah Mize

Happy Spooky Season!

October is here and some of the Minaret staff have gotten together to offer their recommendations for their favorite Halloween movies. Here’s what they have to say!

Sports copy editor Johnny McCormick: 

John Carpenter’s “Halloween” (1978) is one of the best Halloween films. The cinematic work of the movie is unreal. The gore of Michael Myers is on display and it’s such a classic movie. I watch every movie of the series every year and it really gets you in the Halloween mood. 

Honorable mention: Halloween (2018). 

Arts and Entertainment Section Editor Leah Mize:

 I recommend the classics when it comes to Halloween movies. The Wes Craven creations like “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and first two “Scream” movies are a good blend of scary and campy. Slasher films are entertaining for a reason. I also recommend “Friday the 13th” to see the origin of Jason Voorhees. Additionally, what would a Halloween movie discussion be without mention of “Hocus Pocus?”

I’d also recommend a quick binge of all the Halloween-themed episodes of your favorite shows like “Wizards of Waverly Place” or another Disney channel show. 

Arts and Entertainment Copy Editor Gabriela Mendez: 

My favorite Halloween show is “The Haunting of Bly Manor.” It was released on October 9, 2020 by Netflix. It’s based on an American girl coming to take care of two twins at the Bly Manor with a touch of horror, suspense, and love. It is also the sequel to “The Haunting of Hill House.” I loved how it had many stories and they all ended up intertwined in some way. The horror element was present but not enough that it overpowers the story and makes it seem corny or cringeworthy. If you like movies like “The Shining” or “Halloween” I’d recommend it. 

Editor-in-Chief Alex Butler:

“Halloweentown” (1998) will always be a go to movie for me during Halloween season. Even though it’s a Disney channel movie, it’s just never gotten old and the theme song is obviously a classic. Plus it’s got four movies in the series so it’s an easy one to binge. They’re all good and probably better than the first movie. My favorite sequel is “Return to Halloweentown” (2006) because it’s like Halloweentown reality TV.

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