Living in a world of uncertainty amidst one of the most popular events of the year is a struggle. Halloween is after all, a time for dressing up in fancy dress costumes, taking to the streets and visiting houses to trick or treat in the hope of attaining some seriously spooky candy.
For a long time the traditions of Halloween have divided many; they are welcomed by as many as those who oppose them. So, as this years’ All Hallows Eve fell during a pandemic, local lockdowns and social distancing meant that we were not being encouraged to venture out trick or treating as we would normally do.
But never fear as this year we divulge in all things Halloween, escaping reality to the world of film, where spooky tales are brought to life capturing the imagination of young and old. With exciting new releases and iconic films set over the past few decades, there are films out there to excite and scare audiences in equal measures. So why not forget the disappointment of not being able to go out last weekend by settling down to a stay-at-home Halloween extravaganza.
Exciting movie goers and Halloween fans alike, the Witches movie has been released to home box offices just in the nick of time. It was brought to life from the Roald Dahl book of the same name and produced in 1983, with a consecutive film release in 1990 which starred Rowan Atkinson. The movie is based on the original story about a young boy who is sent to live with his Grandma and soon learns of a hoard of Witches with a dislike for children, and a ghastly plan to turn them all into mice.
The star studded line-up leads with Anne Hathaway, excelling in the role of the Grand High Witch, alongside Octavia Spencer as the Grandma, Stanley Tucci as Mr. Stringer and Chris Rock as Older Hero Mouse. Having originally been set to be the headlining box office film release over this Halloween fall holiday, the film was instead released as a rental across cable box office and online streaming sites, and at a cost from sites such as iTunes and Amazon.
Having made its debut on Netflix, Adam Sandler’s latest creation, Hubie Halloween, is all of what we love from the actor and director combo. With Sandler leading as Hubie, the comedy horror is set in the American Halloween town of Salem. Hubie, a lifelong member and devotee to the town, was bullied growing up and continued to be ridiculed into adult life by members of the town. But this year on his Halloween partrols, he discovers a mysterious truth about a new fellow resident and when it all comes to head following a string of mysterious kidnappings, it’s Hubie that comes to the rescue.
As well as the exciting new releases why not revisit some of the iconic Halloween films that have gone down in history as classics. Indulge with the kids in a spot of Hocus Pocus starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy, as 3 witches brought back to life on Halloween. And who could forget Casper, the friendly ghost starring a young Christina Ricci, or the classic animation Hotel Transylvania, hosting the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg and Selena Gomez. With 3 instalments of the animated movie franchise to enjoy, it’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Once the children have gone to bed, the adults can settle down for an evening of thrills and screams with a classic movie marathon. Old favourites that are sure to chill the blood include Freddie Kreuger in A Nightmare on Elm Street, Jason Voorhees from Friday 13th and the plight of Sydney Prescott played by Neve Campbell in Scream.
But when thinking of legendary Halloween films of the past it would be tragic if Halloween was not part of the lineup. The original was directed by John Carpenter in 1978 and was one of the most successful film franchises, showcasing 11 films in total. The last offering in the Halloween series was released in 2018 and saw the return of Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, joined by Nick Castle as Michael Myers. Following on from the film’s much acclaimed success, a follow up to the film was produced, named Halloween Kills. However, horror fans were disappointed to learn that the film would not be released in cinemas in 2020 due to the pandemic and will have to wait another year for the timely release during October 2021.
While we might have missed out on the magic of celebrating Halloween outdoors last weekend, there’s plenty of ways to make up for it with a post-Halloween celebration at home. Online streaming and cable channels mean we have a seriously spooky world just waiting for us at a click of a button. So with the nights drawing in what better way to pass the time than with a frightfully entertaining movie marathon?