Owen’s rewatchable Halloween movies

Owen Reimer, Reporter

October is finally here, and with it comes tons of outstanding movies that fit the spooky season, ranging from true-to-the-book horror to comedy. Here are a few movies that can be rewatched every year in October. While this list could easily be 100 movies long, these four are the best.

Monster House (2006)

“Monster House” is an animated movie about three kids who have to fight a house that is possessed by a ghost. On paper it sounds like it wouldn’t work, but it pulls through with a script that sets itself apart from any other comedy-mystery movie and enough jokes to keep both kids and adults totally entertained. I first watched it when I was 7 years old, and since then it’s been a staple movie in my life. The characters are funny and entertaining, and the jokes are clever and well-delivered. It just pulls through in the pretty short hour and a half runtime. Even though the animation doesn’t hold up that well, everything else about this movie warrants watching again. 

Ghostbusters (1984)

“Ghostbusters” is the journey of three scientists who, after being fired from their jobs at Columbia University, decide to start a company (The Ghostbusters) where they battle ghosts and ghouls. This movie is laugh-out-loud funny, with a hilarious cast, quotable script, and a plot that’s unique by combining the elements of a thriller with comedy and action. You can watch this movie over and over and still not catch every subtle joke. Not only is it funny, but the story is action-packed, captivating, and even spooky. Even though the movie was made in 1984 and the CGI can be cheesy, the movie as a whole holds up, and it’s essential to rewatch in October.

Gremlins (1984)

The rules are simple: Don’t expose the Mogwai (the furry little creature) to sunlight, don’t let it touch water, and don’t feed it after midnight. But all of these rules are broken when young Billy Peltzer receives one as a gift, and he pays the price. This horror-comedy is creative and has rightfully become a classic. It’s a one-of-a-kind movie that makes you cheer for the main characters as they battle the green, large-eared monsters that hunger to kill. The villain Stripe is scary and uniquely-written, with remarkable special effects for a movie that debuted in 1984. Even the musical score is sticks in your brain afterword. If you haven’t already seen it, then you should definitely get on that.

The Shining (1980)

With a phenomenal cast, beautiful score, and flat out crazy cinematography—“The Shining” stands as one of the greatest horror movies of all time. When writer Jack Torrance takes the position of winter caretaker at a hotel in the Rocky Mountains, he expects a peaceful winter spent with his family where he can focus on his screenplay. However, things definitely don’t go as planned, as his son Danny gains psychic abilities, the existence of the mysterious room 237, and having to deal with a slow descent into madness. Everything about this movie is a piece of art, from Jack Nicholson’s iconic performance, to memorable lines from “Heeere’s Johnny!” this movie is all around premier. Although the first half hour of the film is a little slow, once the movie gets going, it gets intense. It’s a true classic of the genre, and one that can be rewatched all the time.

“Gremlins” is available to stream on Netflix, and the rest can be rented or bought on Amazon and iTunes. If you’re planning on having doing something for Halloween, watching one of these movies is always a good idea.