The eight best Halloween movies – from the last 100 years…


This spooky collection of scary films from the last 100 years has been compiled by PETE Appleyard, a lecturer at Ealing’s popular MetFilm School!

It’s a combination of classics, blockbusters and discoveries that are rare but worthwhile.

Nosferatu – from 1922

This early, unofficial Dracula adaptation by F.W. Nearly 100 years after it was made, Murnau has lost none of its creepy strength. The film is full of classic gothic imagery and features an outstanding lead performance in the role of the formidable Count Orlock by stage actor Max Schreck (whose name translates to Max Fear). For those unfamiliar with early cinema, the film is also a great introduction to silent cinema.

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Frankenstein – In 1931

The first horror blockbuster, and the movie that made a star out of Boris Karloff. Few movies may claim to be as legendary as this classic from Universal Pictures. Frankenstein looks like the definitive version of Mary Shelley’s moral tale about man playing God, from the gothic production design to the amazing Jack Peirce makeup for the creature.

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Night’s Dead – 1945

One of the earliest examples of a horror anthology is one of the few horror films made during the golden age of Ealing Studios, Dead of Night. In the 70s and 80s, the anthology format became a staple of British horror films, basically a series of shorts linked by a coherent plot, but it was rarely performed as well as it is here. The scenes where an evil ventriloquist dummy is attacking Michael Redgrave are still frightening today.

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The Living Dead’s Night – 1968

George A. Romero achieved something remarkable with his feature film debut. He reinvented the zombie movie first and foremost, moving away from the old voodoo tales to the flesh-eating ghouls that we know and love today. Second, he cast the genre’s first leading black man, the awesome Duane Jones. And eventually, in between the violence and turmoil, Romero managed to conceal a biting social commentary on the civil rights movement and the U.S. position in Vietnam. At their best, political horror.

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Elm Street Nightmare – 1984

A variety of new horror icons were created by the horror boom of the ’80s, but Wes Craven’s ultimate boogie man, Freddy Kruger, is the king of them. Kruger, a murderer who haunts your dreams, was brought to life by Robert Englund, a classically trained man. It’s the original film that provides the most creepiness, including a rather bloody experience with a young Jonny Depp, while the sequels are imaginative and enjoyable.

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The Ring – 1999

The late 90s saw an explosion of new Japanese horror cinema and the scariest of them all has to be The Ring. The setup is simple: once you’ve seen the cursed VHS tape, you have 7 days to live unless you pass the curse on to someone else. Mixing MR James and Japanese folk law, The Ring is a slow-burning film with an explosive and terrifying finale. Forget the watered down American remake and numerous sequels, the original is the real deal.

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Raw – 2016.

Julia Ducournau’s Raw begins as a coming-of-age drama about a young woman who joins her older sister in a French vet school, but soon evolves into something much more sinister. This strange mix of John Hughes and David Cronenberg is one of the most effective body horror films in recent years, and represents a new wave of female-directed horror.

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Host – 2020

The spooky zoom call movie! A great example of what can be done with very limited resources: Host was written, shot, edited and released during the Covid 19 lockdown. Influenced by other format-changing films like The Blair Witch Project and Ghostwatch, it packed more atmosphere, jokes, and creepiness into its lean running time than most horror films made for 10 times their budget.

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