Tuned in this Halloween

In the midst of costumes and parties and more costumes, let’s not forget about all those spooky spoopy films that come around this time of year. The end of October gives you excuses to watch all four of the Scream films, have a heart attack during Saw, or reminisce with Casper. we asked some current College of Charleston students to share their favorite Halloween films – some which you may recognize, and some you should definitely consider adding to your haunted playlist.

Halloweentown (1998)  

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(Photo courtesy of moviepilot.com)

“Probably my favorite Halloween movies are the Halloweentown movies. I know they are pretty cheesy for my age, but they remind me of my childhood, and they always boost my mood during this time of year when I watch them.”

-Ali B. ’18

Occulus (2013)  

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(Photo courtesy of imdb.com)

“Oculus is a great movie to watch late at night with all the lights off, preferably with a large and antique looking mirror somewhere in your house. It is full of suspense and every time you watch it you catch a new detail that makes you reevaluate the movie’s conclusion. It might not be the scariest movie ever produced, but it is more of a psychological thriller that makes the viewer what is  real and what is just a trick of the mind to help people deal with tragic events. Don’t worry, that’s not a spoiler just a question to consider while watching this film. Also, the light bulb scene is probably one of the greatest things in film I have ever seen.”

-John-Michael B. ’18

Hocus Pocus (1993)

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“Is this a cliche movie? ‘Cause it’s the best. It’s a classic Halloween movie and I watch it every Halloween season.”

-Ashley G. ’18

Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)


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“This was the first film that made me afraid to go to bed at night. I like scary movies that have a psychological terror aspect, but the main villain is humorous, so it’s not too scary.”

-Elaina C. ’18

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)  

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(Photo courtesy of creofire.com)

“Goofy and hilarious. Has funny songs.”

-Henry B. ’18.

“Ever since I was a kid I watched it. It was one of those films that was quentissential for everyone to watch around this time of year. I still watch it.”

-Zack S. ’18

 It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)

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(Photo courtesy of usatoday.com)

I’m more of a Christmas person myself, but you really can’t go wrong with this film. I watched this movie religiously every Halloween, and may have been caught in a few pumpkin patches waiting for the Great Pumpkin to arrive. A girl can dream. However, I am a lover of the theatre, so The Rocky Horror Picture (1975) show comes in a close second (the live show is the best).

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Mary Pumper is a blog writer for CisternYard News. This is her first semester on the staff, but she has been actively writing, scribbling and drafting her whole life. She is a sophomore at the College, double-majoring in Theatre and English and could tell you nearly everything you need to know about her favorite author, F. Scott Fitzgerald. A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Mary is excited to be back in warm and rainy Charleston, but must warn you that "Winter is Coming".

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