‘The Thing’, ‘Blair Witch,’ and More: Faculty Horror Movie Picks for Halloween

faculty favorite halloween movies

It’s the best time of a year for a scary movie marathon. Some of our favorites here at the blog include Fright Night, Hocus Pocus (okay, this one is more Halloween than horror but it’s still a classic), Phantasm, Suspiria, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. For the past week, we’ve been asking faculty for their suggestions to add to our arsenal of Halloween-themed flicks. Check out a few of their picks here. What’s your favorite horror/Halloween movie? Let us know in the comments below.

  • “One of the main reasons I look forward to October and the Halloween season in general is just to watch horror movies. Perhaps the most important (and favorite) film I watch during this month every year is John Carpenter’s The Thing. A true masterpiece in terms of suspense, mood, cinematography, score, and performance. Even though I have seen this film hundreds of times, I still find myself surprised at who becomes a thing and when.” – Michael Ferraro, Creative Writing for Entertainment Course Director
  • “My favorite Halloween movie is Beetlejuice: it makes ghosts and the afterlife more of a twisted adventure than you see in most films. The way the dead interact with the living is hilarious and spooky at the same time. The classic soundtrack, musical numbers, and quirky characters make it a fun film to watch over and over.” – Jackie Otero, Music Business Department Chair
  • “The original Halloween, directed by John Carpenter. In today’s market, it’s rewarding to sit back and watch a story that is developed well and allows the suspense to build by using the camera. I will never forget seeing Michael Myers’ white mask appear in the darkened doorway behind a terrified Jamie Lee Curtis. Genius.” – Jonny Kosik, Creative Writing for Entertainment Course Director
  • “It is so hard to name just one. I remember waiting in line to see The Exorcist, The Shining, Alien, and Rosemary’s Baby, all of which scared me to death, but the movie that stayed with me long after I saw it was The Blair Witch Project. I saw it with my next door neighbors, and during the night I left a pile of twigs lying on their front porch. I still laugh when I remember hearing my neighbor scream the next morning.” – Susan Albershardt, Entertainment Business Course Director
  • “One of my favorite Halloween/horror movies is actually more of a thriller. Wait Until Dark with Audrey Hepburn and Alan Arkin has always fascinated me. You have a classic, demure movie star playing an innocent blind woman and thrown into a situation where she’s being tortured by a bunch of crooks. Audrey Hepburn was nominated for an Oscar for her performance. Not many films in this genre can claim that accolade.” – Allen Gorney, Creative Writing MFA Course Director

Comments

  • maddie

    I like the variety of this list! Other recommendations I’ve
    seen either lean to being too scary to too tame, but this one is right in
    between. Now I am definitely going to rent Beetlejuice for the Halloween movie
    night I have planned with a few friends from my office at DISH! I’m just glad
    it’s not too late to get my hands on copy! Since I just rented a movie from my
    Blockbuster@Home service through DISH, I can just swap that flick out at a
    local Blockbuster store, which makes things easy. Thanks for the awesome suggestion!