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Top Halloween Movies: Gremlins, Scream, and More


Directed by Joe Dante – 1984

Characters: Billy Peltzer, Kate Beringer, Pete Fountaine, Mr. Wing, Murray Futterman, Deputy Brent, Lynn Peltzer, Randall Peltzer, Stripe, Gizmo, and Mogwai

Plot: Randall Peltzer gets a strange pet animal as a gift to his son, Billy, for Christmas. The buyer he gets it forms explains what great responsibility it is to take care of Mogwai (the animal). Little does Billy know the severe consequences that are a result of not properly taking care of said animal.

Rating: ★★★☆☆


Tyler Gillett, Wes Craven, and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin – 1996

Characters: Ghostface, Sidney Prescott, Stu Macher, Tatum Riley, Billy Loomis, Randy Meeks, and Dwight “Dewey” Riley

Plot: There is a killer on the loose at Sidney’s highschool, she, as well as her classmates around her, are all possible targets.

Rating: ★★★★★


Directed by Andrés Muschietti: 2017

Characters: Pennywise, Beverly Marsh, Richie Tozier, Eddie Kaspbrak, Bill Denbrough, Stanley Uris, Mike Hanlon, and Ben Hanscom

Plot: Billy’s younger brother, Georgie, mysteriously goes missing one day, and soon after there are more missing children reported. Billy and his friends try to figure out who is responsible for all of the missing children.

Rating: ★★★★☆

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Directed by Bill Melendez: 1966

Characters: Charlie, Rerun, Sally, Linus, Lucy, Patty, Violet, Pigpen, Snoopy, and Woodstock

Plot: Halloween is rolling around and Charlie Brown wants to stay up late and wait in the pumpkin patch to try to see the Great Pumpkin!

Rating: ★★★★★


Directed by Brad Silberling: 1995

Characters: Casper, Kathleen “Kat” Harvey, Carrigan Crittenden, Stinkie, Stretch, and Fatso

Plot: When Kat Harvery moves into her new house, she finds that it is haunted by ghosts! Some good, some bad, she befriends one of them named Casper.

Rating: ★★★★☆

New movie coming out that I want to watch:

I would like to watch the movie There’s someone inside your house, it came out October 6, 2021. This movie follows a girl who has just moved from Hawaii to Nebraska when she and her classmates are started to be stalked by a killer. What I think will really make this movie interesting and creepy is that the killer wears hyper-realistic masks of his victim’s face!


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