VICESNOB’s Halloween Film Festival – Film Guide for 2022

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Who wants to wait all month until Halloween to watch some great horror flicks? Halloween is the greatest time of year; the air is crisp and warm, the leaves change colors, and sexy boots, leggings, and pumpkin spice lattes have returned. And all those summer bodies are just a little more covered to let the imagination run wild. What better way to spend an evening after a long day at work during the fall? Or how about date night watching some spooky-fun Halloween flicks? 

While horror movies are usually a thing on Halloween, they’re acceptable at any time of year. And whether or not you’re a fan of scaring yourself silly with creepy horror flicks or laughing until you puke your popcorn and blue raspberry icee, it’s always a good time. Perhaps you don’t know how Michael Myers got his start or why Freddy Krueger haunts people’s dreams. But if you stick to our list, you’ll be in Halloween bliss. So, sit back and enjoy this year’s 2022 VICESNOB Halloween Film Fest. 

Maybe you’re in the mood for some gruesome hot girl horror or want to watch scary stuff all month long. Whatever way you want to take in the horror holiday, we’ve put together a few of the funniest and spookiest holiday flicks for every day of October. Starting on October 1st through Halloween night, we have a unique movie for your delight. 

Each week in October, we’ll give away free VICESNOB SHOP gear to our readers and fans! Like and Follow us on social media and enter to win one of 500 FREE giveaways throughout Halloween. Below we list one film to watch for each day in October during the festival. So, remember to be snobby about your vices, you VICESNOB.  

The 2022 VICESNOB Halloween Film Festival October 1st – 31st 2022

  1. John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978)

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John Carpenter turned Jamie Lee Curtis into the initial scream queen when he cast her in 1978’s Halloween, which was likewise her first film role. Set on the creepiest night of the year, Halloween we meet Michael Myers, who seems intent on making the holiday remarkable after escaping from an institution for the criminally insane. The movie has actually spawned a slew of follows up, some successful, some cringe-worthy. However it’s undeniable that 1978’s Halloween remains an iconic moment in American movie theater that’s ensured to creep you the f#ck out.

  1. Halloween (2018)

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Throughout the years, Michael Myers has evolved. With 2018’s Halloween, director David Gordon Green reset the timeline, making this movie a direct sequel to Carpenter’s 1978 masterpiece. Jamie Lee Curtis is back as Laurie Strode, who has been living with the trauma of Michael’s attack for 40 years. When he manages to escape (again), she’s ready. Follow this up with 2021’s Halloween Kills, and Halloween Ends, due in October 2022.

  1. Candyman (2021)

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Directed by Nia DaCosta, with a screenplay co-written by Jordan Peele, 2021’sCandyman breathes new life (and bee stings) into the iconic franchise. If you grew up fearing the legend, the Candyman reboot will tap into your terror by expanding the universe. Visually terrifying, Candyman explores themes of gentrification, race, and the demonisation of Black victims. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II plays Anthony McCoy, an artist with an unhealthy Candyman obsession, who needs to find out what really took place at Cabrini-Green.

  1. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)

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Set on Halloween in 1968, this horror anthology is packed with strange and frightening tales. A group of kids discover a mysterious book written by a young girl who committed suicide after being accused of witchcraft. From hulking scarecrows waking up to spider bites spawning millions of tiny spiders, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is an unusual addition to any Halloween.

5. The Purge (2013)

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2013’s The Purge started a sprawling franchise, and serves as a stark indictment of what can happen when power and corruption meet. The premise is simple: on one night of every year, all crime is legal, even murder. In this first instalment, Ethan Hawke plays a family man profiting off of his supposedly purge-proof security systems. Three sequels, a prequel, and two seasons of a TV series have followed.

6. Hocus Pocus (1993)

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Hocus Pocus has been delighting audiences for three decades already, and a sequel is set to arrive in October 2022. The original Halloween-themed horror comedy stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as three witches who are accidentally resurrected on Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts. If you’re not in the mood for serious scares, revisiting Hocus Pocus is the perfect compromise.

7. Sinister (2012)

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Ethan Hawke stars as a true-crime writer looking for his next story, who relocates his family into a house where some mysterious deaths occurred. He soon discovers a collection of Super 8 videos showing a series of increasingly grisly murders, and it’s not long before his entire family is at risk. 

8. Hotel Transylvania 1, 2, and 3 

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Adam Sandler’s wicked funny studio, comes Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up and no humans are allowed. One special weekend, Dracula (Adam Sandler) has invited all his best friends – Frankenstein and his wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Werewolf family, and more – to celebrate his beloved daughter Mavis’s (Selena Gomez) 118th birthday. For Dracula catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem but the party really starts when one ordinary guy stumbles into the hotel and changes everything!

9. Happy Death Day (2017)

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Part slasher, part horror comedy, Happy Death Day follows college student Tree as she relives the worst day of her life, literally. Just like in Groundhog Day, Tree realizes she’s stuck in a time loop, which forces her to try to identify a killer stalking campus in a Babyface mask. A sequel followed in 2019.

10. Midsommar (2019)

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Florence Pugh delivers the performance of her career (so far) in Ari Aster’s sunny horror movie. Following a family tragedy, Dani (Pugh) travels to Sweden to attend a famous midsummer festival with her boyfriend and his friends. What the group doesn’t realize, though, is that they’ve walked into the clutches of a Scandinavian pagan cult. 

11. Escape Room (2019)

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Maybe you’re a fan of escape rooms, but for some of us, the idea of being locked in a room and forced to solve a series of puzzles sounds like hell. Escape Room is based upon this very premise, except each room ends up being deadly for at least one player. 2021’s Escape Room: Tournament of Champions takes the concept even further. Rather than attending an escape room this Halloween, just stay home and heed this film’s warning instead.

12. Jennifer’s Body (2009)

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There’s a reason why Megan Fox considers Jennifer’s Body to be one of her proudest moments. Written by Oscar-winner Diablo Cody, Jennifer’s Body stars Amanda Seyfried as Needy, whose childhood friend, Jennifer, is possessed by a demon and can’t stop killing boys. 

13. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

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Since 1984’s A Nightmare on Elm Street, Freddy Krueger hasn’t stopped haunting our dreams. Robert Englund, who recently appeared in Season 4 of Stranger Things, portrays Krueger, the iconic boogeyman with the clawed glove. Many sequels have followed, but Wes Craven’s initial Elm Street outing remains the best.

14. Carrie (1976)

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Carrie might not be set on Halloween, but its aesthetic oozes October 31. Adapted from Stephen King’s novel of the same name, Sissy Spacek plays the titular character, an awkward teenager with secret telekinetic abilities and an overbearing religious mother. When Carrie is unexpectedly invited to prom, she decides to attend, not realizing what some of the students have in store for her. 

15. SQUID GAME (2021)

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Squid Game quickly became one of the most talked-about shows when the nine-part series was released on Netflix in September of 2021. In the weeks following its release, social media took off with posts about Squid Game including enthusiastic reactions and plenty of TikTok memes. The program’s appeal led to it topping Netflix’s streaming charts around the globe and ending up being the very first South Korean series to reach # 1 in the United States.

16. Trick ‘r Treat (2007)

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This little horror anthology didn’t get enough love upon its release, but a growing cult of fans have made up for that in the years since. An eclectic cast including True Blood’s Anna Paquin and Succession’s Brian Cox makes Trick ‘r Treat eminently watchable. The movie tells four separate stories, all which feature burlap-sack-wearing trick-or-treater Sam, who appears whenever someone breaks a Halloween tradition.

17. The Exorcist (1973)

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Parodied in just about every spoof, 1973’s The Exorcist is the very definition of a horror movie classic. If, like me, you avoided the film as a kid, for fear of being possessed like the main character, you can rest assured that The Exorcist is gentler than its reputation might suggest. However, from its jaw-dropping practical effects to the eerie ambience throughout, there’s never a bad time to revisit The Exorcist.

18. Audition (1999)

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Japanese horror movie Audition, directed by Takashi Miike, focuses on Shigeharu, a widower staging fake auditions to meet a new partner, at the behest of his son. However, when he meets Asami Yamazaki during the process, he has no idea what she actually has in store for him. Much like The Exorcist, Audition has become a film of legend, that is not for the faint of heart.

19. Scream (1996)

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Forget the reboot. Directed by horror god Wes Craven, with a script from Dawson’s Creek’s very own Kevin Williamson, Scream literally changed the game by sending up the very genre its a part of. From its acerbic dialogue to Mr. Ghostface’s iconic costume to Drew Barrymore’s unforgettable appearance, 1996’s Scream is impossible to recreate. 

20. The Strangers

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After Kristen (Liv Tyler) rejects James’ marriage proposal, the pair spend a tense night in his childhood home following a friend’s wedding. When James goes to buy cigarettes, strange things start happening around the house, and it’s unclear if there’s a supernatural element to the disturbances or not. A shocking denouement reveals all. Follow it up with the equally brutal The Strangers: Prey at Night, starring Christina Hendricks and Martin Henderson, released in 2018.

21. Ringu (1998)

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You may have seen the 2002 remake of The Ring, starring Naomi Watts, which is also very good. But if you’re yet to explore The Ring’s creepy origins, you should definitely seek out Ringu this Halloween. 1998’s Japanese adaptation follows a reporter investigating a video tape that seemingly kills its viewers after seven days. Forget Samara—Sadako will give you nightmares.

22. House of Wax (2005)

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Paris Hilton makes a rather fateful appearance in this 2005 remake of 1953’s House of Wax. In fact, the Simple Life star’s screen time led marketing execs to create the now legendary “See Paris Die!” ad campaign. Chad Michael Murray and Elisha Cuthbert star as teens stranded in an abandoned town featuring an intricate and eerily realistic wax museum. 

23. Friday the 13th (1980)

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Much like Nightmare on Elm Street and Halloween, 1980’s Friday the 13th kickstarted a hugely successful franchise. Even though Jason Voorhees and that hockey mask are missing from the first instalment, it remains an important entry in the teen slasher genre. After 20 years, a group of camp counselors return to Camp Crystal Lake to prepare for its grand reopening. Unfortunately for them, the “death curse” they’ve been warned about by locals is all too real.

24. Haunt (2019)

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Attending an “extreme” haunted house on October 31 sounds like a fun idea, right? Wrong. When a group of friends step through the doors of an abandoned warehouse, they think they’re in for a night of fun scares and costumed ghouls. However, it soon becomes clear that the violence taking place behind locked doors is very real. And the final twist should make anyone audibly ask, “WTF?” 

25. Death Becomes Her (1992)

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While Death Becomes Her is more of a black comedy than a horror movie, it’s the perfect romp to watch on Halloween. Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn star as women warring over Bruce Willis. However, when they both drink a “magic potion” touting eternal youth, the side effects are pretty wild.

26. V/H/S (2012)

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Featuring a series of found footage shorts by the likes of Ti West (2022’s X) and Radio Silence (2022’s Scream), V/H/S started a horror anthology franchise. In this first movie, one of the segments is set on Halloween itself, with the other stories exploring plenty of murder and mayhem. 

27. Spiral: From The Book Of Saw (2021)

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Whether you love or hate the Saw franchise, it’s most definitely here to stay. 2021’s Spiral surprised viewers thanks to Chris Rock’s brand new take on the twisted serial killer known as Jigsaw. While this isn’t necessarily one for hardened fans of the franchise, it’s the perfect entry point for anyone who’d previously sworn off the gore.

28. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

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While many might call a remake of Tobe Hooper’s 1974 classic horror picture sacrilegious, 2003’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre stars Jessica Biel, and it’s actually pretty decent. A group of friends are traveling through Texas when they stumble across Leatherface’s house. Bad luck, indeed.

29. Child’s Play (1988)

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Chucky needs absolutely no introduction, especially now that a second season of his TV series is on the way. But 1988’s Child’s Play introduces us to Andy, a young boy who is given a coveted Good Guy doll for his birthday. Unfortunately, the doll is possessed by a serial killer. 

30. Host (2020)

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Out of necessity, many of us started using group video chat services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Somehow, 2020’s Host uses the technology we love to hate to create some genuine scares. Filmed entirely on Zoom, Host follows a group of friends who decide to conduct a séance over Zoom. Before long, strange things start happening in their respective apartments.

31. Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

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Jim Jarmusch’s film is deep dive down rock-and-roll and hippy nostalgia and into his own unique film sensibilities. This film is as funny as it is melancholic. The two lovers, Adam and Eve, are vampires. They are awesome—way above the average depravity of mortal humanity and are utterly bored of their almost pin-perfect, unending existence.  The harmony of their love is however disturbed when Eve’s out-of-control younger sister enters their lives. The actors, with their effortless charm and style, Tom Hiddlestone as Adam and Tilda Swinton as Eve, are enough by themselves to make you watch this film. But you get a lot more if you do, in Jarmusch’s glacial, atmospheric style, and knack for crafting verbal interactions that make sparks fly.

32. The Witchfinder General (1968)

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SPOILER: (Elvira – Cassandra Price) makes one of her all-time greatest performances in this movie along with Vincent Price. Price plays a vicious and delightfully evil performance (which numerous consider his best) in Michael Reeves’ 1968 scary film, Witchfinder General. He plays a violent witch hunter. Tearing through the English countryside while a soldier tries to stop him and his minions from murdering the innocent in the name of God.

Launched in America as The Conquerer Worm, the movie did well on the U.S. drive-in circuit and received mainly favorable evaluations from critics. 52 years later on, it is considered a pure classic by horror fans around the globe.

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