2 Hours Of The Greatest Music For Halloween Parties
Halloween, or Hallowe’en (a contraction of All Hallows’ Evening), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed.
It is widely believed that many Halloween traditions originated from Celtic harvest festivals which may have pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain, and that this festival was Christianized as Halloween. Some academics, however, support the view that Halloween began independently as a solely Christian holiday.
Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related guising), attending Halloween costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing and divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories and watching horror films. In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows’ Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular, although elsewhere it is a more commercial and secular celebration. Some Christians historically abstained from meat on All Hallows’ Eve, a tradition reflected in the eating of certain foods on this vigil day, including apples, potato pancakes and soul cakes.
TOP 10 Horror Films
To Watch On Halloween
10. TheEvil Dead (1981)
While the later films in the series pushed firmly into camp genre, Evil Dead remains scary over thirty years later despite the huge constraints the filmmakers were working with. Although the story of five Michigan State University students who inadvertently release demons and spirits from the Book of the Dead may feel goofy at times, there’s no doubt that the film still scares.
9. Suspiria (1976)
Suspiria follows tells the story of American ballet student Suzy Bannion who transfers to a prestigious dance academy in Germany, only to find out that it is run by a coven of witches. Paired with a famous score by progressive rock band Goblin, Argentomanages to instill a truly ominous tone throughout a film that displays all the director’s strengths in a storied horror career.
8. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Rosemary’s Baby tells the story of young housewife Rosemary Woodhouse and husband Guy as the couple move into an antiquated apartment building in New York City. Soon after moving in, a series of events leads Rosemary to suspect that her husband Guy has entered into a pact with their eccentric neighbors over the couple’s unborn child for the purposes of occult rituals.
7. Halloween (1978)
Fifteen years after murdering his older sister, Michael Myers escapes from a psychiatric hospital hell-bent on doing the same to Laurie Strode, his younger sister, who doesn’t have a clue about her family’s history after being adopted. Featuring an iconic score by Carpenter, Halloween is one of two or three horror films that is credited with spawning an entire sub-genre of horror and pushing horror films to new heights.
6. Alien (1979)
When the commercial towing spaceship Nostromois forced to investigate what appears to be an emergency beacon on an uncharted planet, the crew discover a derelict alien spaceship along with signs of life. But when a face-hugging creature attaches to the face of crew member, a creature far worse is unleashed onto the ship when it bursts from the victim’s chest. Featuring a now iconic set design by H. R. Giger and a star-making performance by Weaver, Alien has been consistently praised in the decades since its release and was inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congess in 2002 as a film, which is ”culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
5. The Haunting (1963)
The Haunting tells the story of a team of paranormal investigators who spend several nights at a haunted mansion. As the supernatural events continue to increase over the course of their stay, one of the members of the group, Eleanor Lance, begins to become more and more mentally unstable as she becomes convinced the forces behind the mansion are trying to bring her home. The Haunting is truly one of the greatest films in the haunted house genre of horror.
4. Psycho (1960)
When secretary Marion Crane embezzles money from her employer, she holds out in a secluded motel overseen by the disturbed owner-manager Norman Bates. But shortly after arriving, a shocking and legendary shower scene pushes the entire film into terrifying new directions.
3. The Shining (1980)
Based on the novel of the same by Stephen King, The Shining follows writer Jack Torrance as he takes a job as the off-season caretaker at an isolated hotel with his wife and son. But when a supernatural presence threatens to push Jack to the brink of madness, his family is forced to escape the hotel or become its victims.
2. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre follows a group of teenagers who are picked off one by one by a chainsaw-wielding masked man — referred to as ‘Leatherface’ by horror fans — after they stop at a remote farmhouse in the deep south. Produced and directed by a young Tobe Hooper, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was highly controversial upon release due to complaints about violence and faced difficulty both domestically and overseas in securing distribution. Along with being credited as pioneering the slasher-horror genre along with Halloween and several other films, there are also aspects of the film that anticipate the more recent torture-horror sub-genre.
1. The Exorcist (1973)
The Exorcist is nearly unanimously ranked as the scariest film of all time and it’s not a fluke — forty years afterThe Exorcist was released in theaters, the film is just as scary today as it ever was, featuring a truly terrifying story, unsettling visuals, and tremendous acting in a film that has received as much critical acclaim as it has attention for scaring audiences decade after decade.
The Exorcist tells the story of a 12-year-old girl who becomes possessed by the demonic spirit Pazuzu and the attempts by her mother and two priests to win her back through an exorcism. With theaters reportedly providing “Exorcist barf bags” due to movie-goers getting sick, Roger Ebert wrote that the special effects by Dick Smith were so disturbing and graphic that, “[How] it received an R rating and not the X is stupefying.”
The infamous crucifix and head-turning scenes have consistently ranked as some of the most disturbing moments in all of film and one thing’s for sure: anyone watching The Exorcist in a dark room will not come out unscathed.