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Mounties Pick: Halloween Movies

This break down will help you to find the perfect movie to get in the mood for Halloween.

Familiar Favorites

Our Halloween “Familiar Favorites” are the classic ‘80s and ‘90s movies that our parents watched as kids and teens that still remain popular today with our generation.

Hocus Pocus (1993)

Summary: Hocus Pocus is set in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1993. The movie opens with a scene set in 1663 with execution of the three witches, the Sanderson sisters. Now in 1993 the movie focuses on the story of Max Dennison, his sister Dani, and Vanessa Shaw and their efforts to try to fix the mistake they made bringing back the Sandersons before it’s too late and they finish the plan they made 300 years ago to stay young forever.

Rotten Tomatoes Score:  40%

Our Score: 100%

Movie Info: Rated PG, 1h 36m, Fantasy/Comedy

Where to Watch: Disney Plus


Scream (1996)

Summary: A masked killer stalks high-school students with the intention of killing them after they get a phone call asking “What’s your favorite scary movie?” With the killer’s main target being a young girl named Sidney Prescott. A tabloid reporter is determined to find the truth of who is the killer behind the ghost mask.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Our Score: 95%

Movie info: Rated R, 1h 40m, Horror/Slasher

Where to Watch: HBO Max


Ghostbusters (1984)

Summary: When Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, and Egon  Spengler are kicked out of their jobs at Columbia University for practicing paranormal experiments on students they start a new business, the “Ghostbusters.” Their new job is to investigate the paranormal activities around New York City. After being thrown in jail, the mayor of New York City calls them to stop paranormal activity that could be world-ending.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Our Score: 95%

Movie Info: Rated PG, 1h 45m, Comedy/Fantasy

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime (rent or buy)


New Movies

New movies are the fright filled movies that have come out in the past few years we’ve grown to love.


Hocus Pocus 2 (2022)

Summary: When the movie begins with 2 young girls lighting a new black flame candle and bringing back the 1663 sanderson sisters.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Our Score: 95%

Movie Info: Rated PG, 1h 43m, Comedy/Family Film

Where to Watch: Disney Plus


M3GAN (2022)

Summary: Cady is sent to live with her aunt after a car crash kills her parents. Her aunt works at a toy company and needs someone to test out her latest creation, M3GAN, an A.I. robot designed to help kids and parents. When Gemma sees that M3GAN is starting to have a mind of her own she tries to take her away from Cady but this choice is met with difficulty from both sides.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Our Score: 80%

Movie Info: Rated PG-13, 1h 42m, Horror/Sci-Fi

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime


Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)

Summary: Callie is a single mother who moves her and her two children to the small town of Summerville, Oklahoma, to the house that was left to Callie by her dad. This old messy house has secrets hidden all over, from the strange equipment and car in the barn that may be the reason for the town’s earthquakes and the first Stay-Puft Marshmallow ghost sighting since the ‘80s.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Our Score: 70%

Movie Info: Rated PG-13, 2h 4m, Fantasy/Comedy

Where to Watch: Amazon (buy)


Family Friendly 

Looking for a movie to watch with your family. Look no further, this category has our favorite family friendly movies we watched as kids and still watch.


Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Summary: Jack Skellington the pumpkin king of Halloweentown is bored of scaring people and accidentally comes across Christmastown, he wants to bring Christmas to Halloweentown. Jack tries to kidnap Santa Claus but he soon learns his plan might not be as good as he thought.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Our Score: 95%

Movie Info: Rated PG, 1h 16M, Musical/Fantasy

Where to Watch: Disney Plus


Hotel Transylvania (2012)

Summary: Count Dracula runs the Hotel Transylvania, a hotel for monsters safe and hidden from humans. One weekend he invites all of his monster friends to celebrate his daughter, Mavis’s, birthday.  However, for her birthday Mavis wants to go into the human world Dracula’s worst fear.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

Our Score: 75%

Movie Info: Rated PG, 1h 31m, Family/Comedy

Where to Watch: Hulu


The Addams Family (2019)

Summary: The Addams are a mysterious family who live a few miles away from a town full of normal people. While preparing for a visit from their long list of spookier relatives, the TV relator Margaux Needler is trying to force the Addams family out of town to knock down their mansion because it doesn’t match the rest of the town.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

Our Score: 70%

Movie Info: Rated PG, 1h 27m, Family/Comedy

Where to Watch: Prime Video

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    Violet BinczewskiOct 30, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    What a perfect guide, I’m always looking for Halloween movies to watch!