I’ve pointed out before that while I absolutely love Halloween, I’m a bit of a Hallo-wimp. I love creepy and atmospheric, Gothic, kitsch, or paranormal but horror movies full of blood and gore are really not my thing. I did absolutely love the new Haunting of Hill House though, but I had the lights on all night.
So, here are seven brilliant films (or six and a short series) you can watch over the next few evenings to get you in a Halloween-light mood.
Practical Magic (1998)
I love sister witches Sally (Sandra Bullock) and Gillian Owens (Nicole Kidman). They both have very different approaches to magic (and just about everything else) but this is such a beautiful story of sisters and of women coming together to kick evil’s ass. Plus: the aunts, oh the aunts, I could watch an entire movie. I love this film!
Gary Hallet: Did you or your sister kill James Angelov?
Sally Owens: Yeah, a couple of times.
The Craft (1996)
A tad scarier than Practical Magic, The Craft is basically the occult meets Mean Girls. I loved this movie as a teenager. It’s a real cult classic, and I think there’s a reason so many YA witch books use it as one of their comparison titles. Iconic.
Lirio: When you open a flood gate, how do you undo it? You unleash something with a spell, there’s no undoing. It must run it’s course.
The Lost Boys (1987)
Another classic, full of iconic moments and so much eighties-ness. This is a vampire movie where the vamps are definitely the bad guys. It’s a lot of fun.
Max: I told you never to come in here. Wild kids.
Lucy Emerson: Oh, they’re just young. We were that age, too, once. But they dress better.
What if Disneyland Paris was owned and operated by vampires, werewolves and zombies. There’s a not-too-subtle Edward Cullen villain and a zombie workers union. Very cute.
Spirited Away (2001)
Sen gets suckered into indentured servitude in a supernatural hotel. The animation is beautiful and the story is enchanting. There’s a good reason this is often considered as one of the very best Studio Ghibli films.
“Once you’ve met someone you never really forget them. It just takes a while for your memories to return.” – Zeniba
Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
An absolutely adorable Studio Ghibli film. Kiki, a young witch, sets out for the big city and starts a small parcel delivery service to support herself. She get’s into various adventures with some interesting characters. Probably lesser known than Spirited Away, but one of my personal favourites.
Little Witch Academia.
A beautiful (and sadly short) series. What if Hogwarts was an all-girls school and Voldemort didn’t constantly get in the way of lessons? Completely enchanting.
Akko: I don’t care about ancient history, I didn’t come here to become one of those moldy old witches. It’s no fun at all. I wanna be a cool witch like Shiny Chariot.