9 Videogames, TV Shows & Movies To Get You In the Halloween Spirit

Published 3 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 7:37 am,

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Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

Abott and Costello Meet Frankenstein 9 Videogames, TV Shows & Movies To Get You In the Halloween Spirit

Like The Gold RushThe Maltese Falcon, and Casablanca before it, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein is a cinematic masterpiece that continues to stand the test of time. Which is why, in 2001, the U.S Library of Congress deemed it “culturally, historically, and/or aesthetically significant” (in my opinion, all of the above) before preserving it forever via the National Film Registry.

The film combines the amazing atmosphere and cinematography of Universal’s DraculaFrankensteinThe Mummy, and The Wolfman, as well as the titular characters from those films (or in the case of Frankenstein, the titular character’s monster), with the still hilarious antics of William “Bud” Abbott and Lou Costello. Every monster movie team-up since was probably inspired by this little ditty, up to and including Freddy VS. Jason.

Check out the trailer below:

Basically, the plot of the film is “One stupid guy and one really, really stupid guy almost get killed by all the Universal monsters over and over again – however, due to their hilarious naiveté, they manage to stave off execution.” Simple, yes, but endlessly hilarious and fun – and no Halloween is complete without it.

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The Monster Squad

The Monster Squad Group 9 Videogames, TV Shows & Movies To Get You In the Halloween Spirit

The Monster Squad is by no means a perfect film. But what it lacks in finesse, it more than makes up for with heart, awesome child actors, a dog that can high-five, Rick Baker special effects, and politically incorrect humor as provided by screenwriter Shane Black (Lethal WeaponKiss Kiss Bang BangIron Man 3).

The plot of the film sees the infamous Universal Monsters – Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Mummy, the Wolfman, as well as the Creature from the Black Lagoon – attempt to take over the world, as per usual. But who’s there to stop them? The Monster Squad – a rag-tag band of pre-teens with a strange affinity for everything monster-related.

Check out the trailer below:

In many ways, The Monster Squad is the like a twelve-year-old’s version of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (only the protagonists are more competent), with young actor performances reminiscent of (but not as serious as) the ones from Stand by Me and E.T.

FYI: A remake of The Monster Squad  is currently in the planning stages and is being produced by Rob Cohen, otherwise known as the director of the upcoming xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. So, uhm, keep your eye out for that one, I guess?

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Halloween

John Carpenters Halloween 9 Videogames, TV Shows & Movies To Get You In the Halloween Spirit

I would be remiss if I didn’t include John Carpenter’s Halloween on this list of films to get you in the mood for Halloween.

It probably goes without saying that this 1978 classic – more so than even Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, Bob Clark’s Black Christmas, or Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre – created the slasher genre as we know it today. There would be no Friday the 13thProm NightMy Bloody Valentine, or Scream films without the critically-acclaimed and commercially successful Michael Myers vehicle.

Check out the original trailer below:

Everybody knows the story: Wholesome Laurie Strode is innocently babysitting children and twiddling her thumbs while all her promiscuous neighborhood pals are being chopped up by a somewhat human version of the Boogeyman with William Shatner’s face for a mask. Sort of.

As far as horror movies go, this one is a freaking grand-slam. Forget the stupid, shock-laden torture-pornography that kids love today – Halloween was all about subtle and deliberate scares on top of an iconic excellent synthesized score by Mr. Carpenter himself. Do yourself a favor and watch Halloween on Halloween – or before.

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Honorable Mentions:

  • Nosferatu (1922)
  • Trick ‘R Treat
  • Scooby-Doo On Zombie Island
  • Young Frankenstein
  • The Lost Boys
  • Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939, 1959)

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So what do you think of our choices, Screen Ranters? More importantly, what movies, TV episodes, and videogames do you watch or play to get you in the mood for Halloween? Drop us a line in the comments.

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Halloween is Monday, October 31st this year. If you’re looking for a theatrical horror movie experience to get you in the Halloween spirit, The Thing is in theaters October 14th – followed by Paranormal Activity 3 on October 21st.

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  1. Halloween… Love that movie so much!

  2. I fully agree with you on the Silent Hill franchise. Even with its pixelated PS1 graphics, the first Silent Hill is and will forever be my favorite one.

    But, for people who didn’t play the first one, SH2 is a very good game, and it has the updated PS2 graphics.

    After that intensely sad and extremely gripping scene with Mary, I had to pause the game and reflect. I never felt such sadness while playing a game… and I don’t think I will again. It felt like much more than a game at that point.

    Walking out of the building, alone, only magnified how powerful and sad that scene was.

    • Correction: I meant Maria.

  3. My Halloween can’t start without a little Nightmare Before Christmas and Rocky Horror Picture Show!

  4. Great write-up and awesome ideas for the rest of the month.

  5. Trick R Treat is a great Halloween movie, I always pop in House of 1,000 Corpses and Dead Set as well.

  6. My favorite Halloween episode for a TV series is and always will be the ‘Boy Meets World’ episode!

  7. No Walking Dead? Kind of surprised.

    • What would the Halloween episode be? All of them?

  8. Nightmare before christmas doesn’t even get an honorable mention WTF?!?!?

    • It’s a Christmas movie…

    • It’s difficult because Halloween ends in the beginning, and the rest builds up to Christmas…

      • That’s a pretty valid point. But I think it should of atleast gotten an honorable mention since the atmosphere is mainly Halloween

  9. No Dead Space on the video game list? Are you kidding?!?!?!???

    • I like it, but sci-fi horror akin to Event Horizon doesn’t really scream “Halloween” to me. But then, that’s just me.

  10. No “The Fog”!!!!!! It was all Irish tv would show on Halloween besides ‘Halloween’ for a good portion of my childhood!

  11. For television right now the Walking Dead and American Horror Story work pretty well. As for movies I always remember the original Night of the Living Dead playing somewhere on TV every Halloween. The Exorcist or Poltergeist are also great classics that can get you in the spirit of Halloween, no pun intended….

  12. I’m a huge Halloween enthusiast and love all the TV specials. In fact, my wife and I were married on Oct. 30 (mainly because the 31st would have been on Sunday). I didn’t even have to watch the Simpson’s clip to know what it was. That is a sign of a great Halloween TV special. I agree with your Treehouse of Horror choice and the Great Pumpkin. I enjoy a good horror movie, but I like comedy more. Therefore, Zombieland, Shaun of the Dead, and Evil Dead 2 would have topped my movie list. The only horror themed video games that I can think of are Castlevania on Ninetendo, Resident Evil on Playstation, and Left 4 Dead on Xbox360. Each of those is from a different decade of my life.

  13. Simpsons halloween episodes are the best!!

  14. I loved this article…great idea! As far as movies go i always will watch halloween when one of the networks eventually put it on but more recently ive found myself watching the first paranormal activity around the day…but its not halloween without a costume party with friends and a simpsons treehouse of horror, which were almost always my favorite episodes of there respective seasons growing up….even now when i dont watch the show as often as i used to, i still ALWAYS dvr the treehouse of horror episode.

    • Thanks, Kyak!

  15. Im glad zombies ate my neighbors made the list. Stil have it for SNES

  16. I used to love when Halloween fell on a weekend. Especially Saturdays. We would spend then day watching Halloween, Friday the 13th and Elm Street then go trick or treating and come home and watch the various sequels. And I love how you talk about the atmosphere of Halloween in the article. The falling and changing leaves, a fire burning off in the distance and the crisp air always get me in the spirit. It’s a big reason why I love living in New England this time of year.

    • Totally agreed. It’s actually kind of depressing when Halloween falls on, say, a Monday, like this year.

  17. I’m pretty sure silent hill 2 will forever be on these types of list, and for good reason. i don’t think I’ve ever played a game that does such a disturbingly good job and not only screwing with your mind, but your heart as well.

  18. No Amnesia: The Dark Descent for the video game list?

    • I’ve heard it’s good, but haven’t played it. Keep in mind — this is a list of 9 videogames, movies, tv shows to get you in the mood for Halloween. That doesn’t mean they’re the ONLY videogames, movies, shows, and that doesn’t mean there aren’t equally good videogames, movies, shows out there as well. This is NOT a best list.

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    You obviously know what youre talking about, why throw aweay yoour intelligence on just posting videos to your site when you could be giving
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