It’s that time of year, Halloween, or as some would say, “spooky season.” This is the time where you get to kick back, relax and have an excuse to eat all the candy in the world.
But it’s also a great time to give yourself a fright. Check out what these Montclair State University students suggest you watch this Halloween.
Meaghan Woods, a sophomore psychology major, declares “Halloweentown” as her favorite movie.
“Halloweentown” follows an “ordinary” family who discovers the shocking surprise that they are witches. Now aware of their spooky bloodline, the family must navigate their new life in a town full of supernatural beings.
“It’s my favorite movie because it’s fun and not scary,” Woods said. “I like the whole dual-world aspect about it and how everyone is dressed up.”
Gianna Foschini, a freshman nursing major, is also a fan of “Halloweentown.”
“I first watched it when I was really little,” Foschini said. “And I just have really good, fond memories of it.”
Bryanna Rosario, a junior English major, takes a different approach. Rosario chose “Orphan” as her favorite horror movie.
“Orphan” is about a couple who is distraught after losing their unborn baby, but eventually decides to adopt a little girl from an orphanage. Soon after, things take an evil turn.
“There is nothing ever made like this movie,” Rosario said. “The plot twists are just so crazy, and nowadays, everything is about ghosts and murders. But this one is so different.”
Anacia Sessoms, a freshman visual arts major, chose the classic, “Bride of Chucky,” as her favorite horror movie.
“Bride of Chucky” depicts the aftermath of police destroying the serial killer doll, Chucky. He is brought back to life by an ex-girlfriend, but things shift dramatically when he turns around and kills her, moving her soul into the bride doll. Together, they seek out a way to return to human form.
“I like the artistry of the film, how it was put together and the cinematic feel in terms of how the dolls move,” Sessoms said. “It brings back a lot of memories from when I was younger.”
Ketsia Bongwele, a sophomore who is undeclared, has a similar liking to scary films, designating “It Chapter Two” as her favorite thriller movie.
“It Chapter Two” tells the story of an evil clown, Pennywise, who returns to the town of Derry, Maine 27 years after being defeated by the Losers’ Club. Now grown up, they come back together to destroy Pennywise, who is stronger than ever.
“My favorite scene is at the end where they kill [Pennywise] with their words,” Bongwele said. “I feel like you chase away the negative energy with what you say and your mindset.”
Amanda Malone, a fifth-year English major, didn’t hesitate when it came to her favorite horror movie, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
According to Malone, the film surrounds a couple who is transported to a world of things that are unknown to them.
“The couple spends a night in this kind of a Frankenstein castle, and then their whole world changes after they meet the scientist Frank-N-Furter,” Malone said. “There, they come upon a creature, known as Rocky Horror.“
Malone never gets tired of this film.
“It kind of becomes your favorite movie because you watch it so many times, and I myself have watched it about 400 times,” Malone said. “It just doesn’t get old. It’s campy, it’s ’70s, it’s Tim Curry and there [are] fun costumes.”
This Halloween, get your buttery, microwavable popcorn ready, turn the lights down low and get ready to give yourself a fright.