Frankenstein (1931)

Based off the novel by Mary Shelley, one of the very first monster films, “Frankenstein” takes us to the isolated castle of Dr. Frankenstein deep within the German countryside. Dr. Henry Frankenstein has been working day in and day out on a process that would make the dead walk again. He soon creates a monster that is forced to live again. “Frankenstein” set the ball rolling for yet another one of the great monster actors in Boris Karloff. Although this may seem like a rather tranquil horror film to the generations used to slashers and zombies, “Frankenstein” was terrifying at the time of its release and it is horrifying in its own way. I mean come on, a doctor stitches together pieces of humans to make a living being, image if “Frankenstein” was created today.

The Haunting (1963)

What happens when a scientist invites women to a large, eerie, isolated mansion with a torrid history of violence, murder and insanity to do paranormal research? Bad things happen. One of the women begins to lose her mind while in the house, and this inevitably affects the entire party. “The Haunting” doesn’t need blood, gore, special effects, and monsters to give the viewer a good case of the goose bumps. This film brings fright by an eerie story accompanied by incredible acting and directing. In fact I believe that this film is so terrifying because you don’t actually see anything pertaining to ghosts or monsters, it forces you to imagine supernatural terror.

 Salem’s Lot (1979)

An adaption of the best-selling novel by Stephen King, “Salem’s Lot” tells the story of a young successful author, Ben Mears, who returns to his hometown, Salem’s Lot, only to find that is has been invaded by what appears to be horrific vampires. He believes that one of the old manors in the town attracts the evil men and ghoulish creatures. A man by the name of Richard Stryker has rented this manor along with his partner. Ben has the right to believe that Stryker’s partner is a menacing vampire and Stryker is just as evil. Although it was only made into a TV movie, “Salem’s Lot” surpasses many of the horror films made for theaters at this time.

 It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)

A quintessential classic of Halloween, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” is a beloved film by adults, children, and families alike. We join the peanuts gang just in time for Halloween. Linus is prepared to wait for the Great Pumpkin and he will wait all night if he has to! Meanwhile, the rest of the gang is off doing various other activities, from trick-or-treating and Charlie Brown constantly receiving rocks in his trick or treat bag, to Snoopy fighting the Red Baron and then sneaking through the trenches of a World War I battlefield. “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” is sure to bring laughs for the whole family.