3 Off-beat Halloween Movies You Need to See

Isn’t everything about the October so lovely? The chill in the air, the crispy leaves beneath your feet. The Halloween spirit is definitely the best part of October, and I’ve come to watch a crazy amount of Halloween movies in my time, and you could be surprised at just the variety of what there is out there. It’s not all scary horror flicks! Here are three off-beat Halloween movies you might not have heard of that you must give a try.



This is hidden gem of a movie that is often overshadowed by its older sister, Coraline, by the same stop motion studio, LAIKA. It’s a very endearing movie about a boy named Norman who can see and talk to ghosts. With this talent, he’s become an outcast, but his talents are soon needed when zombies in his community rise from their graves. It’s unfortunate that stop-motion and animation are seen as strictly children’s media, because this movie has a weighty punch that adults would benefit from watching. When I saw it in theatres many years ago, I was caught off-guard by just how touching it turned out to be. My friend and I had gone in expecting a childish movie about zombies, but we both ended up crying! However, it has its fair share of laughs too. All and all, it’s a very sweet movie with a message that can appeal to people of all ages.


What We Do in the Shadows

If you’re a fan of mockumentaries—The Office, This is Spinal Tap, Parks and Recreation, etc.—you’ll probably love this movie. It’s written and directed by Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Concords) and Taika Waititi (Thor:Ragnarok), who both in star as well.  It’s a mockumentary horror comedy film about three vampires living together in modern day New Zealand. ‘Nuff said. Just watch it, it’s hilarious.


The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

Oho, you didn’t think I’d include a weird old black and white movie on here? Think again, baby! This 1947 movie was recently available on Netflix, and I hope it returns soon, because it too makes for a unique and very sweet movie. It’s a romantic-fantasy about a widow, Mrs. Muir, who moves into a reputedly haunted house by the sea with her young daughter. She soon comes to realize that the rumours are true—the house is haunted, but by the spirit of the feisty sea captain who once lived there. At first, the ghost isn’t too happy that his house is being lived in by others, but he eventually comes to care for Mrs.Muir and her daughter very much, even becoming a protector of sorts. Please don’t be turned off by the age of the movie, it is beautifully shot and an uplifting and sweet story.


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