Because it's never too early.
Halloween is upon us, which for previous years meant knocking on strangers’ doors with materials covering your face and this year means exactly the same thing—though for less fun reasons. Get your Dr. Fauci-approved masks ready.
And while you might not be able to crowd into theaters and inadvertently toss popcorn this year, you can still stream all the best Halloween movies at home.
What makes a movie a "Halloween movie"? Is that even a genre? Is it different from a horror movie? Are all horror movies Halloween movies? Does a Halloween movie have to be a horror movie? Why do we even associate the holiday with things that jump in the night and on the screen?
While the latter question is historical and somewhat straightforward (ancient autumn celebrations marked moments when the threshold between living and spirit realms broke down—and so when ghosts jumped out), the question of movie genre can get a bit tricky.
We're calling “Halloween movies” those films set around the October holiday or featuring themes of the celebration across culture, including burial, harvest, and communion with the dead. So even if it's summertime (or Christmastime), there can still be Halloween. Also just films that are essential viewing come All Hallow's Eve.
Here are our picks for the best Halloween movies.