One thing I love about movies is the mood, the atmosphere. Of course movies are good year round but sometimes, like a good outfit, they shine even brighter when put in context or go with a theme.

These movies to me feel like October, a beautiful yet spooky month known for it's breath taking landscapes and ghost stories. 

Here we go!

1. Sleepy Hollow, Tim Burton. The universe Burton recreates in this movie is SO scary! A lot of the movie was actually shot on a stage made to look like an Halloween decor and it's both enchanting and grandiose! The costumes are gorgeous  and the story is really disturbing. A headless horseman, an isolated village and a particular inspector (Johnny Depp) make this movie an October must!
2. The Birds, Alfred HitchcockActually, If  you have time, have an Alfred Hitchock marathon (I recommend Pyshco and Marnie too). I adore all the costal sceneries of this movie, the fabulous clothes and the transcending theme of the birds. Did you know the Tippi Hedren had to be hospitalize after shooting the scene where she got attacked by the birds? Scary, but on film and real life!
3. Gainsbourg (Vie Héroïque), Joan Sfar. Because I adore this movie about mythical icon Serge Gainsbourg. The story is phantasmagoric, the images are beautiful and it's just the right amount of cooky imaginative to make us travel in Gainsbourg's world. The movie boasts really enchanting natural decors, sea side, in the forest and in the city (of Paris!!) a lot of which take place in Autumn.
4. The Shining, Stanley Kubrick. Because we could all use a little bit more Kubrick in our lives! If Eyes Wide Shot is his Christmas movie, this for sure is his Halloween movie (does that make Lolita his Valentine's Day movie?). Kubrick's visuals are always strong and these are particularly retro, so inspiring! And the movie is positively creepy (I used to have the poster as a child, once a movie  geek, always a movie geek!).
5. House of 1000 Corpses, Rob Zombie. Because it's my favorite scary movie. And I know my cinephile friends won't all agree, but I just LOVE it. Gives me goose bumps just thinking about it! The story is grotesque and frightening, and could totally happen in real life (which makes it so much scarier!). The settings are terrifying and the characters vulgar. And Sherri Moon is magnificent in a trashy kind of way.
There are A LOT of scary movies I love (it's one of my favorite genre!) so I'll be sharing more scary movie suggestions all throughout October!

Are there other movies you like to watch in October?



  1. Great list! I actually forgot about Sleepy Hollow, thanks for reminding me! I love House of 1000 Corpses. Totally creepy but amazing at the same time. I love having scary movie marathons in the month of October. My all time fave though is the original Halloween movie. Classic.

  2. i need to rewatch sleepy hollow. the shining was not scary at all, lol i laughed at jack nicholson's face.

    i want to watch white noise.

  3. I haven't seen Gainsbourg or House of 1000 Corpses, but I bet I'd like them since the other three movies are among my scary favorites! Every October I have to watch Arsenic and Old Lace. It's one of my favorite movies of all time, and I love that it's set on Halloween! I wouldn't say it counts as scary, but it's a scarily good comedy =)

  4. Scarily good comedy, he he, I love it! Gainsbourg isn't a scary movie neither, but it has the spleen feel we associate with Fall.

    Laughing at Jack's face? Maybe if he wasn't holding a deadly weapon ;)

  5. October is a perfect month for movie watching...a chill in the air, a bit of a spooky vibe--the wonderful time for snuggling in and viewing something great. :)

    Sleepy Hollow is one of my all time faves. Love Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, always, but this is at the top of my list. Depp is clever, and Burton's way of setting the mood is perfectly spot on in this dark flick.

    I just watched The Shining the other night...that is, until I got scared and had to turn it off. That old woman in the room gets me every time. eeeeeew. ;)

    My favorite October movie is a silly one...but it's a must for me: Hocus Pocus. LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

  6. I love this list, and I'm glad to see House of 1000 Corpses on here, Captain Spaulding is one of my favorite horror characters. He's such a disturbing sight.

  7. Boyfriend keeps trying to get me to watch the Shining but I am a pansy and do not really like scary movies. That said 'The Birds' is definitely on my October list and really anything else by Hitchcock.
    Also a local theater does Evil Dead: The Musical every year. Which is officially on my list as well :)

  8. Evil Dead: the musical!! That sounds amazing (geez I love musicals!). I guess I should have included the Rocky Horror Picture show too huh :)

  9. I never meet anyone else who appreciates House of 1000 Corpses! It's so underrated! I love Rob Zombies cheesy neon-funhouse style of horror.

    Also, Sleepy Hollow is great. And I watch the Shining like, fortnightly. Nice screen shot too.

  10. I'm so glad to many of you enjoy House of 1000 Corpses too!! Spaulding all the way :)

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  12. I have never seen House of 1000 Corpses - I should change that. I was Judy from The Birds a few years ago and my husband dressed up as Alfred Hitchcock. It was a good Halloween :)


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