Friday the 13th is here, and with it comes superstition, Halloween treats, and a ton of Jason Vorhees memes. While it’s known as a day for bad luck, I have chosen 5 creepy horror films to watch with friends and make this Friday the 13th a little better. In no specific order, here are my 5 Creepy Horrors for Friday the 13th.
Friday the 13th (1980)
While its series eventually drowned in its own ridiculousness, the original Friday the 13th is remembered as one of the heavy hitters that lead to horror slashers dominating the 1980’s box office. While the acting is super cheesy and the writing and characters leave much to be desired, this film has creeping intensity, bloody deaths, and a killer twist ending that has been riffed and spoiled for years. While it’s not among my personal favorites, I still recommend Friday the 13th for anyone who wants a simple slasher.
Candyman is one of the best horror films of the 1990’s. Armed with a creepy score, engaging script, and strong performances across the board, the movie slowly slides under your skin and combines graphic deaths with ever-relevant social commentary about racial prejudice, urban legends, and the loss of personal control. While the gore and supernatural elements might lose some, those willing to stick through it should find themselves wholly terrified.
The 2017 It combines a coming of age tale with supernatural horror and the vibe and nostalgia of Stranger Things. While undeniably dark and scary, It also boasts a large beating heart and messages about the bonds of friendship in the toughest of times. While some have criticized a lengthy setup and inconsistent effects, I feel this film is proof that horror movies can be about more than big scares, making for a dark, scary, but also hopeful choice for Friday the 13th. Note: Children are in constant peril, swear like sailors, and experience intense bullying, physical, and sexual abuse.
Arguably the most Tim Burton movie ever made, this bloody adaptation of the Sondheim musical combines a gothic aesthetic with themes of obsession, love, and betrayal. This is a gorgeous, graphic tale of death, jumping from horror, romance, drama, and dark humor without collapsing in on itself. While Burton occasionally goes overboard on the blood, the film is a haunting, beautiful tragedy with great songs and sweeping visuals.
Hocus Pocus (1993)
In this age where Disney’s live-action division has become a risk-free remake machine, this 1993 horror-comedy reminds us of Disney’s dark side. Originally set as a TV movie, the film was released theatrically after Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy took the lead villain roles and has developed a cult following. While the story of 3 witches planning to suck the life out of children may seem an odd choice for youngsters, the movie maintains a goofy sense of humor to balance out the scares. Plus, Bette Midler sings! Parents should note the film contains mild profanity and that a teenager’s status as a virgin is an important and oft-discussed plot point.
Leave some of your favorite films to watch on Friday the 13th in the comments below!