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Movie Picks for a Thrilling Halloween

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Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th poses in costume during the first day of New York Comic Con at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Oct. 8, 2015 in New York City. (Luiz Rampelotto/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images/TNS)

As the days shorten and the Miami autumn “chill” creeps in, five must-watch horror films for October are perfect for both newcomers and seasoned genre enthusiasts.

Seasonal – “Friday the 13th Series”
The sun rises on Camp Crystal Lake once again. The original 80’s summer camp slasher featuring Jason Voorhees is an undeniable horror classic. It set up motifs, themes and imagery that not only impacted the genre at the time but continues to today. For the first time since 2017, Friday the 13th lands in October and there won’t be another until 2028. Having a marathon of the original four movies or a full marathon of all 13 (including a short film) on the original date is a special way to commemorate this iconic film series and start your autumn season on the right foot.

In Theatres Now! – “The Exorcist: Believer”
The modern retelling of the 1973 film The Exorcist released Oct. 6 in theaters . Former Hamilton actor Leslie Odom Jr. plays Tanner, a father worried after very various strange occurrences indicate his daughter Angela and her best friend Katherine have been possessed by a demonic entity. Named The Exorcist: Believer, it reintroduces the chilling series based on true events to an entirely new audience. It also gives the series a new spirit for long-awaiting fans.

Stream at Home – “Totally Killer”
This horror-comedy takes viewers back in time where highschooler Jamie accidentally travels into the 80’s while fleeing from a serial killer. She takes it upon herself, teaming up with her then teenaged mom to prevent the original murders. The cast features Modern Family actress Julie Bowen and former Disney Channel Star Olivia Holt. Debuting on Prime Video on Oct. 6 this makes the perfect choice for someone not wanting to venture out of the comfort of their home and still make their October as festive as it can be.

Cult Classic – “Scream”
What’s your favorite scary movie? To many diehard horror fan’s the answer to this question is undoubtedly Scream. This film follows teenager Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) and her highschool friends tormented by the serial killer, Ghostface. Available to stream on Max, Prime Video, Hulu, and more this is a top tier slasher worth viewing whether you’re a new horror fan and or want to revisit this cult classic, garnering its fanbase for its unserious nature and refurbishing of the horror genre. This star studded cast displays the talents of Drew Barrymore, Courtney Cox, Rose McGowan, and Matthew Lilliard to name a few.

Revisit – “Nope”
Cowboys, aliens, and Jordan Peele, what more is there to love? It is the 3rd major installment in Jordan Peele’s exploration of political themes in horror and grossed $123,277,08 making it the highest grossing horror film of 2022. It maintained an artistic approach and still prioritized entertainment. It included a plethora of comedic elements skillfully brought to life by the talented cast. It features Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer as two siblings, proprietors of a horse company who are plagued by a series of otherworldly encounters. Its unique perspective on the alien genre and investigation of themes of human nature and exploitation made it the film it was and worth your time if you consider revisiting it this Halloween season. It is available to stream on Prime Video.

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Oscar Maximilian Garcia Del Rey
Oscar Maximilian Garcia Del Rey, Arts and Leisure Editor
Oscar Garcia del Rey is a junior and Staff Writer for The Raider Voice. This is his first year as a staff writer and thoroughly enjoys writing about topics which relate to culture and activism. Outside of journalism he is an active member of various clubs focused on community outreach as well as loving music and film.

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