Move over, Christmas! You don’t hold a monopoly on amazing seasonal movies. In fact, one of the things I like best about autumn is the scores of amazing movies leading up to Halloween.

What does this have to do with voice acting? Frankly, directors use pop culture and movie references most when describing what they’re looking for in a scene, character, or take. It’s your job as a professional talent to maintain a broad frame of reference by being familiar with a wide variety of film, TV, and mass media.

Not that I need an excuse to make a list of some of my favorite fall films.

A word of caution: Some are frightening. Some are hilarious. Some heartwarming. Some classics. (Others aren’t classics, but oughta be.) Regardless, you may find many are flat out addicting. One thing’s for sure, they’re all amazing, so at least you’ll be thoroughly entertained while you do your homework!

So, pop the popcorn. Get cozy on the couch, and invite the crew over, or bunker in all by yourself… if you dare!

Enjoy!

Best Movies for Halloween

  1. Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) *
  2. The Thing (1982) *
  3. Rear Window (1954) *
  4. Deathtrap (1982) ☺️
  5. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
  6. Psycho (1960)
  7. No Country for Old Men (2007) *
  8. The Sixth Sense (1999) *
  9. Get Out (2017)
  10. The Addam’s Family (1991) ☺️
  11. Young Frankenstein (1974) * ☺️
  12. Shallow Grave (1994) * ☺️
  13. Let Me In (2010)
  14. Ghostbusters (1984) ☺️
  15. Warlock (1989) *
  16. Sleepy Hallow (1999)
  17. Coraline (2009)
  18. The Birds (1963)
  19. The Others (2001) *
  20. Shaun of the Dead (2004) ☺️
  21. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
  22. Paranormal Activity (2007)
  23. Dead Calm (1989)
  24. M (1931) *
  25. The Dead Zone (1983)
  26. Misery (1990)
  27. Poltergeist (1982)
  28. The Shining (1980)
  29. Freaks (1932)
  30. Alien (1979)
  31. Arsenic & Old Lace (1944) * ☺️
  32. In America (2002) *
  33. Ed Wood (1994) ☺️
  34. 28 Days Later (2002)
  35. Highlander (1986)
  36. The Fifth Element (1997) *
  37. It (2017)
  38. Murder on the Orient Express (1974) & (2017)**
  39. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
  40. Stir of Echoes (1999)
  41. Dead Poets Society (1989)
  42. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) * ☺️
  43. American Beauty (1999)
  44. Nope (2022)
  45. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  46. Memento (2000)
  47. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
  48. Shadow of the Vampire (2000) * ☺️
  49. Nosferatu (1922)
  50. Cat People (1942)

* My personal favorites just abut any time of year!

** BOTH versions are great! Flip a coin.

☺️ Comedy

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