Gen Z has their fair share of Halloween movies. Here are some great examples to look out for when you’re feeling nostalgic this season.
Gen Z is ranked between 1997 and 2012. Around this time, film and television underwent huge changes as stories matured and the quality of programming began to improve exponentially. It could also be felt in the movies that took place during the holiday season, especially Halloween. As a result, several movies have been released that have pushed the boundaries of a Halloween movie. As a result of their efforts, these films are remembered for their accomplishments rather than for what happened.
Here are some great Halloween movies for Gen Z to review.
A 2005 Disney Channel original film, Jerking followed by two sisters played by Tia and Tamara Mowry after being separated at birth. When the two reunite on their 21st birthday, they find out that they are witches from a wizarding world called Coventry. Following this discovery, the siblings visit their home dimension and uncover a plot involving the death of their father. Jerking plays the chemistry between real-life sisters and features an entertaining story the whole family can enjoy. It’s also a Halloween staple for many who watched the movie when it first premiered and is still in the zeitgeist of Gen Z.
Halloweentown II: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Halloweentown II: Dead Men Tell No Tales was another Disney Channel original film that followed on from the events of the original film. In it, Marnie and her family uncover a plot to destroy Halloweentown by bringing everyone back to normal. In a race against time, it’s up to Marnie and her siblings to uncover the plot against Halloweentown and stop whoever is its mastermind. The film is a great follow-up to the original and manages to capture and evolve the same Halloween essence that made the original film such a classic. It also helped introduce the franchise to many Gen Z viewers when it was released.
Donnie Darko is a psychological thriller that takes place around Halloween and follows a young man with strange visions of a man in a bunny costume named Frank. According to Frank, the world will end in 28 days. Meanwhile, Donnie embarks on a journey where he meets and impacts a range of people, good and bad. However, while doing this, he begins to see some strange visions or hallucinations that culminate in a mind-blowing ending. The themes covered in the film are not explicitly explained during its execution, but it does make the film even more impactful once understood. While this is an unconventional Halloween movie, it’s a great addition for anyone looking for something out of the ordinary.
Trick or treats
Trick or treats is the quintessential Halloween movie for Generation Z. The anthology film tells a collection of tales that intertwine through their supernatural stories that involve ghosts, werewolves and serial killers. At the center of it all is the movie’s mascot, Sam. A childish creature who makes sure everyone observes the rules of Halloween. Trick or treats keeps the audience standing with surprise at every turn. The film is as creative as it is violent, and brings the fun back to a time when Halloween themes are sometimes hard to come by.
Halloween H20: 20 years later
Halloween H20: 20 years later is the franchise’s first attempt to modernize Michael Myers. The film follows an older Laurie Strode, now with a son, as she lives a life hidden from Michael, teaching at a boarding school. The film shows that Laurie is deeply affected by her experience with the killer and makes their reunion just as terrifying. The film takes all the stakes of the original and updates them while adding the extra tension of Laurie’s son in the crossfire. The movie is a great way to bring back the tropes that made the original so great, and a fun addition to the Halloween season.
Ginger biscuits is a Canadian horror film that takes the classic werewolf story and gives it a new perspective. The film follows sisters Brigitte and Ginger after a werewolf attacked the latter. The film takes Ginger’s slow transformation approach and shows how her character changes over the course of the story. By the time it’s Halloween, however, things take a violent turn as her curse takes full shape. The film is largely unknown compared to other similar films, but it is extremely creative and is a great way to get a monster movie during the spooky season.
Paranormand is a stop motion family film from LAIKA studios that follows a young boy who can see and speak to spirits. While he is ridiculed by his classmates and alienated by his family, he manages to find solace in his friend Neil. In the film, Norman learns of the existence of a witch’s curse that could resurrect the dead and destroy the city. It’s up to Norman and his unlikely gang of friends to help stop the curse before it destroys his home. The film is a great addition for the whole family and features fantastic animation and endearing characters that stay with the viewer long after the credits roll.
House of 1000 corpses
Taking place on Halloween, Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 corpses is the perfect mix of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and a 1950s creature feature. The film follows a group of road tripers who find themselves strange and take refuge in the Firefly house. Here they are tortured and some are even killed by the psychotic family, as the survivors fight to escape. The movie looks like a feverish dream and haunted house, but has a unique flair that can only be found in movies from the early 2000s. The story takes place during Halloween and even uses it as a plot later. in the movie. House of 1000 corpses is a great addition to the entire Gen Z Halloween lineup.
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