Spooky season is upon us, and Halloween (31 October) is lurking just around the corner! It’s the perfect excuse to round up your pals, pop some popcorn and dive headfirst into the thrilling world of horror movies. Get ready for a spooktacular experience as NerdiPop presents the ultimate Halloween movie countdown: the top 5 films that will send chills down your spine and have you screaming for more!

5) The Thing – 1982 release (Rated: R)

Get ready to chill your bones this Halloween with the 1982 classic, ‘The Thing’ directed by the master of horror, John Carpenter (Rated: R). This cinematic gem is an all-time favourite that hasn’t aged a day, thanks to its mind-blowing practical effects. Brace yourself for a spine-tingling journey filled with buckets of blood, terrifying transformations and an ever-escalating sense of paranoia. If you’re hosting a Halloween bash, make no mistake – ‘The Thing’ is the ultimate must-watch to keep your guests on the edge of their seats!


Synopsis:In the bone-chilling vastness of the Antarctic, a group of certifiably crazy Norwegians kickstart the chaos by chasing and shooting at a bewildered dog, inadvertently crashing their helicopter in the process. The motive behind this strange pursuit remains a mystery, as the night unfurls a nightmare. The innocent dog undergoes a grotesque transformation, triggering a vicious assault on its fellow canine companions and the bewildered investigation team. As the team grapples with the unthinkable, they come to a terrifying realization – an otherworldly life-form, capable of body-snatching, is among them and the true identities of the infiltrated remain shrouded in sinister secrecy.

4) The Devils Rejects (Rated: R)

Get ready for a hellishly good time with ‘The Devil’s Rejects’ (Rated R). This devilish delight is the brainchild of Rob Zombie, the multi-talented American musician, movie director, screenwriter, and movie producer. A devout sequel to his twisted masterpiece ‘House of 1000 Corpses,’ ‘The Devil’s Rejects’ takes a bold leap from the first film’s comic-book-like mayhem into a realm of chilling realism. Brace yourself for a true horror experience that will leave even the bravest trembling. This movie doesn’t just push the envelope; it shreds it to pieces with its unapologetic levels of violence. If you’ve got the guts and a taste for the macabre, ‘The Devil’s Rejects’ is an absolute must-see for any horror aficionado!


Synopsis: Prepare for a wild, blood-soaked showdown in the twisted world of the sadistic Firefly family, better known as ‘The Devil’s Rejects.’ This time, they’re under siege by the relentless law in Ruggsville, Texas, led by the determined Sheriff John Quincy Wydell. While Mother Firefly finds herself in cuffs, the cunning Otis B. Driftwood and the deranged Baby Firefly slip through the police dragnet. As Tiny, another family member, roams the neighbourhood in the chaos, Otis and Baby hatch a diabolical plan to reunite with their notorious clown patriarch, Captain Spaulding, at a desolate desert motel. But that’s just the beginning of this nightmarish tale. When Otis and Baby arrive at the rendezvous, they unleash a reign of terror, kidnapping two unsuspecting families of singers and subjecting them to unspeakable sadism and violence. As the gruesome horrors escalate, Sheriff Wydell is consumed by a thirst for revenge following his brother’s death at the hands of the Firefly family. The stage is set for a brutal showdown, where the line between predator and prey blurs in a frenzy of bloodlust and madness.

3) The Nightmare before Christmas (Rated: PG)

Buckle up for a whimsically eerie ride with ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ (Rated: PG). Now, while it may not be a textbook horror film, it’s an absolute must-see, especially when Halloween-town bursts onto the screen in all its vibrant, spooky glory. Step into the peculiar world conjured by the brilliant mind of Tim Burton, where the charismatic Jack Skellington takes the stage in this timeless stop-motion animation masterpiece. Prepare to be enchanted by the hauntingly beautiful songs and mesmerizing animation that bring this tale to life. It’s the ideal choice for those who crave a touch of spookiness without plunging headfirst into the depths of horror on Halloween night. In ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas,’ you’ll discover a mesmerizing blend of the macabre and the magical that’ll have you singing along and cheering for the Pumpkin King!


SynopsisIn the quirky realm of Halloween Town, Jack Skellington, the pumpkin monarch, is suffering from a severe case of holiday fatigue. After centuries of the same-old, same-old Halloween routine, he stumbles upon the enchanting Christmas Town, and suddenly, his bony heart is set aflutter with yuletide wonder. But here’s where things get delightfully tangled in tinsel and chaos. Jack, brimming with enthusiasm, recruits the town’s bats, ghouls and goblins for an audacious mission: to hijack Christmas and put on a show-stopping extravaganza. However, as they soon discover, turning spooky into sparkly isn’t as easy as it seems. Get ready for a holiday adventure like no other, where the ghoulish and the jolly collide in a merry mishap that’ll have you laughing all the way to Christmas!

2) Trick R Treat (Rated: 16)

Prepare for a spine-tingling ride with ‘Trick ‘r Treat’ (Rated: 16), a rare gem in the realm of horror anthologies. In a cinematic landscape where such tales are a vanishing breed, this movie resurrects the art of chilling storytelling. Meet Sam, the pint-sized enigma who weaves through four distinct stories, connecting the threads of terror that bind them all. If you crave the nostalgia of classic horror anthologies and have an appetite for the crimson spectacle of blood and gore, this film is a must-see. But beware, for once the credits roll, you’ll come to realize that Halloween has its own set of rules, and breaking them can have ghastly consequences, just as some unfortunate characters discover during this wickedly entertaining journey.


Synopsis: On a single spooktacular night, right in the heart of the same eerie neighbourhood, prepare to be entangled in the wickedly interwoven tales of ‘Trick ‘r Treat.’ Buckle up for a wild ride as a quartet of stories unfolds, each bound by the enchanting threads of Halloween magic. Join a couple in a race against the clock to uncover the sinister secret behind snuffing out a Jack o’ Lantern before the clock strikes twelve. Delve into the darkest recesses of a high school principal’s double life as a serial slayer, lurking just beneath the façade of authority. Witness a college virgin’s rendezvous with destiny as she meets the one who might just ignite her passion.  But beware, for not all Halloween pranks are innocent fun. A group of unruly teenagers is about to learn that their jest can spiral into a nightmarish reality. And in the shadows, a mysterious hermit awaits a special trick-or-treater, unveiling a tale of Halloween unlike any other. Get ready for a rollercoaster of frights, fun, and spine-tingling surprises that will leave you gasping for more!”

1) Halloween (Rated: R)

Get ready to scream your lungs out with ‘Halloween’ (Rated: R), the iconic masterpiece that kickstarted the slasher craze – for better or worse! What more fitting choice for our number one slot than the chilling flick that set the stage for countless horror franchises to come? Now, you’ve probably heard the tale before, but in case you’ve been living under a tombstone: Michael Myers, the notorious family-slayer, committed his heinous deeds on Halloween night, earning himself a one-way ticket to the Warren County Smith’s Grove Sanatorium. But as they say, evil never truly sleeps. Myers escapes fifteen years later and sets his sights on a rather unsettling family reunion, especially for his younger sister. Dare you venture into the heart-pounding original that still delivers spine-tingling chills? Or perhaps you’re up for a twisted treat with the equally fantastic remake? Whether you’re a seasoned Halloween aficionado or a rookie just dipping your toes into the terror pool, ‘Halloween’ is a must-watch for every horror enthusiast. Prepare for a night of relentless fear, and remember, the night he came home… is the night you won’t forget.


Synopsis: In the eerie autumn of 1963, on the ominous date of 31 October, horror descended upon 43 Lampkin Ln. There, a gruesome scene awaited the police – 15-year-old Judith Myers lay lifeless, brutally stabbed by her own 6-year-old brother, Michael. This nightmarish incident marked the beginning of a chilling tale. Fifteen long years passed, locked away in a mental institution, until Michael Myers, the silent harbinger of death, awakens on the eve of Halloween. Driven by malevolent forces, he embarks on a journey back to Haddonfield, a town oblivious to the impending doom. Only Dr. Loomis, his relentless psychiatrist, understands the horrifying truth. As the clock ticks towards October 31, 1978, the town remains blissfully unaware, but for Michael’s return, the town will soon bear witness to a terror beyond imagination.