Due to the coronavirus, this Halloween will be different from most. But in this spooky season, we can still ask the age old question: who is the best horror movie villain? We all have seen the classic movies of Halloween and A Nightmare on Elm Street, and since this Hallows Eve is on a Saturday night, you can stay home, stay safe, and rerun these classics. But who is the best?
Based on a Google form survey sent to all Forest Hills Eastern students, many ninth-grade voters view GhostFace as the most iconic on-screen meanie. Scream is a delightfully spooky and comedic movie to watch on Halloween, and is also my personal favorite. Additionally, it’s far less intense compared to the others, especially, if you watch the TV edited version.
Secondly, tenth-grade voters are seemingly partial to Michael Myers. Halloween, although frightening, is a great fit for a slightly younger audience, and is perfect for this Hallows’ Eve. Michael Myers, the silent and deadly stalker, is a spooky season staple and is sure to give viewers a fright.
Thirdly, the eleventh-graders voted for Chucky as the best. This Good Guy doll is both haunting and profane, making the movie a better fit for upper grade levels. Although Child’s Play has its comedic moments, it is not recommended for younger students. If you are a fan of creepy dolls and an adorable little boy, then Child’s Play is a delightful movie for your Saturday Halloween viewing.
Finally, the twelfth grade voters chose Jason Voorhees as the best horror movie villain. This hockey-mask-wearing zombie is sure to chill viewers to the core. Friday the 13th is a better fit for the higher grades due to its violence and its graphic horror. If you ever find yourself at Camp Crystal Lake, be sure to stay on guard for this silent machete-wielder.
While this Halloween will not feel completely normal, a sense of normalcy can be restored as students indulge in all of the horror classics. A majority of responders to the Google form stated that they have yet to watch these films, and I believe that now is the perfect time to start. If horror really isn’t your cup of tea, there are plenty of family friendly Halloween movies you can watch instead, such as: Hocus Pocus, Corpse Bride, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice, Monster House, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Addams Family, and Addams Family values. These films will be a better fit for those who don’t fancy pure terror. Stay safe hawks, and have a spooktacular Hallow’s Eve!