It’s Just A Scary Story — Our favorite Halloween Movie Picks!

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Fickle Fish Authors Share Their Favorite Halloween Movies

We’re only days away from one of our favorite holidays: Halloween! What other day of the year can you dress up, cosplay, run around your neighborhood in a mask and maybe scare a few people? Oh and did we mention eating TONS of miniature candy? Toss us the fun-size Snickers and no one gets hurt.

What else goes well with Halloween and junk food? A little scary Halloween movie marathon! We asked some of our favorite authors whom we’re working with to adapt their stories to the big screen, what their favorite scary movies are. Here’s what they had to say:

Mindy McGinnis, author of Not a Drop To Drink

  1. The Orphanage – nothing is what it seems and everything is downright creepy in this atmospheric film.
  2. The Woman in Black – I love this one because they don’t cut away from the ghost when you expect the camera to, like most films. Something coming at you down the long hallway? Yeah, it’s still coming. Slowly. And you’re watching.
  3. The Others – Thing you know what’s going on? You don’t.
  4. Paranormal Activity – Love it or hate it, any writer can learn how to build tension with these films.

Follow Mindy on Twitter: @MindyMcGinnis

Shannon Hale, author of Austenland

I am a wimp! I get so scared at scary movies. Some of my favorites:

  1. Best scary movie that’s way too scary for me: The Ring
  2. Best scary movie that I can sort of handle watching: Wait Until Dark, Rear Window
  3. Our family’s favorite scary movie: The Nightmare Before Christmas
  4. Best scary movie I watched at sleepovers when I was a kid: The Watcher in the Woods

Follow Shannon on Twitter: @haleshannon

Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood

Fave horror movies!? I could talk about these for hours. But I’ll limit it to a few categorized faves.

  1. Sentimental favorite: A Nightmare on Elm Street. I love me some Freddy Krueger. He’s just so…fun. The horrid sweater, the questionable hat. And it was so smart, a monster who attacks in your sleep. The perfect premise to keep you up at night.
  2. Recent favorite: The Cabin in the Woods. What a joy to behold. It manages to be both genuinely scary, and genuinely funny. And it’s pretty clever, too, which is not too shabby. Bonus awesome factor: a pre-Thor Chris Hemsworth, whose demise will make you cackle aloud. Or at least I did.
  3. Anticipated future favorite: I’m intrigued by both The Babadook, and Horns. The Babadook features a frightening creature from a picture book, which is cool, and Horns features, well, Harry Potter sporting demon horns. What more can you ask for?

Follow Kendare on Twitter: @KendareBlakeFo

Lois Duncan, author of Down a Dark Hall

I’m afraid that my favorite scary movies are those that were filmed before the normal Fickle Fish audience was born. Those were the ones that made me gasp in terror and clutch my boyfriend’s arm in movie theaters. With the exception of “Salem’s Lot” by Stephen King, and “The Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” they all had to do with the evil within human beings, not with vampires, werewolves, ghosts, etc.

“Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte” and “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane” haunt me to this day.

Follow Lois on Twitter: @duncanauthor

And let’s not forget us here at Fickle Fish HQ:

Meghan Hibbett, producer

Shaun of the Dead, Silence of the Lambs, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Signs, The Orphanage, Caspar, Hocus Pocus

Stephenie Meyer, producer, author of The Host and the Twilight series

Psycho, Rear Window, Deceived, What Lies Beneath, The Lady in White, The Addams Family

Will you be watching this Halloween? Tweet us your favorites @FickleFishFilms

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