Don’t know what to do for Halloween this year? Still not sure about that scary old thing called COVID? Why not play it safe and stay home this year. In fact, why not make a week of it?
Below you’ll find Theatre Haus’ Top 7 Halloween Movie Musicals (and flix with killer scores!) to get you through this spooky season! Consider this your seven day challenge in the lead up to Halloween OR smash it out in a spooktacular Halloween Movie Marathon!
#1. The Nightmare Before Christmas
Whilst still contested as to whether this is a Festive or a Halloween movie, we say why not watch it at both! The Nightmare Before Christmas follows Jack Skellington living in a dark Halloween Town, who wants something a little more cheery to balance his life experience. He stumbles upon Christmas town and this is just what the doctor ordered. He is so elated with his new feelings that he tries to share them with his Halloween Town citizens. But the atmosphere is not conducive to Jack’s newfound sensibility.
You can catch The Nightmare Before Christmas on Disney+
#2. Little Shop of Horrors
Known for its bopping tunes and gigantic plants – Little Shop of Horrors can’t be forgotten! Seymour, an orphan and a nerd, is taken in and given a job by Mr. Mushnik, the owner of a run-down florist in the seedy part of town. Seymour spends his time doing menial tasks and dreaming of the shop assistant, Audrey. One day, just after an eclipse of the Sun, Seymour discovers a strange plant. He buys it and names is Audrey II. While caring for Audrey II, Seymour discovers the plant’s rather unique appetite. The plant grows and grows, as does Seymour’s infatuation for Audrey, but who will get her first? FEED ME!
You can catch Little Shop of Horrors on Binge
#3. Sweeny Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street
How do you feel about a horror musical!? After hard years in exile for a crime he didn’t commit, Benjamin Barker, now Sweeney Todd, returns to London to find his wife dead and his daughter in the hands of the evil Judge Turpin. In his anger, Sweeney goes on a murderous rampage on all London. With the help of Mrs. Lovett, he opens a barber shop in which he lures his victims with a charming smile before casually ending their lives with a flick of his razor across their necks. But not one man nor ten thousand men killed can satisfy Sweeney’s lust for vengeance on those who’ve caused his years of pain.
You can catch Sweeney Todd on Amazon Prime
Back onto our fun Halloween movie musicals is the fantastic Beetlejuice! Adam and Barbara are a normal couple…who happen to be dead. They have given their precious time to decorate their house and make it their own, but unfortunately, a family is moving in, and not quietly. Adam and Barbara try to scare them out, but end up becoming the main attraction to the money-making family. They call upon Beetlejuice to help, but Beetlejuice has more in mind than just helping.
You can catch Beetlejuice on Amazon Prime
#5. Hocus Pocus 1 and 2
Whilst not necessarily a movie musical (yet!), who can forget the Halloween classic with that star studded cast! Or their fantastic rendition of ‘I Put a Spell on You’ or ‘One Way or Another.’ Time to get the popcorn out for this double feature night! Both films follow the hilarity that is the Sanderson Sisters as they struggle against the town folk of Salem to ensure their continued immortality!
You can catch Hocus Pocus 1 and 2 on Disney+
#6. The Phantom of the Opera
And we’re back on the dramatic side with the classic, The Phantom of the Opera. Deformed since birth, a bitter man known only as the Phantom lives in the sewers underneath the Paris Opera House. He falls in love with the obscure chorus singer Christine, and privately tutors her while terrorizing the rest of the opera house and demanding Christine be given lead roles. Things get worse when Christine meets back up with her childhood acquaintance Raoul and the two fall in love. The Phantom decides to kidnap her and imprison her with him in his lair. Raoul is now the only one who can stop him.
You can catch The Phantom of the Opera on Binge
#7. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
What is more perfect than the incomparable Tim Curry in the Cult Classic Rocky Horror Picture Show! One fateful night, Brad Majors and his fiancée, Janet innocently set out to visit an old professor. Unfortunately for them, this night out is destined to be one they will never forget. A thunderstorm and a flat-tire force them to seek help at the castle of Dr. Frank ’N’ Furter, an alien, transvestite scientist with a manic genius and insatiable libido. Brad, Janet, and Frank’ N’ Furter’s cohorts are swept up into the scientist’s latest experiment. The night’s misadventures will cause Brad and Janet to question everything they’ve known about themselves, each other, love, and lust.
You can catch The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Disney+
We all know a Halloween-loving theatre fanatic just dying to hear about this list. Don’t forget to share it with them and let us know if you choose something from our list to watch! In the meantime, what is your favourite Halloween Movie Musical? Let us know in the comments below!