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Best 5 Halloween Movies on DVD of All Time

Get any DVD from this best 5 Halloween movie DVDs list for your Halloween night!

You may have prepared creative Halloween decorations and costumes to celebrate the most thrilling and interesting holiday in whole year. On the other hand, some of you may prefer to watch a horror movie with families instead of holding a jubilant party to enjoy the Halloween spirit. But if you are in hesitation of selecting a great movie for families, the list of best 5 Halloween movies on DVD of all time are available for your reference.

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Best 5 Halloween DVDs of All Time

Psycho (1960)
DVD Release Date: Psycho has been released several times on DVD. Its initial release is in 1998 and the latest version came out on July 12, 2016.
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Anthony Perkins | Janet Leigh | Vera Miles
Production Co.: Shamley Productions
Genres: Horror | Thriller | Mystery
Rated: R
Plot: Marion Crane embezzled $40,000 from her employer and left Phoenix with the hope of starting a new life. Mario stopped to take a rest in the Bates Motel after 36 hours' exhausted driving. Something would happen...

At very beginning, Psycho received mixed reviews from praises on great performances by actors to blames on dull plot. However, it is loved by the public and recognized one of the most shocking films in whole history. It got 4 nominations of Academy Awards containing Best Director and Best Supporting Actress and is topped on AFI's 100 Years…100 Thrillers chart. It is absolutely the No.1 choice if you want a creepy night with a Halloween DVD.

Halloween (1978)
DVD Release Date: The DVD video edition of Halloween was initially released on September 28, 1999 and the special 25th Anniversary Edition came out on August 5, 2003.
Director: John Carpenter
Stars: Donald Pleasence | Jamie Lee Curits | Tony Moran
Production Co.: Compass International Pictures | Falcon International Productions
Genres: Horror | Thriller
Rated: R
Plot: 6-year-old Michael Myers was sent to mental hospital for killing his sister on Halloween night. 15 years later, he escaped and returned to Haddonfield to commit the brutal murder again.

Halloween was criticized imitating techniques of Hitchcock (Director of Psycho) and despised by some critics at the start. Through several years, it won the reputation as an iconic Halloween movie widely influencing modern horror genre and considered as one of the best films of 1978. It was nominated as the Best Horror Film on Saturn Awards 1979 and received Best DVD/Blu-ray Special Edition Release, Best DVD/Blu-ray Collection on Saturn Awards 2014/2015 respectively.

The Shinning (1980)
DVD Release Date: October 23, 2007
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Stars: Jack Nicholson | Shelley Duvall | Danny Lloyd
Production Co.: Warner Bros. | Hawk Films | Peregrine | Producers Circle
Genres: Horror | Drama
Rated: R
Plot: Jack Torranc was employed as the off-season takecarer of Overlook Hotel. His son Danny who has the "Shining" ability to see horrific past of the hotel, awared that the spirits in the hotel drives Jack crazy. How can Danny and his mother get away from the danger?

Based on the Stephen King's 1977 novel with teh same name, The Shinning is now widely recognized as a masterpiece of modern horror although it wasn't received favorable contemporary responses from critics. It is included in the list of greatest horror movie films ever made for it gave an innovative and immersive look and feel. This best Halloween movie also made enormous influence on popular culture.

Insidious (2011)
DVD Release Date: July 12, 2011
Director: James Wanbr
Stars: Patrick Wilson | Rose Byrne | Ty Simpkinsbr
Production Co.: Alliance Films | IM Global | Haunted Moviesbr
Genres: Horror | Mystery | Thrillerbr
Rated: PG-13
Plot: The Lambert family moved into a new big house which is haunted. The young son Dalton accidently felt into a coma because of a mysterious incident in the attic. Something evil was in the house and the parents must find a solution.

Despite of a little bit low rating (about 6-7) on movie review aggregation sites, for example IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes, it received a commercial success with a total of 97 million gross becoming the most profitable film of 2011. Critics reviewed it as "not terrifically good" but can please moviegoers with a scary and funny suspense. It was also nominated as the Best Horror on Empire Awards. Compared with other two best Halloween DVD movies, Insidious is better for watching with whole family.

The Witch/The VVitch: A New-England Folktale (2015)
DVD Release Date: May 17, 2016
Director: Robert Eggers
Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy | Ralph Ineson | Kate Dicki
Production Co.: Parts and Labor | RT Features | Rooks Nest Entertainment | Code Red Productions | Scythia Films | Maiden Voyage Pictures | Mott Street Pictures | Pulse Films | Very Special Projects
Genres: Horror | Mystery
Rated: R
Plot: In 1963 New England, William family built a farm on the edge of an ominous forest after being banished from a Puritan plantation. Strange things happened soon. The new-born baby abruptly disappeared and crops failed. It is seemingly that an evil spirit possessed everything.

The Witch was critically acclaimed for its cast, terrific sound effects and chilling suspense. However, some critics and audiences figured out that this film paid much attention on regions, sins while didn't correctly fit into the genre of horror. Put those mixed reviews aside, this Halloween DVD movie won Best Horror (Film) on Empire Awards and received other 37 wins and 62 nominations.

Best Horror Movies Worth Watching at 2020 Halloween

Movie Director Release Date
Vampires vs The Bronx Osmany Rodriguez 2 October 2020
Hubie Halloween Steve Brill 7 October 2020
Midsommar Ari Aster 3 July 2019
IT Chapter Two Andy Muschietti 6 September 2019
In the Tall Grass Vincenzo Natali 4 October 2019
Zombieland Double Tap Ruben Fleischer 18 October 2019
Ready or Not Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett 21 August 2019
The Addams Family Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon 11 October 2019
The Lighthouse Robert Eggers 31 October 2019
Doctor Sleep Mike Flanagan 8 November 2019

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author - Donna Peng

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Donna Peng's fascination with multimedia began at an early age - shortly after she licked the physical disc and then she's been obsessed ever since. Her decade-long career at Digiarty after the graduation has seen her unmatched expertise in the field of DVD, digital video, software and anything related to home theatre. She is currently fascinated with photography.

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