Halloween is right around the corner! Why not celebrate the holiday with a movie fit for the season? With both family-friendly and scarier options, here are our picks of movies starring or directed by girls and women to enjoy this Halloween.
Hocus Pocus 1 and 2
Starring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker, Hocus Pocus (1993) follow the resurrected Sanderson Sisters as they galavant around Salem, Massachusetts. The 2022 sequel matches the energy of the first film in a story centered on the importance of sisterhood and solidarity.
Twitches and Twitches Too
They’re twins, they’re witches, they’re twitches! In this Disney Channel Original Movie series, twins Tia and Tamera Mowry join forces in a fantasy story about twins with magical powers who were separated at birth. The two reunite to defeat a mysterious force and learn the truth of their past.
The 2009 adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s dark fantasy novella of the same name is chilling. The story follows Coraline Jones as she discovers a secret door to an alternative world that quickly goes sideways. The film portrays dynamic girlhood in the titular character who is notable for her courage and compassion.
It Follows (2014) evokes the best of the horror genre without perpetuating the sexist tropes found in many of the classics. Cursed by a supernatural entity after having sex, the film avoids slut-shaming or blaming the main character. Instead, It Follows condemns these unhealthy and harmful attitudes around sex.
What is more perfect for Halloween than The Craft? The movie follows a group of four teenage girls as they come into supernatural power. The cult classic powerfully explores the female friendship and coming-of-age using conventions of the horror genre.
Directed by Nia DaCosta, Candyman (2021) is a spiritual sequel to the original 1992 movie. The 2021 film follows an artist (Yahya Abdul Mateen) as he unravels the history of the Candyman to chilling results. DaCosta does a brilliant job exploring themes of injustice, gentrification, and police brutality.
Take Action! Celebrate Halloween this year with media about and made by women.