7 game and movie franchises to check out during Halloween

October is here and it’s the favorite month of the year for a lot of people, and not for all the same reason. Some enjoy the candy, others the costumes, and some like to just be scared or scare others. For those of us gamers and horror movie fans out there, it also brings about a great time for us to play some of our favorite games or to watch the movies related to Halloween.

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7. GhostBusters

This ones’ a no brainer and is as good as any other spot to start. I mean who hasn’t watched one of the Ghostbusters films and saw the 4 parapsychologists hunt and capture ghosts across New York City. It’s a great a time to go back and rewatch these ’80s classics, and if that’s not enough then there is also the various Ghostbusters games. My personal favorite is 2009’s self-titled Ghostbusters: The Video Game. The game’s script was partially written and voiced by both Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd; I mean what’s not to like about that. I know I ain’t afraid o’ no ghost.

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6. Evil Dead

Again another classic film from the ’80s. This American horror film was written and directed by Sam Raimi (The Spider-Man Trilogy), and places protagonist Ash Williams against…well you guessed it…the Evil Dead, who are cabin inhabitants affected by the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis. There are 3 original movies prior to 2013’s reboot/continuation, a comic titled Army of Darkness, six video games and even a musical celebrating this classic tale of the reanimated dead. So much Evil Dead and so little time left in October to end some undead.

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5. Alien

This iconic movie of the late ’80s and its successor have spawned endless media franchises. Ellen Ripley and the rest of the Nostromo crew’s horror story still invokes chills in my spine when I watch it. If that is not enough, then take up the reins as Ellen’s daughter Amanda in Alien: Isolation and try to discover what happened to your mother all while being stalked by the same threat she was.

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4. Dead Space

If you want more horror in outer space, then take the role of Isaac Clarke, a space engineer sent on a routine job to help repair the damaged ship his girlfriend worked on, in Dead Space. However once he gets there he finds out that this job is anything but normal. Isaac is soon ambushed by the mutated and reanimated dead which are named Necromorphs. These reanimated dead require a different touch than aiming for the head. You will quickly learn that dismemberment of these necromorphs is your only hope, and if you have played your fill of Dead Space games, then check out the two films Downfall and Aftermath.

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3. Resident Evil

Resident Evil, the series that popularized the survival horror genre, and its creator, Shinji Mikami, have possibly become the most prominent names in people’s minds when the word zombie comes to mind. While the first game captured the hearts of many with its pulse-racing startles and scares, it has now become a franchise ranging from multiple films, comics, and even merchandise.

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2 .Silent Hill

Silent Hill is a town where no one ever wants to end up at. This permanently foggy haunted town is just the beginning to the madness that the town’s victims eventually endure. At one point or another, the victims will have to face the “otherworld” where everything is not as it seems. Similar to the Resident Evil franchise, Silent Hill also uses low visibility and occasional fixed camera views, however often in Silent Hill you are much more limited with combat options, making players favor flight over fight. There are also two films to keep the fear growing inside of you if the games in the series don’t do the trick.

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1. Nightmare Before Christmas

Okay, so this one is definitely not a scary movie, and neither is the game. I don’t think I could put together a Halloween list without mentioning something from Tim Burton’s list of works, and the Pumpkin King’s tale is one of my favorites. This stop-motion musical tale of Jack Skellington and his obsession with Christmas and bringing it to Halloweentown and his battle against Oogie Boogie is one that should be seen and shared to all. There was even a video game set a year after the movie where you play as Jack in a continued struggle to stop Oogie Boogie after capturing all the other holiday world leaders.

This list is far from fully encompassing all the great films and games to enjoy in October, but they are definitely all a part of my yearly ritual. How many of these align with you and your rituals? Feel free to sound off in the comments below and let me know what your favorites are during this holiday.

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