Worst Halloween Movies of All Time

Story posted October 4, 2022 in CommRadio, Arts & Entertainment by CommRadio Arts & Entertainment Department

It’s spooky season. There are a ton of great Halloween movies out there for you to enjoy.

But there are also a few that you should enjoy at all costs.

“Hubie Halloween”

Released in October 2020, “Hubie Halloween” seemingly had all the makings of a decent Halloween movie. A plethora of popular actors and actresses in the cast, the setting being Salem, Massachusetts and an interesting plot.

However, Adam Sandler’s character, the main character followed in the movie, does not make it enjoyable. This character’s name is Hubie, who works at a delicatessen and he ends up in the middle of a murder investigation in the town of Salem.

While the rest of the cast plays their roles to make their characters watchable, Sandler’s character does the opposite.

Other than this flaw in character development, the film is exactly that though: watchable, and nothing else. It does not make many want to rewatch it during the fall season, and it’s nowhere near a “Halloween favorite.”

It’s disappointing a movie with such a plot description didn’t live up to the expectation. 

All in all, when deciding what to watch this Halloween, stick to the classics of the genre. - Cassie Baylis

"Scary Godmother: Halloween Spooktacular"

Scary Godmother: Halloween Spooktacular is a CGI nightmare about a young girl named Hannah Marie going trick-or-treating with her older, mischievous cousin Jimmy and his friends.

Part of the reason I choose this film as the worst Halloween film is it promotes the concept that causing trauma and PTSD in a child is appropriate and funny when enacting revenge.

For context, Hannah Marie is scared of everything, and Jimmy believes she will get in the way of him getting candy.

So, Jimmy decides the only logical thing to do is to lock his 6-year-old cousin in an abandoned house for the night so they don't have to bring her along.

Absolutely traumatizing.

However, Hannah Marie is then saved/kidnapped by her self-proclaimed Scary Godmother and brought to an alternate, Halloween-based dimension.

She then spends the duration of the movie learning that she should not judge people or monsters by their appearences after meeting a crew of monsters who fit some slightly offensive tropes.

If the movie ended here, the animation would still be awful, but the plot’s messaging would be salvageable.

Yet, the movie ends with Hannah Marie luring her cousin and his friends into the abandoned house and she uses the monsters to scare them to the point of her cousin developing PTSD.

Although Jimmy did lock his 6-year-old cousin in an abandoned house, I don’t believe he deserved the daily nightmares for the year leading up to a sequel about his revenge on Halloween.

In conclusion, I still very much enjoy this movie and the soundtrack is fantastic. But the plot holes, weird storyline and character choices, and some of the worst animation I have ever seen makes this a truly horrible Halloween don’t watch. - Eliza Casey

“Willy’s Wonderland”

This movie is awful. It’s a Nicolas Cage movie where he is trapped in a Chuck E. Cheese knockoff and must survive the night against murdering animatronics.

First, they manage to get an A-list actor in a low budget film, and they don’t have him say a single line. Surprisingly, the one actor who doesn’t say a single line had the best performance because everyone else tries too hard that they feel unnatural or that they’re playing into horror stereotypes to a ridiculous degree.

The only good thing you can say about the story is that there is one, even though it’s incredibly weird.

Why is Nicolas Cage’s love interest a pinball machine? Not only is it weird, but very predictable.

For example, the movie sequence is Cage fights and kills one of the animatronic monsters, plays pinball while drinking a soda, and the side character dies and it repeats. It’s a low budget film, and it feels like one. - Ethan Hetrick


Cassie Baylis is a third-year majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact her, email ceb6085@psu.edu.

Eliza Casey is a second-year majoring in Telecommunications. To contact her, email egc5236@psu.edu.

Ethan Hetrick is a second-year telecommunication major. To contact him, email eth5186@psu.edu.