The limbo between the end of Halloween season and the beginning of the Christmas spirit leaves many people wondering: “What do I watch to best celebrate this time of year? Is it too late for horror films, or too early for Christmas classics? And why are there no good Thanksgiving films?” Wherever you land during this period of in-between, there are still countless movies that can offer you a great time.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Our first movie of the week has something that will satisfy everyone. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is a 1993 film that has the recognizable yet creepy aesthetic of Tim Burton. Although it is often credited to Burton, his role was only with developing the design of the film. Henry Selick was the true driving force for the movie. This stop-motion animated movie follows Jack Skellington as he stumbles upon a new land, Christmastown. Bored of scaring people in his world, he plans to take over this cheery new place by kidnapping Santa Claus.
Whether you think it is a month too soon to be watching Christmas movies or not, what is great about “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is that it can fuel everyone’s needs. Creepy-crawly figures meet with the bright, warm colors of holiday lights to create an unusually perfect match. Watching the duality of Skellington being amazed and maddened by these new discoveries is something that no other movie does. The warmth of Christmas meets with the chilliness of Halloween creating a perfect atmosphere; again the reason why November is the happy go-between.
Where to Watch: Disney+
This edition of the Fall Watchlist is a little different, because the perfect November movie is actually a series of movies. The “Harry Potter” series is arguably the best thing to watch all month long. Based on the seven books by J.K. Rowling, this eight-part series is sure to bring the magic of the holiday season alive. Whether you’re new to the Wizarding World or it’s been a staple from your childhood, these films are truly special. You can watch them chronologically to see the famous characters grow up, or jump around for whatever film feels best for the moment.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: This movie introduces the characters and sends them all off to Hogwarts, the school for wizarding children. The perfect cozy movie for a cold night bundled up with all your friends.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Movie number two follows Harry Potter as his school seems to be under attack from within. Filled with mysterious sightings, this film still has just enough magic to make it perfect for the colder months.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: This who’s who of a movie keeps you on your toes the whole time, even if it’s your 100th watch. Besides, what could be a better Thanksgiving-themed movie than something that’s centered around an awkward family reunion?
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: If your favorite football team isn’t doing so well this fall, the best way to feel better is by watching the fourth Harry Potter movie. A magical tournament can have you rooting for a new team, to get your mind off of your old one.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: The most memorable part of this movie is the awful new teacher who is introduced in the film. So with final project deadlines approaching, get your anger out by watching this Harry Potter movie.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: As the holidays are approaching, fulfill your festive needs with Hogwarts celebrations with a twist.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One and Part Two: While these are two movies grouped together, it is telling one continuous story. The end of this series is best watched at the end of the year.
Where to Watch: HBO Max
Written By: Madelyn Walthall