Every October, I have a little tradition of watching a Halloween-ish movie every night for the entire month. It can be anything from straight up slasher film to campy sci-fi to a Disney Halloween movie. Here are a few of my yearly staples:
Halloween—Lets get the most obvious one outta the way first. Halloween is not Halloween without Michael Myers. Also, one of my neighbors sets up a speaker in their yard that plays the theme music anytime someone walks past and it always makes my life seem a bit more suspenseful.
Hocus Pocus—No surprise here. I love everything about this movie; it’s definitely one of my favorites to watch this time of year. How can you not love the Sanderson sisters? Plus, Thackery Binx, be still my beating heart.
Monster Squad—Whenever I mention this movie to people, I usually get a blank stare in response. I don’t know why more people haven’t heard of it because it’s 80’s gold. A bunch of Universal monsters try to take over the world and a group of horror movie obsessed kids have to stop them, it’s brilliant. Also, it has one of the best lines I’ve ever heard: “WOLFMAN’S GOT NARDS.” Watch it, you’ll see what I mean.
Frankenstein—I’m a huge fan of the original Universal Monster movies and Frankenstein has been my favorite for as long as I can remember. I don’t think anyone will ever be able to play the role of the monster as well as Boris Karloff.
Young Frankenstein—How can I mention Frankenstein without throwing this gem in as well? Gene Wilder is perfection, and I can’t help but quote along with this entire movie, maybe that’s why no one likes to watch it with me.
Evil Dead trilogy—Oh Bruce Campbell, you wonder of a man. There’s nothing better, in my opinion, than really campy horror movies; there’s just something about them that I can’t get enough of and these movies are the cream of the crop for me. You can’t tell me that watching Ash cut off his possessed demon hand with a chainsaw, then replacing it with said chainsaw doesn’t make for good entertainment.
Creepshow/Creepshow 2— I mainly like these because they’re made up of a few movies, so you never have to worry about getting bored while watching, and I’m a fan of old horror comics as well. Win/win in my book!
Beetlejuice— Another classic. I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who doesn’t like this movie. It’s so good, and young Alec Baldwin is a babe.
The Exorcist—This is probably the only movie I’ve ever watched that has really freaked me out. The first time I ever saw this was at a friends house and halfway through all the power in her house went out and I was sure we were going to die.
The Shining—Jack Nicholson you creepy, creepy man.
What are some of your Halloween favorites? Let me know!