There’s something about October and the arrival of Autumn. The weather starts getting a little nippier, the leaves start changing color, and horror is everywhere. If you’re anything like me, you have certain movies you watch almost every year around this time. Halloween is just around the corner. Let’s get this party started…right. 😉
5) Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Do I really need to remind anyone of the importance of this film? This, for many horror aficionados, is the grand-daddy of all zombie movies. George A. Romero had a vision, a sick and twisted one where the dead rise and feast on living flesh which lives on today. They’re coming to get you Barbara!
Don’t judge. Every year on Halloween I bring my copy of this film over to my sister’s and we have a great time seeing Grant Grant trying to keep his marriage to Starla going strong…even after he’s not himself anymore. This is just a fun movie with some interesting concepts and great performances by Michael Rooker, Nathan Fillion, and Elizabeth Banks. You can’t go wrong with alien slugs who want to control your mind.
3) John Carpenter’s The Thing
Probably one of the best remakes ever. John Carpenter does so many things right with this film, including building believable tension. It’s easy for audiences to feel the isolation of the characters in this film. Again, we have some awesome acting to go along with top notch special effects and a dynamite vision. The part where the guy’s head comes off, sprouts legs, and crawls away is always a favorite around here.
2) Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (1973)
Trying to watch horror movies with kids around can be difficult. Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark was one of three movies that actually scared me as a kid. It was a made for TV movie that relies more on psychological terror rather than blood and guts. The acting is subpar and the special effects aren’t all that great, but the way the director handled the creatures in this film was brilliant. These little monsters only come out when it’s dark and they only whisper when they talk. All they want is to drag Sally to the basement. That’s pretty much every kid’s worst nightmare. I’ve shown this film to all four of my nieces. Each one of them was so scared they walked away saying they never wanted to see it again. If you’re looking for a genuinely scary film that’s appropriate for all age groups, then give this one a try.
1) Halloween (1978)
I’m sure some of you are rolling your eyes right now and that’s okay. For me, you just can’t survive the month of October without watching Michael Myers lurking in the dark, waiting to ooze from the shadows with a kitchen knife. Let’s face it the decision to use that bleached Captain Kirk mask was brilliant. Michael Myers has become synonymous with this time of year, and rightly so. Once again John Carpenter uses tension to get the most out of each scare. Donald Pleasance gives a memorable performance as Dr. Loomis too. Put the kids to bed and pop this one in. No tricks here, only treats. Yeah, I went there.
What are some of your favorite horror movies to watch around Halloween? Feel free to share them in the comments below.