Sunday, October 31, 2010

Top 10 Films to Watch on Halloween


For today, I'd like to share my top 10 (really 12, but whatever) films to watch on Halloween. Not all of them take place on Halloween and/or scary. In fact I'm actually not a huge scary movie fan and even if I really like a scary/horror film, it still doesn't mean I would want to watch it on Halloween. I tend to lean toward fun/nostalgic films that I can watch with friends and have a good ol' time.

And so without further a due:

1. Shaun of the Dead (2004) - Not only is this my favorite zombie film, but it's also one of my favorite films of all time. I'm already Anglophilic, but this movie made me a Simon Pegg-Edgar Wright fanboy for life. I literally will watch this whenever I can.

2. The Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993) - I find it almost a necessity to watch this kooky, spooky, ooky family during Halloween/Thanksgiving. Everyone is, of course, great, but Christina Ricci's Wednesday is effin' Oscar-worthy. If only for her performance in that Thanksgiving play alone.

3. Hocus Pocus (1993) - This is probably the one and only film on my list that's actually Halloween-centric and damn right it is since it's pretty much a childhood classic. I don't know anyone my age group that doesn't love this film.

4. Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) - Great to watch at home by yourself or with friends, but AMAZING to see with a theater full of people. I also think this is the best role Tim Curry has ever done. Just brilliant throughout.

5. Clue (1985) - Probably the least "Halloween-y" movie in the list, but one can always find a reason to see this gem of a film. I mean we have a "scary" mansion with a bunch of people in "costume." There. Also, Tim Curry's 2nd best role.

6. Ghost Busters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989) - Who else are you going to call when ghosts and goblins are running amok Manhattan? [cue song]. And other than enabling everyone to mock all of the 80s hair/fashion, it's still really fun.

7. Scream (1996) - Bringing the "slasher flick" back to modern audiences, the original and still the best is a modern classic in its own right. That plus great iconic mask!

8. Zombieland (2009) - Surprisingly entertaining and hilarious to boot. The energy of the film is quite addicting and wholly engrossing.

9. Dawn of the Dead (2004) - Equal parts terrifying and funny, a wonderful film to either see with friends or by yourself. It's a film that will give you zombie nightmares!

10. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) - Even though it's totally cheesy (and kind of bad), it still the movie that begat my favorite show of all time. Plus Luke Perry! And one of the best vampire death scenes on film!

Honorable Mentions: Donnie Darko, 28 Days Later, Beetle Juice, Witches of Eastwick, Alien, The Craft, and Twilight. Only see the latter with friends, preferably while everyone is intoxicated.

1 comment:

  1. The only movie on the list I haven't seen is Hocus Pocus. I approve of your choices.


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