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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Recommendations For October Movie Nights

Months before one leaf even turns a shade duskier, I am asked about what scary movies to watch, which is hardly an easy question for me to answer. The irony. It would feel like one, big rubdown of my ego of what I think is the best which might not be your flavor. Additionally, there are so many films to choose from. Where would I start? So considering this being the time of year that even the "normies" are looking for a cheap cinematic scare, here's a handful of films I make sure I watch that compliments the burgundy tree lines and cool air.

Trick 'r Treat (2007)

One, small town in Ohio takes Halloween very seriously. There's a parade, urban legends and traditions to honor, hedonistic costume parties hosted by not-so-wholesome teachers, as well as... what is Sam exactly? The Halloween enforcer? Kinda like a Dog the Bounty Hunter of Halloween? This intersecting anthology loops and twists in a way that keeps you engaged in every story. For certain, there will be a segment or two you like more than the others but all have their charm and unpredictable moments. Some scenes are silly while others are chilling. Trick 'r Treat is so twisted and so much fun to watch in October! Spend some money and rent this one.

Halloween III: Season Of The Witch (1982)

I dare you not to sing the Silver Shamrock jingle to yourself.

One film that casual horror fans may not give enough credit to during the Halloween season, this third installment in the franchise is your less than typical standalone. In short, a sinister Halloween mask making company has plans to eradicate its youthful consumers on Halloween night.With classic imagery, perfect pacing and tone, and Tom freakin' Atkins, Halloween III must be appreciated as a Halloween film removed from the rest of the series. When you suspend the mythos of Michael Myers, you'll enjoy this movie.

Hocus Pocus (1993)

As a kid, I didn't like many "kid" films. But films that were labeled family-friendly and used supernatural and (non-porny) adult themes grabbed my interest. Hocus Pocus is lighthearted and over saturated with Halloween as the legendary Sanderson sisters are resurrected on the night and plot a feast making all the children of Salem their main course. If I remember correctly. Actresses with career longevity and the talent to back it (Kathy Najimy, Bette Midler, and Sarah Jessica Parker), Hocus Pocus should be at least viewed once.

What are your favorite films around this time of year that some may not have seen?

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  1. Wow, I don't think I've seen any of these. I tend to watch the classics on actual Halloween day (Halloween, Poltergeist, The Shining, etc.), but I also love 13 Ghosts, The Ring and The Strangers. The list goes on and on, but those are some of the films I've seen multiple times.

  2. Martin & I started watching the original Halloween every Oct. 31st and Trick r Treat was added when it came out. I'm always on the lookout for movies to add. 'The Conjuring' left me on the edge of my seat as did 'Insidious' . 'Tales of Halloween' looks very promising, I can't wait to see it! Also the UK zombie minseries "Dead Set' is good and I'm on the lookout for 'The Enfield Haunting' a BBC series that I think BBCAmerica is showing on October.


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