Halloween is drawing nearer, and there's nothing like a themed movie night to get you all in the mood for the scariest night of the year. Well, scary... Don't get me wrong, I do like the real horror classics, but when I was choosing the movies I was definitely going to watch (again) this year, I quickly realised there wouldn't be that many real frights going on. So, if you're looking for something else than pure horror the coming week; this post is for you! If you're not... Well, here are some ideas to fill up that space between REAL scary movie and bed time, just to optimise that good night's sleep.
SHAUN OF THE DEAD (2004)
The funniest zombie themed movie you will ever see, I promise. It's about screw-up Shaun, who, on top of the recent break-up with his girlfriend Liz, has to deal with a Zombie Apocalypse. It's the first movie in Edgar Wright's hilarious Cornetto Trilogy, and a must-see for fans of horror AND comedy. I've seen it a hundred times, know it back to front and still think it's so much fun. An absolute pleasure to watch, really.
THE WITCHES (1990)
You'll soon notice there's a lot of nostalgia in this list, starting with this movie adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic. Although the story is, of course, meant for kids, I still think those Witches are pretty gruesome. It's a lovely story, though, and pretty wacky at that.
While we're at it: I loved this movie when I was a kid. I thought it was funny and adventurous, and a great go-to for Halloween, as well. Nothing much has changed since then, except that -er- the ending made me cry the last time I saw it, so... There's that. The soundtrack just got to me, okay. And he was a kid, for Pete's sake. Poor, friendly ghost. Beautiful story, though, so don't let all that sad talk keep you from watching it.
This one is just a given, isn't it? It's a pretty mandatory Halloween movie, and there's not a single list on the internet that doesn't mention it. So what are you waiting for?
THE CROW (1994)
I was obsessed with this movie when I was a teenager, but I must admit it's been ages since I last saw it. I came across the DVD while making a list of my own collection (because of the moving out, of course), and I felt a twinge of guilt for neglecting it for so long. So: adding it to this year's list, then, and hoping I'll love it as much as I did way back when.
Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! There, that should get Michael Keaton's wackiest character to appear right at my doorstep. No, seriously, I've always wanted to reenact that scene at the dinner table. Genius.
I guess you already knew I had a soft spot for this particular Burton movie, because I already mentioned it in an On Repeat post. I can't help it; I just feel like it's perfect in every way. From soundtrack to story, to the way it was made. I'll watch it again around Christmas, you can count on it.
PRACTICAL MAGIC (1998)
Let's take it back to witches, now! Practical Magic is one for the more romantic souls among you, although it's definitely a bit dramatic and scary at times. It's about two sisters (Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman), who had their lives cursed in some way or the other. Love is definitely at the center of this movie, both the good and the bad kind, and it's a pretty entertaining watch. Especially when you combine it with a glass of wine, am I right? ;-)
I have a talking Gizmo next to my bed. Enough said. Absolute eighties magic, if you ask me, and a great one for your A-typical Christmas watchlist, as well. Oh, and if you decide to get a Gizmo of your own after watching this, don't forget: no bright light, don't get him wet, and for crying out loud: NO FEEDING AFTER MIDNIGHT!
HOCUS POCUS (1993)
Let's end with this family classic, shall we? The reception when this one was first released was generally horrible, but it has really grown into some kind of a cult classic now. It's about three witches who want to stay young forever, and are definitely willing to sacrifice innocent children for it. I think it's hilarious, really, and will most likely watch it every Halloween for the rest of my life.
There, that was ten movies! I have other favourites, of course, including Bram Stoker's Dracula, Sleepy Hollow, Scream, Fright Night and even Young Frankenstein, but there are just too many to sum up in one blogpost, aren't there?
What are your favourite movies to watch when it's time for Halloween?