It’s that time of year again. Carving pumpkins. Eating candy. Trick or treating (depending on where you live and how strict the COVID rules are). Dressing up. Halloween is by far the most superior holiday. I’ve always loved Halloween and growing up, a huge part of it was watching scary movies throughout the entire month. Not sure what to watch? Here’s a few ideas that might put you on the right path to a true Halloween marathon.
Let’s start with the classics. By classics I mean the old black and white movies like Dracula or Frankenstein. I saw Nosferatu at a young age and it terrified me. Now as an adult, I watch it and appreciate what a timeless movie it is. For that time period, it truly was a masterpiece. The atmosphere, the music. You can’t get any better than the classics. So if you can get your hands on any of these masterpieces, I highly recommend watching one.
Next off we have movies set in the 60’s throughout the 80’s. I’m talking Rosemary’s Baby. Nightmare on Elm Street. Halloween. Friday the 13th. The Shining. Any cult classic that plays a huge role in today’s pop culture. A favorite of mine is watching all the Halloween movies and shaking my head at how dumb everyone is. It’s a cliché now, but the way everyone ran back then in horror movies is mind boggling. If that were real life, you wouldn’t get anywhere going that slow. But nonetheless, who doesn’t love a good marathon of cult classics?
Zombies. You love them. I certainly love them. There’s no end to the number of zombie movies available at your fingertips. From Day of the Dead to #Alive on Netflix, I absolutely love a good zombie movie. Even if you’re just watching the Resident Evil movies (which aren’t the greatest but they’re a personal favorite), there’s something so satisfactory about a post apocalyptic film where the main character(s) are badass and strong enough to survive and help others survive. So if you’re into the idea of flesh eating corpses or even just the general apocalypse movie genre, there are a lot of options to choose from.
If you’re not the scary movie type, there are also many options you can choose from that are still in the Halloween category, just minus the horror part. For example, The Nightmare Before Christmas (also a Christmas movie) is an oldie but a goodie. Or Halloweentown. Maybe even Hocus Pocus? This genre is appropriate for all ages so you can sit down with the entire family and enjoy some quality time together this spooky season. I love watching anything Tim Burton related. His movies are so fantastical and bizarre but so good at the same time, like Edward Scissorhands. So if you’re not into the whole jump scare thing, just remember there are movies out there that still have that Halloween feel to it but don’t have anything that will give you or the kids nightmares.
Please have a safe and happy Halloween. Wear a mask (the non spooky kind). Wear flashy gear if you’re going out walking at night and more importantly, don’t feed the Gremlins after midnight.