Halloween is slowly creeping up, so I thought I’d create a list of my favorite movies to watch around this time of the year.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
From IMDB: A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living.
Reason to watch: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are always a blast. Even if zombies aren’t necessarily your thing, I would still recommend giving this one a shot.
The Addams Family (1991)
From IMDB: Con artists plan to fleece the eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long lost Uncle Fester.
Reason to Watch: I’m a huge fan of the tv series from the 60’s, but the movie adaptation from 1991 holds a special nostalgic place in my heart. I remember seeing it in theaters and going trick-or-treating with my cousin who dressed-up as Uncle Fester after the movie was released. But the chemistry between Morticia and Gomez is what has me watching this one every year.
Cabin in the Woods (2012)
From IMDB: Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods.
Reason to Watch: “Cabin in the Woods” plays with a lot of the typical tropes found in horror movies, while making you care for the characters. I only wish the ending was more satisfying.
From IMDB: On Halloween night of 1963, 6-year old Michael Myers stabbed his sister to death. After sitting in a mental hospital for 15 years, Myers escapes and returns to Haddonfield to kill.
Reason to Watch: “Halloween” is a classic. How could I not have this on my list? It’s one of the only slasher flicks I really enjoy.The shots of Michael Myers stalking Laurie are well done and still manage to creep me out every time.
Genre: Creature Feature/Camp
From IMDB: The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters that threaten civilization.
Reason to Watch: Giant ants invade a city and start eating people à la 1950’s special effects. It’s gloriously campy and if you watch closely you might spot a very young Leonard Nimoy in a brief scene.
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
Genre: Creature Feature
From IMDB: A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientists try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study.
Reason to Watch: I really love the old Universal monster movies. There’s something incredibly charming about the films and the work that went into the costumes. Out of all of them, “Creature from the Black Lagoon” is my favorite.
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
From IMDB: Two hapless freight handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man.
Reason to Watch: Again, I love the Universal monsters. So, it’s fun to watch Abbott and Costello’s hijinks with some of the really classic ones.
The Mummy (1999)
From IMDB: An American serving in the French Foreign Legion on an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Hamunaptra accidentally awakens a Mummy.
Reason to Watch: “The Mummy” is packed with humor, adventure and romance. The characters are great and Brendan Fraser is a lot of fun to watch in this one. If you’re a fan of this movie I would suggest you check-out the book “Crocodile on the Sandbank” by Elizabeth Peters.
The Shining (1980)
From IMDB: A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
What to Watch: Great visuals and extremely atmospheric. While not as creepy as “Halloween”, I still really love watching this one. I have to say though, Shelley Duvall runs around like a cracked-out muppet in it.
Practical Magic (1998)
From IMDB: The wry, comic romantic tale follows the Owens sisters, Sally and Gillian, as they struggle to use their hereditary gift for practical magic to overcome the obstacles in discovering true love.
Reason to Watch: “Practical Magic” is a fun romance movie with witches, possession and an ex-boyfriend that just won’t stay dead.