Probably the best part of Halloween (outside of the candy, especially the candy you buy under the pretense of giving out to trick-or-treaters but you end up hoarding for yourself) is the scary movies.
We covered the wonderful world of horror movie posters yesterday, so we might as well talk about our favorite films to watch this time of year. From the classics to the cult classics, we all have that one movie that is a must.
The Shining – Disturbing on many levels and relentlessly suspenseful. But why does the blood take the elevator, again?
Frankenstein - A timeless classic and a natural stepping stone to Young Frankenstein.
Anything with Vincent Price – House on Haunted Hill, The Last Man on Earth, House of Wax, The Pit and the Pendulum, or footage of Vincent Price eating a bowl of soup and reading the Saturday evening paper. (C’mon. I’m sure it’s still creepy.)
Halloween – The original. Or Halloween III: Season of the Witch, if you enjoy slight disappointment, followed by confusion, followed by undying love of Tom Atkins.
Psycho – It’s somewhat surprising that anyone has showered or stayed at cheap motels ever since this movie was released. Anthony Perkins delivers an amazing performance as probably the most likeable (while still super creepy) psychotic serial killer in cinematic history.
A Nightmare on Elm Street – Freddy Krueger’s debut and, somewhat surprisingly, a slasher film with underlying themes about American life in the suburbs. Oh, yeah. And Johnny Depp is in it (a little something for the ladies).
Night of the Creeps - More Tom Atkins gold. With the tagline, “The good news is your dates are here. The bad news is…they’re dead” and the hero’s catchphrase being “Thrill me”, you know it has to be good. Watch the trailer.