It’s almost here. I’m so excited. I’m percolating so hard I could ejaculate a fountain of pumpkin guts like a geyser that would rival Old Faithful and still have enough left to bake a pie. We are finally talking about the greatest month of the year on the blog.
When it comes to essential viewing lists, there are often a lot of obvious choices, and no doubt I’ll be making some of those choices here, but hopefully a glimmer of me shines through with my picks and suggested pairings. Not quite the usual schlock and gore you’re used to me watching, because many of these I will be watching with my girlfriend or daughter, and they don’t need that in their lives.
Note that while there are 31 movies in this list, there will be several days I watch nothing. It just isn’t always feasible, so weekends I can play catchup, and on Halloween itself I’ll have a marathon. Asterisks mark first time viewings.
1. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982, Tommy Lee Wallace)
I’ll kick it off with the ultimate Halloween countdown film. The most polarizing film in the series.
2. *Night of the Werewolf (1981, Paul Naschy)
Put a little Naschy in ya! The first of several foreign films in my list this season. This one, from Spain.
3. The House of the Devil (2009, Ti West)
A perfectly chilly film with lots of suspense. Still Ti West’s best, in my opinion.
4. *Rocktober Blood (1984, Beverly Sebastian)
I think the title alone is an obvious reason why I’ll be checking this one out.
5. Halloweentown (1998, Duwayne Dunham)
A disney channel seasonal staple. I’ll be watching this one with my daughter.
6. *The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920, Robert Wiene)
An egregious oversight I intend to finally rectify. My only silent film on this list.
7. Pumpkinhead (1988, Stan Winston)
A film with a fantastic Stan Winston creature that always fascinated me. Seen many times throughout the early 90’s, but not much since.
8. Witchboard (1986, Kevin S. Tenney)
My favorite movie about a Ouija board.
9. *Witchboard 2 (1993, Kevin S. Tenney)
Sequel to my favorite movie about a Ouija board
10. Hausu (1977, Nobuhiko Ôbayashi)
A bizarre foreign haunted house film from Japan that’s like Scooby-Doo and a few hits of acid. My favorite haunted house movie.
11. Honeyspider (2014, Josh Hasty)
Written by a fella that lives in a replica of the Myers’ house, and named after a Smashing Pumpkins song, you just know this movie is a great tribute to the holiday.
12. *Hauntedween (1991, Doug Robertson)
Bless Alamo Drafthouse for showing wild Video Vortex features one Tuesday a month. This months is appropriately themed.
13. ParaNorman (2012, Chris Butler & Sam Fell)
A modern family horror classic from those folks that made Coraline.
14.Tales of Halloween (2015, Various)
Decent little anthology just oozing with Halloween goodness.
15. *Satan’s Little Helper (2004, Jeff Lieberman)
I’ve heard decent things about this Halloween favorite so it seems I should give it a watch.
16. *Victor Crowley (2017, Adam Green)
With Adam Green live! Blessed be Alamo Drafthouse again for bringing Adam Green’s surprise 4th Hatchet film to an event this October!
17. The Barn (2016, Justin M. Seaman)
The first film I ever helped to crowdfund is Halloween spirit incarnate. Proud to be in the credits of such a cool flick.
18. Murder Party (2007, Jeremy Saulnier)
Jeremy Saulnier’s first full-length feature is a fantastic halloween horror-comedy. A movie that in no way resembles his most well known movie: Green Room.
19. *Awakening of the Beast (1970, José Majica Marins)
Foreign film number 4. From Brazil! The 4th film in my Coffin Joe collection.
20. Prince of Darkness (1987, John Carpenter)
Some fun John Carpenter love.
21. *Hack-O-Lantern (1988, Jack Mundhra)
A film I’ve been meaning to see for far too long. Thankfully Massacre Video recently released a wonderful edition of this.
22. *Dracula vs Frankenstein (1971, Al Adamson)
A notorious “so-bad-it’s-good” messterpiece I have on VHS. Looking forward to this one.
23. *House on Haunted Hill (1959, William Castle)
Need some Vincent Price this season! I’m somehow never seen this one.
24. Night of The Demons (1988, Kevin S. Tenney)
Wonderful 80’s Halloween night debauchery.
25. The Wolf Man (1941, George Waggner)
It ain’t October without Universal monsters!
26. homemade TV special – Goosebumps: The Haunted Mask (1995, Timothy Bond) + WNUF Halloween Special (2013, Various)
Curating my own TV special by watching these two back-to-back. I believe I still have The Haunted Mask on a VHS I bought with my allowance back in 1996. WNUF is fun retro-worship.
27. Halloween (1978, John Carpenter)
Watching the obligatory slasher the night before Halloween is a great way to get hyped and excited for the night itself, and that’s my plan here.
28. Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf (1988, Ray Patterson)
Hoping to marathon the rest of these movies on Halloween itself. A Scooby-Doo movie to warm up.
29. Hocus Pocus (1993, Kenny Ortega)
Another halloween family classic.
30. Fright Night (1985, Tom Holland)
Kids are in bed. Get spooky and fun with one of the best vampire movies of all time.
31. Trick ‘r Treat (2007, Michael Dougherty)
My personal must every year. Not only an incredible anthology, but also a perfect representation of Halloween across all age ranges, and the film that brought a new horror icon into the picture with Sam, the trick-or-treater.
I also plan to dive into Stranger Things season 2 when it gets released on October 27th 2017.
And there you have it. Do you plan to watch any of these? Mad props to you for whatever your own list is, as long as you’re celebrating the most fun holiday of the year. Let me know why my choices are bad in the comments, and have a happy Halloween! Oh, and if I’m lucky I can get my girlfriend to wear this:
Stay slime, and be rad at all times!