Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Countdown to Halloween #13: What's your favourite Scary Movie?

If you don't like Halloween then you may want to steer clear of this blog until November the 1st. I've been itching to do a Halloween series all month, and here it starts! I'm going to do 13 Halloween posts between now and Halloween, so here's the first one.

I love scary movies. Not because they scare me (very few actually do), but because I've always loved sitting in the dark, with a big bowl of popcorn, and a really good (or cheesy) scary movie. If it's got Halloween in it, I'm all over it. Some of these are slightly scary, some aren't. Here are the top 6 movies that I watch every Halloween!

6: Hocus Pocus
This isn't a scary movie (unless you're under 12), it's just Halloween at its finest. Max just moved to a new town with his family, and is one of those teenage boys who thinks he's super-cool. He does something daft to impress the pretty girl in his class, and ends up unleashing a whole lot of Halloween madness on his town. This is one of Bette Midler's finest performances, and it's my favourite Sarah Jessica Parker film by a country mile. Absolutely brilliant, Halloween night wouldn't be complete without it! (Have actually watched this 3 times already this month). If by some rarity you haven't seen it, WHAT are you waiting for?! Track it down now!

5: The Nightmare Before Christmas
Is it a Halloween movie? Is it a Christmas movie? Who cares - it's one of the best (if not THE best) stop-motion animations ever created. Take Tim Burton, a witty Danny Elfman soundtrack, a unique love story, Halloween, Christmas, the cutest ghost dog ever, and you get a beautiful little movie unlike any other. Watch it! May be a little scary for very young kids - my son is 7 and he loves it, but I only let him watch it this year.

4: Scream
Firstly, time to make everyone feel old again - this movie was released in 1996. FIFTEEN years ago. When you're over that shock, rent this little gem and enjoy it all over again. This, for me, was the scariest movie I'd seen at the time, and it spawned so many sequels and spoofs that it's definitely cemented itself as a modern horror classic. The much-parodied Drew Barrymore scene is almost as iconic as the scream mask at this stage - go on, dig this one out for Halloween! (I'd leave the sequels where they are, frankly).

3. The Ring
One late night on Channel 4, I came across a movie called Ringu. It was the first time I have ever watched a movie with subtitles and forgotten that there was subtitles - it scared the living bejaysus out of me. I could never watch it again, it freaked me out so much. When I heard that there was going to be a remake, I wondered if it would be as scary - it's not, but it's still a damn good movie and never fails to get my heart pounding. Who knew unlabelled video tapes could be so scary?

2. The Blair Witch Project
The amount of media coverage that this 1999 movie got was beyond insane. Who remembers all the television debates, magazine articles, newspaper reports - I remember at the time there was a big fuss over it being "a psychological horror - you don't actually see anything, it plays tricks on your mind". You'd swear that it was going to warp us all. When it was released, it did scare me! The final scene still makes me jump. This movie is brilliant for what it is - a prime example of how we can scare ourselves stupid with only our imaginations. Love it!

1. The Shining
This whole list could have been made up of Stephen King movies. I picked this one because it's my favourite Stephen King book - I also love the movies Misery, Tommyknockers, Thinner, IT, Carrie - but the Shining has four very creepy elements that make it my number one King movie to watch at Halloween.

1: Creepy kids. Not just that pair in the picture, but the little kid in the movie too. One word: Tony. Sweet.Jesus.
2: Shelley Duvall. I spend half of this movie glued to it and the other thinking how feckin' stupid her character is. I mean, your husband's gone demented, what do you do - go to sleep?!!! Her stupidity is scary.
3: The quotes - RedRum, Here's Johnny, All Work and No Play.... it's one of the most easily quotable movies of all time.
4: Jack Nicholson - the best portrayal of a man going absolutely bat shit crazy I've ever seen in a movie (apart from the chipper scene in Falling Down) - the very definition of Cabin Fever.
5: The Hotel Staff - are they real? Aren't they? Are they ghosts? Is he just gone that demented that he's making them up? Ooh the suspense!

I'd be here all day if I listed every single movie I love to watch at Halloween - honourable mentions go to The Corpse Bride, Edward Scissorhands (my favourite movie in the whole world ever, at any time of year), Coraline, Sleepy Hollow, The Witches of Eastwick, Identity, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Mirrors, Friday the 13th, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Uninvited, all the Scary Movie series, Psycho, Poltergeist - I could go on and on.

So, what's your favourite scary movie?

S xx


  1. Yay glad you're doing a Halloween series! I don't really know what my favourite scary movie is, there's so many to choose from! Love Hocus Pocus and Halloween Town too. More 'grown-up' scary favs include The House on Haunted Hill as well as many of the ones you mentioned. I still haven't seen The Shining or the Blair Witch Project! I'll have to watch them this month:)

  2. Hocus Pocus and The Nightmare Before Christmas are two of favs and I watch them every year.

  3. not really a scary movie... but you left off the most Iconic Halloween movie of all time... The Rocky Horror Picture Show!

    I love Dr Frankenfurter!

  4. @Sunshine Rose - I can't believe I forgot Halloweentown!!!! I loved that, hopefully it'll be on TV again this year :) Blair Witch is well worth a look!

    @Cornflakegirl - It wouldn't be Halloween without them! LOVE them both to bits, never get sick of them! And two fantastic soundtracks too :)

    @Girl - I was going to put Rocky Horror in and I forgot about it! I have actually only seen the whole movie once, I remember having a nail polish called Janet Schmanet and renting the video to see it, I must seek it out - I have the soundtrack on my iPod!

    Thanks for reading & commenting ladies :)

  5. Love your choices!!

    Have to add some Guillermo del Toro though, La Orfanato or Pan's Labyrinth. Ooh Let Me In, the original was great too.

    Ooh and Stir of Echoes with Kevin Bacon! I could go on & on & on...

  6. Oh my gosh CherrySue I loved Let Me In too!!!! Actually haven't seen that Kevin Bacon one, like a bit of oul Mr. Rasher (family joke), will track that one down :)xx


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