My Top 5 Halloween Movies

I was going over a few older blog posts and found this one from 2010. I thought it needed some updating so I ended up going over the whole thing again.

Now right off the bat let me just say that I’m not a fan of scary movies.  In fact, I’m not a fan of horror movies or gory movies, either.  So you’re not going to find Nightmare on Elm Street or Friday the 13th or Halloween on this list.  Those movies just aren’t my bag.  Neither are the Saw or Hostel movies. But there are movies I do enjoy watching around this time of the year. 

Sleep Hollow. This is one of my favorite “once-a-year” movie.  I’ve always been a Tim Burton fan, although he’s really hit-and-miss lately (just saw Dark Shadows last night and was tremendously “meh” about the whole thing). This movie, however, has a lot of great actors outside of just Johnny Depp, so from that aspect it’s already off to a good start. The movie is cheesy at times with massive over-acting (which is definitely part of the point with this movie) and it’s got heads flying off in a way that’s both funny and slightly gory. Depp’s acting is absolutely brilliant in that his tongue is firmly planted in his cheek but it’s played 100% seriously.  It’s just a really entertaining movie and I’m looking forward to watching it again soon.

Rocky Horror Picture Show.  C’mon, kids…this is simply one of the most entertaining movies of all time, especially around Halloween.  And let’s be honest…the acting isn’t great, the story is kinda lame, the directing isn’t the best, and it’s one of those movies that people either love or hate.  So why is it a favorite of mine?  Very simple: the music.  Far and away this is one of the best musicals ever created (not as good as Grease, but still pretty awesome).  Hot patootie, kids…this is just a hell of a fun musical ride.  And I don’t know about you, but I could listen to The Time Warp at any point during the year.

Scream. I never found this movie overly scary or overly gory, yet it’s still considered a “horror movie” or one that “reinvented the horror genre”.  Since I wasn’t a fan of the genre to begin with, I couldn’t tell you either way.  But what I can say is that this is: from opening scene with Drew Berrymore to the very end, this is an entertaining movie.  The premise is so unique in that they skewer the horror genre and parody themselves, yet still go forward with the whole “serial killer thing”.  Then, in something that was totally unheard of at the time, they killed off one of the (supposed) main characters in the first ten minutes.  If nothing else, I just couldn’t help but respect the film for going out on a limb like it did.  But set aside the originality of it all, it was simply well-made and fun to watch.

Blair Witch Project. Now I know some people are going to roll their eyes at this one and that’s fine.  This movie is one of those “love it or hate it” movies, with very few people landing somewhere in the middle.  For me, I loved the originality of it all.  Not once is there blood or gore or some undying killer walking around…it’s just a couple of cameras and some people in the middle of the woods with a storyline.  Maybe it’s because I have a vivid imagination, but I was so freaked out watching this movie that once that final scene faded to black…with Mike standing in the corner…I had to stay sitting in the theatre trying to process it all.  It’s also one of those movies where you need to pay attention to all of the story-telling at the beginning of the movie because the ending relies so much on the plot.  Y’know, I haven’t seen this movie in awhile so it’s going to be fun to re-visit it this weekend.

The Walking Dead. Yes, I realize that this isn’t a movie…but I’m such a huge fan of this series that I just had to add it to my list. This series is simply incredible on a number of different levels. The acting is superb, the storylines are believable, and the premise is realistic. I mean…it’s a zombie show where the primary focus isn’t on just killing mindless zombies. It’s a series about people and how they change in order to adapt and survive a zombie apocalypse that they just happened to be thrown into. The third season just debuted a few weeks ago (to monster ratings, too) and I’m really looking forward to seeing how things change over the coming weeks.

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So what about you?  Have any movies that you enjoy watching around Halloween?

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