Friday, October 2, 2015

Unintentional Freddy Krueger

Fall is my absolute favorite season. The crisp air screams possibility. I love that I can start wear my favorite sweaters and scarves but that it's still warm enough for just a light jacket. Of course there's also candy corn and apples and a small amount of pumpkin flavored things (I prefer pumpkin cookies and pie - that's it). I've been looking forward to getting my crock-pot out so I can make stews and soups and what about casseroles!? It's perfect casserole weather. My favorite holidays, Halloween and Thanksgiving, are just around the corner. They always seem to get the short shrift as Christmas creeps into our lives earlier and earlier every year. I know Christmas can't help itself but we can all play our parts in keeping the madness at bay. I bought some new Halloween kitchen towels and a skull cup from Target earlier this week. The skull cup looks nice on my desk at work.

It's unfortunate that our first truly fall like weekend happens to be accompanied by the impending doom of Hurricane Joaquin. I'd like to believe that this weekend will just be a weekend of rain and heavier than normal wind rather than a full out hurricane. Regardless of which weather event actually occurs, I decided it would be best if I focused on the positive side of needing to spend the majority of my time indoors this weekend. There are only 29 days left until Halloween and we have lots of movies to watch.  And frankly, 13 Nights of Halloween just aren't enough.

Three years ago I wrote a post centered on my favorite Halloween movies. I suggested 50 whole movies to get you through until Halloween. This year I thought I'd help you create the ultimate movie marathon by suggesting groupings of these movies. I like a little bit of everything when it comes to scary movies and more family friendly seasonal fare. In addition to the list of movies let's rejoice in the return of American Horror Story and the premiere of The Evil Dead tv series on Starz (on Halloween of course).

What do you need to really enjoy a fall movie marathon? Popcorn, Twizzlers (never Red Vines - we're not animals), wine (your choice), and a pillow to hide your eyes behind if you're so inclined.

Let's begin...

Sleeping with the Lights on for the Rest of the Week - these are serious horror films that involve exorcism, creepy little girls, and a clown. Just remember I warned you.
  • The Exorcist
  • The Shining
  • IT
  • Carrie (mostly because of the creepy Jesus statue and the very end of the movie)
Funny and Mostly Family Friendly Fare - I know Raul Julia is no longer with us but what do you think it would take to get another Addams Family movie? We could pick up with Wednesday as an adult or maybe Morticia has finally been able to join the dark forces' hellish crusade.
  • The Addams Family 
  • Addams Family Values (although this really is more of a Thanksgiving movie)
  • The Worst Witch
  • Hocus Pocus
  • Haunted Honeymoon
  • Coraline
  • ParaNorman (although this movie is a bit scarier than I expected)
Tim Burton's Brain - Some of my favorite movies are Tim Burton movies.
  • Corpse Bride
  • Beetlejuice
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Edward Scissorhands 
  • Frankenweenie
  • Sleepy Hollow
Old School Villains - I bought a sweater this week that unintentionally evokes the image of Freddy Krueger. It's my new favorite sweater.
  • Halloween
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  • Nightmare of Elm Street
  • Friday the 13th
  • The Mummy, Dracula, Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolfman (old school Universal creature features)
Cult Classics - None of these are particularly scary (although Near Dark and Repulsion are close) but they're all awesome.
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Cat People 
  • Freaks
  • Near Dark
  • Repulsion
  • Evil Dead trilogy 
 Creepy Not Scary - You can also add any other movie Vincent Price was in. He was never overtly scary, just creepy and sinister.
  • The People Under the Stairs
  • The Haunting (1963)
  • Rosemary's Baby
  • Let the Right One In
  • House on Haunted Hill (1959)
  • The Others
I've provided six movie marathons to get you started. Add more to the comments because yes, I've left off almost every vampire movie ever made, Ghostbusters, and Child's Play. Don't get mad, give suggestions. If these weren't enough Crimson Peak opens October 16th. I'm not saying I took the day off to go see it but I did take the day off so I should probably use that time wisely and go see this movie. That's really all that makes sense. 
Unintentional Freddy Krueger sweater - do you think I should use this on my online dating profile with that caption?

Hurricane Joaquin


  1. You should add a "found footage" category!
    Not that I'd be able to binge on it... I am pleasantly surprised by how many of these movies I've seen though!

    1. "Found footage" horror movies are my least favorite along with torture porn slasher movies. I hoped we'd come to a time in cinema history where both would die a painful death (like the characters in their movies) but I guess not.

      I'm so proud of you! Did you hide your eyes through most of them? :)

    2. Torture porn slasher is my least favorite. =/

      Maybe......... I definitely jumped a lot!