Thursday, October 10, 2013

11 Spooktacular Films to Get You in the Halloween Spirit

The must-see Halloween film for me every year is Rocky Horror Picture Show with required dancing during the Time Warp scene. Last year I went to a sing-a-long version at the Prince Charles Cinema... This film always puts me in a good mood for Halloween!

I love The Others - everything about it is spot on for me! Nicole Kidman is beautiful, it's an old-timey period piece, Fionnula Flanagan is terrifying and there are creepy kids. On top of all that, it's actually a great story too, but a little scary!

Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! One of my childhood favorites... And it stars Wynona Ryder... Nuff said! 

It just wouldn't be Halloween without a screening of one of my favorite 90's flicks, The Craft. If you've never seen this one, put it on your list!

For the more intellectual viewer, Forever is neither scary nor particularly Halloween related. It's a documentary about the Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, France known as the burial place of Jim Morrison, Balzac and Gertrude Stein among a whole list of other celebrities. Forever is a touching film that documents several visitors to the famed cemetery and why the go there. For some, they feel responsible for keeping clean the graves of their heroes, for others they find it easy to get in touch with certain emotions there. It's a beautiful film and since it's all about a cemetery, the perfect Halloween brain food, especially for people who don't enjoy scary films!

Another good option for people who don't like scary movies is the all-time classic Ghostbusters. It doesn't get much more fun than three guys in New York City hunting ghosts, especially at this time of year! 

Not quite scary, but a cult classic is The Lost Boys. A young Kiefer Southerland is the ringleader of a group of vampires that keep a small town scared. Also starring Cory Haim & Cory Feldman as well as Diane Wiest, it's a film worth watching time and time again!

When Death Becomes Her first came out, we all dismissed it as a horrible, cheesy film... Somehow now, it's one of my favorites. There are few things better than Bruce Willis, Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn all together in one funny movie. It's Halloween perfection!

Just by chance, I watched Wisconsin Death Trip for the first time a few days ago and it's a really cool documentary. Centered around a town in Wisconsin called Black River Falls, this film documents through real photos and staged scenes the many coincidental deaths and strange occurrences that happened in this small town over a period of time in the old days. Using creepy photos of corpses taken by the town photographer and newspaper clippings from the day, Wisconsin Death Trip will definitely get you in a spooky mood!

Because who doesn't love a good 80's Stephen King flick starring Cory Haim about a priest who turns out to be a murderous werewolf? Silver Bullet is a long-time favorite!

Of course we all love the television version, but have you ever seen the film version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer? It's good fun, not too scary and a fun way to get your Halloween mood in motion!

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