October 19, 2014

Halloween Spirit

We've finally got some time to get into the Halloween spirit! To start off the season right, we thought we'd make a list of some of our favorite movies to carve pumpkins to:

Halloween III: Season of the Witch:
We got around to watching this movie one year while carving pumpkins and we've probably watched it every year since! It features Tom Atkins is at his finest and the best song to sing during the Halloween season. (If you haven't given this one a chance, check it out on Oct 23rd on the big screen with a Q&A with Tom Atkins after the screening!!!) 

The Beyond:
One of our favorite Lucio Fulci movies in partial thanks to Germano Natali's amazing effects work (he also had a hand in such gems as Deep Red, Suspiria, and Starcrash). Heads melt, dogs attack people, eyes are gouged, spiders kill a guy, and the heroes keep forgetting that head shots kill the zombies every time they change locations... It's pretty much everything you could need in a horror film!

Friday the 13th:
I prefer the first in this series, but Tim always goes for five when we have pumpkins in hand. The first Friday the 13th is probably my all time favorite horror movie, it's fun while maintaing a sense of realism, it portrays creepy in-the-middle-of-nowhere very accuratly, and it has some of my favorite simple kills of all time. The fifth Friday is basically a slaughter from start to finish, people are introduced solely to be killed and we're A-OK with that! Plus it features Miguel A. Nunez Jr. one of our favorite b-movie actors to spot in a flick!

Evil Dead:
We're suckers for the original with all it's crazy make-up, well executed low budget effects, loads of cheese and gore, and of course the indomitable Bruce Campbell.

Dawn of the Dead:
Our favorite of the Dead series; a mall filled with zombies in bad make-up, drips with social commentary, features non-zombie bad guys, and a spectacular soundtrack.

Trick 'r Treat: 
A seriously underrated modern horror anthology we've grown to love. Creepy kids, re-imagined werewolves, crotchety old men, and some pretty great twists on some old ideas. And then there's the fantastic cast: Dylan Baker (Happiness), Anna Paquin (True Blood), Brian Cox (everything), Tahmoh Penikett (Supernatural), Brett Kelly and Britt McKillip (both from Dead Like Me).

But really, this list could go on, (Night of the Creeps, Halloween) and on, (The Fog, Cabin in the Woods, Deep Red) and on, (Omega Man, BloodFeast) and on....

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