7 Halloween Films
Hey! Tomorrow is Halloween! Check out these classic 7 Halloween Films and have a Halloween Marathon tomorrow! All the films and summaries were picked by Paul Aloisio.
City of the Living Dead (1980)
This gory Lucio Fulci film is famous for its “gut puking” scene. It’s absolutely disgusting and seriously awesome. A priest hangs himself in a cemetery, thus provoking the dead to come back to life. Everyone knows that George Romero is the zombie master, but Lucio Fulci is definitely a contender. Both filmmakers have an incredibly distinct style, and most of Fulci’s movies are pretty bizarre…in a good way, of course.
Trick or Treat (1986)
Where’s Sam? Wrong movie! This is an awesomely cheesy 80’s heavy metal horror film, featuring The Prince of Darkness himself. No, not your boss. Ozzy Effin’ Osbourne! A devil-worshipping headbanger dies in a fire, and his biggest fan receives a cassette tape which allows him to communicate with the rocker and help bring him back to life. This movie is truly something that could have only happened in the ’80s.
Satan’s Little Helper (2004)
So maybe it’s not that well acted. Maybe the story is kind of ridiculous. And maybe the cameras that were used to shoot the film weren’t much better than an iPhone 5. So what? This movie is hilarious! It’s gory and completely obscene. In Satan’s Little Helper you get the distinct pleasure of watching a man in a Jesus costume stabbed to death. Now, I’m not the most religious person in the world, but i definitely think they took that scene a little too far…but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Great movie. Ignore the haters. Watch it. Love it.
Black Sabbath (1963)
This is a great horror anthology hosted by one of horror’s greatest treasures, Boris Karloff. Directed by Mario Bava, we have three chilling tales. They are all chillingly atmospheric, with clever use of lighting and practical effects. Not only does Mr. Karloff host the trio, but he also portrays a vampire in one of the storylines. This is the movie that inspired the band Black Sabbath to change their name from Earth. Upon observing a nearby theatre showing the film, and subsequently taking into consideration of the fact that people will actually pay to be scared, they ditched their name and went in a scarier direction. But you already knew that. I hope.
House on Haunted Hill (1959)
They just don’t make actors like Vincent Price anymore. He’s one of the greatest horror icons of all time, and I’m not sure that there is a single movie he stars in that I didn’t like. Also, he is incredibly handsome. There are a lot of great gags in this movie, including the walking skeleton, who is credited as “himself” in the film. It’s the classic haunted house film; often imitated, but never surpassed. The trailer alone makes me giddy like a little boy.
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
I’m not here to debate anything about “how it shouldn’t have been called Halloween” or anything like that. Those arguments are for another post. It’s just a damn good movie, and I’ll leave it at that. Tom Atkins kicks ass as always. The whole movie just screams Halloween fun. Cool fact: the voice of the operator over the phone at the end is none other than the Scream Queen herself, Jamie Lee Curtis. If after watching this you aren’t in the proper Halloween mood, then you need to get your brain checked. By Dr. Loomis, maybe? Damn! Wrong movie!
Is anyone on this planet evenremotely surprised that this one is here? Play this on repeat all day to celebrate the holiday. Extra points if you have a copy of this on VHS. The graininess, the wonky sound quality. It just makes everything that much more delightful. Jason is great, and Freddy is too, but Michael rules on this day. There can be no denying that. The name says it all. Happy Halloween, my friends.