Cover of Trick 'r Treat
In addition to the excellent movies that I’ve highlighted in past years, here are a few more to prepare your hearts for the spookiest of the seasons.
Psycho: Hitchcock’s contribution (or origination) to the slasher genre. I was pretty “meh” when I first saw it, but over the years I’ve come to appreciate it more and more. Incidentally, it’s the first movie that shows a toilet. And it’s only five years older than the toilet we had in our downstairs bathroom when we moved in.
Trick ‘R Treat: I just watched this for the first time last Halloween. It went straight-to-video but it’s a really fun/gross movie made by people who obviously adore the holiday. It doesn’t take itself seriously, but the shifting mists, glowing jack-o-lanterns and crunching leaves will get you in the mood. For Halloween. In the mood for Halloween. I’m hoping I’ll find it on the discount shelf sometime before October 31st.
Arachnaphobia: Frankly, I remember this being a lot scarier when I was younger. I’ve largely gotten over my fear of spiders. I can remember being paralysed when a bulging arachnid climbed across my shirt leaving a trail of thread behind her… But the summer landscaping job through university cured me of my bug phobia. Did I ever mention the time a nest of caterpillars fell on me? Oh… the movie is fun.
Zombieland: America’s answer to Shaun of the Dead. I prefer the British perspective because the humans are more incompetent, but I love zombie movies. And this is a good one.
Frozen: I just watched this with Thea the other night. Lots of squealing and eye-covering. Must have been annoying for Thea. About halfway through I seriously started asking her if we could turn it off. Not for the squeamish. Or skiers.
Pan’s Labyrinth: Fantasy against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War. Amazing creature design and atmosphere. A great “boo-hiss” villain. Subtitles. Who could ask for anything more?
The Wizard of Oz: I bought this on DVD not long ago. I barely remembered it. Except that the flying monkeys were scary. They’re still scary.
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: I love the Harry Potter movies and books. I read the first one in a Childrens’ Lit. class and thought it was alright. Didn’t care for the first two movies. Saw Prisoner of Azkaban and was hooked. I still think it’s the best of the series. I got the whole set of books for my birthday back in February and read them all addictively for three weeks. Thea caught up and we read the final book together last month, aloud. Well… I read out loud to baby. For our last session I read for four and a half hours straight late into the night. I think it’s going to be one of my fondest pregnancy/new house memories.
Where The Wild Things Are: I don’t know of many movies that capture what it’s like to be a kid (or at least a ten-year-old boy) better than this one. It didn’t do too well in theatres. I think it’s going to be a classic. The kid wears a costume so I thought I could put it on a Halloween movie list.