Saturday, September 12, 2009

Too Early for Halloween?

Here's some clips and trailers from some of my favorite Halloween movies/TV shows.
Some are listed because they're really good, scary, eerie, and bizarre. Others are listed simply for nostalgia's sake.
Enjoy and feel free to add to the list!

Lady in White (1988)
A slumber party/cabin favorite, which made cloakrooms into a scary place. From the looks of the trailer, the special effects haven't aged well, but, oh, the memories.

The Changeling (1980)
Another cabin favorite. A child's ball repeatedly rolls down an old staircase = plain creepy.

28 Days Later (2002)
Scenes of abandoned major cities have been copied in other movies, but never as well.

The Vanishing (1988) (Dutch/French)
Long, slow, and utterly terrifying because it could really happen. (Ali will never watch this one again)

Night of the Living Dead (1968)
No introduction required.

House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Fun with a great twist-ending.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Coraline (2009)
Bizarre, frightening, thoroughly entertaining, and masterfully crafted.

Fire in the Sky (1993)
Does for a pine forest what Jaws did for least when I was 14.

X-Files "Home"
(this is the only clip I could really find of a truly repulsive Halloween treat--Ali will never watch this one again either!)

Amazing Stories: Season Two "Go to the Head of the Class"
This short film reeks of Halloween growing up in the 80s. Robert Zemeckis(sp) directs a fun, frightening, and slightly outdated--as far as special effects are concerned--romp.
(available on NetFlix Watch Instantly)

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow from The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

Throne of Blood (1957)
Kurosawa's masterful adaptation of Macbeth. The scene where Mifune chases an ethereal, white witch in the woods is amazing.

Onibaba (1964)(Don't rent this one but enjoy the trailer which alone conveys enough creepiness.)A cursed mask brings madness to any who wear it...or does it?


L'Hôte said...

This is a most excellent post. Many of my favs made it on your list. I've never seen Onibaba, but all you needed to say was "adult content" and I'm there. I'm glad you're thinking of Halloween. Candice and I just got back from a costume shop. We're already brainstorming. Much love,


Jon, Kaylene and Laila said...

Great List. We haven't seen Coraline (which we just rented) and Throne of Blood. More of the nostalgic area we thought of watcher in the woods, something wicked this way comes (I just remember it being really bizarre), and I can't remember the name but it had every monster in it. Monster mash? Monster squad? It was like a Goonies movie with monsters in it.

Chester B. said...

Yeah, Monster Squad. "Wolfman's got nards!"

Something Wicked This Way Comes is a much better book; you should check it out. :)

farringtonfamily said...

Well Ryan-I don't need to watch ANY Halloween movies after this selective bunch!! I actually enjoy watching The Mozart film where Mozart is believed to be murdered. I love the music and drama! Another scary movie is "Wait Until Dark"...Everybody jumped up and screamed the first time we saw it in the theatre. Halloween approaches! Love, Mom

Matt & Candice said...

Jonny, we saw Monster Squad last year-it totally sucks. Don't ever re-watch that movie, just remember the film you thought was great as a prepubescent boy.